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A/V Furniture, Mounts Get Rolled Out At International CES

1/10/2012 07:57:00 PM Eastern

LAS VEGAS — A/V furniture and mounts will be a popular
category at this year’s International CES, with new product
introductions from many of the top manufacturers.
Among those debuting new models will be Bell’O International,
Sanus, OmniMount and VMP.

Bell’O is introducing ultra-thin, flexible HDMI cables as
well as new A/V furniture for flat-panel TVs.

The new 5000 series of high-speed HDMI cables feature
a connector head that is shorter than the connectors
of most HDMI cables, Bell’O said, and a flexible design
that allows for easy bending. These features are necessary
for use behind mounted ultra-thin flat-panel TVs,
where space between the TV and the wall is limited, it
noted.

They are TruSpeed-tested to deliver a guaranteed
10.2Gbps bandwidth stream, according to the company,
and are capable of supporting all enhanced refresh rates,
1080p, 3D and 4k resolution, and 12-bit color. They are
also Ethernet enabled.

The cables will ship in February in 4-foot lengths for
$29.99 and 8-foot lengths for $34.99.

Bell’O has also added to its Curved Wood collection
with the CW52AM flat-panel A/V system. It has tinted
tempered safety-glass shelves that can accommodate
most flat-panel TVs up to 56 inches (or 125 pounds) plus
at least four A/V components.

The open-architecture design provides plenty of ventilation
for convection cooling of components while the
integrated CMS Cable Management System hides and
manages power cords and interconnect cables, resulting
in a clean, unobstructed showcase of the room’s A/V
equipment, Bell’O said.

It will be available in February at a $299 suggested retail.

Bell’O will also be launching the TPC2133, its newest
addition to the Triple Play collection of A/V furniture. This
new model offers three configuration options, and can reportedly
be assembled without any tools.

The TPC2133 (April, $399) blends dark espresso finished
solid wood legs with a brushed-nickel front frame.
The Triple Play system can accommodate most flat-panel
TVs up to 60 inches or 125 pounds, Bell’O said, and the
three black tempered safety glass shelves hold up to four
or more audio/video components.

The rear mounting frame and universal swivel mounting
system can be removed so that the system can be used
as a three-shelf standalone
table, or the swivel
mounting system can
be removed and hung
with the included wall
mount bracket.

The open architecture
design provides
plenty of ventilation,
and an integrated CMS
cable -management
system hides and organizes
unsightly wires
and interconnect cables,
according to the
company.

Chief will be showing at its suite in the Wynn new SKUs
in its Automated Swing Arm line, new Fusion Pull-Out
mounts, additions to its Fit-series hinge mounts, as well
as its Raxxess line of rack solutions for custom installers.

Chief also recently introduced its VCMU universal projector
mount with a solid steel construction. It’s designed
for mounting heavy LCD and CRT projectors. Features
include a three-step installation process, integrated cable
management, and quick connect/disconnect for convenient
lamp and filter access on most projectors.

Included with the mount is a universal HBU bracket
compatible with most heavy-duty projectors. Multiple installation
options are available: flush mount to ceiling; 0.5-
inch threaded rods, and a 1.5-inch NPT extension column.

OmniMount is debuting a number of workstations at
the show, including the Work15 and
Work20 sit-to-stand workstations.
These are part of the ActionMount
series and are designed to offer flexibility
for users in multi-purpose workspaces.

They feature Ergotron Constant
Force technology that’s said to provide
simple, light-touch adjustments
of the keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Users can easily move between
sitting and standing positions while
working, and the full-motion functionality
allows the monitor to move
up and out of the way for storage, to
utilize more desk space, or to share
screen information, OmniMount said.

They are available in two configurations:
Work15 ($399 suggested
retail) supports a single monitor up to 15 pounds and
Work20 ($429) supports two side-by-side monitors up to
20 pounds. Installation is done via desk clamp or grommet
mounting and cable clips control wires.

An optional work surface accessory (WorkS1) is available
for $49.95.

OmniMount is also launching three full-motion TV mounts
at the show that are part of the ActionMount series.

