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Display Mount Buyers Guide

Introduction

Monoprice offers an extensive line of high quality LCD, plasma, and LED display mounts suitable for just about any application. With all of the choices available on the site the selection can be overwhelming and we understand that choosing the right mount might be intimidating for our customers. Over the years Monoprice has proven to be dedicated to our loyal customer's total satisfaction. This buyer's guide is intended to provide information and technical specifications to help our valued customers make an informed decision in order to purchase a mount that they will enjoy thoroughly and be completely satisfied with.

VESA compliance, weight, and mount compatibility:

The first steps in selecting a mount are to determine the "VESA mounting pattern" and the weight of your display. Supported screen sizes in descriptions are provided as a guide. Not all models of televisions will fall within guidelines. We judge compatibility with our mounts by the weight and the VESA of the TV, and check with those supported by our mounts capabilities, as listed in the specifications tab of the mount. The VESA mounting pattern refers to the distance between the mounting holes on the back of your display.

These dimensions are not always equal throughout a specific size of television. It can be found in the manual, on the manufacturer’s site, or by measuring the mounting holes on the TV. If you don't have the manual available or the manual doesn't list the VESA specifications, the best method is to use a tape measure to determine the distance between the mounting holes; horizontally (left to right), and vertically (top to bottom). The VESA pattern is defined in millimeters; the most common mounting patterns are as follows:

  • VESA 50: 2"
  • VESA 75: 3"
  • VESA 100: 4"
  • VESA 200: 8"
  • VESA 400: 16"
  • VESA 800: 32"

Example: If you're measured the distance between the mounting holes and they are approximately 16" apart horizontally and approximately 8" apart vertically, that would equate to a VESA 400x200 mounting pattern. Under the specifications tab on the product page of our mounts the maximum supported VESA pattern and maximum weight capacity are listed. If you’re mounting pattern is lower than the maximum supported range and the weight is less than the maximum capacity, in most cases your display is compatible.

Example: Under the specifications tab on the product page of product ID 8588 and 8587 it states "Will fit most large flat panel plasma and LCD TVs with mounting patterns up to VESA 750x450." The first measurement refers to the distance between the holes horizontally; the second measurement refers to the vertical distance between the holes. If you've measured the mounting holes on the back of your display and they are less than 750mm (29.5") apart horizontally and less than 450mm (17.7") apart vertically, your VESA mounting pattern is compatible. It also states "maximum weight capacity: 175lbs". If your display is less than 175lbs, it's compatible.

Most Samsung, Sony, and Vizio displays use standard VESA 200x200, 300x300, or 400x400 mounting patterns and are generally light weight which makes them compatible with most of our mounts. However, even if you're confident that the mount you've chosen will fit your display, we always highly recommend confirming the mounting pattern and weight in order to avoid purchasing a mount that's not compatible.

Types of mounts and applications:

The second step in selecting the proper mount is to determine what features are necessary for your specific application. The following is a list of the different types of mounts that we carry, their basic features, and the type of applications that they are recommended for.

Low profile

Low profile mounts will cause the display to sit close to the wall and do not offer tilting or swiveling features. Once mounted, the display will rest in a fixed position and the angle of the display can't be adjusted. Low profile mounts are perfect for applications where the display needs to be mounted close to the wall for a visually appealing installation and the display will be mounted at an optimum viewing height and angle where adjustment isn't necessary.

Note: Certain Panasonic plasma televisions and other displays from various manufacturers have a protrusion (bump) on the back of the display that will prevent the display from seating properly when using a low profile mount. When choosing a low profile mount, please ensure that the back of your display is flat and does not have any protrusions that will prevent it from seating properly on the mount.

Example: Product ID 4114 is a low profile fixed mount which supports VESA mounting patterns up to 750x450, the maximum weight capacity is 165lbs, and when mounted the display will sit 1.25" away from the wall. Go to product

Tilting

Tilting mounts will cause the display to sit a little farther away from the wall than a low profile model. Once mounted, the viewing angle of the display can be adjusted by tilting the monitor forward. Tilting mounts are great for applications where the television is mounted higher up on the wall and needs to be tilted forward to achieve an optimum viewing angle.

