Home Theater Installation – Finding an LCD TV Mount

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Home theater expert Keith Harmon discusses how to pick the right LCD TV mount for your television.


    $""BDDDDDD$hDhh}666B6B666P65kd6B"06]H]6]66hh,Hi, it is Keith Harmon with Smart Wired Home and we are back with how to select and install a home theater. Right now, we are going to talk about how to mount a plasma or an LCD display on the wall. This is the display, the end result that we are looking for to have the TV up on the wall at a comfortable listening height and you can decide where that should be as it fits in your dcor and optionally, we also have the in wall speakers on the either sides as well as a in wall subwoofer to give it a nice, clean look, so, really no clutter in this install.

    Any time we are talking about mounting something on or in the wall, we are worried about the construction, so, hence the picture that we have here. When we look at the construction, we are worried about the 2x4 studs that are in the wall, we need to find those and we will show you how to do those in a minute. But the important thing here is that you really want to get, find those studs because the plasma TV is a 50 inch plasma, it will run right around 90 pounds. So, you really want to make sure that you are in - you have got some nice big screws tightly in one of these studs in the wall to make sure that it does not end up on your floor and then perhaps in the repair shop after that. So, let us talk about what different kinds of mounts are available. When we are looking at selecting a mount, there are a lot of different ways that we can get the TV up on the wall and a lot of different features that are available.

    One of the more interesting ones is the Articulating Mount, that mounts up on the wall again right into your stud and then the TV that is mounted at the end can point in a number of different directions. By that this is one for a very small TV. Now, but they also make them in (b) Figure configuration for 50 inch plasmas as well. Those - when you do that because of all that force pulling away from the wall, you really want to make sure that not only do you find two maybe three studs to mount to, that you really make sure that that is mounted well because you are going to - that is going to be a lot of force on that. Do not chin on the mount as well. Anyway so that is one to be able to point around in different directions. You also want to keep in mind if you do choose that one that you probably want to have a speaker that mounts on it or use the TV speakers which we generally do not recommend because they are generally of not very good quality.

    But as you move that around, the sound will point in different directions. Another one you see is a Two Piece Mounting. Most of the larger mounts are a Two Piece Mount where you put one panel up on the wall and then you simply hang the mounting brackets on there which go into the TV. This one is a Tilting Mount, so as we see that when the TV can either be straight up flat or it can be tilted up and down and adjusted here. So, once this attaches to the back of the TV, we can then hang it on the wall and then adjust the angle that we want the TV so, especially if it is high up on the wall, it will come down and if it is low on the wall, we want it to be more flat. Another version of this mount is what we call a Flush Mount, where it would not have the tilting capability, but it will just go straight against the wall, it is flat against the wall, the advantage of that is that the TV ends up much closer to the wall.

    You got to keep in mind that with the Tilt Mount or the Articulating Mount, the mount is going to take up about four inches of space. TV is going to take about another four inches of space for a total of about eight inches, maybe seven and a half inches out from the wall by the time you get to the face of the TV. So, a lot of people are looking at that Flush Mounting saying, "Hey, it is more important for me to get that TV closer to the wall, keep it cleaner.

    " Also, there are newer TVs that are coming out, that are less than four inches, there are some that are below three inches now. So, that is one of the features you can look for in a LCD or a plasma is how deep is the panel itself, as well how wide is the frame that goes around it. We are seeing a lot of - if we have a three inch wide frame versus a one inch wide frame, you might have a 42 and a 46 inch TV that are actually the same physical size, but one of them has a lot more picture. So, that is an overview or some of the different styles of mounts and once you decide which one you want, then we can talk about how to actually mount it up on the wall.



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