Down and Out mount from DynamicMounting.com (Vertically articulating TV mount)
Fast forward about 4 years and as I've aged and had some minor injuries here and there, my neck and spine are not quite what they used to be. The aches would usually go away, but always returned on Sundays while spending a few hours watching sports. I realized that while watching TV I had been looking up to my TV, rather than straight at it. This was putting too much pressure on my neck. After a bit of searching for an elegant and visually acceptable solution, I came across the "Down and Out" mount.
I appreciate cheap prices as much as the next guy, but this mount costs $500! I just couldn't convince myself that this mount was worth the money, so I went back and forth for months before finally biting the bullet and justifying the purchase as my birthday present.
I'm glad I did. I no longer have the sharp pains in my neck from watching television. In retrospect, I regret giving so much money to my chiropractor for pains when the solution was as simple as a TV mount. I'm happy to say, my pain and tension in my neck and upper back have subsided.
On the price, DynamicMounting.com does refund upto $100 of the purchase price if you 'spread the word' through forums and social networking. That makes the price a little more palatable, but it's still quite expensive. I don't, however, regret spending the money.
As you can see by the attached pictures, the mount is holding my 70" Vizio just fine. The mount was not overly difficult to install, but certainly more so than the typical TV mount. Much more time and care has to be taken to ensure you have all the measurements, clearances, etc correct before you install it...you surely don't want to have to move it because something was calculated incorrectly.
The attached pictures show the mount in the up and down positions and of the mech in those positions to give you an idea of what it looks like and how it works.
I do have a few critiques for the mount:
- While it is certainly stable, due to the hinging connections, it 'feels' a little unstable laterally. I'm not concerned about this in the long run though. Vertically, there is no instability.
- A motorized option would have been great. It does NOT take much effort to move the mount up and down due to the adjustable cantilever system, but to be able to do it from a remote would be a nice touch.
- Price is high. It's hard for most people to stomach paying $500 for a TV mount (as it was for me), but at least for me it's been worth it.