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A Mounting Offensive

The mounts, racks, furniture and lifts that powered CEDIA EXPO 2011

September 13, 2011 By Stephanie M. Adamow
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We saw lots of nice screens, TVs, projectors and more at CEDIA EXPO 2011. But all of these innovations don't amount to much without the lifts, mounts, furniture and power protection the following companies provide. Read on to find out more about BDI, Chief, Crimson, CWD, Future Automation, OmniMount, Peerless AV, Sanus and SurgeX


The latest offerings from BDI include the OLA line of TV cabinets that features a more modern look with curved design. The curved profile adds to the contemporary feel and the cabinets feature panels separated by IR-friendly curved grey-tinted glass doors that appear to wrap around the cabinet's sides. The open compartment includes an adjustable shelf for use with a speaker, media or addition components. Dimensions are 19x69x21.25 in. (HxWxD) and recommened TV size is up to 73".

There are also ventilation slots in the bottom, shelves and back of OLA for air circulation.

Also on display at BDI was the new NORA line. Shipping in both gloss white and satin black, NORA features two side compartments with soft-close doors and a center cabinet, which includes an open speaker compartment and a flip-down component door that conceals two additional compartments. It also boasts a micro-etched glass top that is fingerprint resistent.

Dimensions are 20.25x76.75x22 in. (HxWxD) and holds up to recommended 82" TVs. NORA also features IR-friendly glass doors.


Chief's Kontour mounts are designed with a forged aluminum body, holding monitors weighing up to 40 lbs (18.14 kg). Variable mounting options allow installers to choose between desk and wall mounts with varying extension up to 24" (61 cm). Advanced models also include Extreme CentrisTM with -10° to +75° of fingertip tilt for sit-to-stand or touch screen workstation applications. A hassle-free cable management system conceals cables beneath hinged channel covers in the K1 Series. Easy access loops keep cables tidy in the K2 Series.

The new Raxxess Series was created to make the installation process as easy and efficient as possible. Features include extra space gained in the bottom of each rack for mounting small components and consistent ventilation options

New additions to the product line include the G1 Series Gangable Rack and the W1 and W2 Series On-Wall Racks. The G1 Series Gangable Rack includes pre-welded ganging nuts and easily accessible hardware. Other features include adjustable front and rear rack rails; optional doors that are reversible, locking and fitting 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.

Thinstall® ultra-thin swing arm wall mounts and accessories are engineered for use with LED, LCD and plasma TVs. The Thinstall swing arm mounts collapse to 1.3" (33 mm) or 1.5" (38 mm) depth while offering smooth, CentrisTM fingertip tilt.

Chief's Centerless lateral shift feature offers up to 16" (406 mm) of post-install lateral shift, while height and leveling adjustments of up to one inch can be made after the mount is in place as well.

Custom Woodwork & Design

CEDIA EXPO saw the resurgence of a well-known brand, Custom Woodwork & Design (CWD). Spencer Kalker, owner of the company and president of ImageCrafters, relaunched the line at this year's show, more than 10 years after it was sold in 1997 due to high material and labor costs and low-cost offshore products.

Kalker displayed the flagship computer-audio credenza, which is made with high-quality wood, which comes in five different varieties, with 14 various door styles and 100 finish options. The massive piece of furniture features a cut-out for the subwoofer and can contain the center channel speakers. All elements are customizable, with rack mounting options in the right and left cabinets.

Once size and configuration are decided on, the customer picks a style and finish, then chooses from a variety of customization options: special grilles, rack mounting, cutouts for subwoofers, venting and more.

"It is all about integrating function and fashion," said Kalker. "We want the retailer to say 'yes' to the customer, so they can specify the product and have it custom-matched. This is a piece that will stay in the family for a long time."

This time around, Kalker says the company will not be "factory-driven." He wants to "respond to the market without being trapped by the factory."

"We want to produce high-quality pieces that people love and still own 30 years later," said Kalker. "So we recognize that it needs to be sensible. We also recognize that change happens and that we need to develop products that accept that."

VersaFit consists of a recessed in-wall box, which mounts securely behind almost any wall-mounted display. A compatible Crimson mount installed into the VersaFit box completes the system without disrupting other design or installation elements.

VersaFit is compatible with over 20 standard Crimson mount styles, including ultra-flat, flat, tilt, recessed and multi-angle articulating models, nine of which are arm-style multiple-angle articulating arms that allow for full motion and a variety of viewing angles while still being able to retract the TV flush with the wall.

With VersaFit, Crimson now manufactures the only in-wall display mounting solution on the market with knockouts that are compatible with all U.S. codes for standard electrical boxes, requiring zero modification during installation. VersaFit comes with built-in guides for placement on 1/2" and 5/8" drywall, as well as tool-less leveling for accurate positioning during pre-construction installation.


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