Product Review (April 2008)
Peerless Industries PLAV70-UNLP-GB HG Series
Universal Articulating Dual-Arm with Vertical Adjustment

Finding the right flat panel mount largely depends on the application. Some prefer a simple mount that offer few adjustment features while others want full control of their display for tilting and angling. In the latter case, the mount needs to have adequate strength to handle the weight of the display when extended from the wall. As one can imagine, extending the display creates a huge lever arm (torque) at the point where the mount meets the wall. The requires a very strong mount. Peerless Industries, Inc. has a solution with their new HG Series Articulating Dual-Arm with Vertical Adjustment (PLAV70-UNLP-GB). This universal mount is extremely well built and is designed to fit virtually any 42" to 60" flat panel display weighing up to 200 pounds. The dual-arm design provides easy adjustability of the screen to extend, swivel and tilt for optimal viewing positions even at large angles. The vertical adjustment enables the screen to be lowered or raised 1" after installation for fine tuning. A roll feature allows for easy screen leveling and cable management help keep the cords organized and out of sight. The wall mount is available in two colors with a high gloss piano black or a high gloss silver finish design to match the color of contemporary plasma or LCD displays. The shipping weight is a whopping 72 lbs. (33 kg), almost as much as the 52" test screen. The mount alone weighs 63 lbs. (28.5 kg). The PLAV70-UNLP-GB mount includes the articulating arm, wall plate, mesh cord sheath, cable ties, universal adapter plate, mounting and screen attachment hardware. .

Screen Attachment
There are two sets of vertical mounting adapters included with the PLAV70 to allow for slightly different spacing between the display and the plate. In some cases, more room may be needed to clear cables or other similar obstructions. A variety of mounting screws and spacers are provided along with rectangular washers that accommodate the different mounting holes. Keeping the depth as shallow as possible will ultimately place the screen closer to the wall when moved into place. We were able to use the shallow adapters with our Mitsubishi LT-52133 display and it did not require any spacers between the adapters and the mounting holes.

The vertical adapters have slotted holes that offers flexible mounting options and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of screw patterns from manufacturers. Once the vertical adapters are fastened to the display, the Universal Adapter Plate can be positioned and held in place by the set screws. Once mounted, a full ±7° roll allows horizontal leveling of the screen .

There are a few tools that will be needed for the installation. A stud finder ("edge to edge" stud finder is recommended), drill, 7/32" drill bit for wood studs, 5/16" masonry drill bit for concrete, 7/16" socket wrench with extension (recommended), level, Phillips screwdriver, and 3/4" open-end wrench. The Allen wrenches are included with the mount. For heavier flat panels, Peerless makes a heavy-duty (20 pound) Metal Stud Wall Plate designed to be used with the PLA Series Wall Mounts that spans between three studs (spaced 16"). The baseline mount is designed to attach to two wood studs or concrete. The back plate measures 19.75" wide and 13.5" high. The slots on the wall mount have 16" centers for standard stud mounting. There are a total eight bolts that attach the mount to the wall.

Placing the articulating arms on the wall plate takes some effort due to the weight. The arms allow the display to be extended out from the wall at a maximum of about 31.3" and retracts to 0.6". The articulating arm design allows the display to be positioned at a full 90° in either direction giving the user a lot of flexibility. To obtain this range the display width will need to be limited to about 40.5". A larger screen can be used, but the display will not be able to achieve the full 180° movement. In addition to the horizontal movement, the display can be tilted forward a maximum of 10°. This can be useful if the viewer is sitting just below the front of the panel. The display can also be tilted back about 5° if needed. Cables can be kept neatly in place using the mesh cord sheath and cable ties provided with the mount. Again, this mount is heavy and very strong. Users will be impressed with the end result and be assured that their display is in good hands.

Conclusion
After spending thousands on a high-end flat panel for your home theater, the last thing you want to worry about is the mount that holds it to your wall. Buying a high quality display mount that offers the flexibility you need is essential for both functionality and peace of mind. Peerless has a solution that is affordable with their HG Series Articulating Dual-Arm with Vertical Adjustment (PLAV70-UNLP-GB). The design looks great and whether you prefer a high gloss piano black or a high gloss silver finish, Peerless has you covered.

- Kevin Nakano









Review System

Display: Mitsubishi LT-52133 Full 1080p High-Definition LCD Display
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: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T4 Controller
HDMI Video Switcher: Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI Video Switcher
HDMI Cable: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 15-meter Active 1080p Cable
HDMI Cable: Accell UltraRun 45-meter 1080p Cable
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


Peerless Industries - PLAV70-UNLP-GB Wall Mount

Features

  • Dual-arm construction
  • Anti-lockout feature prevents joint binding
  • ±1" vertical adjustment located within reach behind screen
  • +10°/-5° tilt
  • Up to 180° pivot
  • ±7° roll to level screen horizontally at any position
  • Extends out to 31.9", retracts to 5.6"
  • Snap-cover cord management and mesh cord sheaths
  • Mounts to two wood studs or concrete (accessory required)
  • Universal models adapt to screens with up to 28.7" wide x 17" high mounting inserts
  • Load Capacity: 200 lb (90.7 kg)
  • Dimensions Closed: 33.5" x 21.7" x 5.6"
  • Dimensions Extended: 30.75" x 21.7" x 31.9"
  • Finish: High gloss scratch-resistant fused epoxy
  • Construction: All steel
  • Weight: 63 pounds (28.6 kg)
  • Warranty: Limited 5-year
  • Technical Data Sheet

    Installation Sheet

    High Resolution Image

    Source: Manufacture supplied
    Model Number: PLAV70-UNLP-GB
    MSRP: $843

    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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