How Many Studs Does It Take to Hang a 103-inch Plasma?
9/8/2008 4:00 PM
In his CEDIA cover story in the September
issue, Residential Systems contributor Michael Heiss noted that EXPO
would be the place to look for the latest developments in the mine is
bigger than yours race between flat-panel manufacturers. While my eyes
caught more "thin is in" products from display manufacturers and mounts
providers, I expect the race for largest panel to come back into view
at CES in January.
The topic of large flat panels came to mind again today when I was
speaking to Chief Manufacturing's Sara Schiffler who was on her way to
visit a photo shoot of the installation of a 103-inch Panasonic
plasma in Arizona. She wanted to be there, she said, to document the challenges
facing an integrator (and homeowner) when attaching such a mammoth
piece of video technology to the wall.
It should be interesting to learn from Sara just how many studs it
takes to hang a 103-inch plasma. And when I say "studs," I not talking
about hunky custom installers... I'm talking about the ones behind the
wall. In fact, I'm curious to know what sort of mounts are available
for these admittedly limited-run large panel sizes. Most mounts, even
the fixed variety, only go up to 65 inches. Time will tell us what
Chief's solution will look like.
For the time being, Panasonic continues to offer its 103-inch-wide
plasma display and, as Mike Heiss says, "Sharps 108-inch-wide LCD has
an actual market price, albeit one that is an order of magnitude larger
than the Panasonic, will having the bragging rights to 'this is the
largest panel you can buy' have some traction with clients?" It remains
to be seen whether or not Panasonic will fight back with an
announcement of pricing and availability for its extraordinary 150-inch
PDP shown at CES, but not seen since?
More challenges may still come for leading video mounts manufacturers, who always seem to find a way to make a better mousetrap.