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You won't regret it; it's a great projector.


I use the eHotCafe PRB-717-WHT Universal Projector Ceiling Mount with mine - It's extremely adjustable and well-priced; just make sure it's low enough for your screen (although the W1070's vertical lens shift makes this less of an issue).


Usefully, the mount also allows for a bit of horizontal shifting of the projector to help make up a little for lack of horizontal lens shift. But make sure you mount with the lens center-screen in any case! ;-)
 

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The BEST projector ceiling mount is the Chief RPMA series of Elite mounts. They are pricey, and are far superior to any other product out there, bar none.


They do not come with a ceiling plate or with an extension pole. It is the mount, and just the mount. The extension pole is standard 1.5" threaded pipe available at Home Depot. The ceiling plate can be a 1.5" flange also from Home Depot or available online. The nice thing is that if you don't want any extension, you can put the mount right on the ceiling. If you want it down five feet, then you buy a five foot long pole. You aren't locked into what the manufacturer is providing you.


There are a couple on eBay right now for $100:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHIEF-RPMAU-PROJECTOR-MOUNT-WITH-LOCK-Key-/291100069302?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item43c6ea8db6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chief-RPMAU-Projector-mount-with-lock-and-key-/121287899855?pt=US_Projector_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c3d527acf


I've been known to buy versions of that mount like this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Projector-mount-RPA-Elite-Series-Projector-Mount-ceiling-/121291222786?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item1c3d852f02


Then drill holes in the plate it comes with to fit my projector. You can have the mount for next to nothing and it still works awesome and is FAR superior to the other mounts out there. It just won't have the 'universal' base, just something you will need to work with.


There are certainly a long list of cheap mounts out there, and they all tend to be tough to dial in exactly and often are weak at hold the projector in place one you do finally get it there and have things tightened down. I've probably seen 15-20 different mounts and now I will only use the Chief Elite mount.
 

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Originally Posted by kreeturez  /t/1522399/best-projector-ceiling-mount-for-benq-w1070#post_24478031


You won't regret it; it's a great projector.


I use the eHotCafe PRB-717-WHT Universal Projector Ceiling Mount with mine - It's extremely adjustable and well-priced; just make sure it's low enough for your screen (although the W1070's vertical lens shift makes this less of an issue).


Usefully, the mount also allows for a bit of horizontal shifting of the projector to help make up a little for lack of horizontal lens shift. But make sure you mount with the lens center-screen in any case! ;-)

Thanks I take a look at that brand/model.




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Originally Posted by AV_Integrated  /t/1522399/best-projector-ceiling-mount-for-benq-w1070#post_24478134


The BEST projector ceiling mount is the Chief RPMA series of Elite mounts. They are pricey, and are far superior to any other product out there, bar none.


They do not come with a ceiling plate or with an extension pole. It is the mount, and just the mount. The extension pole is standard 1.5" threaded pipe available at Home Depot. The ceiling plate can be a 1.5" flange also from Home Depot or available online. The nice thing is that if you don't want any extension, you can put the mount right on the ceiling. If you want it down five feet, then you buy a five foot long pole. You aren't locked into what the manufacturer is providing you.


There are a couple on eBay right now for $100:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHIEF-RPMAU-PROJECTOR-MOUNT-WITH-LOCK-Key-/291100069302?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item43c6ea8db6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chief-RPMAU-Projector-mount-with-lock-and-key-/121287899855?pt=US_Projector_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c3d527acf


I've been known to buy versions of that mount like this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Projector-mount-RPA-Elite-Series-Projector-Mount-ceiling-/121291222786?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item1c3d852f02


Then drill holes in the plate it comes with to fit my projector. You can have the mount for next to nothing and it still works awesome and is FAR superior to the other mounts out there. It just won't have the 'universal' base, just something you will need to work with.


There are certainly a long list of cheap mounts out there, and they all tend to be tough to dial in exactly and often are weak at hold the projector in place one you do finally get it there and have things tightened down. I've probably seen 15-20 different mounts and now I will only use the Chief Elite mount.


Yes, I gonna get that (Chief). Thanks for letting me know.
 

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The BEST projector ceiling mount is the Chief RPMA series of Elite mounts. They are pricey, and are far superior to any other product out there, bar none.

