The AV industry is continually changing. One thing we've noticed is equipment that once required 4U of rack space moved to 2U, then 1U. That piece may also be able to perform multiple tasks, like switching, camera control and graphics mixing.
The result of this movement to less space and more capabilities is the movement away from large AV racks. Products are now moving closer to the space where they are used, and not even rack mounted as often. Chief has been working to provide solutions that meet these changing realities. Chief has been working to pro
Chief's S2 Series racks are the most versatile rack solution for smaller equipment needs. They come in 15U and 20U sizes and can be stacked, wall mounted or added to furniture solutions. They assemble with four bolts in less than 10 minutes, saving time and space both in the truck and on the site. Their smaller size makes them easier to hide in a cabinet as well.
Even that smaller rack size may be too much, or the end user may want the equipment to be better hidden. After several years with the PAC525 and PAC526 adjustable depth in-wall storage boxes, Chief has added an extra-large option to better help manage space behind large displays and hide equipment.
A multi-level, multi-sectioned backplane with universal mounting slots make it easier to arrange components and maximize the space available in all three dimensions. This helps installers be more flexible with difficult port locations on AV equipment. As with Chief's other in-wall boxes, the PAC527 features breakaway edges that make it compatible with both standard 3.5" studs and 2.5" studs, so installers can easily accommodate any stud depth on site. The PAC527 is certified to UL 2416 for enclosure systems.
Our last new option for storage hides behind the display. The CSPR provides over 160 square inches of secure attachment area for AV equipment independent of display mounts. A handle provides easier access while securing equipment or installing behind the display. Technicians can remove the CSPR to service equipment without removing the display. This solution is ideal for standardizing the deployment of AV component configuration across large rollouts. A hinged, under-table version, the CSPH, is coming soon.
As AV equipment continues t ochange, Chief will continue to listen to your feedback to determine the best way to adapt storage to fit installation needs. We look forward to hearing from you.