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With Chief’s New Mount, You Don’t Need to Mount TV Between Studs

Yet-to-be-named product allows TV to slide way to the right or left of the studs, and it solves leveling problems, too.


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Horizontal bars connected to the backplane allow you to slide a TV way to the left or right of studs.

Chief Manufacturing has a mount that is so new it doesn’t have a name yet. The product solves several installation problems, the main one being that you don’t need to mount your TV right between two wall studs.

“Most of the time you have to work around the stud placement,” says Chief spokesperson Sara Schiffler. You can wind up having to move furniture or resort to awkward TV placement.

The new Chief mount, however, gives plenty of leeway for positioning a TV to the left or right of studs.

“Before, you had limited lateral shift,” says Chief spokesperson Sara Schiffler. “Now you can move it all the way to the left.

Like virtually most adjustable mounts, the new unit comprises two pieces: a backplane mounted firmly to the studs, and an adjustable element that holds the TV. The adjustable piece can slide right and left across the backplane, but only to a limited degree.

With the Chief product, though, the backplane holds two horizontal mounting bars that can slide completely left or right of the backplane. The TV snaps onto those bars.

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The product solves a few other products as well: leveling the TV. Many mounting systems are unforgiving, requiring you to install the backplane pretty darn straight across two studs. The Chief product, though, has leveling screws built into each side of the mount, allowing installers to raise and lower each side of the screen as required.

The company even created a special level that snaps onto the sliding bar on the mount. No more balancing a bulky level on the mount or television. Genius.

“Installers aren’t perfect,” Schiffler reminds us.

Finally, the new design allows users to mount component shelves anywhere beneath the flat screen.
By summertime, Chief expects to have the new backplane available for most of its line of fixed-and-tilt mounts.




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About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

14 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Walt Yaeger  on  01/07  at  02:04 PM

Why wait for this summer?  Go to http://www.superiortvmount.com and get one of ours today.

Posted by Laura S.  on  01/07  at  02:31 PM

We have 4 mounts from Superior Tv Mount, Inc. and we LOVE them!! CEPro you seem to be behind in you great findings. Orange County, Ca, has had the opportunity to purchase these mount for the last two years.

Posted by Walker  on  01/08  at  09:47 AM

Chief Mounting Products are way behind in technology…....Superior TV Mount has had this available in the articulating style now for over 2 years.  As an installer, I’ve never seen anything so advanced in the mounting business as Superior’s.  We only install Superior TV Mount products for your home entertainment pleasure.

Posted by Steve Harbor  on  01/08  at  10:56 AM

Wow, the paid shills are out in force.

Totally puts me off Superior TV Mounts.

Posted by P.T.FROM N.J.  on  01/08  at  02:43 PM

LOOKS LIKE AN ERECTOR SET THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING ’ SUPERIOR ’ TO THIS.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/08  at  05:54 PM

Those superior mounts are very nice. However, I’m not sure they offer the specific benefits of this piece from Chief which allows you to mount your TV way off the studs, and level it very simply. I would be curious if there are other mounts that offer these specific benefits.

Posted by Walt Yaeger, President, Superior TV Mount, Inc.  on  01/08  at  09:14 PM

Superior TV Mounts will allow your tv to be mounted “off the studs” it’s just that it’s not recommended. Superior will make the horizontal bars as long as you would like them to be. There is a leverage factor to consider when you move the center of gravity that far off to one side.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  01/09  at  01:33 PM

Thank you for your reply, Walt. I guess the difference is that Chief has engineered its product so that it is indeed recommended for off-stud mounting.

Posted by Home Theater & TV Installation  on  01/12  at  02:20 PM

I’ve never heard of Superior TV Mounts and we’re in Orange County. I’ll check them out sometime. But Chief is a brand I can trust and I am really looking forward to giving this new product a try. It looks like they’ve put a lot of thought into this mount.

Posted by PAUL FROM ORANGE COUNTY N.Y.  on  01/14  at  10:30 PM

I LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY N.Y. AND EVERYBODY UP HERE HAS HEARD OF SUPERIOR T.V. MOUNTS.

Posted by Jeff  on  01/15  at  04:00 PM

Are Superior mounts UL rated.  They look a little flimsy to me.

Posted by M  on  01/30  at  07:50 PM

We have a Superior Mount and it is absolutely NOT flimsy.  We constantly recommend Superior Mount to friends and family and every one of them that have purchased a Superior Mount are very impressed and happy. Superior has been out for a couple years now and Chiefs product is so new they don’t even have it named.  I wonder where they got their idea from?

Posted by OhMyGod  on  01/30  at  10:14 PM

I hate blogs.  It gives idiots with no names the freedom to further spread their stupidity.  Get a life people.  This article was about a new product from Chief where the President of Superior Mounts took it as an opportunity for free advertising.  I recommend Superior Mounts either spends some money on an advertising banner or send a press release through CEPro where all the Superior Mount fanboys can weigh in on how much of a great product it is - which I’m sure it is.

Posted by dan rather  on  01/31  at  08:20 AM

i completely agree. only real journalists should be allowed to spread their stupidity!

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