What factors do I need to consider when purchasing a wall mount for my flat-screen TV?
Question by Laughing Loz: What factors do I need to consider when purchasing a wall mount for my flat-screen TV?
I’ve just purchased a new Panasonic Viera LCD TV and was looking to purchase a wall mount. I’ve had a little look online and I am slightly overwhelmed with the number of models and manufacturers on the market. Can anyone guide me as to what features I should consider when buying one?
Answer by Pioneer tv installation
To obtain a proper bracket, you will need to know two pieces of information. The first one is the TV size in inches which you probably already know. 32″? 50″? The next piece of info is the TV’s weight. You can find it in the manual, item description of the retailer, or if all else fails Google search the weight of your TV model. Once you have these numbers you are ready to get your bracket. All brackets should be building universally so as long as you fall within the given parameters and limits you will be fine 99.9% of the time. There are three major types of TV mounting brackets.
It is up to you to pick the right one for your needs. The first kind is a full-motion wall mounting bracket that can be used to extend the TV up to 24″ from the wall on some models and can be turned in all directions if need. The upside is obvious, the ability to turn the TV in any direction and angle, however, the downside is that they are 3-4 times as expensive as other mounting brackets. The second type of bracket is the tilting wall mounting bracket that is not used to extend the TV but to turn it up or down in a limited range. The upside of these brackets is that they are frailly low profile, but do not offer the flexibility. However, they are priced the most frailly. There are a third listed type called low profile mounting brackets however there are only very few, so they are not even worth mentioning.
Don’t get sucked into believing that you will have to buy a $200 bracket from stores. If you buy online you will get the same quality for half the price. I personally recommend Newegg or Amazon. Just pick your sizes and weights correctly and read a few customer reviews and ratings.