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post #1 of 42
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I've decided on the Panasonic ST60. Sitting about 9 feet away and mounting over the mantle. I thought I had my mind set on the 55" but now I'm thinking maybe that's overkill and I should go 50". Opinions?
post #2 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

I've decided on the Panasonic ST60. Sitting about 9 feet away and mounting over the mantle. I thought I had my mind set on the 55" but now I'm thinking maybe that's overkill and I should go 50". Opinions?

Not at all, unless its bigger than the wall it's mounted on. (Can't see your room) it would look odd. You will be happy if you went bigger.
post #3 of 42
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Not at all, unless its bigger than the wall it's mounted on. (Can't see your room) it would look odd. You will be happy if you went bigger.

Here is a picture from my viewpoint. Mounting over the mantle. I measured for the 55" and it would basically cover all the existing brick.

Excuse the mess, just moved in 2 weeks ago.
post #4 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

Here is a picture from my viewpoint. Mounting over the mantle. I measured for the 55" and it would basically cover all the existing brick.

Excuse the mess, just moved in 2 weeks ago.


http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57558527-221/dont-mount-a-tv-above-a-fireplace/


I'd go 55" but I'd sure as heck would never mount a TV over a fireplace that high. For some reason people do it because they think it looks cool, but its an idiotic spot to watch a TV.
post #5 of 42
I would stick with the 60". After a while, you will never notice the size. We have a 42" Plasma, and if I could get my way, I would go with a 70", but the wife wants a 60". We sit about the same distance from our 42" Plasma, and it looks smaller after having it for seven years, and seeing friends with larger sets that are the same distance from their seating as ours, that is why I want to go larger.
post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bubbleboyjones View Post

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57558527-221/dont-mount-a-tv-above-a-fireplace/


I'd go 55" but I'd sure as heck would never mount a TV over a fireplace that high. For some reason people do it because they think it looks cool, but its an idiotic spot to watch a TV.

Yeah I know. Have never wanted to do it. However, in this new house, it's the ONLY place to do it in order for our furniture, and computer desk to fit. It was my last choice but no other way will work.
post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

I've decided on the Panasonic ST60. Sitting about 9 feet away and mounting over the mantle. I thought I had my mind set on the 55" but now I'm thinking maybe that's overkill and I should go 50". Opinions?
I'm using a 50" at 7feet viewing distance but I can see I could go bigger especially for 3D titles where I need to move in to 5feet or so for best effect.
At 9feet you should go at 65"
post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by BriscoCountyJr View Post

I'm using a 50" at 7feet viewing distance but I can see I could go bigger especially for 3D titles where I need to move in to 5feet or so for best effect.
At 9feet you should go at 65"

wow, 65 would be hanging over the drywall on each side of the brick. Man, I might be leaning back towards 55 now. I thought I could save some money by getting the 50 at $999 whcih is a steal for the Panisonic ST60 don't you think?
Edited by nygiant75 - 6/14/13 at 11:07am
post #9 of 42
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Yeah I know. Have never wanted to do it. However, in this new house, it's the ONLY place to do it in order for our furniture, and computer desk to fit. It was my last choice but no other way will work.


You need to look into a way of getting the mantle off. I can't stress how bad of an idea it is to mount it that high above. You're going to be spending numerous hours watching that TV...You don't want to be looking up at it.
post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

wow, 65 would be hanging over the drywall on each side of the brick. Man, I might be leaning back towards 55 now. I thought I could save some money by getting the 50 at $999 whcih is a steal for the Panisonic ST60 don't you think?


Get a 60" ST 60. I've almost never heard of someone complaining that their TV is too big but the #1 complaint by a mile is that they bought a TV too small. Believe me 50" will feel a little small after a few months.
post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bubbleboyjones View Post

Get a 60" ST 60. I've almost never heard of someone complaining that their TV is too big but the #1 complaint by a mile is that they bought a TV too small. Believe me 50" will feel a little small after a few months.

