Tilting flat panel TV wall mounts offer a few advantages over the standard fixed TV 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 low-profile alternative.
If you want to understand about the other types of wall mount available to you, go to my introduction to TV mounting brackets.
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 fixed television mount.
They have many of the advantages of the low-profile mount, such as a discrete installation. But, they 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 limited where you can install your TV, 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 color 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 glare from windows in the room.
Moving the angle of the TV can also help when you are installing the cabling for your system.
With a fixed TV wall mount it may be necessary to connect all the cabling before you hang the TV on the wall. This is because it can be difficult to connect the cables once the TV is in place.
This can be a tricky process.
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.
With the Mount-It! MI-303L Tilting TV Wall Mount, pictured above, you have quite a bit of tilt to work with. This mount can tilt up to 15° - both up and down. This could be really useful when connecting the cabling.
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. If the connections are positioned on the side of your TV, then this might not be an issue.
But, it is something you might want to consider while you are choosing your HDTV - and your wall mount.
The main downside of this type of wall mount is that it will generally be more expensive than a flat wall mount. Although, if you shop around, the difference can be small.
Even so, it might 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 TV 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.
Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.