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post #31 of 75
Well since I've proved so many they are totally wrong about putting a flat panel above a fireplace......









Anyone asking the question about to mount a flat panel above a fireplace should know that a fireplace company local to me has overtime orders due to requests of customers wanting this very same thing:

My TV above a fireplace is slightly higher than normal, but my distance to the screen is 12 or more feet, and I also have kick back couch / recliners, etc. Some people have to understand that this is a view that people want, why are there so many that make it a mission in life to tell others DON'T DO IT..... When it looks great, it's functional, and many people want it....

The above pic is not my family room, but it is from an Avid AVS member here, my situation was it was the only thing I could do, but there is a difference, to have a theater dedicated for theater, and a family room like the pic above for a functioning family room.....
post #32 of 75
"Some people have to understand that this is a view that people want"

Some people have to understand that people see these kind of beautiful installs and think that's what they want because they have "no place else to put it". But then they have to live with their neck craned up at at the TV for years and they realize it wasn't such an amazing idea.
post #33 of 75
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Originally Posted by rogo View Post

"Some people have to understand that this is a view that people want"

Some people have to understand that people see these kind of beautiful installs and think that's what they want because they have "no place else to put it". But then they have to live with their neck craned up at at the TV for years and they realize it wasn't such an amazing idea.

Hate to say it, but he speaks the truth. Since I posted in this thread a good while back, we got sick of our TV being above the fireplace and moved it down to the cabinet on the right side. Think like the last pic above, but took out the bottom 2 shelves. My wife has stated at least a couple of times a week in the 2 months since how much better she likes the TV down lower.

We are going to get a new mount with a 37" extension reach so the TV can come out how ever far we want, and even turn completly sideways. This is probably the one we are getting, but you can find it much cheaper other places:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Chief+-+...&skuId=7338838

I have to say, I had no idea how much I didn't like the TV up that high till I moved it to eye level. It will never go above the fire place again, no matter how good it makes the room look.
post #34 of 75
Well the topic of this thread states, Needing a mount that does allow a flat panel to mount above a fireplace, so I've come here to offer a solution and to show that it's easily done, not to perswade others and or convience others to not do it and to only like what I like to do..... Leave it up to the poster to decide for themselves.. Another thread or poll possibly exists on personal preferences on this topic......
post #35 of 75
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Originally Posted by TheaterChad View Post

Well the topic of this thread states, Needing a mount that does allow a flat panel to mount above a fireplace, so I've come here to offer a solution and to show that it's easily done, not to perswade others and or convience others to not do it and to only like what I like to do..... Leave it up to the poster to decide for themselves.. Another thread or poll possibly exists on personal preferences on this topic......

I agree!! I don't understand why some are bashing on TVs above the fireplace. The question is clearly about a solution not opinions of whether or not to have a TV above the fireplace.
post #36 of 75
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Originally Posted by lteixeira View Post

I agree!! I don't understand why some are bashing on TVs above the fireplace. The question is clearly about a solution not opinions of whether or not to have a TV above the fireplace.

I don't see it as bashing.

People need to understand that ergonomically, mounting a TV above a fireplace is not a good thing to do.

I understand that some like the look, but many don't actually spend time watching from a seated position.

That said, solutions are still needed to mount a TV above a fireplace, but I don't think it should be promoted as the proper thing to do.
post #37 of 75
i have my 60" LED above fire place. yeah at first i was thinking about viewing issue. its all mind thing. when tilted didn't even notice any difference except screen seem a little smaller and looks really good for home decor. we run fireplace all the time and no issue or whatever. viewing distance is 13"
post #38 of 75
my sister-in-law has hers above fireplace and i hate going there to watch football. i always go home with a neck strain. Good news is they recently finished basement and have lcd at normal viewing height.
post #39 of 75
The only drop down mount that I have found specifically for TVs over the fireplace (and in production) is this one - www dot dynamicmounting dot com.

It looks like it works best with a fairly shallow mantle. I'm thinking about it, but the $499 price is a little steep for me.

Jeff

I tried to make the url a link, but I have to have 3 posts first.
post #40 of 75
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Originally Posted by jbcpez View Post

The only drop down mount that I have found specifically for TVs over the fireplace (and in production) is this one - www dot dynamicmounting dot com.

It looks like it works best with a fairly shallow mantle. I'm thinking about it, but the $499 price is a little steep for me.

Jeff

I tried to make the url a link, but I have to have 3 posts first.

