We at HomeTheaterReview.com are generally pretty firm in the belief that mounting your TV over a fireplace isn't exactly ideal. Then again, building any home AV system is a process full of compromise, and it seems that the folks at MantleMount have addressed most of our concerns with mantle mounting in their new MM855 SmartMount. One of the biggest problems with over-fireplace mounting is the neck strain. Seriously, who wants to watch TV while craning their necks at such uncomfortable angles? WIth all of MantleMount's solutions, though, you can keep your TV tucked up over the mantle when not in use, and bring it down to eye level when you're ready to watch TV or a movie.
The second big bugbear of mantle mounting? Heat! The MM855 gets around that by way of heat-sensing technology that automatically retracts the mount when things get too toasty.
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With a number of significant enhancements over its predecessor the MM850 -- including smoother operation and integration with more home automation hubs -- the new MM855 SmartMount from MantleMount, the premier, fully automated, full-motion TV mount, is now available.
Introduced at CEDIA 2017, the MM850 marked MantelMount's entry into the home automation arena. It featured a powerful home integration module allowing the user to control TV viewing positions through popular home automation systems, providing the ultimate in convenience and optimizing the viewing experience. The wired, built-in Ethernet created a true "plug and play," set-up process for installers and let customers easily download software updates. Dual Electronic Actuators supplied the "muscle" to adjust the mount's vertical and horizontal positions, while the Favorite TV Position Memory feature let users store up to six preset positions.
Relying on feedback from the installer community, MantelMount developed the MM855 SmartMount, which incorporates all of the features of the MM850 along with significant, field-tested upgrades:
The MM855 retains two unique safety features for installation over a fireplace: a Heat-Sensing Thermocouple mounted near the television that measures heat from a fireplace; and Auto Temperature Sensing Technology, which automatically retracts the TV to a fully-raised home position when the thermocouple detects an unsafe temperature for electronics (ideal for unattended, thermostat-controlled fireplaces).
According to Lee Marc, CEO of MantelMount, the introduction of the MM855 represents the company's ongoing commitment to product improvement and industry leadership.
"Our philosophy has never been to sit still and be satisfied with the status quo," said Marc. "We're always looking to improve our mounts, no matter how well they perform or how satisfied our customers might be.
"In creating the MM855 SmartMount, we did the same thing, keeping all the best parts of the MM850 and enhancing other areas based on the valuable input we received from our integrator base."
MSRP of the MM855 is $1,999. MantelMount also offers a five-year limited warranty on the product.
The new MM855 can be ordered through the MantelMount website at www.mantelmount.com/apps/store-locator.