The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s most recent Expo in Denver was a showcase for flat-panel TVs and their accessories, environmental control products, new architectural loudspeaker designs, and home theater products. - Rebecca Day

Stop surges
Electrical spikes wreak havoc on AV gear. American Power Conversion’s P8VNTG protects home theater components from damaging power transients such as surges and spikes. The strip builds in AC and video line surge protection and offers master/controlled outlets that automatically cut power to unused equipment to help reduce energy consumption. American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #217]


Slice of sound
Designed for multidwelling units where in-ceiling speakers are difficult to install, the Sonance SM55 mounts to the ceiling while protruding just 21⁄2'' from the surface. For installation, a round steel mounting plate that accepts conventional speaker wire affixes to a standard J-box via two supplied screws. The speaker is set into position beneath the box and is held into place by two powerful neodymium magnets. Sonance, San Clemente, Calif.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #210]


Soundproof door keeps noise inside
Serious Materials QuietHome door helps ensure that the booms and screeches of a home theater don’t leak into the rest of the house. Approved by theater certification company THX for home theater performance, the soundproof door is said to exhibit noise-reduction ratings up to 51 STC. The internally damped, multilayer, QuietWood-based construction is complemented by high-performance door seals. The door measures 2 1⁄4'' thick. Serious Materials, Sunnyvale, Calif.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #212]

Support your TV
Moen has adapted its SecureMount Anchor system for bathroom pull bars for its first foray into flat-panel TV mounting systems. The mounts provide secure installation without the need to find studs and can support flat-panel TVs up to 55'' in screen size and up to 150 pounds. Moen claims the anchors are 67 percent stronger than other TV anchor mounting solutions. Moen, North Olmsted, Ohio.

[Reader Service: January 2009 #213]