Product Review (November 2004) - Peerless Industries
PRS Series Projector Ceiling Mount
with Spider® Universal Adapter Plate

Peerless Industries, Inc., a leader of A/V mounting accessories, has recently introduced the new PRS Series Projector Ceiling Mount with the Spider® Universal Adapter Plate. The product is compatible with virtually any projector weighing up to 25 pounds and is designed to adapt to the projector's mounting holes, which typically differ from unit to unit. Available in black, white or silver finishes, the PRS mount is designed to complement the décor of any projector or home theater environment with a smooth look. The unit comes with preinstalled Armor Lock™ security fasteners which are tightened with a tool that is basically a special Allen screw with a protruding center. This tool prevents the removal of the screws using standard allen wrenches.

The PRS Series mounting kit includes a wide variety of hardware needed to mount the projector to the ceiling. We were happy to see a good selection of metric screws that cover the vast majority of projectors on the market included in the package . Several common sizes are included (M3, M4, M5 and M6) in different lengths. Rather than have all of the hardware in a single bag, Peerless packages each set of parts in their own prelabeled pouch. This makes it easy to find the items needed during assembly. Our Optoma H77 required M6x20mm screws and fortunately they were included as part of the kit. Four channel beams (3 long, 1 short) are used to adapt any projector hole pattern to the adapter plate. Twelve mounting holes on the adapter plate offer a wide variety of mounting options to balance the center of gravity on the projector. Although it's not required, this makes the final adjustments a bit easier during the installation.

Attaching the plate
We bolted three of the four channels to our Optoma H77 DLP projector and attached the PRS mounting plate to the connection block. The PRS kit includes a series of standoffs that raise the channels from the base of the unit to help prevent stratches to the bottom of the projector. Once tightened, the hardware is firmly secured to the projector and there is no flexing at all thanks to the rigid beam design. The connection block that is attached to the mounting plate slides onto the mount assembly using opposing angled slots. This design allows the projector to slide on and off the mount and be easily removed for maintainence, such as periodic bulb replacement. Once in position the user can quickly tighen the thumb screw to lock the projector in place. There is also a secondary screw that features the Armor Lock™ fasteners for enhanced security.

The mount assembly can be installed directly to the ceiling or to the optional Projector Wall Arm (PWA-14), which is available for $55. The Projector Wall Arm is designed to accept the PRS mounting plate directly and uses a single large bolt with washers and a lock-nut. The arm attaches to a wall stud with two large screws and extends to the mounting plate about 14" from the wall. This provides adequate room for the cables that exit the rear of the projector panel. The lightweight arm (5 pounds) is simple to install and easily supports up to 50 pounds. A plastic end cap is included with the kit and covers the hole at the end of the extended arm. We installed the wall mount and found that it offered us the best mounting options.

We found the overall installation to be very simple and virtually anyone who is remotely handy should be able to install it. It is important to make sure the position of the mounting hardware is correct to prevent any geometric distortions of the projected image. We made sure our image was centered on the screen before the installation started. If it is not, keystone adjustments may be required to correct the image geometry and we typically do not like to use them if possible. Once installed, minor corrections to the image can be easily performed with the features offered on the multi-axis mounting plate. The set screws located on the side of the mount secure the position. Removing and reinstalling the projector using the quick-release feature is great. We also used the PRS projector mount with a SharpVision XV-Z12000U DLP projector and it was equallly simple to install. In fact, this is a perfect kit for us since we see many different projector mounting patterns from various manufacturers.

Conclusion
The PRS Series Projector Ceiling Mount with the Spider® Universal Adapter Plate is an excellent design that works well with most of today's DLP and LCD projectors. The low profile design allows the projector to be mounted close to the ceiling. The user can also customize the ceiling distance using standard extension columns available from Peerless.
The Spider® Universal Adapter Plate allows the user to fine-tune the installation to create the ideal image on the screen. The quick-release design works great and makes it easy to remove the projector for service. In some cases, cables can be routed through the mount opening to reduce cable clutter. The optional Projector Wall Arm provides an alternative mounting solution while still benefitting from the PRS design.

We really liked the universal mounting option since we typically have a variety of different projectors at any given time. However, Peerless also makes model specific adapter plates instead of the universal design for those who prefer it. Regardless of which model you choose, the PRS design is reasonably priced, good looking and provides excellent performance.

- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Projector: Optoma H77 High-Definition HD2+ DLP™ Projector
Screen:
Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD A/V Processor
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with DVI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer

D-VHS VCR #1: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
D-VHS VCR #2: Marantz MV8300 D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 30m DVI Cable
DVI Extender: Gefen HDTV Extender
HDMI Cables: Accel Corporation HDMI Adapter and Cables
Power Conditioning: Panamax MAX® 5510 ACRegenerator
Video Generator: Sencore VP403 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Color Analyzer #1: Sencore CP5000 ISF Certified All-Display Color Analyzer
Color Analyzer #2: ColorFacts with GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Colorphotometer


Review at a glance


Peerless Industries - PRS Series Projector Ceiling Mount
with Spider® Universal Adapter Plate (PRS-UNV)

Features

  • Cost-Effective Inventory Management
  • Soft, Sleek and unobtrusive design with mutiple colors available
  • 5° Backward and 20° Forward Pitch, ±10° Roll, 360° Yaw
  • Indepenent Roll, Pitch and Yaw adjustments
  • Quick Slide-In feature allows for easy and fast projector maintenance
  • Designed to attach directly to standard 1-1/2" extension columns
  • Built-in cord management access hole provides
  • Total Product weight only 2.5 pounds
  • Available in Black, White or Silver
  • Warranty: 5 years

    Source: Manufacture supplied
    Model Number: PRS-UNV
    MSRP: $240


  • Peerless Industries - Projector Wall Arm (PWA-14)

    Features

  • 14.25" arm accommodates most projectors
  • Lightweight design (5 pounds) supports up to 50 pound loads
  • Designed to work with Peerless Vector Pro or PRS ceiling mounts
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Source: Manufacture supplied
    Model Number: PWA-14
    MSRP: $55

    Company Information
    Peerless Industries, Inc.
    3215 W. North Avenue
    Melrose Park, IL 60160 · USA
    Tel:708.865.8870 Fax:708.865.0760

    URL: www.peerlessindustries.com

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