They do not come with a ceiling plate or with an extension pole. It is the mount, and just the mount. The extension pole is standard 1.5" threaded pipe available at Home Depot. The ceiling plate can be a 1.5" flange also from Home Depot or available online. The nice thing is that if you don't want any extension, you can put the mount right on the ceiling. If you want it down five feet, then you buy a five foot long pole. You aren't locked into what the manufacturer is providing you.

There are a couple on eBay right now for $100:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHIEF-RPMAU-PROJECTOR-MOUNT-WITH-LOCK-Key-/291100069302?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item43c6ea8db6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chief-RPMAU-Projector-mount-with-lock-and-key-/121287899855?pt=US_Projector_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c3d527acf

I've been known to buy versions of that mount like this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Projector-mount-RPA-Elite-Series-Projector-Mount-ceiling-/121291222786?pt=US_Projector_Mounts_Stands&hash=item1c3d852f02

Then drill holes in the plate it comes with to fit my projector. You can have the mount for next to nothing and it still works awesome and is FAR superior to the other mounts out there. It just won't have the 'universal' base, just something you will need to work with.

There are certainly a long list of cheap mounts out there, and they all tend to be tough to dial in exactly and often are weak at hold the projector in place one you do finally get it there and have things tightened down. I've probably seen 15-20 different mounts and now I will only use the Chief Elite mount.
So what's missing from the cheap option (third listing)? Just the custom/universal plate that mounts to the actual pj?
 

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So what's missing from the cheap option (third listing)? Just the custom/universal plate that mounts to the actual pj?
The third option is (was) a link to a Elite mount that had a custom plate on it for a different projector. It was still the same mount.

If you don't know, projector mounts have several parts to them. They have the part that mounts to the ceiling. Chief doesn't include that with the mount because they don't know what kind of ceiling you have. You can go to a hardware store a buy a 1.5" pipe flange in the plumbing section for that.

The next part is the pole that drops down. Once again, you may need half an inch, or you may need 5 feet. Once again, you can buy a pole at the plumbing section at Home Depot. (1.5")

At the end of the pole, sits the projector mount itself. The Chief RPM Elite mounts screw onto the 1.5" pole and then can be locked into place. They can be tiled up, down, left, and right. After being secured to the pole, it can still be rotated slightly. All of this allows you to get the alignment absolutely perfect.

Now, onto the bottom of the projector mount, is the mounting plate. This is the piece that you mount directly to the projector. Most mounts allow you to remove the projector with the projector's mounting plate. This plate comes in two versions.
The first version is the one I recommend, and that's a universal plate. It has arms on it that can be fit to whatever projector you own. You move the arms around, and secure it to the projector, then you tighten everything up, and it holds the projector securely. Get a new projector someday, and you keep the same mount. And the Chief Elite Universal mount is awesome for this!

The second version of a mounting plate is custom built for whatever projector you happen to own. It's a piece of steel, that has had some screw holes cut into it in the exact right location for a specific projector. Maybe an old InFocus SP4805 projector. That projector fails, and you get a new Sony... well, then you need a new plate (or a universal plate!).
OR...
You modify the old plate to fit your new projector. I've done this many times. You just drill new holes in the existing plate to match up with your new projector. If the plate isn't large enough to match up perfectly, you can take a piece of plywood and screw that to the old plate, and drill some holes in it that match up to your new projector. You could use slotted steel arms to line things up, etc.

There are tons of ways to modify a 'custom' mount to fit whatever you currently own if you have a few basic tools. Those are the same type of tools you would need to mount the projector to the ceiling anyway. Might take an hour or two, but provides a phenomenal mount at a much better price. Considering the typical going price for the Chief RPMAU is over $150, the sometimes offered RPM-XXX mount (where XXX is some number) at under $100 can be a great way to save some cash.

But, always be on the lookout for the full blown RPMAU mount at auction if you are thinking of building a home theater setup...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chief-RPMAU...376?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item541831a068
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See what other auctions they have with Elite mounts...
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro..._nkw=chief+projector+mount&rt=nc&LH_Auction=1
 

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Thanks for that, it's just about what I had pieced together after reviewing the Chief website. I can make a custom plate, and I'm pretty sure I can rig it to maintain the quick disconnect feature of the factory plates. Good thing I saw your post on a Google search. My present cheap-o mount that I use with my Marantz VP4001 always nudges this way or that way, and I've learned the hard way that the inexpensive universals are quite finicky and not suitable for fine placement adjustments.
 
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