Why do I keep seeing plasmas mounted 6ft up the wall???

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  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    I'm not an ergonomics expert, but this seems kind of stupid. Are neck surgeons pushing this mounting design? [​IMG] For example, in my work design class I was taught that computer monitors should be positioned slightly below the user's eyeline to alleviate neck strain.

    What am I missing here? [​IMG]

    LJ
     
  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Where are you seeing this type of mounting, in real life or in ads? If the latter, just ignore it. Very little about the advertising image of plasma TVs resembles real life. (Ever notice that there are never any cables supplying the video signal?)

     
  3. NickSo

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    Coz manufacturers think the public watches movies standing up. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    Well, :b mostly in HT stores (Tweeter especially). But what finally triggered this was when I was watching a show last night about the Detroit Redwings. The Big Cheese guys were in their meeting room, discussing a player trade while watching the game on a plasma TV....six feet up the wall. And the seats weren't tilted-back types either.

    I'm just thinking people will get the idea these things have to be in that position for proper viewing. And obviously someone told the Redwings' management just that. [​IMG]

    LJ
     
  5. Bill Will

    Bill Will Screenwriter

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    They probably mount them at eye level so they don't have to stoop when installing them [​IMG]
     
  6. Guy Kuo

    Guy Kuo Supporting Actor

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    Well..... Most people also mount their paintings too high on the wall.
     
  7. Mike Gl

    Mike Gl Stunt Coordinator

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    Higher mounting is sometimes used to provide an unobstructed view over the heads of others in a room.

    I recently purchased a Panasonic 42" Plasma and mounted it on an articulated arm with the screen center about 5'6" above the floor. My room has two rows of home theater seats with the second row raised about 5 inches above the first. With my old rear projection set (Toshiba TW40X81) centered about 15 inches lower than the current plasma, people in the second row of seats sometimes had their views obstructed by those in the first row. With the plasma screen tilted slightly down and mounted higher everyone has an unobstructed view and it adds to the cinema experience.

    My wife and daughter, both about 5' tall, watched a DVD last night for the first time on the plasma set. They both agreed that the screen height was fine.

    The picture quality of the plasma is a big improvement over my rear projection set, but that is a topic for another thread.
     
  8. Neil Joseph

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    Those of us with little children can offer some insight to this question. [​IMG]
     
  9. Todd Alexander

    Todd Alexander Stunt Coordinator

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    It is easy to provide the video feeds throgh the wall so that it looks hidden. An electrician and $150 will get the job done. Or if you are brave enough to play with your drywall, you can do it yourself for about $20. I just had my rear speakers mounted on the rear wall, feeding the wires over the attic to give them that clean look.
     

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