Jeff,
That looks like a viable solution for me. THANKS! Does anyone on the forum have one of these? I'm wondering what the wear and tear would be on that if that mount is used on a daily basis.
post #41 of 75
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Originally Posted by jbcpez View Post

The only drop down mount that I have found specifically for TVs over the fireplace (and in production) is this one - www dot dynamicmounting dot com.

It looks like it works best with a fairly shallow mantle. I'm thinking about it, but the $499 price is a little steep for me.

Jeff

I tried to make the url a link, but I have to have 3 posts first.

That looks just like what I've been looking for. It also looks a lot like David Clary's design/patent application. I wonder if he is associated with Dynamic Mounting. The site says they start shipping next week. Maybe I should wait until somebody actually receives and tries one before I consider ordering.

I wonder if it would be possible/easy to replace the two strut things in there with linear actuators. The struts are pretty tine, so the actuator might not fit.
post #42 of 75
Actually, if you're willing to mount it so that it sticks beyond the mantle when not in use, this might also work.

http://www.firgelliauto.com/product_...roducts_id=218

It looks like it's made for mounting above a false ceiling, but if you mount it on the edge of your mantle it should work over a fireplace. A little carpentry would be involved in adding and securing a beam to mount it to, but it wouldn't be any fun if it was easy.
post #43 of 75
David's prototype looks exactly like what I would love to have.

It's wild that something like this has not been made readily available yet. That above alternative for 500 dollars looks like it would work as well, but for that much money I could never justify a mount.
post #44 of 75
Thread Starter 
Too bad these mounts were not available when I started this thread! This is exactly what I was looking for and am sure several others are as well. Anyways we finally lowered our fireplace mantle from ~70 inches to ~54 inches without spending an arm and a leg. The TV is now mounted on top of the fireplace and it looks fantastic. Height is reasonable. Wife is happy and so am I!
post #45 of 75
I am one of those people and I am thrilled there are a few options. Hope they work with a 65" set.
post #46 of 75
Not trying to spam, but I did order from dynamicmounting.com and the mount solved the neck strain and "The TV is too high" problem.

I have a 75 lb 50" Plasma mounted above a 9 inch deep mantle.

The studs on my wall were not conveniently aligned, so I mounted a couple of 2x2's to the wall, then installed the mount on them. I painted them the same color as the wall, so they are fairly unobtrusive when the TV is "deployed." Because I have the 2x2s on the wall, I get a little more vertical movement than mounting the unit directly to the wall, but I get about 29" of vertical movement.

Shipping on the mount was $39.29, so not too expensive, it is a fairly heavy piece of equipment to ship through the mail. Shipping was to Goldsboro, NC 27530. My wife wasn't too happy about the price either, I just wanted something that looked professional and solved the problem.

You can adjust the TV to be totally vertical if you like, I have mine slightly angled down in the "Up" position and vertical in the "Down" position.

The TV "locks" in the up position and pulls away from the wall when you are moving it. So if you wanted it in a cabinet up high, it would most likely work as the TV moves Out and Down simultaneously.

You can adjust how much pressure it takes to move the TV. I adjusted mine so that the weight of the TV will not quite move it down to the full down position, I have to push it down to full down. It takes about 20 lbs of lifting pressure to move it back to the "Up" position as well. You could adjust it to provide more or less lift, this setting works for me and my wife and strikes a good balance.

I'm happy to answer any questions.
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post #47 of 75
well was googling this up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB3tqhYM9wc
your thread came up so if ur still suffering, only almost 4k and its solved...lol hahaha

yea i guess that lady is having her O face there..
post #48 of 75
I took a look at dynamicmounting [dot] com as suggested by jbcpez, alexp98, Abini from his forum discussion and decided to try the product.

I mounted a 92.6lbs. 70" Sharp LED TV above my fireplace with a 12" wooden mantle. The bottom of the bracket is set at 9", putting the bottom of the TV at 2-7/8" above the mantle in the up position. The TV clears the mantle on the way down with 1-7/8" clearance.

The viewing distance is 15 feet so with the tilt I have set in the up position, the strain on he neck is only slight. However, in the down position, the TV comes down about 25", which puts it right in the middle of the wall, making viewing enjoyable.

I like the counter-balance mechanism, so that I can raise and lower the TV without having to have a massive weight-lifting workout.

I did need to re-enforce my wall as there was a stud near the center of the wall and the bracket was not wide enough to reach the studs on either side, while still keeping the bracket centered.

If you are looking for something for this over he fireplace dilemma, I recommend this solution.

Thank you,
NDALLGOOD
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post #49 of 75
I'm also looking at this mount from dynamicmounting but wondering if you have seen any motorized versions since the last posting...

