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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

image Premier Mounts is shipping the CMF, a fixed cable mount featuring the MagnaGuide installation plate.

The patent-pending MagnaGuide installation plate allows the cable adapter to snap onto the back plate and slide into place. This makes it easy for the installer to secure the flat-panel in the right position without having to see where the mounting base is located on the wall. The kickstand feature holds the flat-panel up to 4.28 inches away from the wall to allow room to connect A/V components.

The V-shaped 6 × 3 in. back plate mounts on a single stud and is designed to hold flat-panel displays up to 65 lb. with a VESA mounting pattern ranging from 200 × 200mm to 600 × 400mm. The four flat-panel anchors are installed to the back of the display.

To adjust the tension, the cables are pulled until tight and the excess is wrapped around the adapter’s teeth to hold it in place. The self-adjusting cable mount holds the display close to the wall while the teeth ensure that the cables are out of the way.

Friday, November 04, 2011

image The Schiller Park, Ill.-based company Crimson is new to the custom electronics market and it is making its best effort to provide custom installers with the products they need to be successful.

Crimson's new VersaFit is an in-wall A/V mounting system that is says solves many of the problems electronics professionals encounter in the field when they are mounting a flat-panel television. The company says the product is designed to blend into a home's existing decor, and it hides a video system's cabling and other associated hardware. The VersaFit system includes a recessed in-wall box that mounts between studs behind a flat-panel TV, and a compatible backbox completes the solution to neaten the appearance of an installed wall mount.

The VersaFit works with more than 20 of Crimson's wall mounts, including nine of its articulating arm products, and it comes with built-in guides for installation in half-inch and five-eighth inch drywall to support toolless leveling.

Friday, April 22, 2011

image The evolution of the residential home electronics industry is well underway with many companies transitioning from a business model that was based on business from new home construction to businesses that incorporate revenues from the home retrofit and commercial electronics markets.

Chief's latest projector market incorporates elements that can be applied to both retrofit installations and the commercial markets. The company's new Interactive Short Throw Projector Mount can be used to provide professionals in a working environment with a solution that updates their existing presentation systems or newly specified audio/video systems. The Minn.-based manufacturer says the mount features the interactive eBeam Technology from Luidia, Inc., that enables the mount to automatically transform clients' existing whiteboards into interactive presentations with projected images that can be scaled anywhere from 48 inches to 94 inches.

According to the company the mount installs quickly through its Quick-Connect System, and once it's mounted, Chief says the eBeam interactive system can be setup with both Macs and PCs.

Friday, January 21, 2011

image Falling into the category of--"tell me something I don't already know"-- the prices of flat-panel televisions have fell so low that consumers have become very sensitive to the price of accessories to their TV purchases.

Knowing that no one wants to pay 35 to 40 percent of the cost of their flat-panel television for the investment into a mount, Calif.-based WallWizard has introduced its latest additions to its product lines. The company's newly introduced $159 DM65 Manual Tilt Wall-Mount is said to help dealers addressing applications where the client wants their slim flat-panel TV mounted as close to the wall as possible. WallWizard says the DM65 works with TVs ranging from 42 inches to 65 inches, and it can hold weights up to 150 pounds.

The next product the company introduced is the TA55 Low-Profile Motorized Tilt Mount. This product is also a low-profile mount, but unlike the DM65, it adds motorization. WallWizard says this $300 mount can be used for install scenarios such as the placement of a flat-panel TV over a fireplace. The motorized TA55 includes an IR remote, an optical trigger and a USB port to support the company's ControlWand and Apple app accessories. The TA55 works with TVs ranging from 37 inches to 55 inches and it has a weight capacity of 100 pounds.

