Super Bowl Safety Check

Game Time - PLAY25XIf you’re anywhere near as excited for the Super Bowl as we are in Phoenix, chances are you’re planning something fun. Whether the day calls for watching the game with family, out at a bar or over at the neighbor’s, now is a great time to assess the needs of your own home theater, and in particular, your TV mount (or lack thereof). TVs in crowded rooms, especially those with kids and pets, can pose a potential tip hazard. Mounting a large TV to the wall with a UL certified TV mount is the best way to prevent accidental tip-overs, plus, a mount can actually improve the viewing location and angle of the TV, making for an all-around better viewing experience!

So if you haven’t done so, assess the safety of your home theater setup and make sure you’re ready for game day. Have questions? Call 800.668.6848 to chat with a knowledgeable customer care team member 24/7. Or visit SafeKids.Org to learn more about protecting your family from this and other preventable injuries.

Smart Home Dedicated to SFC Michael Schlitz

Last week the Gary Sinise Foundation dedicated a home to SFC Michael Schlitz, a veteran wounded in Iraq. In 2007, Schlitz was doing a basic road clearing mission in Baghdad when two artillery shells attached to a propane tank went off, resulting in life-threatening burns and the loss of both arms. The home will be used by Michael and his mother, his primary caretaker, giving them both greater independence. Photos from the ceremony can be viewed on the Gary Sinise Foundation Facebook page and you can read more about and foundation and OmniMount’s involvement on this earlier blog. For a look at the OmniMount TV mounts and AV racks used in Michael’s home visit OmniMount’s Facebook page.

 

Holiday Look Book 2014

Bringing Technology Home for the Holidays Cover ScreenshotGet inspired this holiday season with sleek and sophisticated mounts that will make your tech sing. Be it a TV, iPad or computer that needs some attention, OmniMount has a mount that will not only function beautifully, it’ll improve the safety and aesthetics of your technology as well! So before the hustle and bustle of the season is upon you, let OmniMount help you deck the walls!

 

 

Choosing a brand you trust

OmniMount has been a leader in the mounting business for over 35 years. The brand is known for innovation and high quality design, which is why so many people trust OmniMount with their most precious technology. Why choose OmniMount? Here’s why!

AV Integrators Make an Impact

Last month at CEDIA EXPO OmniMount had a chance to talk with important players in the custom integration trade. Many freely shared their experiences, such as the things they like and need in product design as well as success stories about special installs that were made possible with OmniMount product. It’s clear that AV integrators are making a huge impact and we love hearing from happy customers.

2014_300It means the world that people are speaking so highly of our products; if you happen to be someone that benefits from choosing OmniMount, we encourage you to say so in the Commercial Integrator Impact Product Awards. And always feel free to drop us a line (800.668.6848); we’d love to hear from you!

Industry Buzz: OmniMount’s Bill Ennis Talks Mounts

Bill Ennis from OmniMount shares a glimpse of their award-winning and groundbreaking products on display at CEDIA EXPO 2014. Since 1978, OmniMount has upheld its position as a global leader in product innovation. It has continued to build on its strong foundation and heritage with a complete portfolio of mounting solutions.

CEDIA Announces Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards Finalists – OmniMount Makes the Short List

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CEDIA has just announced the list of finalists for the 2014 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards and the OmniMount PJT40 made the Best New Product list!! We’re thrilled to be one of only 30 products to be honored with this distinction and we’re excited for the official announcement at CEDIA in September. If you’re attending the show, visit us at booth 450!

Read the complete announcement via CE Pro.

OmniMount product used in smart home for wounded marine

Joel Berrettini and Betsey Banker at CEDIA'13

Joel Berrettini and OmniMount’s Betsey Banker

Joel Berrettini, integrator at IT & Media Solutions, recently found himself drawn to the work of the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization whose mission is to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. When Joel reached out to OmniMount and asked if we would like to be a part of creating a smart home for a wounded Marine, we we’re immediately on board. It’s a wonderful story and we’re so happy that CE Pro shared it. OmniMount supports the efforts of the Gary Sinise Foundation and and it means a lot to us that we were able to be a part of this project.

