There are a number of cheap mounts but the best in my opininon was suggested a fellow avs forum member. It involved going to home depot and buying the straps, cheap and rated to hold upto 200+ pounds. THen screw a small strip of wood into the celing but before that, make sure the strap go through the that strip of wood and is screwed into the celing. Then just hang the projector, use the feet of the projector to stablize any wobbling. You are set for about $10.00. I have done the same mount with now issues.
I will have some pics of this mount that is engineered, and designed to work with the HT1000. I will have some completed pics next week when it is all finished. The mount fits all the NEC projectors exact.
Also since many X1 users were updating their projectors to one of the NEC lines I also have started to produce the wall mount version for the NEC chassis as well. You can see this mount by looking for DIY X1 mount.
The plates are cut with cnc laser machine machine... 14 gauge cold rolled steel. The knee joints are cnc machined and drilled. The finish is Powder Coated.
The newer ceiling mount version is a aluminum/zinc casting. Zinc added for strenght. Strength required to withstand the force of the heavy press required to compress and turn the steel spring which resides on a stainless steel ball. The projector simply gets threaded onto the mounting plate in the holes provided, which are also cut exact with the cnc laser at the same time the plates get cut. Once mounted you can move dynamically the projector on any axis. No tools required and the tension on the spring keeps it in place. For now I am powder coating this mount Black. If the demand is there I may go to a blue color... Blue is the hardest hue to match. There is a hole to feed cables through. The tension on the spring is perfect... zero movement or shifting,,, and easy to adjust.
diagonal adjustment is at the lock nut on the wall/ceiling plate.
vertical adjustment is on the Stainless steel nyloc bolt and nut.
horizontal adjustment is on the lock nut on the projector plate.
5/8 solid steel ... cnc machined and drilled
14ga steel on the plates precision laser cut including the holes by a cnc laser cutter
Powder Coat finished...
You will note that in the pic I have the projector plate in black and the other assembly in grey... this was to hilight the pieces in the pic... The black is Hummer black... same as the rocker panels on the Hummer by the same company that does the Hummer and also Honda parts.
I'm using the Peerless universal mount. I bought it for my first PJ and only have to buy a mounting plate for any new PJ that I upgrade to, if it calls for it. Going from a Sony to Hitachi to NEC required new adapter mounts but no the ceiling mount, bar, or universal ball joint mechanism. About $150 for initial investment and then about $70 for any new PJs. YMMV, but I like it.
I also went the Peerless route. I bought it a couple of years ago for the LT150. You could remove the pj from the ceiling plate as I needed the pj to also serve for business presentations. This ceiling plate seemed to be the common piece for all nec models, so I ordered the mounting plate for the HT1000, assuming it would just slide in. Well it doesn't!....it's not the same portable type style mounting plate. It looks like it is designed for a more permanent installation....But....all I had to do was drill 1 hole in the old mounting plate, and bolt the old with the new, then slide it into the ceiling plate. Perfect!!! Having the WAF to content with, I went this route as it IS a pretty clean looking installation. It does cost quite a bit, especially for me being a DIY'er.
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