The last product WallWizard announced was the SA52 Motorized Swing-out Mount. WallWizard says this mount offers 90-degrees of swivel at the push of a button, and the $379 mount also includes the same IR, optical and USB provisions as the TA55 mount. The SA52 is compatible with TVs ranging from 32 to 52 inches and it can handle TVs weighing up to 80 pounds.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

image Years ago it was much easier for dealers to dismiss the importance of furniture sales as part of their A/V system solutions, but today furniture is an essential part of the system equation. Products like Sanus' Basic Series Furniture can help installers augment their flat-panel TV, two-channel audio and home theater system sales by providing an in-house solution that saves a client a trip to a furniture store.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based company recently started to ship two models from the Basic Series: the BFAV344 and BFAV550 three-shelf A/V stands. The BFAV344 features a high-gloss black lacquered finish and a curved shape, and Sanus describes the design of the BFAV550 as a "waterfall" design with hardwood front veneers that are available in a chestnut or chocolate finish.

Both stands incorporate cable management provisions, and they are engineered to support televisions ranging in size up to 56 inches and TV weights up to 125 pounds. In addition, Sanus says that installers can use the stands in tandem with the company's Foundations FMK056 Mount Kit to assemble an easy-to-implement, no-drill TV mounting solution.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

image In today's economy the mount category can be a difference maker for installers looking to survive and to grow financially. Mounts like Chief's new Automated Swing Arm Wall Mount (PXRU) provides installers opportunities to accessorize the sales of flat-panel televisions with a device that adds convenience and fun to the purchase of a video system for homeowners.

Chief says the mount offers homeowners 27 inches of extension, 90 degrees of swivel and up to 12 degrees of tilt. Chief says that installers can use the mount with televisions weighing up to 150 pounds and 65 inches in screen size.

Some of the installer features engineered into the PXRU mount include covers to conceal outlets and mounting points on the wall, as well as the company's proprietary CableTrac system, which Chief says provides installers with an easy access point and means of concealing cabling runs. Other features designed into the mount include universal compatibility mounting provisions and an industrial design that features a 4.5-inch profile.

In addition, Chief supports the PXRU with its optional PAC502 accessory package that is said to cut the depth of the device down to 1 inch.

Monday, November 22, 2010

image Media Décor LLC, a manufacturer of concealment systems for flat-screen TVs in framed artwork, has launched its Art and Frame catalog App on iTunes and the iBookstore. The free app allows Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to view Media Décor’s array of over 70 frame styles and more than 2,000 artwork choices including limited editions. The app can be downloaded at: and requires IOS 3.2 or later.

Within the pages of the 600-page catalog, Media Décor also showcases its new Finished Corner Frames in the Firenza and Munn Series. These frames are finished after joining in the same way fine pieces of furniture are built. A layer of gesso is applied over the mitre joint to provide a seamless, continuous surface on which to apply gold leaf or paint.

Friday, October 08, 2010

image With a solid amount of confidence, it could be said that one of the fastest growing categories in the world of consumer audio is the multichannel, soundbar speaker category. These products have become popular for reasons that include they take up less space within a home and they generally offer a lot of value.

Sanus' new VMA202 Soundbar Speaker mount attaches to the company's VisionMount full-motion TV mounts to provide homeowners with a safe and secure method of adding a soundbar speaker system to their mounted flat-panel television while retaining an integrated appearance.

The mount costs less than $100 and Sanus says it's compatible with its VisionMount XF228, LF228, VLF220, VLF210, VMF220, VLMF109 and VXF220 television mounts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

image These days there seems like there's an app for everything. Go to the iTunes store and you're likely to see apps for everything from diapers to sound analyzers.

Adding to that diversity is WallWizard's new companion Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch control app. The optional app allows homeowners to control their motorized WallWizard mounts via their Apple products, as well as other smart phone products.

The add-on control accessory is a two-piece solution that includes the company's proprietary ControlWand software application, which provides permission to download the $10 control app, and the $120 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth hardware component that is sold exclusively through the company's authorized dealer network.

Once the app and hardware are installed in a home, users can toggle through the "Auto," "Manual" and "Gyro" control modes, and if the user chooses the "Gyro" mode, all they'll need to do to adjust the placement of their mounted television is move their smart phone.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

image Convenience is something that is often taken for granted. One such convenience for many homeowners is having the ability to easily adjust the viewing angle of a newly installed flat-panel without the need to build up muscle mass just to move the television.