Maybe you can do the remodeling ? Seriously advice is one thing telling someone what to do with their own house is a little much
post #12 of 42
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Maybe you can do the remodeling ? Seriously advice is one thing telling someone what to do with their own house is a little much


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post #13 of 42
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You guys are killing me! Ha ha. Yeah I never thought I'd say a tv was too big, but I don't want it to look ridiculous versus the size off the room. It's a long somewhat narrow room. It's around 24 long x 12 wide . I'm mounting it on the wall that is the width of the room 12 feet and will be sitting in front of it. In the picture I attached the 55 will basically take up that entire brick area above the mantle. Keep in mind, I took the picture reclined like how I would be watching it so its not really that high. We all watch tv reclined back with our feet up so it won't be that extreme of an angle watching it.
Edited by nygiant75 - 6/14/13 at 5:16pm
post #14 of 42
If that's what fits in your room then that's what you should get aesthetics count also as long as you can tilt it down slightly it should be fine
post #15 of 42
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If that's what fits in your room then that's what you should get aesthetics count also as long as you can tilt it down slightly it should be fine

Oh yeah, definitely getting a mount that allows it to be tilted down.
post #16 of 42
Should be golden then enjoy smile.gif
post #17 of 42
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Well if anybody else can chime in please feel free. I spoke to a reputable seller of HDTVs. Even though I said the seats in my house were approximately 9 feet away he said I should go up to 60 inches and do not get a tilt mount just get a flat flush mount for over the mantle.

Any other opinions on this thread or what I just posted?
post #18 of 42
Size is debatable but on the tilt mount I suggested that because if the ar filter you may get a degraded picture
post #19 of 42
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Size is debatable but on the tilt mount I suggested that because if the ar filter you may get a degraded picture

Here is a picture from my seat I have the 60 inch Panasonic plasma outlined in the blue painters tape above the mantle. The TV you currently see is a 42 inch plasma on a 3 foot stand.

So you are saying you think I should get a tilt mount?

post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

Here is a picture from my seat I have the 60 inch Panasonic plasma outlined in the blue painters tape above the mantle. The TV you currently see is a 42 inch plasma on a 3 foot stand.

So you are saying you think I should get a tilt mount?


Although you would be fine without one. it's always better to get a tilt mount when it's up that high, I would even consider an articulating mount from that view. They aren't very expensive and well worth to have, that way it gives you all the options and angles you prefer the most.
post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by Latinoheat View Post

Although you would be fine without one. it's always better to get a tilt mount when it's up that high, I would even consider an articulating mount from that view. They aren't very expensive and well worth to have, that way it gives you all the options and angles you prefer the most.

Okay will definitely consider, thanks for the advice.
post #22 of 42
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Also I guess with the tilt mount you always have the option of pushing it back up flush right?
post #23 of 42
Yes don't see why not

Why did the salesman not recommend it ?
post #24 of 42
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Originally Posted by nygiant75 View Post

Also I guess with the tilt mount you always have the option of pushing it back up flush right?

Of course you can have it flush with the wall, or tilt up or down.
post #25 of 42
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Originally Posted by chunon View Post

Yes don't see why not

Why did the salesman not recommend it ?

You know, I'm not sure. 2 guys said do a tilt the other said I didn't need to.

I think it makes sense after talking it out here.
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by chunon View Post

Size is debatable but on the tilt mount I suggested that because if the ar filter you may get a degraded picture
The filter should only be a factor when viewing from above. Unlikely to be the case in this scenario.
post #27 of 42
Hey NyGiant,

I installed this dual swing arm wall mount from Chief mfg and have it mounted to my LG LHX LED tv, and it works great, expensive, but works great it tilts, moves away from the wall, etc.

First question: Is that a wood burning Fireplace? Some wood Fireplaces can get real HOT, especially if they radiate the heat at the glass front, and then it goes straight up unless you have blowers that blow the heat away from the opening of the FP.

I will have to find some pics to show how my set is set-up, as it's recessed from the front of my gas fireplace, and the blower pushes the heat 2 feet away from the front of the fireplace, and my LHX is 18" recessed away from the front of the fireplace, so I have absolutely no heat issues. I have some ideas with modifying the mantle, to help prevent heat getting up to the level where you want your TV, but it's a lot of work.

