Originally Posted by quixote
I'm considering the purchase of a Pioneer 6010, but since its such and expensive and fragile piece of equipment, I'm wondering what kind of mounting options buyers who live in areas prone to earthquake may have explored.
I've read through most of what I can find here on AVS, (over the course of many, many, many hours...), as well as spending days looking at the usual online sources and I'm beginning to have serious doubts about finding a viable solution.
From what I've been reading, it looks like there are generally two ways to go:
plant the panel on a dedicated TV stand from companies like Bela, Sanus, and hope for the best, or go with a wall mount from some company like Sanus , Omnimount, and Peerless.
A TV stand would be the way I'd prefer to go, but it seems difficult to find something earthquake-safe that will work with my budget and space. I'm not picky about component shelving options and have no center channel speaker requirements. I'm looking for something in a modern style, yet that doesn't completely depend on a huge plate of glass to support the panel itself, (glass for ancillary component shelving doesn't bother me). Aside from the obvious possibility of the top shelf shattering in an earthquake, the glass also precludes any bolt-type attachment of the panel to the stand. Also, although some owners simply attach wires from the panel to the wall, it seems to me that if the stand were to move out in a quake while the plasma remains tethered to the wall, that I'd be completely SOL.
I have seen a few models that would be ideal in principal, like the OmniMount G3FP or the Sanus PFFP2, since by floating the panel on a post built into the stand, they solidly integrate the plasma into the support structure. But the max panel size on these type of products cap out at 50", and most models seem to place the TV fairly high up in the air, whereas I'm looking for something that will keep the panel at a relatively low profile for comfortable viewing.
Using a wall mount at first glance seems to be the solution here, but it also introduces a couple of other questions. If I were to use a flat wall mount, then the only adjustment to the panel's viewing angle would be in the tilt, which I find a little limiting. But if I were to use an articulating arm mount, like the OmniMount UCL-X - Wishbone Series, then the added weight of the mount to an already heavy television could, according to some opinions I've read, possibly buckle the wall. And how the whole shebang would hold up under the stresses of a moderate earthquake is anyone's guess. I'm not an expert on wall studs and load bearing limits, and I don't want to become one the hard way.
At this point I'm beginning to consider contracting a welder to create some kind of basic steel plate stand or pedestal. The "industrial" look would be fine, but the downside here would be the guess work involved in specking out a design to properly support the TV, and the possible added time and expense. I don't rule this route out, but it seems that with all the 60"+ panels that have been sold over the years, that there must be an "out of the box" solution somewhere.
If any 6010 owners out there have already been down this road, I'd be grateful for any sage words of advice!