By Lisa Johnston
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A/V furniture manufacturers are bringing a myriad of feature-rich and design-savvy options to the show floor this year.
Sanus Systems (booth 11040) is displaying its new Foundations Java-series JFV60 Lowboy, a multipurpose A/V cabinet that can be placed on the floor and used as a traditional cabinet or mounted on the wall to wood wall studs for a more contemporary look. It features three large shelves, two sliding glass doors with nylon glides, brushed-nickel hardware, cable-management channels and a convection cooling system.
The cabinet supports TVs up to 63 inches and components with a total weight capacity of 350 pounds on the floor, or up to 150 pounds when wall-mounted. Constructed of vibration-isolating CARB-compliant MDF, it comes in espresso or chocolate brown. It is shipping now and has a list price of $539.
Also new to Sanus' Foundations Platinum line are three newly redesigned A/V stands that will replace existing Platinum-series furniture models.
“We're really excited to debut the newly redesigned Platinum series,” said product manager Jason Schmidt. “Our team of in-house designers developed a really great new line of furniture that is not only functional for today's high-end A/V gear, but also one that's beautiful and retains an affordable price point for value-conscious consumers.”
The refreshed Platinum line offers a durable black powder-coated finish with smoked tempered-glass tops, side panels and shelves that are adjustable to accommodate large components. New open architecture allows unrestricted airflow for hot air to escape, so components can remain at an ideal operating temperature.
The series also features extra-large cable-management cutouts so cables can be routed through the back of the furniture for a clean, organized presentation. The furniture's feet have also been updated with a slightly tapered design.
The new Platinum models include the four-shelf PFAV30, three-shelf PFV48 and three-shelf PFV60. They are currently available for list prices of $329, $329 and $349, respectively. Product sell sheets are at www.sanus.com.
Bell'O (booth 11717) is serving up a hybrid A/V unit that incorporates a swiveling TV mount.
The TPC-361 Triple Play universal flat-panel A/V system can be configured three ways to accommodate different room layouts.
The unit's rear-mounting frame and universal swivel-mounting system can be removed and hung on the wall, leaving a three-shelf stand-alone table,
It supports flat-panel TVs up to 52 inches or 125 pounds plus at least four components. It will retail for $499 and ship this summer.
Also new from Bell'O is the WAVS-328, an espresso-finish wood A/V cabinet that can be assembled without tools. Its inlaid top glass supports TVs up to 58 inches and 150 pounds. Retailing for a suggested $599, it also ships this summer.
Also on display at the company's booth: the PR-12 A/V cabinet crafted of hardwood solids covered with a hand-rubbed deep European brown veneer finish, with a thick, tempered safety-glass top that appears to float above the cabinet. The dark-tinted tempered safety-glass doors with adjustable interior shelves hide up to six or more components while allowing remote-control operation.
A fabric-covered center section can conceal a center-channel speaker and offers storage for additional components. The cabinet has a suggested retail of $999 and will ship this summer.
New from Elite is its 400-series TV stands featuring a high-gloss black lacquer finish designed to match the majority of flat panels on the market.
This series includes three SKUs: the EL 423 37-inch-wide highboy, the EL 425 47-inch-wide TV stand, and the EL 428 56-inch-wide TV stand.
All units are made with durable, scratch-resistant lacquer, have glass doors and are produced in Europe.
Elite will present these units and more new items at booth 22034 in South Hall.
APA by Whalen is bringing its line of Daytona ready-to-assemble A/V stands at booth 9014, Central Hall. The oval-shaped line is finished in cherry veneer with thick glass shelves. A swivel embedded in the top of the unit allows most 32-inch to 42-inch flat-panel televisions to swivel up to 180 degrees. It has a suggested retail of $499.
For game rooms and gaming system storage solutions, Cambre Products will be displaying its Sky Shelf and Game Boards lines in booth 21816, South Hall.
Cambre's Sky Shelf is an A/V storage shelving system with integrated wire management. The tempered black glass on-wall shelves come in two sizes: 17 inches wide by 16 inches deep for storage of up to 25 pounds, and 35 inches wide by 16 inches deep for storage up to 50 pounds.
Cables from components can be concealed using the company's Wire Wraps, a flexible rubber cover system. Mounting materials that work with wood, cement and metal are included.
Cambre's Gear Board Tread can mount vertically or horizontally to a wall and features grooves into which the company's spring-loaded Game Board Hooks fit. The hooks can be arranged to maximize space depending upon the gaming accessories that need to be hung up. The Tread ships with J hooks for holding add-on controllers and accessories and U hooks that can hold gaming guitars and controllers. Optional O hooks hold light sabers and tennis rackets, and a Wii Fit board hook is also available.
The smaller Gear Board Wave is specifically designed to hold Wii Fit accessories and comes with one Wii Fit hook, one J hook and one O hook.
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