Here is a old pic of when I was finishing up doing the stone work, and you can see what I'm talking about.

post #28 of 42
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Originally Posted by TheaterChad View Post

Hey NyGiant,

I installed this dual swing arm wall mount from Chief mfg and have it mounted to my LG LHX LED tv, and it works great, expensive, but works great it tilts, moves away from the wall, etc.

First question: Is that a wood burning Fireplace? Some wood Fireplaces can get real HOT, especially if they radiate the heat at the glass front, and then it goes straight up unless you have blowers that blow the heat away from the opening of the FP.

I will have to find some pics to show how my set is set-up, as it's recessed from the front of my gas fireplace, and the blower pushes the heat 2 feet away from the front of the fireplace, and my LHX is 18" recessed away from the front of the fireplace, so I have absolutely no heat issues. I have some ideas with modifying the mantle, to help prevent heat getting up to the level where you want your TV, but it's a lot of work.

Here is a old pic of when I was finishing up doing the stone work, and you can see what I'm talking about.


Wow, that's some set up you did. I just moved in and have never used the fireplace before. I did come from a house that had a wood burning fireplace and used it all the time. NEVER with the door shut though. I always felt above the fireplace and the mantle because my wife had all these knick knacks, pictures and a wreath on the wall above the mantle. It never got even the slighest bit hot but the brick under the mantle it was. I would seem to think that might be the same here. I understand hot air rises so it might be a little bit warmer in front of the screen than without a fire. But, I don't think it will be subjecting the plasma and sound bar to extreme heat of any kind.

It's just the way this house is set up, there is no way possible to put the tbv anywhere else except where you see the current tv. That's just temporary though because the one couch is not pulled up all the way into the family room and the wife is putting an end table and lamp there. The previous owners had a 50" Samsung above the fireplace when we went to look at the house before buying it. It's a long narrow room so above the mantle just seems the best way to go here. Thank you for the advice and the picture, much appreciated.
post #29 of 42
I know it's hard to compromise with a difficult room layout to have a flat panel above the FP, it does really look very cool, some don't mind it, but some of the die-hard video'philes on here, totally despise it! ( I have many bruises from defending my own build with people on here telling me the very same thing LOL! ) so I guess you have to ask youself this:

Are you willing to give this a try, no matter what the outcome may be? If yes, then I'd go for it, worse thing would be to take it down and have to move it back to where it was, and maybe some patching some lag bolt holes through the mortor in-between your brick. I will locate my mantle design I made up with some 2" thick stone, I still have some around, and you could modify your mantle height a little lower, I will check if there is code stating any distance from the top edge of the FP, not sure if there is, but could be, so you could gain maybe 6 or more inches lower.
post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by TheaterChad View Post

I know it's hard to compromise with a difficult room layout to have a flat panel above the FP, it does really look very cool, some don't mind it, but some of the die-hard video'philes on here, totally despise it! ( I have many bruises from defending my own build with people on here telling me the very same thing LOL! ) so I guess you have to ask youself this:

Are you willing to give this a try, no matter what the outcome may be? If yes, then I'd go for it, worse thing would be to take it down and have to move it back to where it was, and maybe some patching some lag bolt holes through the mortor in-between your brick. I will locate my mantle design I made up with some 2" thick stone, I still have some around, and you could modify your mantle height a little lower, I will check if there is code stating any distance from the top edge of the FP, not sure if there is, but could be, so you could gain maybe 6 or more inches lower.

Ha ha, thanks for the post again. Yeah, I feel like I have been beaten on a little. Honestly though, I asked for opinions so I respect what people post, no problem. I am going to go ahead and have it mounted there. We will just see how it works. I'm not sure if I want to get into moving the mantle and having brick repair done etc. I have several other expenses with moving into this new house that have priority. Money is tight as it is now and I have just a little "disposable income" to treat myself and the family to this 60" plasma and sound bar. Other funds have to go towards the house and a savings. Maybe in the next few years though if it's really not satisfying the way I am going to have it done.

Speaking of sound bars, I know once again this is a hot topic and it's love them or hate them. Again, this is what I want for a reason; space and aesthetics. Maybe I will PM you so this doesn't get off topic. I think I will start a thread in the sound bar forum too.
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