Read the article here: Integrator Keeps Spirit of ‘Forrest Gump’s Lt. Dan Going Strong via CE Pro

 

The Award Winning PJT40!

2014-CI-BEST-winner When we launched the PJT40 projector mount, our teams here at OmniMount were really excited about it. We felt confident that we had integrated features unique to the industry and beneficial to installers. So it’s pretty awesome when the industry responds with kudos and reaffirms that, yes, the PJT40 projector mount is truly as cool as we think it is!

Today Commercial Integrator and Tech Decisions announced the 2014 Commercial Integrator BEST award winners and the PJT40 took home a win for the BEST projector mount. The award is judged by a panel of accomplished integrators and AV editors and recognizes the most noteworthy new products and technologies for 2014.Electronic House-Products-of-the-Year-Winner-2014

The PJT40 has also received the Electronic House 2014 Product of the Year Award and Technology Integrator Exc!te Award, along with a slew of accolades from industry product reviewers.

“I can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well built, easy to install, and easy to adjust projector mount.”  Chris Heinonen, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (read article)

“It’s the smartest, most user-friendly projector mount we’ve seen yet, and it promises to make everything about mounting a projector easier.” Caleb Denison, Digital Trends (watch video)

“[The PJT40] is going to make a lot of sense in situations where micro-adjustments to a projector are very important and you simply don’t want to mess around with solutions that are cumbersome or unwieldy.” Clint DeBoer, Audioholics (watch video)

“[The PJT40] does its job extremely well and could be the one mount you use/stock for your sub- 40 pound projector installs.” John Sciacca, Residential Systems (read article)

“You will appreciate how quickly the job goes when you have a mount that’s this adjustable.” Don Baine, Geek News Central (watch video)

Have a personal experience to share about the PJT40? We’d love to hear it!

Truth in Mounting: An Installation Story by Merry Lake Merrell – Part 1

As part of OmniMount’s truth in mounting mission, we love to share real world stories of customers using our products. Merry Lake Merrell is the director of marketing & communication at the Arizona Technology Council and happens to be mid-renovation. Here’s her story!  

Merry Lake Merrell

Marketing Director Merry Lake Merrell

When I bought my new house I pledged to be more of a minimalist—and that meant no useless TV stand to collect dust while holding my flat screen and never-watched DVDs (that I unsuccessfully tried to sell on Craigslist… apparently the market for comedy gems like 2002’s Slackers is nonexistent).

A television mount was necessary but selecting one when I didn’t even know what features I wanted was daunting. Luckily, I had an industry connection that was able to gauge my needs and recommend a product to fit both my television and the criteria I had for getting the most use out of it.

I am renovating my new home to have an open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen, so having one television that could serve all three of those living spaces was important. Site selection for the television was easy: prior to even purchasing my home my contractor and I had mapped out placement of major items when we drew up the house plans.

My Scientific Site Selection

My Scientific Site Selection

Because of my current renovation project, I knew I had the luxury of having someone else install whatever mount I purchased—however I still wanted the installation to be quick and seamless. I would be pulling one of the workers off of a larger project to put up my TV—I didn’t want to waste his time.

Betsey is a close friend and also a marketing communications manager at Ergotron. She highly recommended the full motion OminElite OE80FM. Its website description seemed uber-sophisticated and its slick box made my palms sweat a little.

From the Ergoton website:

A premium mount to match the highly stylized form of thin, large format HD and UHD TVs. The OmniElite mounts are graceful, yet powerful. For home theater enthusiasts dropping a pretty penny on a new TV, the OmniElite Series is the best way to finish the look.

Home theater enthusiast? Eeek… I own what I believe is a pretty run-of-the-mill, Panasonic VIERA® 46″ which I bought on sale at Best Buy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on a whim. I wouldn’t exactly describe my viewing habits of Real Housewives of NYC or any of my Netflix binges as ‘theater’ and my idea of surround sound is turning up the volume.

Betsey assured me that despite its description, this product was not too complex for me. It would be easy to mount, give me the viewing capacity I wanted and wouldn’t break the bank. So I decided to go for it. But part of me is wondering: did I get in over my head?

Did I Get In Over My Head?

Did I Get In Over My Head?

Check back next week for Part 2 of Merry’s installation story.