Dynamic Mounting – Down and Out Swivel TV Mount
We recently moved into a new home and due to the layout of our living room, we were not left with any good places to put our TV except mount it above the fireplace. Personally, I've never been a big fan of having a TV mounted up high above a fireplace, as I don't think it gives the best viewing angle and keeps you craning your neck trying to look up at it from a sitting position. After a lot of looking around online, we came across the Dynamic Mounting Down and Out Swivel TV Mount. This mount gives the TV the ability to look like a typical wall mount when in the up position, but then it will drop down OVER the mantle of the fireplace!
TV used: Samsung UN60D8000 (60'' LED TV)
Optional Mount Accessory: Center Speaker attachment (allows for a center channel speaker to be mounted to the TV mount, either above or below the TV, we opted for above on our install)
Center Channel Speaker: Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-60
Placed the order online, it shipped the next day and arrived a few days later, no issues or complaints with the shipping speed at all. Items arrived well packaged and survived UPS well. Initially I decided that I wasn't going to mount my center channel to the mount, but I later changed my mind so I again placed an order directly on dynamicmounting.com and had the same experience mentioned above, quick shipping and delivery and packed well.
Having never mounted a TV to a wall before I cannot compare it to other mounts from experience, but when I compared the install guide provided to a standard mount install guide found online, this guide was very detailed but also more complicated to install due to the fact that it does more than a typical wall mount (which was to be expected). There is a table in the guide that walks you through how high from your mantle you should mount the TV to get to the desired amount of down-travel from the mount. It probably took us 3 hours to get the TV up on the wall, but a lot of that was measuring and re-measuring, simply trying to ensure we only mounted it to the wall once and didn't screw anything up. The provided instructions were very clear and easy to follow, just ensure you understand each step and measure twice and it should mount with little trouble. When it came to hitting studs behind the fireplace, the mount allowed for plenty of space to meet up with the studs.
The guide also walks you through fine-tuning the counter-weight on the bracket so that you can lift/lower the TV with relative ease. It took a bit of playing around making small adjustments to get it just right, but eventually we got it dialed in so that even my wife can easily lift the TV down to a comfortable viewing position and put it back up when she's done watching TV. If I had to guess, it's probably equivalent to lifting about 10lbs down off the wall and about 10-15lbs to put it back up into the upright position.
All of the hardware provided with the mount felt like it was of very high quality and there was no stripping of screws or anything when putting it all together.
The mount itself was $569.00 and the center speaker bracket was another $83.00, for a total of $679.00 (including $27 shipping). I actually paid about $14 extra because I didn't initially order the mount and the center speaker bracket together, but that's my fault, not Dynamic Mounting's; for as heavy as these packages were, shipping was plenty reasonable.
To help cover that cost a little bit, they offer their "Advertising is Expensive Rebate" in which you can earn up to $100 back if you post online about the mount, effectively helping them spread the word. I plan on taking advantage of this.
This is a fantastic mount and has eliminated all of my concerns about having a wall-mounted TV over the fireplace; we don't have to crane our necks, it looks amazing when in the up or down position and provides a very clean and finished look. The mount is of fantastic quality and literally hit every checkbox I had when I went on a search for an above fireplace TV mount. I actually had a hard time finding anything bad to say about this product. I've had several friends/family over to the house since installing this and nobody had seen anything like it and they were all blown away and how flawlessly it went up/down over the mantel. So while it may seem that you are paying a lot for the mount, if you actually plan to use your TV a lot and want the best viewing experience, you will not be let down by this mount!
Nothing is perfect and I believe that no review is ever complete if I don't tell you what I didn't like or what I thought could use some improvement. I'm not sure what sort of coating the mount actually has on it, I feel like it should be powder coated. But the coating seemed to sort of chip off when using wrenches and screwdrivers to put the whole thing together. None of this is a big deal as it was all tiny little bits of paint that came off. The whole unit is of such great quality, this just feels like the one area that seems to be lacking. I will also note that there are two panels that cover up most of the mount on the wall, so anything behind there won't be seen anyway, even when in the down position, so it's literally something you see when putting it together and then never see again. I do want to note this is very minor and would in no way stop me from considering purchasing another unit like this again if I ever have a need for it, so don't let this one criticism stop you!
See pictures here, if you would like any additional angles or close ups let me know!