Example: Product ID 3900 is a mount that offers up to 15 degrees forward tilt, supports VESA mounting patterns up to 750x450, the maximum weight capacity is 165lbs, and when mounted the display will sit 4" away from the wall (when parallel to the wall). Go to product

Tilting and Swiveling

Most tilting and swiveling mounts, when fully retracted, will cause the display to sit farther away from the wall than a tilting or low profile mount. Once mounted, the viewing angle can be adjusted by tilting the display forward and the display can be pulled away from the wall on an extension arm that allows the display to swivel left to right. When extended away from the wall cables are easier to connect to the display and there is ample room behind the display to clean. Monoprice offers several variations of tilting and swiveling mounts that feature different length extension arms that accommodate different amounts of swiveling ability. Tilting and swiveling mounts are good for applications where there are several different viewing positions in a single room or the display needs to be extended and swiveled into a corner.

Example: Product ID 8588 is a mount that offers up to 15 degrees forward tilt, a 20" extension arm, swivels up to 60 degrees left or right, the maximum weight capacity is 175lbs, and when fully retracted will cause the display to sit 5" away from the wall. Go to product

Ultra Slim

Ultra-slim mounts come in both low profile (fixed) and tilting models. Ultra-slim mounts cause the TV to sit closer to the wall than all other types and are ideal for customers who want the slimmest mounting solution available.

Note: Certain Panasonic plasma televisions and other displays from various manufacturers have a protrusion (bump) on the back of the display that will prevent the display from seating properly when using an ultra-slim mount. When choosing an ultra-slim mount, please ensure that the back of your display is flat and does not have any protrusions that will prevent it from seating properly on the mount.

Example: Product ID 5916 is tilting mount that offers up to 10 degrees forward tilt, supports VESA mounting patterns up to 800x400, has a maximum weight capacity of 165lbs, and when mounted the display will sit 1.8" away from the wall (when parallel to the wall). Go to product

Example: Product ID 5918 is a low profile fixed mount which supports VESA mounting patterns up to 800x400, has a maximum weight capacity of 165lbs, and when mounted the display will sit 3/4" away from the wall. Go to product

LED Mounts

LED televisions can be mounted using most of our standard low profile, tilting, tilting and swiveling, or ultra-slim mounts. However, LED televisions are much slimmer and lighter than standard LCD or plasma displays and can be mounted using special types of mounts specifically designed for use only with LED displays. LED mounts are among the slimmest mounting solutions available and offer users the ability to mount their displays extremely close to the wall, but do not offer any tilting or swiveling features. Most LED televisions have a VESA 400x400 mounting pattern and are compatible with mounts labeled for use with LED displays, but we still recommend confirming your mounting pattern just to be sure.

Example: Product ID 6431 is an LED mount which supports a VESA 400x400 mounting pattern only, has a maximum weight capacity of 110lbs, and when mounted the display will sit 14.5mm (approx. 1/2") away from the wall. Go to product

Stud spacing, hardware, and installation considerations

The third steps in selecting the correct mount are to determine the stud spacing inside of your walls, evaluate the mounting surface, and ensure that the mount includes the proper hardware for your installation requirements. Our tilting and swiveling mounts feature slimmer back plates (up to 20" wide) which are only compatible with 16" on center stud spacing. If your stud spacing is farther than 16" on center, the only solutions we have available are low profile or tilting mounts which feature back plates approximately 32" wide. Our mounts include a hardware pack that can be used to install the mount onto wooden studs, concrete, or solid block. If your mounting surface is different, we recommend contacting a professional installer for assistance with the installation.

Low voltage and AC power cabling considerations

The final step in selecting the proper mounting solution is to determine what type of cabling or connectors would be best suited for your application. If you're going to be installing a low profile or ultra-slim mount, cable connections could prove to be difficult. We recommend using "HDMI port savers" to reduce the amount of port strain caused by thick or cramped cabling. Monoprice also offers a recessed pro power kit that will allow for installation of an AC outlet near your wall mounted display to reduce the amount of cabling running up or through the wall to your display. Another option is to install a low voltage cable pass through wall plate behind the display so that cables can be passed through the wall to exit near the ports enabling the cables to be connected without excessive bending or crimping.

Note: It is a safety hazard as well as a violation of fire and building codes (in most areas) to install standard AC power cabling inside of a wall. When running power cabling inside of a wall, please make sure to use only AC power cabling rated and approved for in-wall use. When installing low voltage cabling such as HDMI or coaxial cabling inside of a wall, in order to comply with fire and building codes please ensure that the cable jacket is CL2 rated for in-wall installation.

Example: If you choose to install an ultra-slim mount with very little clearance at the back of the display for cable connections, we recommend using flexible extension port savers (product ID 2891) to reduce the strain on the HDMI ports at the back of your display. If you're looking to install an AC outlet near your display, product ID 4652 is a recessed pro power kit that includes a single AC power outlet and a cable pass through hole for feeding cables through to exit the wall directly behind your display making them easier to connect without bending or crimping.