Product Review (December 2007)
Peerless Industries
PRG Precision Gear Projector Mount

By Kevin Nakano


Peerless Industries, Inc. offers a wide selection of A/V mounting solutions for televisions, flat panels, projectors, computers, and other technology devices for both consumers and professionals. Recently, Peerless has introduced the new PRG Precision Gear Projector Mount with the Spider® Universal Adapter Plate. The design leverages from the already excellent PRS Projector mount we reviewed almost three years ago. The new PRG mount has a patent-pending precision gear design that allows the tilt (side to side) and roll (forward and backward) of the image to be adjusted using a simple set of knobs. The worm gear design has a large gear ratio giving the user precise adjustment control. Like the earlier PRS design, the PRG mount makes it very easy to remove the projector for routine service such a bulb replacements. The PRG Series mount is available in three color options (Black, White or Silver) and can handle projectors weighing as much as 50 pounds.

Hardware
The PRG Precision Gear projector mounting kit includes a wide variety of hardware. Unlike many items made overseas, Peerless has a nice instruction manual accompanying their hardware. Several mounting options are available for the PRG mount including direct ceiling mounting, a ceiling extension column, or in our case, the Projector Wall Arm (PWA-14). We were happy to see a good selection of metric screws that cover the vast majority of projectors on the market. Four each of the most common sized metric screws are included (M3, M4, M5 and M6). Metric 2mm and 4mm security Allen wrenches come with the kit, rendering standard Allen wrenches useless for would-be thieves. Peerless packages each set of parts in individual prelabeled pouch rather than mixing all of the hardware into a single bag. This makes it very easy to find the items needed during assembly.

Attaching the plate
We bolted all four channels to our Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 LCD projector and to the PRG adapter plate. These mounting holes are evenly spaced on the projector, making it easy to position the arms symmetrically. Other projectors such as our Mitsubishi HC5000 have three mounting holes in a very non-symmetric pattern, which can make set up more difficult. It is always best to find the optimal position on the projector where the CG (Center of gravity) is at the center of the adapter plate. This will prevent the projector from tilting when placed on the mounting plate. This also makes the final adjustments better balanced during the final installation. The slotted channel design allows the user to position the adapter plate where desired. Once tightened, the hardware is held firmly into place and there is no flexing thanks to the rigid beams.

Wall Arm
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 PRG 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. The wall mount allows the user to determine the optimal mounting height for the projector and in our case offered the best solution. Like the PRG mount, the Wall Arm is also available in silver and white.

As with any projector installation, it is important to make sure the position of the mounting hardware is optimized to prevent any geometric distortions of the projected image. In our case the Epson 1080 projector has a lens shift option that allows for differences in mounting. We made sure our image could be centered on the screen before the installation started. Once the Adapter Plate is firmly attached to the projector and the wall or ceiling mount is installed, the projector slides onto the mount assembly using opposing angled slots. This design allows the projector to be easily removed for periodic maintenance. Once in position the user can quickly tighten the spring-loaded thumb (captive) screw to lock the projector in place. This prevents the projector from moving once it is seated. Once the projector is mounted, minor image corrections can be made using the adjustment knobs. The projector adjustments can be made by using a large screwdriver, or by pulling the alignment knob out and turning it by hand. Removing the projector takes less than a minute, with most of the time used for removing the cables. For us, this is a perfect mount since we constantly have different projectors with different mounting patterns from various manufacturers.

Conclusion
The PRG Projector Ceiling Mount with the Spider® Universal Adapter Plate is the most versatile and functional projector mount we have seen. The design offers amazing flexibility and works with all the modern projectors that have crossed our path. The universal (reconfigurable) mounting pattern allows us to use the same hardware for all of the different projectors we review. The low profile design places the projector close to the ceiling. Optional extension columns are available from Peerless to customize the ceiling-to-projector distance. For some, the optional Projector Wall Arm can provide an alternative mounting solution for the slick PRG design. The new gear drive on the PRG mount made it easy to dial in a perfect 16:9 image on our 100" Stewart filmscreen. The quick-release design works great and makes it easy to remove the projector for periodic service. We have yet to find a better mount for the money and when you factor in the ability to mount and adjust different projector models, we couldn't be happier. If you are in the market for a projector mount, you owe it to yourself to check out the PRG mount from Peerless. With its excellent performance, unmatched flexibility, reasonable price, and good looks, the PRG Projector Ceiling Mount is hard to beat.

- Kevin Nakano






OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Projector: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 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: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI 1.3
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: Octava 4 Port HDMI/Toslink Audio Switcher
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
HDMI Cables: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 20-meter, Accell 45-meter UltraRun HDMI Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


Peerless Industries - PRG Precision Gear Projector Mount
with Spider® Universal Adapter Plate

Features

  • Cost-Effective Inventory Management
  • 50 lb Weight load capacity
  • Patent pending precision gear provides accurate projector image alignment
  • Two adjustment knobs control projector image alignment
  • Horizontal wrench access slots make flush mounting installations fast & easy
  • Pre-assembled design reduces installation time
  • Quick release mechanism to easily service projector
  • Cable management allows cables to be routed through projector mount out of sight.
  • Security hardware included for theft prevention
  • Tilt- ± 20°, Roll ± 10°, Swivel 360°
  • Available with Spider® Universal adapter plate, model specific adapter plate, or universal clamp style adapter plates
  • Available in Black (PRG-UNV), White (PRG-UNV-W), and Silver (PRG-UNV-S)
  • Warranty: 5 years

Technical Data Sheet

Installation and Assembly Manual

Source: Manufacture supplied
Model Number: PRG-UNV
MSRP: $229


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
  • Installation and Assembly Manual

    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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