Stylish Mounts and Lifts for Thin HDTVs

We marvel at how thin flat panel TVs have gotten and it stands to reason that these lighter, thinner sets would usher in a new wave of mounts and lifts. Naturally, mounts have gotten smaller and lighter offering some unique designs that were not possible with previous generation sets. Lifts conceal your TV when you are not using it, offering even greater creativity and integration into your decor. These eight models will hold, lift, tilt and swivel your TV for optimum viewing in any location.

Sanus VLF311-B1 $269.99
This super slim, full-motion, mounts sits just 1.25” from the wall, complimenting 37”– 55” ultra-thin flat panel TVs. A special gliding system allows the TV to extend from the wall, shifting left or right for ideal placement. At the touch of a finger, the mount’s angle is easily adjusted. A decorative cover conceals the assembly and mounting hardware for a clean appearance even when the mount is visible. A built-in cable management system organizes and routes loose cables, providing a clean appearance, without interfering in the mounts movement.
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OmniMount –LEDW120 $149.95
Designed with aircraft-grade cable and aluminum alloy, the LEDW120 is a breakthrough Suspension System, that provides quick, safe and flush-to-the-wall mounting that miraculously hangs newer, lightweight LED, LCD, Plasma and 3D TVs from 42” to 75” just like a picture frame. While recommended for TV’s no more than 120lbs, loads 4x greater than this were tested without fail. Once mounted, a built-in kickstand supports the TV away from the wall, also facilitating hassle-free wiring. Special thermal polyrubber grips ensure the TV stays in place and doesn’t shift.
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WallWizard ZA52 Motorized Swivel Stand $500
The WallWizard ZA52 brings the convenience of remote control operation to the benefits of a traditional pedestal swivel stand. Whether you’re shifting the panel to avoid glare from a window or trying to retain image quality while watching from off-axis seating, you’ll get up to 60-degrees of swivel in either direction with the push of a button. The ZA52’s built-in, learnable IR receiver learns the codes of whatever remote you’re using to operate you HDTV and puts you in the driver’s seat. It fits most 32-55-inch flat panels weighing up to 100 pounds. WallWizard has a complete line of motorized mounts, including motorized stand, tilt, and articulating mounts.
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Chief TS525TU $549
The TS525TU is part of Chief’s Thinstall Series of swing arm, low-profile, full-motion wall mounts for 37”– 58” flat panel HDTVs (up to 125 lbs.). This ruggedly-constructed mount has a low 1.5” profile, yet, extends up to 25” from the wall. Easy to install, you can then adjust the height post-installation up to a full inch, with a lateral shift up to 16”. Requiring only fingertip pressure, the mount provide 15” of tilt for the perfect viewing angle. Cable covers and a wide wall plate make it easy to route power cords and interconnect cables.
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Auton Motorized Systems – Dream Machine – starts at $13,999
Billed as the only “under the bed TV lift” this unique device folds up and slides underneath your bed until you are ready to watch TV. You can get a model that allows the TV to swivel up to 360-degrees atop the lift, or one that keeps the TV in a fixed position facing the bed. The two types are available with a maximum load of 70 lbs or 120 lbs. The Dream Machine fits under the bed frame and ships completely intact. No assembly or modification is required and installation only takes minutes. A wireless remote is included and the unit is warrantied for 5-years by the manufacturer.
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Salamander Designs – Furniture Mate $599
This universal, floor-standing, flat-panel TV mount is an ingenious, hassle-free, VESA-compliant solution that can be used with existing Salamander (and other) cabinets. The fork-like base provides stability and fits under most cabinets. The steel column is strong enough to support TVs up to 60″ with a maximum weight of 110lbs and allows for variable height settings. It is also functions as a cable management system, hiding unsightly interconnect cables and power cords. It comes standard with a manual swivel for 30-degrees of movement left to right. The motorized swivel runs an additional $299, and includes a remote.
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Diamond Case – Phoenix P7339 $4,499
This lift cabinet accommodates flat panel TVs up to 55″ and was designed to house up to five AV components. The drop down door in front of the TV cavity is perfect for either a center speaker or sound bar. Below it is a concealed bookshelf-style storage area for media collections. With an optional grill cloth insert in the equipment door, a subwoofer can be concealed as well. The back panels are removable for access to equipment connections and an internal cable management system ensures a clean, clutter-free, installation. Cabinets are custom ordered in the customer’s choice of finish and color.
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Non-invasive TV Wall Mount

Perfect for condos and apartments, Lodging Innovations new Soft Mount system is completely non-invasive. It doesn’t require any large holes be drilled into the wall for cabling and can be attached to a single stud. The SoftMount is sheet rock friendly and contains all the mounting and cable management you will need. The mount is only 1.25″ thick adding very little depth to today’s already super-thin TV’s. The rear of the panel is sealed and vented to provide adequate ventilation for your TV.

The mount is made from ultra-light MDF material that is available in several options. The prime coat finish allows you to paint over it the same color as your wall or special order it with your wall color matched already. To create a contrast against your wall it can be ordered in Satin Black. All mounts can come with a smooth or plastered texture finish. Mounts come in various sizes to ensure a proper match with whatever size TV you want to mount. They can only be used with newer and lighter sets as the maximum recommended weight is 60lbs.

Price varies depending on size and doesn’t include professional installation. Check their website for details and a dealer near you.

Company Info

Lodging Innovations
www.softmount.com

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High-End Flat Panel Speakers

With a focus on leading edge technology for lifestyle products, Artison incorporates it’s patented DualMono Center Channel technology into the ultra-thin Masterpiece M- LCR-DM speakers that rest beautifully along side a flat panel TV.

The Masterpiece LCR-DM combines three, front channels (LCR) into these slim enclosures. Using their exclusive DualMono technology, the Masterpiece speakers are able to project clear dialog from the center of the video display, for the most accurate center channel placement. This replicates the kind of sound you would get by hiding speakers behind a projection screen. However, for flat panels there is usually no other placement other than above or below the screen and the sound will not be exactly “centered”.

The Masterpiece speakers are designed to be attached to a flat panel display or mounted to the wall. The side-firing tweeters widen the “sweet spot” for a more encompassing and accurate soundstage. Featuring Artison’s exclusive Curved Line Array, there are thirty-two, 25mm Artison Reference Theater drivers, which controls the vertical dispersion pattern and creates a wider horizontal soundstage. This array is combined with an Inverted Magnet Structure with two, 5.5″ long-throw Kevlar midrange/woofers that ensure a low crossover frequency of 80Hz.

Custom Grilles can be cosmetically matched for both height and color of any flat panel TV and are delivered within 48 hours after purchase. The thin mounting bracket allows attachment to newer, super thin TV’s ranging in size from .28 to 4.5″. Designed for larger video displays, the Masterpiece M-LCR=DM speakers are compatible with most displays starting at 55″ diagonal. Complementing today’s sleek and contemporary flat panel TVs, the Artison Masterpiece speakers integrate seamlessly into any decor, yet, deliver sound quality on par with high-end, floor-standing speakers.

A pair of Masterpiece M-LCR-DM speakers retail for $2,800/pair, including the custom grilles.