Out with that ungainly TV cabinet, in with all manner of clever flat-panel mounting systems that usher the flat-panel revolution into your home without the slicing up of your walls. We thought we'd seen the best one with DWR's $500 Muro, but Evo, a new space-efficient system from Santa Fe Springs, California-based Vantage Point, may give it a run for (considerably more) money. Evo is a modern, customizable, modular media mounting and storage system that protrudes just 4" from the wall. Drums and doves aside (watch the video on the site and you'll find out what we mean) VP claims it's easy to install (a one-day project) and can be attached to wood stud, metal stud or concrete. We'll have to take their word on these claims unless some early adopter out there has already tried this brand-spankin' new product and begs to differ.)
Evo's real advantage seems to lie in its quick-change configurability. It's essentially a system of wall-mounted aluminum frames in graphite, black or silver that support your screen, peripheral, and associated components. The wires nestle into the structure of the frame and are then concealed by snap-in, snap-out panels that come veneered with black ash, cherry, espresso, maple, or walnut wood. The beauty of this is that you can snap them out when you need to access your cables.
Speaking of beauty, we find Evo a little corporate-looking for the home, but there's one configutaion (shown in the middle) that's more minimal and that could work in a cozy, homey, non-slick livingroom. Evo starts at $725 for a 3-high panel kit. A 4-high costs $900, and extensions can be added to either. That's just the beginning though, because not unlike a multi-media system, all the components are purchased separately. Add mount accessories to keep speakers and that flat panel flying ($25- $150) and shelves ($40 - $300) for your components and you'd be hard-pressed to spend less than $1000. Check out the site for the Evo Designer, a feature that allow you to build your own configuration and see what it will look like. (This post will be updated as soon as we hear back from Vantage Point on how consumers can see and purchase Evo.)