Originally Posted by Tom the Piddler
The scariest thing about wall mounts is their big price reductions in the past year or so. That said, there are so many type of mounts to consider: flush, corner, tilting and articulating, to name a few, with many doing several things. Some even motorized! Most come with all of the hardware you will need to mount the TV, though you may still need to purchase some bolts and/or wall fasteners for your specific installation.
Look for a cable management system in the mount as well. Think about how you want and need the cables and power cord to attach to your set and where your components and wall outlets are, or will be located.
"monoprice" carries about all the types and sizes of mounts made for TV and monitors and are most reasonably priced. I've just ordered their #5920 - Adjustable Tilting/Swiveling Wall Mount Bracket for LCD Plasma (Max 200Lbs, 42~60inch) for His 553. Have a corner mount from Sams ( Corner TV Mount "36-70", SKU# 993888 ) for Her 553.
If your going to mount yours onto solid concrete, you might want to epoxy your fasteners into the concrete for a more reliable fastening system. The stress on the fasteners and the wall are both shear and stretch, with generally one type of stress noted, depending on the type of mount selected.
The only thing missing from most websites that sell wall mounts are the instructions so you can preview the how to's. You can visit Vizio's website in order to see some installation instructions and ideas. Select a mount and under the support tab, select "Installation Guide" pdf. http://www.vizio.com/accessories.html?cat=80
By the way, most wall mounts are not a thing of beauty. :-))
Hope this helps,
Tom thanks for the reply, and for all your other excellent posts.
I was trying to avoid discussing my off-topic issue on this post but I can find nowhere else to try. I'll try to post a photo. Apologies in advance, if It's long-winded.
I want to mount a 3 or 4 above an occasionally used fireplace insert. Don't worry about the heat. That issue is taken care of. The wall is concrete block hidden under plaster. I will want to anchor my mount through the center of these blocks to avoid them chipping out and hope I can find the centers by measuring in from the outside.
Space is limited by the fireplace and low ceiling beams to something like 42 high and 67 wide. More than enough for a 55 or 65 TV but in the future I will probably max out at 75 or so. Due to their somewhat brittle nature I don't want to have to drill into the concrete blocks again in a few years when bigger and better TV's come long, so I want to try and hang a mount just once, that will cover me for any future sets. I'm looking at mounts like the Sanus VMPL3-B or the PeerlessST670.
Here's the crux of my problem. I've never owned a flat screen or seen how they pair up with mounts. I'd like to place the mount before I get the TV so that I can hang the set as soon as it arrives. Also I'm painting the whole fireplace area, and It would be nice to get all the drilling and mess over with at once. Remembering that I want to preserve maximum wall space for a future larger TV should I be placing my mount directly in the middle of my limited wall space? Or are mounts usually set at the top third of the TV frame or in some other fixed ratio? I realize many mounts allow some sideways adjustment of the TV which is useful since my space is somewhat asymmetrical but it's particularly the vertical placement of the mount that concerns me. If I get it right at the start I'm hoping that in the future I can maximize my chances of mounting as large a screen as my space will accommodate, and still maintain the integrity of the wall.
There is nowhere else to place the TV (big windows on other three walls). Any insight would be much appreciated. Also, if anyone has suggestions for other mounts I'd be very interested. I'd like a tilting mount because of all the potential window reflections and for viewing angle (couch is about 16 feet away). I also assume that mounts with good tilting ranges in both directions make access to the back a little easier.
Any news on a release date for the 3D model?
Sorry for the length of this post. Looking forward to being educated. Now, lets see about a photo...
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