Since the digital transition, CRT TVs are becoming rare making way for flat screens. And the best way to view a flat screen is by wall mounting it because it saves space and adds style to your family or bedroom. Nowadays manufacturers are producing these wall mounts at a high rate, yet since they’re staying on shelves for long periods of time, prices have dropped dramatically. So if you’re in the market for one, now’s the time to start shopping. Also included are a few DVD Wall Mounts.
There’s a low cost wall mount with a lot of positive reviews from Cheetah. It is built with steel for durable support. The four load-bearing bars that hold the TV in place (two horizontal and two vertical) are solid steel which means it’s durable and long-lasting. There are separate vertical bars that join the vertical and horizontal bars together, these use less steel making them thinner which is fine as they aren’t load-bearing; this is merely a cost saving method which makes it a good buy. This wall mount can tilt 15 degrees downward and can support 165lbs. It has a thin 1.9″ profile and supports between 32-55″ Plasma/LCD/LED screens. The model number for this product is APTMM2B.
A good DVD/cable box wall mount is the one from VideoSecu. It hides the cables very well, fits right underneath your wall mounted TV and weighs only 6lbs. This model has two prongs that you can place your DVD/cable box on which is ideal if you want less visible structural material, but not so good if you have anything over 10lbs you want to mount. If you want something more durable, OmniMount uses a shelving system and can support up to 30lbs. The shelf is 6mm thick with tempered glass and can be painted and trimmed if so desired.
Like I said, there are plenty of TV and DVD wall mounts available, but before you mount anything here are some common sense Do’s and Don’t's that can help avoid any major catastrophe’s.
Do’s and Don’ts:
Don’t: mount your Plasma TV over a fireplace without reading the product manual and finding out the temperature range your display can run. Most Plasma’s run between 32 – 100 degrees, but every model is different.
Don’t: buy a low-profile TV wall mount if you want to have freedom in movement from your TV. Low-profile wall mounts stay at a fixed position, making it difficult to install new hardware devises like DVD/cable box as you have to disassemble the entire mount to do that. But if you know exactly where you want it and have all the hardware equipment then this is a great cost-effective mount.
Do: use a stud finder to locate the studs where you plan on mounting your flat screen. The mount won’t be stable enough if you simply just mount it on drywall or sheet rock. You can find a stud finder at your local hardware store.
Do: have a partner with you if you’re mounting a larger flat screen, preferably someone with wiring experience if you plan on routing A/V cables inside your wall. If you don’t have any friends with this experience, hire a professional.
As always, it’s good to shop around for the best prices and have sufficient knowledge of what you’re looking for, e.g. screen size, adjustable options etc. Now go out and enjoy your new wall mounted TV and DVD player.