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Technology Showcase: Flatpanel Mounts

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

Market expands with some unique designs to show off new TV technology.

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Founded in 1948, Bretford Manufacturing has been producing media furniture and mounts for six decades. For flatpanel screens, Bretford recommends its FPLM-ARM-AL universal wall mount that is width- and height-adjustable to fit the mounting holes on most 46in. to 61in. flatpanel displays up to 170lbs. Featuring a 0-degree to 15-degree forward-tilt adjustment, the display may be switched from portrait to landscape format by simply turning the monitor on the mount. The heavy-duty arms of Bretford's FPLM-ARM-AL allow the monitor to be pulled out from the wall up to 16 1/2in. and pivot the display left or right up to 45 degrees for best viewing. For multiple screens, Bretford also offers its FPSM-W-DIS6-AL mount that can hold six displays, but it also comes in two-screen, three-screen, and four-screen models each up to 21in. in size (25lbs.). Each monitor features a plus or minus 45-degree forward tilt and has cable-management clips that feed power and data cables to the center of the mount.

In April, the largest mount producer for pro AV, Chief Manufacturing, started shipping its Thinstall Mount series — what they are calling the industry's thinnest flatpanel TV mount. The first mount offered in the Thinstall series, the PSMT2015, has a depth of only 0.49in. and is designed for Hitachi's new 1.5 UltraThin HDTVs. For a flush-mount installation, Chief spotlights its PIWRF series In-Wall Swing Arm Mount for up to 65in. flatpanel displays. The PIWRF creates a “no-profile” installation flat to the wall when mounting a plasma TV, LCD TV, or monitor. It also allows for perfect TV centering without cutting studs. The PIWRF mount offers roll adjustment, height adjustment, and post-installation lateral shift to simplify installation and provide the ultimate in mounting flexibility.

CLO Systems is a strategic partner with Chief/Sanus Manufacturing, specializing in motorized flatpanel wall mounts. Its newest programmable robotic flatpanel wall mount, the S2, was first seen at CES 2008. Its 90 degrees of continuously variable swivel range eliminates problems such as glare, reflection, and off-axis viewing thanks to stored position settings from two user-programmable memories. In addition, building on the success of CLO Systems' award-winning X-arm, its brand new T2 arm fully retracts the display to a flush-vertical stowage position residing 3.2in. from the wall when not in use. The T2's wide range of variable downward-tilt movement (0 degrees to 15 degrees) provides an optimum viewing experience for viewers seated on the couch and floor. A new feature, Auto Mode, automatically tilts the T2 for viewing when the set is turned on and retracts the flatpanel display when it is turned off.

At the end of last year, Da-Lite announced the introduction of a Universal Wall Mount for flatpanel displays in tilting and static versions, the Advance PWM-0262 and PWS-0262, respectively. With the narrow profile of the PWM-0262 and PWS-0262, there is only a 2 1/2in. space between the back of the plasma unit and the wall. Both models will hold up to 200lbs. and the PWM-0262 features 20 degrees of tilt. Da-Lite has also added an articulating flatpanel wall mount — the Advance PWM-AR1 — that is equipped with an articulating arm, which can extend a flatpanel monitor up to 29in. away from the wall. The PWM-AR1 mount will hold up to 130lbs. and features 20 degrees of tilt.

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