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


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.

Truth in Mounting: Chris Heinonen’s Install Story

When editor Chris Heinonen decided to mount his TV on the wall, he asked OmniMount for a recommendation. It didn’t take long to find a great solution and Chris even offered to share his installation story. We’re all about truth in mounting, so here it is from the man himself!
Chris Heinonen Updated Headshot 2013

Technology Editor Chris Heinonen

I needed a way to hold a 32” TV and a sound bar in my bedroom. One of my jobs is to keep on top of these products for The Wirecutter and perform extended use testing on them. Putting a 32” TV and a sound bar in the bedroom will let me keep watching and listening to them. My wife also wants a TV back in the bedroom as we haven’t had one there in years.

The reason for not having one is that there isn’t a good place in the room to place it. To be able to see one from the bed it will need to be mounted to the wall and flexible enough to move away from the wall and rotate towards the bed. Laying flat against the wall will not work at all. I also want something that is flexible and easy to setup. Most people don’t swap out a TV and sound bar every 3-4 months but I do. Being able to do it on my own will make the job much easier.

ULPC-M TV Wall Mount

ULPC-M TV Wall Mount

I also need single-stud mounting due to the size of the wall it has to fit on. With lathe-and-plaster construction, I have little faith in my ability to find studs. This narrowed the list of mounts down and what I decided to go with is the OmniMount ULPC-M with the OCSBA sound bar attachment. It has a 200mm mounting plate perfect for 32” displays but can expand to 400mm if I decide to put a 42” LCD in the bedroom later on. It has a wide range of motion, making it easy to place it against the wall and pull back out. Integrated cable routing keeps it clean and away from the hands of my kids. I’d also seen a demo attaching the TV to the mount and with a small TV it looks to be a one person job.

A huge difference between generic mounts, which I’ve used in the past, and higher end OmniMount mounts is the ease of installation. As I open the package for the ULPC-M a handy mounting guide is sitting on top. After I locate two studs, a job made easier with a rare earth magnet stud finder, the install guide takes care of the rest. It adheres to the wall and shows exactly where I need to drill the two holes for the mount. An integrated debris catcher lets me do the job without leaving a mess behind. It takes no time to have the holes drilled and be ready to attach the mount.

OESBA Soundbar Accessory Mount

OCSBA Sound Bar Accessory Mount

Installing the full motion arm to the wall is the only part of the install where I had help. I could have installed it without my wife holding it up, but it would have been harder. Mounting with a socket wrench is quick with only two lag bolts for the install. Attaching the sound bar to the TV mount is the hardest part. You have to get the spacing of the OCSBA correct, and make sure to use the correct depth of screw to secure the TV without damaging it. Here OmniMount could create an online calculator where you select your mount, TV model, and if you’re using the OCSBA. Then it can tell you which screws and spacers you need to complete the mount. Make sure to consult your TV manual to get the screw size correct.

Even with a 32” TV and sound bar attached, installing both to the arm is easy for me. You lift the TV up, slide it over the mount, and it hangs in place. Secure it with two screws and it’s attached for good. When another TV or sound bar arrives for me to install, I can remove it and reinstall it myself. Most people will never have to, but I’ve used plenty of mounts where I cannot do that.

ULPC-M Cable Management

ULPC-M Cable Management

In use the ULPC-M is great. The motion is smooth and easy. The tilt control locks well so the TV doesn’t lean forward. I have no doubts about the strength of the mount to support what I’ve installed on it. The main issue is that the 32” TV and sound bar are the different widths, and now I need a 40” TV to make it look cleaner. Installation took 60-75 minutes from opening the box to being done. Power cables hide away inside the mount arms to maintain a clean look.

Aside from some small changes to make the install process even easier, I’m very happy with the ULPC-M. Every mount I’ve used from OmniMount so far has been easy to install and use, even when I have to keep changing out components. When I need another mount for something in the future, I’ll look to see what OmniMount has that will fit my needs.

About Chris: Chris Heinonen was a software developer but grew tired of the monotony, and now is Senior Editor at, Displays Editor, and a contributor to and The Wirecutter when not chasing after two young sons. He writes his own reviews and articles at Reference Home Theater, and he talks on Twitter via @chrisheinonen.