The Play20, Play20X and Play40 feature the Ergotron
Constant Force technology for fluid, omnidirectional TV
movement. The products are designed for users who get
off the couch to interact with their televisions.

TVs can be raised up to 21 inches for gaming or group
viewing or lowered 21 inches for fitness or floor seating.
The range of pan (180 degrees) allows the mount to be
viewable from multiple rooms or seating areas, Omni-
Mount said, adding that the mount can be used high over
a fireplace and then lowered to achieve the proper viewing
angle when in use. CF technology reportedly ensures that
the force required for movement always remains minimal.

The Play40 fits TVs 60 inches and larger, panel weight
not exceeding 40 pounds, and offers up to 21 inches of
vertical and horizontal
movement. The Play20
and Play20X fit TVs up
to 32 inches and 20
pounds and offers up to
15 inches of vertical and
horizontal adjustment.
The Play20X also comes
with a 9-inch arm extension
for greater viewing
flexibility. Each mount
features post installation
leveling, tilt and pan, and
cable management.

The Play20, Play20X
and Play40 will ship in January, offered at suggested retails
of $129, $149 and $299, respectively.

Sanus will be introducing the newly redesigned Component
100-series A/V racks. Offered in various sizes — including
a 15U model (CFR2115), 27U model (CFR2127),
36U model (CFR2136), and a 44U model (CFR2144)
— the new 100-series racks feature removable side and
back panels for easier access to components.

A 3U panel located at the back of the racks can be
placed on top or bottom of the rack’s rear door for customization
in wiring. Vented shelves with backstops, and
cooling shelves at the top and bottom of each
rack, ensure proper airflow for A/V equipment,
Sanus said.

The company will be debuting two new Super
Slim wall mounts for flat-panel TVs. The Super
Slim mount category
offers brackets that allow
TVs to be mounted as
close to the wall as possible,
Sanus said.

The new VLF320 and
VMF322 mounts allow
TV placement incredibly
close to the wall while
also offering full-motion
capabilities. The VLF320
offers 20 inches of extension
for TVs 37 inches to
65 inches. The VMF322
offers 22 inches of extension
for TVs 26 inches to
47 inches. Both models
feature an integrated cable-
management system
and will be available in early 2012.

The VMA401 on-wall shelf is engineered to
hold components up to 15 pounds. It features
integrated cable management. and multiple
VMA401 units can be combined to provide a
one-piece look, Sanus said.

Also at the show will be three new offerings
from the company’s Basic series of furniture.
All of the new Basic-series furniture can be assembled
without tools, Sanus said. New additions
to the line include the BFAV546, which
includes a modern two-tone walnut finish and
dual pullout media drawers for storage; the
BFV157, which features a heavy-gauge steel
construction and open design to maximize airflow;
and the BFV348, designed with a classic
look and feel with a distressed black finish. All
will be available this month.

Several consumer electronics accessories
will also be on display in the Sanus booth, including
new Super Slim HDMI cables models
ELM4303, ELM4306 and ELM4308. The
cables feature an ultra-flexible design, meant
for use for connections behind ultra-thin TVs.
All three models are Ethernet enabled and can
handle 1080p video resolution and beyond for
future-generation displays, Sanus said. All of
these models are now shipping.

Sanus is also using the show to announce
that its Install Kit app, which was previously
available only for the iPad, is now also available
for iPhone and iPod Touch. The free app
is designed as a mount-installation assistant
for both the professional installer and the doit-
yourselfer.

Video Mount Products has begun shipping
its latest midsize flat-panel wall mount, the
FP-MFTB Multi-Just with tilt.

The low-profile mount supports flat panels
from 27 inches to 42 inches and up to 100
pounds. It has an adjustable tilt range of -5
degrees to +15 degrees, a vertical height adjustment
of one inch, list adjustment to +/-3 degrees,
a 2.3-inch wall profile and black powder
coat finish.

The mount includes a 415 millimeter by 345
millimeter hole pattern. It has a suggested retail
of $143.95.

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