According to the Quick Guide (p.28) the distance from the bottom of the TV to the lower VESA mounting holes is 13.2". The dimensions listed for my 55" were dead-on accurate.
If you're getting a pull-out swivel mount, make sure the TV stand is anchored or has sufficient weight in the bottom to counteract tipping.
Thanks, I didn't see that drawing in the guide. I think the 13.2" dimension is actually to the bottom of the input/output panel. But it's close enough to get started! I'll verify the dimension in-store once I'm getting closer to actually buying the TV. I thought of some more questions today.
1. Good advice on the swivel mount. I intend to test it with an older Samsung that weighs about the same. However, design, fabrication, and test will take some time. Maybe up to a month, depending on how fast my guy can do the metalwork. Does anyone know how long this TV will be available?
2. Speaking of pull-out swivel mounts, does the community have a favorite swivel mount?
3. I skimmed the manual, and it mentions the remote is bluetooth. If I can't use my Logitech Harmony One, this is not the right TV for me. Does the TV have an IR sensor? I mean sensor, not the included IR blaster. Unless the pack-in is a combination receiver/transmitter? Never had an IR blaster before, so it's all new to me.
4. If you use a universal remote with this TV, does it have discrete codes for the different input sources? Or does selecting an input require several button presses?
5. I have a sound bar that I use with an optical output on my current TV. Anyone tried the optical output, and did it work well?
6. I'm an avid gamer, and most of the inputs will normally be on the game mode. However, my primary Blu-Ray player is a PlayStation 3. If I switch from game mode back to cinema mode, will the cinema mode settings retain my calibration? Seems like a pain to calibrate for movies, then play a game, then calibrate for movies again! Maybe I'll need an HDMI switch/hub/whaddayacallit and a dedicated Blu-Ray player. A tuner is overkill- the room is just not suited for surround sound.
I'm off to take some dimensions on my existing cabinet to load into CAD. The design phase is the fun part!