Have an install story of your own to share? Send an email to for your opportunity to guest blog on our site.

Custom Install Talk: OmniMount’s PJT40

Installer John Sciacca, principle of Custom Theater and Home Audio in Murrells Inlet, SC, used the OmniMount PJT40 projector mount for a recent project and says:

“Let’s face it; mounts are rarely sexy or cool, but at $179.95 MSRP, the PJT40 comes about as close as possible. It also does its job extremely well and could be the one mount you use/stock for your sub- 40 pound projector installs.”

Read everything John has to say about the product features and install in his full review for Residential Systems.

How To Mount Your Projector

Whether you’re a seasoned professional installer or an ambitious DIYer, when it comes to mounting technology on your wall or ceiling, everyone wants an easy solution!

That idea inspired OmniMount to create the PJT40 projector mount, an Electronic House Product of the Year and Technology Integrator Exc!te award winning mount designed to be intuitive and make the task of mounting a projector considerably easier.

If you’re planning on installing a projector and screen in your home theater, learn the ins and outs from Audioholics with their all-inclusive article, How to Install a Home Theater Projector and Screen from Start to Finish. And see for yourself how easy the install can be by watching OmniMount’s PJT40 install video on YouTube.

Happy mounting!

WorkFit-A for Apple is International CES Innovations Honoree

2014 Innovations Award Logo

As the OmniMount team gears up for the largest consumer electronics show in January, CES, the show’s awards committee has announced some really exciting news—the Ergotron WorkFit-A for Apple has been named a CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree! There’s no doubt amongst our internal team that this product ROCKS, but being recognized by such a distinguished award on the merits of our design and engineering feels great!

The WorkFit-A for Apple and WorkFit-P for Apple, along with a slew of new TV mounts, will be on display in OmniMount’s CES booth, #26115, in the Digital Health Zone. Why there, you ask? Because products like Ergotron WorkFit and OmniMount ActionMount encourage the healthy use of home electronics.

Sitting all day anywhere is a thing of the past. We’re hoping to make the same thing true whether on your couch or in the office. If you’re anything like the average American, you’ll probably agree that you spend a few too many hours being sedentary each day. With the right accessories, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Visit us at International CES booth #26115 or start following us on social media (@OmniMount) to keep up on the latest show updates.


Improve Screen Time, Reduce Childhood Obesity

Last week the Huffington Post shared an infographic: This is your teen on screens. In one of the surprising stats, 61% of obese boys and 63% of obese girls reported watching television for two or more hours each day.

According to the article, studies have also suggested that TV viewing habits in childhood can predict obesity risk in adulthood. It suggests that kids and teens should get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day at least three times a week to increase strength and develop strong muscles.

So where can kids and parents carve away time to do this in the typical weekday of an average kid?

Maybe families work together to establish play time during daylight hours, like making it a part of the schedule right off the bus or out of the office when energy is high. Or look for after school programs that are activity-centered.

It’s understandable that poor weather and concerns about safety can deter parents from letting their kids play outside, and not everyone has access to parks, gyms, or other safe and convenient places to exercise. One easy way to achieve the recommended guidelines indoors is to rethink how technology is being used inside the home.

Products from OmniMount’s interactive series are designed to be used while standing up. That’s right, standing up!

The great thing about standing is it encourages more playing and less sitting. And the beauty of an adjustable product? It adjusts to the right height for any size user, which can aid in improving posture and reducing eye fatigue, two drawbacks of sedentary TV watching.

And while you’re at it, encourage your kids to do some of their homework standing up, at the kitchen island or counter. Even short bouts of standing help.

So even if your kid can’t be outdoors to be active, you can help them improve their overall level of activity in a few out of the box ways. Every bit helps in reversing the trends linking TV to childhood obesity.

3 steps to improve your at-home TV experience

Technology Tell recently spoke with Betsey Banker of OmniMount about how to improve your at-home television experience. Betsey points out three basic steps that you should keep in mind when setting up your TV for optimum performance and enjoyment, along with several products her company offers to help you execute them. Read the full story here.