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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.

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.

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!

Don’t Fall Victim to a Falling TV

Having a huge flat screen TV is the pinnacle of home theater entertainment. The perfect place to catch a game, watch the kids play video games or round up the whole family for a movie night. But if your TV is sitting on a piece of furniture, it also comes with a hidden danger—the possibility that it can be bumped or tipped off its stand.

You might be surprised to know that in a three year span, close to 19,000 reported injuries resulted from falling televisions and 47% of TV tip-over related injuries happened to children under the age of five.

Luckily, there’s a mount for that.  

The safest way to ensure a flat panel TV won’t fall over, especially in high traffic areas, is to mount it to the wall where it’s safe from prying hands or rogue toys. A product like the EZMount OMH takes less than 10 minutes to install and has a locking system that prevents your TV from being bumped off of the mount. The fact that it’s UL certified offers added peace of mind.

Keep your most precious possessions safe with a simple, DIY project. See for yourself how easy the OMH is to install by watching our installation video or visit the OMH product page for more details.

Reference: November 2012 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report “Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Television, Furniture, and Appliances: 2012 Report” https://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/135118/tipover2012.pdf