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Buyer's Guide to Video Mounts

Pros know there?s more to a mount than what holds a display or projector in place. From wall to ceiling mounts, slim to ultraslim, large-venue to short-throw, there?s a lot to consider. And it seems that now, more than ever, manufacturers are tuning in to what integrators need.

Pros know there’s more to a mount than what holds a display or projector in place. From wall to ceiling mounts, slim to ultraslim, large-venue to short-throw, there’s a lot to consider. And it seems that now, more than ever, manufacturers are tuning in to what integrators need. According to AV market research fi rm TFC Info, for instance, display wall mounts are almost universally in demand by business users (ceiling mounts, not as much). Not surprisingly, the most important criterion is compatibility with the client’s screens, but research shows users beginning to value a slim profile about as much as they require features such as safety locks or universal designs.

Chief Manufacturing engineers have noted the trend toward “lower-profile” display mounts, due in part to wider adoption of applications such as videoconferencing, digital signage, menu boards, and videowalls. Peerless officials call the drive to keep up with ultrathin flat-panel TVs “the race to the wall.”

That goes for projector mounts, too. As those products get smaller, customers want them closer to screens. Short-throw projector mounts are as close as you get these days to a red-hot trend in the market for video mounts.

Atdec
www.atdec.com

Model: TH-2050-VFM
Type: Display mount
Price: $269
Warranty: 5 years
Weight capacity 75 pounds
Minimum Depth from wall: 4.3 inches
Max extension length: 21.3 inches
Features the Telehook arm mount, which offers full range of movement via three pivot points. The TH-2050-VFM uses a 12-by-12-inch mounting configuration option in addition to the standard VESA 4-by-4-, 8-by-4-, and 8-by-8-inch configurations. By supporting the 12-by-12-inch VESA mounting hole pattern, the TH-2050-VFM accommodates a range of displays that require unconventional VESA mounting hole patterns without the need for a bigger universal mount.

Chief Manufacturing
www.chiefmfg.com

Model: Fusion LTMU Micro-Adjustable Tilt Mount
Type: Display mount
Price: $279
Warranty: 10 years
Weight capacity 200 pounds
Depth from wall: 2 inches
Max extension length: N/A
Designed to ease issues of stud location and unlevel rooms, the LTMU features 16 inches of lateral shift (8 inches left/right) that reduces dead spots on the wall. Micro-adjustment allows 1 inch of height adjustment and 3 degrees of leveling before or after the TV is mounted to the wall. The Click-Connect safety feature provides an audible click when the screen safely engages with the mount. All accessories hang directly from the mount so installers don't have to level separate equipment.

Model: Thinstall LTTU Tilt Mount
Type: Display mount
Price: $299
Warranty: 10 years
Weight capacity 100 pounds
Depth from wall: 0.8 inches
Max extension length: N/A
Low profile and smooth, fingertip tilt adjustment. A built-in cable stand gives installers access for cable connection and a clean installation. The mount also incorporates GlideLock toolless latching, for faster installation in the field, as well as a one-piece steel bracket with two tilting interfaces. An integrated safety latch secures the TV to the wall.

Model: RSMAU Mini RPA Elite
Type: Projector mount
Price: $199
Warranty: 10 years
Weight capacity 25 pounds
Pitch: ± 15 degrees
Tilt: N/A
Roll: ± 3 degrees
Rotation/yaw: 360 degrees
A compact design with the same features as the RPA Elite Series. MicroZone Adjustments make projector registration fast and precise, including in flush-mount installations. Centris Technology enables fingertip positioning and self-adjusts to support different projector weights. Chief's Q-Lock Quick Release Lever allows connect/disconnect of the projector for service, and the new universal interface provides lamp and filter access.

OmniMount
www.omnimount.com

Model: LPHDX-T
Type: Display mount
Price: $330
Warranty: 5 years
Weight capacity 300 pounds
Depth from wall: 1.5 inches
Max extension length: N/A
An extra-large tilt mount for applications where integration counts most. The LPHDX-T fits most flat panels from 55 to 75 inches with universal rails for panel compatibility. Its open architecture offers easy trim out and a built-in kickstand that allows one person to wire the flat panel with no vertical lifting. The LPHDX-T also incorporates the company's Lift 'n' Lock system to attach any flat panel to the mount, and a locking system to secure the panel.

Model: PRO-PJT
Type: Projector mount
Price: $100
Warranty: 5 years
Weight capacity Up to 40 pounds
Pitch: Infinitely adjustable
Tilt: Infinitely adjustable
An adjustable projector ceiling mount, it is designed to fit most small to large projectors and includes features such as adjustable legs from 1 to 19 inches, a universal adjustable mounting pattern to fit a range of projector models and sizes, a ceiling plate and PFC-A coupler, and NPT extension pipes available in 12, 18, and 24 inches.

Peerless Industries
www.peerlessmounts.com

Model: SUF650P
Type: Display mount
Price: $161
Warranty: 5 years limited
Weight capacity 150 pounds
Depth from wall: 0.3 inches
Max extension length: N/A
Peerless's thinnest mount, at only 0.3 inches thick, brings the screen closer to the wall than any other product from the company. The near-invisible mount is ideal for ultrathin flat panels and supports the weight of standard screens. Its all-steel, universal design delivers a space-saving, sleek look in a variety of applications.

Model: CM850
Type: Display mount
Price: $658
Warranty: 5 years
Weight capacity 150 pounds
Depth from wall: 18 to 25.8 inches
Max extension length: N/A
Peerless Industries' first and only mount designed for direct corner mounting. Designed for use with 32- to 58-inch flat-panel screens, the CM850 adapts to wider screens with no need for wall-mount repositioning. The flexible corner mount model pulls out, swivels, and tilts for optimal viewing from all angles. A screen attachment plate accommodates speakers when used with smaller flat panels.

Model: PRG-UNV Precision Gear
Type: Projector mount
Price: $229
Warranty: 5 years
Weight capacity 50 pounds
Pitch: N/A
Tilt: ± 20 degrees
Roll: ± 10 degrees
Rotation/yaw: 360 degrees on extension column, ± 15 flush mounted
Peerless' PRG-UNV Precision Gear projector mount has a precision-gear design that allows exact tilt and roll image positioning either by turning two adjustment knobs with a Phillips screwdriver, or by extending knobs and adjusting by hand. When the precision gear is set to the desired position and secured in place, the company says it will hold its position even during projector maintenance.

Premier Mounts
www.premiermounts.com

Model: PRO Series P4263T
Type: Display mount
Price: $160
Warranty: Lifetime
Weight capacity supports up to 175 pounds
Depth from wall: 2 inches
Max extension length: N/A
A reduced-depth, large, flat-panel mount that supports flat-panel TVs from 42 to 63 inches. The mount is held securely in place by bracket safety screws, a universal hardware pack with universal spacers, and steel stud, concrete, or wood fasteners. The P4263T also includes a cable-access and junction-box center hole, a reinforced wall plate design, and features lateral shift and a post-mount leveling system.

 

Model: PDS-Plus
Type: Projector mount
Price: $200
Warranty: Lifetime
Weight capacity Up to 75 pounds
Pitch: N/A
Tilt: ± 33 degrees
Roll: ± 15 degrees
Rotation/yaw: 360 degrees
Combining the ultralow profile of Premier's PDS series with a universal design, the PDS-Plus holds projectors up to 75 pounds. There's also 12 points of positive contact for reliable accuracy and a simple hook configuration base box design for quick attachment. A selection of up to eight transformable mounting legs offers adjustability, while the mount body offers space to route cables for a clean installation. The PDS-Plus is OSHPD tested (OP-1787).



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