Tilting flat panel TV wall mounts offer a few advantages over the standard flat wall bracket.
The extra flexibility provided may not seem like much, but there are reasons why this type of mount may be a better choice for you than a slightly cheaper fixed alternative.
If you want to understand about the other types of wall mount available to you, go to our introduction to TV wall mounts.
In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of tilting mounts and look at a few reasons why they may be the best choice for you.
The tilting wall mount is the next level up from the flat mount.
They have many of the advantages of the flat mount such as easy installation, but also add the ability to tilt the screen up or down which can be advantageous in some situations.
Why would a tilting mount be preferable over one that is fixed in position?
Well, the main advantage is the ability to adjust the angle of the TV screen relative to your viewing position. If you are slightly limited as to the location of your HDTV on your wall, then being able to angle the screen can help to overcome this.
The picture here of the VideoSecu MF608B tilt TV wall mount, shows an example of this type of wall mount. It is similar to a fixed wall mount, but allows you to angle the screen.
For example, you may have to install the TV slightly higher than you would ideally want, maybe due to the position of shelving or a fireplace. In this case, you could tilt the screen downwards to directly face your seating position. This should give an improved picture compared to viewing it at a slight angle.
This is especially important for LED screens which can lose colour accuracy and contrast if you view them at an angle - although the better-quality modern LED screens will suffer less from this issue than cheaper models.
Obviously there is a similar solution if the screen has to be installed slightly lower than you would ideally like. You would then angle the screen upwards a little to get the perfect view.
The ability to angle the screen can also be useful if you have bright daylight or direct sunlight in your room. There may be a situation where the screen needs to be adjusted slightly in the daytime to avoid any issues with the picture appearing washed-out.
Moving the screens angle can also help when you are installing the cabling for your system.
With a flat wall mount, it may be necessary to connect all the cabling before you hang the TV on the wall, due to the position of the connectors on the rear of the television. This can be very annoying.
With a tilting screen you can tilt the screen up while it is in position on the wall and have much easier access for connecting and replacing cables. This is something you may not appreciate until you have to do it - but it can make life much easier.
Obviously, whether this is an issue for you or not will depend on the design and location of the connections on the rear of your television - but it is something you might want to consider while you are choosing your HDTV.
The main downside of this type of wall mount is that it will be generally be more expensive than a flat wall mount - but it will be worth paying slightly more if you will benefit from the advantages mentioned above.
A tilting wall mount will also not have the added flexibility of swivel or articulating wall mounts, so you would need to decide if you need this extra movement or not. It will all depend on the situation in your room.
If you are looking for a simple method for placing your TV on a wall, then a tilting wall bracket may be just what you need.
If you don't require the TV to be adjustable for many different viewing positions, then your main choice is to decide between a flat wall mount and a tilting one.
As we have seen, the tilting version gives you a little extra flexibility when compared to the fixed flat version, and so you will just need to decide if you will find the extra movement useful.