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Monoprice 1-port 2-piece Inset Wall Plate with 4in Built-in Flexible High Speed HDMI Cable With Ethernet, White
|Display Size||40" ~ 63"|
|Minimum Display Weight||16.5 lbs. (7.5 kg)|
|Maximum Display Weight||70.5 lbs. (32.0 kg)|
|Minimum VESA Size||200 x 200|
|Maximum VESA Size||600 x 400|
- User's Manual (Apr 18, 2016)
Questions and Answers
We have an 11" deep mantle, how many inches above the mantle do we have to mount the bracket to have the handle clear the mantle and allow it maximum downward movement?
What is the maximum amount of movement from the stowed position to full extended in the down position?
If you have an 11" deep mantle, you would want to have the bottom of the wall mount 7" or higher from the top of the mantle.
From the stowed position it will extend down up to 29" this would be from the top of the mount. This can be seen in the top right diagram on the last page of the user manual that we have on the mounts page.
I hope this helps!
Also, I the studs above the fireplace had 12" spacing and the mount went on securely.
The way the gas pistons are designed, it should be possible to position the mount at any height and have it stay there. If you have a position that you prefer, you should be able to adjust the piston tension to hold it in that position. The adjustment wrench for the tension is included with the mount.
More importantly, the depth of this mount and the extension of the fireplace mantle (or whatever ledge may exist) will have to be considered when creating a recessed or flush mount installation.
The handle itself is a flat wide metal bracket that bolts to the back of the mount and hangs down. There isnt much room between the bottom of the tv and the handle, so for a traditional install with your tv and handle below, no you cannot use a sound bar or center speaker.
If you decide you don't want to use the handle but want the speaker, you can actually flip the handle upside down (so the grips are behind the tv and aren't visible) and mount your sound bar or center speaker to that, but again, you need to make sure the back of your sound device has some way to mount to it. It's just a flat piece of metal with holes on it after all.
In my case, I wanted the sound bar AND handle, so I fabricated some 6" extensions out of thick metal flat bar so my handle is actually about 9-10" below the bottom of my tv, and in that space I have my sound bar mounted. It looks super clean and can be done, but you have to get a bit creative.
1) Attach the TV mount extra high so that when lowered the mount won't smack the mantle.
2) Attach the some 2x4's between the mount and the wall to provide extra distance.
Support may have other suggestions, but that's when i'm seeing on my install
1. The instructions are very sparse. It's more of a “learn as you go” process.
2. The slots on the wall plate that mounts to the studs are limited. So if you're trying to center it above your fireplace and the holes do not align with the studs, you will need to drill additional holes to accommodate.
3. My TV has the 400 x 400 VESA pattern (Samsung 55"). While the mount does work out of the box with this pattern, the mounting arms DO NOT come with extenders. Therefore, the bottom of the TV is higher than the bottom of the wall plate when the TV is returned to the upright position. For me, I wanted the clean look of not seeing the mount. I corrected this by purchasing a VESA adapter plate bracket extender from another vendor. I attached these to the VESA anchors on the TV which gave me a smaller pattern so I could lower the TV on the mount arms worked great.
4. It is difficult to tighten the screws enough to keep the tilt at fixed position. Every time you raise or lower the TV the tilt shifts. I tightened it VERY hard and finally it seems to be fixed. It would be great if it had a "lock" option. Same for the swivel and level options, but they don't seem to shift as much during the normal travel of the mount/TV.
5. Adjusting the travel tension is not difficult but the position of the bolt makes it awkward to access. Remember, COUNTER-CLOCKWISE reduces the tension.brbrAll in all, the mount is great and I would purchase again.
PROS: Great price, works well, solid mount
CONS: Poor install manual, lack of mounting extenders, not able to tighten/lock the position
PROS: Finally Make use of the Fireplace Mantel for things other than stockings
CONS: Installation Requires Patience and a good Stud Finder
Moving Up/Down Requires More Force (Haven't Figured out the magic tension adjustor yet)
Instructions Were Written by a Minimalist Writer
Limited to 63" (70lbs),
Installation: you have to have studs spaced 16" on center, and centered behind where you want the TV. Since i didn't have that, i had to mount a couple 2x6 pieces spanning between the studs so that i could mount it. Not really a negative for this mount though, since that would've been the case for pretty much any mount i got. The instructions are minimal, but I could follow it. There is a TINY diagram with dimensions, that would've been helpful to have available online for planning purposes. It gives a recommendation for how far above the mantle you should mount it, for varying depths of your mantle. For example, for an 11" deep mantle, it says mount the bottom screws 7" above the mantle. Be generous with this! I followed the recommendation, and i cannot fully extend the mount before it touches the mantle. For reference, i believe it says it can be used with a mantle up to 14" deep max.
Once the mount is up, it seems sturdy, and works well. Make sure to tighten all 6 allen-head bolts that hold the TILT function before you mount the TV, because it's near impossible to do it with the TV on, and the TV will tilt forward all the way unless you tighten them down well. Second, there are really only 2 "positions" where the TV rests i cannot have it stay in a position in between those. This is fine for me, but if you are looking for more customization of your TV height, this mount probably can't do it. Lastly, while it's easy to pull down into the lower position, it is fairly tough to get it up high enough to stay in the UP position.
For reference, my TV is 58 lbs, and is technically larger than they recommend for this mount.
Seems wells built and engineered.
Definitely solves my problem of having my TV too high to be comfortable, yet still gets it out of the way when needed.
CONS: Can't stop the vertical placement in any position.
Takes a lot of planning to get the position right.
Instructions are minimal, and ought to be available online, especially the dimensions.
PROS: Great all around mount. Appears to be well constructed, with good range of motion (particularly so with vertical motion). Very happy with the purchase.