This one is $2000:

http://www.comfortvu.com/product/

too much for my blood.
post #50 of 75
This seems like great alternative to weekly chiropractor visits from a bad neck, and I am also thinking about picking this up.

My question and concern is regarding audio. Has anyone who has this thought of any creative ways to deal with the center channel of a speaker set? It seems like having the TV dropped down for viewing will put it right in front of where most of us have our center speaker, though mounting the speaker above the TV over the mantle so it's unaffected by the mount's movement seems far too high. I've yet to see any install pics that have to deal with a center speaker.
post #51 of 75
Hi 2mchpwr,
No I have not seen any motorized units cheaper, but I have seen some more expensive ones that can do cool things if you have space in your ceiling or floor to hide a TV smile.gif





Hi BaconBanana,

Very few people have the ability to mount the center channel either below the fireplace or between the bottom of the TV in the down position and the fireplace. I had this same concern. I tried to one side of the TV, but it didn't sound right with my 7.1 system. It was of course sounding off center.

What I ended up doing was hooking 2 speakers up to my center channel on my AV receiver.

Some out there may say "but you just reduced your effective speaker impedance from 8 to 4 Ohms". Well yes I did, but my receiver doesn't care and it sounds really well balanced as my TV is in the center width of the room and a center channel speaker is on each side. You can see my center channel speaker in my pics above in post #48. You just can't see my fronts that are off to each side.

I have had this system very loud especially in movies like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers, you get the idea. My Yamaha RX-A1000 handles this just great. I often get compliments on my TV and the sound of my speaker setup.

I hope that helps.

Thank you,
NDALLGOOD
post #52 of 75
I have the same dilemma and I think this may be the best and least expensive option:

http://www.dynamicmounting.com/purchase/purchase.html
post #53 of 75
I was looking for a while for a good 'over the fireplace mount' and DynamicMounting.com seem to be the only good game in town. Full left/right motion, support for super heavy TV's (mine is a 52 inch old school LCD 110lbs). Lifting it up and down due to their counter balance is super easy!!
Check out the pics. I didn't buy the shelves to put all the AV stuff on and I'm in the middle of a big renovation but you get the point...
You can't really see in the pics but my wall height is 8ft. TV is 52 inch.


post #54 of 75
Also found the dynamicmounting.com product easy to use and install. I found the company to be easy to work with both in the purchase of the unit and in a specific question I asked regarding their available discounts (our renovation project ran very long; still waiting on the speakers to be mounted and new baluns, but they were willing to extend the discount to us).

Finger tip movement of the mount: http://youtu.be/gz1Q16Z2KSM
post #55 of 75
fyi i came across this today... http://www.dynamicmounting.com/
post #56 of 75
http://www.mantlemount.com/ This is what you are all trying to find.
Check out you tube when searching for the unknown is the easiest way to begin usually.
post #57 of 75
Hi.

I found this just the other day. This has got to be the most elegant solution, and it is designed just for large flat screen TVs mounted over the fireplace. It has some neat features like a vanity cover for the bracket, a custom wire conduit for behind-the-wall wire routing, and even temperature sensitive handles that warn if the temperature is too high for the TV. See http://www.mantlemount.com.
post #58 of 75
I finally got my 80" mounted and sit about 14 ft away. This thing looks sweet. Replaced my 60" vizio plasma and I used the same mount I had for the old tv.
http://simplicity.sanus.com/index.php/us/en/products/tilting-mount/SXDP3

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Now I'm having one issue. I need to get more "tilt" for 3d only. When seated in the couch the 3D is a little blurry and has slight doubling. If I start to sit up it gets perfectly clear. I know this is an issue with passive 3d if you are more than 20 degrees below the TV. I have to figure out a way to get more tilt. It's already on a tilt mount, but not enough tilt. Any ideas?

2d viewing is perfect and no complaints.
post #59 of 75
Why do people always install TV's over fireplaces? I can understand if you don't have another option but in my opinion it's both aesthetically unpleasing and impractical.
post #60 of 75

There is a mount called comfort vu......  Im sure its pretty expensive, but it does exactally what you are looking for

 

http://www.comfortvu.com/

 

Check it out!

 

Mariea

 

I have a different dilemma all together and was hoping for some help...

 

We are currently building a fireplace and have the mantle installed and part of the stone.  We will be placing the TV above the mantle and are looking for advise on a mount for 55" flat screen and also any tips on placing the mount.   We are thinking of puting the mount up prior to the stone any ideas?

 

Mariea

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