January 14, 2010
| by Arlen Schweiger
OK, so the headline is a little misleading ... the new Java Series JFV60 from Sanus Systems doesn’t magically float. But it does look pretty cool sitting legless mounted to the wall, snug under a wall-mounted flat-panel TV as the company showed at CES 2010.
The unit of course can be kept on your floor if you choose, where it would support up to 350 pounds of A/V gear. But with three wall studs required it still can carry 200 pounds of electronics heft to it when it’s mounted on the wall, plus it just looks ultra modern and cool.
Other nice features are sliding glass doors, so as not to block the IR signals to your equipment, three shelves including the top portion, steel back plate and removable feet, rear cable management (so you can magically hide your wires), and availability in chocolate and espresso finishes.
Sanus had a couple of other interesting new wrinkles to its Foundations line at CES, including a floorstanding TV mount and a full-featured equipment rack (both pictured below).
Of course, there were plenty of super-slim and full-motion mounts to be found in Sanus’ booth at CES, but the floorstanding model struck our fancy. Like other Sanus mounts, the FS46 and FS56 products feature the company’s Virtual Axis tilting technology so you can easily tilt the TV with a finger push. The wrinkle in this mount, though, is that rather than be anchored with wood studs it can be anchored to anyplace in the wall because of its two floorstand pillars.
Then there’s the adjustable wood back panel, which not only hides your cabling, but is designed to complement dressers or other furniture pieces so that the mount looks as if it and the furniture are one combined piece. It comes in panel finishes of cherry, mocha, black and paintable white, and the mount and panel can adjust for height flexibility. No need to ditch that favorite hutch or bedroom furniture because it clashes or you don’t want to harm it by placing a TV on top.
A recent introduction for Sanus, full A/V equipment racks were part of the CES show, highlighted by the Component 500 Series that comes in 35U, 24U and 18U rack spaces—or 67.25, 48 and 37.5 inches high, respectively.
Made from heavy-gauge welded steel, the racks are customizable so you can add accessories, and include vented side and back panels, adjustable feet, tiebars for wire management and locking front doors.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.