CONS: Only downside is it would be nice if it swung out/turned more to the side, so that if I were sitting to the left or right of screen, I could see the screen more head on. In the scheme of things, this is a small "con".
The primary limitations with this setup are as follows: 1) The handle to raise and lower the TV could not be installed as designed due to the sound bar placement on the bottom of the TV. Additional brackets from a local hardware store could be used, but a solid mounting location would be difficult to find. I chose not to install the handle. 2) Due to the additional weight of this setup, the TV does not raise/lower easily - your 10 yr old will not be able to move it unless his name is Clark Kent. For my application the TV does not need to be moved on a daily basis and I use a small step ladder when I do need to move it due to the height of my application and the size of the TV..
This combination does stay put when in the fully raised or fully lowered position. This setup was also installed above a brick fireplace using 3/8" masonry sleeve anchors purchased separately from the local big box hardware store.
PROS: - Good value and price
- Well built
CONS: - Poorly written instructions, but usable for a confident DIY'er
Problem one is that this is an over the fireplace mount, however most home builders really don't care about being on 16" stud centers above a fireplace. Especially if its a real fireplace. In my case, my studs were nowhere close to being able to install this mount in the center, over the fireplace. Fortunately, my fireplace is in the middle of my house and I was able to get into the attic and behind the fireplace and mount cross studs to be able to mount it on center. If your studs are not on 16" centers and in a position that they are 16" each side of the center of the fireplace, be warned. You may have a headache on your hands. (Providing you want your TV lined up with the fireplace)
So with most all other mounts, the main wall bracket has a horizontal slide factor of several inches. This way if your studs are off center, you can still mount the bracket off center and thus the TV is on center. This bracket only has about a 3-5" travel horizontally.
With this bracket and with most all brackets, you also have an adjustment to slide the TV horizontally on the hook arms. When I got the TV mounted, I decided I needed to pivot the TV to match my extreme viewing angle. So in order to do this, I slid the TV horizontally one direction to about 6" off center. The result was that I could not level the TV. Even though my TV was well under the weight guidelines, the bracket that bolts to the arm is just not engineered well enough to keep it level when the TV is slid off center. Like I said before, if you have studs 16-18" either side of the center line and you don't have an extreme viewing angle, you are good to go. But be warned, there is not much fudge factor with this mount.
I hope Monoprice gets enough feedback to give us a "beefed up" version of this mount in the future, because I will be all in. They did a great job getting a mount to market that you could only get for 3,4, and up to six hundred dollars. But there are some serious flaws.
The mount needs to be widened for those of us without 16" centers. The main plate that connects the arm to the wall bracket is just not sturdy enough. Also, I have spent hours trying to get the shock loaded arms to an adjustment that will allow me to pull it all the way down and also push it all the way up but that ain't happening. I don't believe with a 53lbs or heavier TV you are going to do that without extreme effort. (unless I have a defective mount, but I don't think so) It's important to know I did get one of the first mounts shipped.
However after all that, I will tell you if your fireplace is set up a foot off the floor like mine, and your living room is small and you have a pain in your neck after 2 hours of viewing, then buy this mount.
I absolutely love it. I have wanted one for a couple of years and was happy to see an affordable one become available. If I could give it 3.5 stars I would. It makes watching TV in the living room a pleasure again.
But please Monoprice, lets beef it up next time.
1 year ago
I took a chance with this after talking to tech support. My tv is actually a 65", about 55lbs with a vesa mounting pattern. The two installers and I can sum this mount up in one word "AWWEEEESOME!". It looks amazing, although it will take me a little while to get use to adjusting the mount. They were moving it around with ease. Definitely would recommend this mount.
You can't add pictures here but look on that 'pin' site for my pictures. :-)
CONS: Wish there was one that was capable of handling a 70"
The mount works great as advertised. It would clear most 12" mantels no problem, but I wanted to maximize the ability to lower the TV as far down as possible for the best viewing angle.
The instruction could possibly be worse, say if there were none at all, but they are just about worthless. If you have some common sense and a little mechanical ability this mount will work great. Plan on a couple of hours for the installation, but the end result is worth it!
PROS: Works great provided you don't need to put up a TV larger than 65" or heavier than the 71 pound limit.
Retains a reasonably good amount of adjustment for viewing angles. No great, but much better than I was prepared to "live with".
Good fit and finish.
Very competitive price point compared to the alternatives.
CONS: Lack of useful installation instruction and no exploded diagram letting you know what parts go where. No measurements or diagrams to show you the working range of the mount. You might want to zoom in on the product pictures on the Mono Price website - it saved me some headaches during installation.
-Proof of concept. It validated that this type of mount is functional and has a tolerable spousal acceptance factor.
-No hard stops. This mount will move over its complete range, meaning there's a good chance you'll hit your mantel. It relies on the gas springs to limit the downward motion/lowered position. If you're like me and have a heavy TV near the rated limit, this is scary.
-TV is not parallel to the wall in the raised position. Since the forward support plate becomes nearly aligned with the lower control arm when raised, it rotates toward the wall. This tilts the TV forward. I don't like the way it looks.
-Tilt adjustment is weak. Others here have commented on this, and I can confirm. The mechanism for securing the tilt is not up to the task. I installed a wood block between the forward support plate and the mounting/tilt plate to keep the TV vertical when in the lowered position.
-No mechanism to keep the mount in the lowered position for service. You have to hang your TV with the mount in the raised position since the unloaded gas springs keep it elevated.. This means you need to get up REALLY high to hang it. This could be dangerous. Minimum two man job. I actually tied a heavy bucket full of bricks to physically hold the mount down while I hung the TV.
Like I said, it was a good proof of concept, but I wouldn't recommend for the above reasons. Spend the money on a properly built unit.
1 year ago
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