All flat panel displays require a mount to hang the TV on the wall. At AV Automation, we can help you choose a TV mount that will create a clean modern look for any room. We carry a complete line of state of the art mounts for your home or corporate office and our professional installers can recommend the best mount to enhance your viewing experience.
Before you can mount your TV, you need to know what kind of functionality you need. Are you mounting a large TV in a small space and need it flush against the wall? Are you mounting a small tv and want the ability to swivel it in all directions? Large or small, choosing the right mount can enhance your viewing experience. There are four types of TV wall mounts to consider — low-profile, tilting, full-motion, and motorized. All have their advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right wall mount is not difficult, but it does require that you consider how and where your flat panel will be used. In general, there are 4 criteria for you to consider: Viewing Area, Viewing Height, Viewing Flexibility/Convenience and Room Lighting.
Wall Mount Types:
Low Profile Mounts (also called flat mounts or flush mounts) hold your TV 1 inch from the wall for an ultra discreet look. These mounts are a great choice when positioning a TV very close to the wall. A low-profile mount is the best option when you have a dedicated viewing area and are eye level to the middle or bottom of your TV when seated on a couch or chair. Low-profile mounts don’t tilt and they cannot move up/down or left/right. This type of mount is great for minimizing space in small rooms or entertainment enclosures. Keep in mind however, in order to access wires and inputs on the TV you may have to remove it from the wall first. If you are constantly plugging and unplugging different devices consider the tilt or full motion mount.
Tilting Mounts – Choose a tilt mount if you would like your TV higher on the wall, or if you would like easier access to the back of your TV. The only significant difference between a tilting wall mount and a low-profile wall mount is that you can adjust the vertical viewing angle when using a tilting wall mount. Basically, the wall mount has a pivot in the middle of the installation bracket — sort of like a seesaw turned on its side. A tilting mount can be positioned to help reflect glare from windows or light sources. They are recommended for TV’s that are mounted higher on the wall while the viewing area is at a lower angle. For example, if a TV is mounted on a high wall above the fireplace, a tilting mount is a good option where the TV can be angled downwards for optimal viewing. This type of mount is ideal for retail stores, boardrooms and the bedroom for an optimal viewing angle while lying down. Different models have varied ranges of motion but the vast majority provide between 15 and 20 degrees of tilt. As a result, changing out cables is easier with a tilting wall mount bracket in comparison to a low-profile wall mount, but the tilt feature is limited. If you need horizontal swivel or tilt then a full-motion wall mount may be a better option.
Full Motion Mounts (also known as articulating mounts or cantilever mounts) extend from the wall, and offer the most flexibility and optimal viewing angle with the ability to extend, retract, tilt and swivel in all directions. They’re perfect for those who require maximum adjustability of their Flat Screen TV. The typical swivel mount allows the TV to be positioned anywhere from 5 to 20 inches from the wall. As the name implies, it can also rotate approximately 60 degrees in either direction. Most swivel mounts also give you the benefit of a tilt mount allowing you between 15 and 20 degrees of tilt. These mounts can be positioned in any room in the house or office. Full motion mounts are recommended when multiple viewing angles are needed or when a room layout does not allow for a traditional mount. While this type of mount offers a wide range of motion, it is usually more complicated to install. Primarily because the mounting bracket has moving pieces.
Motorized Mounts offer the convenience of re-positioning your TV from anywhere in the room, allowing you to lift, tilt, pan or swivel your TV by remote control. This is obviously the king of wall mount options and, as such, can cost a lot depending on which brand you choose.