US-based AV mount and rack manufacturers SANUS have announced the availability of new ‘TV Media In-Wall Boxes’ to hide cables and streaming devices behind a display (pictured above). The kits come in 9-inch (SA-IWB9-W1 and SA-IWB9KIT-W1) and 17-inch (SA-IWB17-W1) varieties and are predominantly designed for Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, and network switches (if need be).
“It can be a time-consuming challenge for installers to fit the increasing number of small devices needed behind the TV,” said James Rutherford, product manager at Legrand | AV. “Our TV Media In-Wall Boxes ingeniously leverage the unused wall space behind the TV to provide two layers of rack space for small devices and cables. The mounting plate with 1.5 inches of elevation adds a second layer of storage and accommodates larger devices such as network switches and wireless routers. It’s also a great alternative to storing them in a shelf or cabinet, seamlessly finishing off spaces with all the necessary components stored properly and out of sight.”
According to Jason Knott writing on the CE Pro news pages, custom integrators are reporting that 44% of all their projects include some form of AV distribution with an average system price of $8,467. The website argues that this consolidates audio-and-video as “clearly the kings of the custom installation industry”. Some of this good news for both industry and consumer is down to the advance of IP-based distribution, integrated control and wireless transmission.
CE Pro continues to say that the typical custom integration company in the US did 55 residential installations in 2020 and 11 commercial projects. This equates to about two multiroom residential installations per month, and one multizone commercial installation every other month during the year. Although the stay-at-home nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has seemingly driven much of the trend, 61% of integrators are expecting business to increase over the next year.
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