Furniture, Mounts Take Center Stage For CEDIA Accessories

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 8 2011 - 4:01am




INDIANAPOLIS — With all the TVs, A/V receivers and speakers planned to debut at the CEDIA Expo this week, mount and furniture manufacturers know that consumers are going to need some way to house and display them.

Chief will use CEDIA to show off its recently announced additions to its Raxxess series of A/V rack systems: the G1 series gangable rack and the W1 and W2 series on-wall racks.

The G1 features pre-welded ganging nuts and easily accessible hardware, Chief said, as well as adjustable front and rear rack rails; optional doors that are reversible, locking, and fit either the front or rear of the rack; cable-management slots integrated into the horizontal rack rail; and packaging designed to cushion the back of the rack for lay-down loading.

The W1 series of hinged wall racks swing out from the wall on either side for easy access to cabling, Chief said, and the remote rear latch gives users the ability to mount racks side-by-side or in a corner. It can support up to 300 pounds.

The W2 series of fixed wall racks can hold up to 150 pounds and come with a reversible solid-steel locking front door and rear-mounting plate. A 3U panel in the top is meant to allows users to add any standard fan panel.

Both the W1 and W2 ship with all required hardware to mount to wood studs, steel studs or concrete. Pricing info will be available at the show.

Future Automation, a U.K.-based company, will be at CEDIA to show off its Sliding Panel System (SPS). Offered in two choices, the SPS is designed to allow complete concealment of flat-panel televisions.

The systems have a dual-motor construction meant to lets flat panels sit completely flush with the wall. It reportedly takes a panel inward and moves it out of sight behind the surrounding panel work before advancing the screen to fit flush with the wall, the company said.

Two sizes are available: the SPS800 is meant for flat panels from 26 to 50 inches, while the SPS1200 is for flat panels measuring 50 to 65 inches.

Middle Atlantic Products said it’s introducing a Millwork Kit option for its C5 Series Credenza Rack system. It includes a complete hardware kit and USB flash drive with all drawings and instructions needed for the millworker to customize woodwork to be used with the C5 frame kit, the company said.

Comprised of a steel rack core and outer wood panels, the C5 also now incorporates many other new features based on the requests and feedback of the company’s integration partners, Middle Atlantic said, including monitor mounts for most 32- to 50- inch screens.

Other new options are shelf system inserts, slideout recycling and waste receptacles, and flip-up sides that offer additional surface space.

NextGen will be showing its ultra-slim video display mounts. Four models are available:

• 1320 ($24.95) with a max VESA 200 by 200 and suitable for screen sizes 17 to 37 inches;

• 1340 ($27.95) with a max VESA of 400 by 400 for screen sizes 32 to 55 inches;

• 1342 ($29.95) with a max VESA of 600 by 600 for screen sizes 42 to 60 inches; and

• 1344 ($31.95) with a max VESA of 800 by 800 for screen sizes 42 to 70 inches. All kits come with everything needed for mounting.

Omnimount will be unveiling a variety of products at the show, including what it’s calling the CE industry’s first interactive TV wall mount with Ergotron CFT technology. The ActionMount features Constant Force technology, said to “bring a new element of weight adjustability that gives consumers effortless lift, pivot and tilt functionality at price points that will provide retailers the highest accessory attachment rates to their TV sales.”

Joel Hazzard, CEO and president of Ergotron, said in a statement, “Today people are interacting with their displays and TVs, and we are bringing tremendous products to market that exceed what the consumers want. Consumer will now be able to move their display to suit multiple applications — from gaming to optimal viewing for 3DTVs with effortless repositioning for whatever the application.”

More details on the mount will be available at the show.

ProMounts
is debuting its Superflat wall mount, meant to mount flat-screen TVs just 0.43 inches from the wall.

It attaches to two studs up to 24 inches apart and can mount TVs measuring 30 to 63 inches.

The mount is VESA compliant and comes with a fully assembled mounting plate. An EZlock system is designed to securely lock the screen and also works as theft prevention. Pricing wasn’t given.

Salamander Designs said it would show a new line of cabinets in its A/V Basics line. The company said while in the past it has offered products that are customizable and available in many different configurations, this time it decided to go a different way and “defined a line that combines popular styles with features known to enhance the performance of most audio/video systems.”

The A/V Basics line ships full assembled. Features include remote-friendly doors with premium soft close hinges, built-in ventilation louvers for better air flow to keep equipment cool, removable rear panels for easy access to components and wiring, and raceways for managing and concealing cables.

There are three models in the line: SDAV1, with framed wooden doors and available in three configurations; SDAV2, with recessed glass top and cabinet door fronts, offered in two configurations; and SDAV3, a cabinet with two sliding doors that allow for open shelves on either end.

Pricing wasn’t given.

Sanus will show a mount adapter meant to allow easy attachment of an iPad 2 to any TV wall mount that is VESA 100 by 100 compatible. The VisionMount VMA302 features a custom-molded design; a release tab for quick device removal; and the company’s Virtual Axis 3D cup-shaped faceplate, which makes it possible to achieve portrait and landscape positions. This last feature is compatible only with Sanus mount models MF202, MF209, MF215, MC1A and MD115, the company said.

It’s currently available for a list price of $34.99.

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