Sanus' new VisionMount HDpro Super Slim VMT15 Tilting TV Wall Mount can be used with TVs ranging in size from 26 inches to 46 inches and weights up to 100 pounds. Once installed, the mount sits just .77 inches off the wall to maintain the stealthy appearance of today's slim flat-panel televisions, and it offers up to 10 degrees of tilt through the touch of a finger.

CE Pros installing the mount can utilize the unit's ProSet technology to facilitate its height and level adjustments, and its lateral shift options for mounting off-center of a wall stud.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

image With the latest generation of flat-panel televisions incorporating technologies like LED backlighting and 3D viewing options, sales of these products continue to remain strong due to the increased interest in these technologies.

With WallWizard's new XM60, consumers can enjoy the benefits of owning one of these new televisions with additional benefit of freeing up floorspace by wall mounting these sleek new TVs via the XM60.

The XM60 is designed to work with large flat-panel televisions that range from 40 inches to 60 inches, and the company says the mount utilizes a cam mechanism that allows a mounted television to swivel 90 degrees left and right or up and down.

WallWizard says the swivel and tilt options are easy to use and because of its thin profile it matches the industrial designs of today's televisions.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

image One of the great things about flat-panel televisions is that they fit in places that old CRT televisions don't. These placement options allow homeowners to find creative ways to integrate a television into their homes without adding stress to their lives.

Helping to facilitate this these integration possibilities are products like Cabinet Tronix's new Coastal Elements line of TV lift products.

Included in that line of products is the company's Le Bloc Ebony Macassar (LEM) television lift. This lift is available with options such as a universal television mount and a universal remote control. Backed by a five-year warranty, the lift can be placed in places like at the foot of a bed, in the center of a room or against the wall, and homeowners can control the unit through its integrated IR/RF remote control signal repeater system.

The product also includes two HDMI inputs to allow homeowners to connect devices like their cable/satellite boxes and Blu-ray players.

Monday, June 07, 2010

image With rumors flying about a new iPhone and possibly Apple TV it seems that Apple is certain to make some news this week at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

A couple of Apple related products that are certain to be announced this week at another major electronics trade event is Premier Mounts' new VIP-100 and VIP-200 iPad mounting frames.

Premier is set to introduce these accessories at Infocomm, and the company says the mounts can be used to safely secure an iPad to a table or stand. The mounts are VESA 100 compliant and the company says that once the VIP-100 and VIP-200 are installed, they provide users with the ability to operate their iPads without having to hold their devices.

Friday, May 07, 2010

image Panamorph is a popular manufacturer of home theater lens products for applications that include CinemaScope systems.

Earlier this year the Colo.-based company introduced its new FVX200 Lens System, which it designed as a cost effective solution for systems that employ mid-market projectors.

Engineered for projectors that cost less than $10, 000, the FVX200 can be used with popular projectors like JVC's line of LCoS-based units, and the lens works with 3D and 1080p content.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Media Decor LLC has introduced the Illusion Razor-2 Moving Art frame designed to fit ultra-slim LED TVs from a variety of manufacturers, including LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony and more.

The Illusion Razor-2 Moving Art will accommodate televisions measuring from 43 to 120 inches diagonally within its structure. Attached side panels give the frame a finished look and, when mounted, it extends 2.375 inches out from the wall. Over 2,500 works of art, including limited-edition prints, are available on the company’s Website. Optional frames and art selections are available at additional cost, or clients can supply personal works of art that Media Décor will then print onto canvas—or, the company can supply a blank canvas for an original painting from the artist of their choice.

The system is operated with single-button control on a supplied remote control. When the TV is turned on, the artwork is lifted out of sight into the top of the frame by a Lutron drive system; when the TV is turned off, the artwork silently scrolls back down over the TV screen creating a framed work of art.

The product is shipping with suggested retail price of $4,610 to $16,490 depending on size of screen

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