What began as an online store selling inexpensive Ethernet and HDMI cables has grown into a multi-faceted AV empire that arguably rivals some of the marketplace's biggest names. I'm talking of course about Monoprice. While Monoprice may be best known for affordable cables and computer accessories, it's the company's home theater wares that have captured my attention as of late, chief among these the Monoprice line of ceiling brackets for front projectors, specifically the 6528 model for projectors weighing up to 50 pounds.
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Retailing for $14.85 plus shipping, the 6528 is one of the, if not the single, least expensive universal projector mounts I've ever seen. Like all Monoprice products, it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, a lifetime warranty and free technical support for life. Monoprice doesn't even charge customers a restocking fee should things not work out. And for less than $15. That's incredible. What's more incredible is the fact that for that same $15 you get a mount that uses all-metal materials, is sturdy in its construction and, while not as "trick" as the competition, still offers a similar level of control and adjustment.
The mount is comprised of three parts: first, the ceiling plate, which looks like every other ceiling plate I've encountered; second, the threaded support pole and adjustment head; and third, the universal adapter plate, complete with adjustable armatures. All three pieces are finished in flat black, though the support pole does feature the Monoprice logo on its face for a bit of contrast. The area between the adjustment head and the universal adapter plate features what Monoprice calls its "fast disconnect mechanism," which is a not so fancy way of saying there is a single connection point between the universal projector plate and the adjustment head for easy installation and tear-down. Monoprice isn't the first to market with this technology, as most higher-end mounts offer it, too, albeit with fancier names and/or slicker application. Speaking of the adjustment head, it's good for up to 30 degrees of play, both roll and pitch, while supplying a full 360 degrees for rotation. The universal adapter plate can accommodate any and all front projectors that have minimum hole spacing greater than 6.69 inches but no greater than 12.59 inches. I tested the 6528 mount on three different Epson projectors, as well as a Panasonic, and each fit brilliantly. Larger projectors, such as my SIM2 Nero or M.150, don't fare as well - though in the case of the Nero, the 6528 mount can accommodate its weight.
In terms of ease of installation, the 6528 mount is simple is as simple does, meaning it's no more difficult or easy to use than any other front projector mount I've tried over the years. The final result is sturdy, secure and clean, provided your front projector fits within the 6528's installation parameters. Monoprice includes all the necessary hardware to get the job done right and there really isn't much to fuss about. Do I prefer Sanus or Chief's adjustment controls for roll, pitch and rotation? Yes, but their mounts also cost multiples more, so they should be more precise and smoother in their implementation. Does the 6528 hinder one's ability to align the projector to its respective screen? Not in the slightest.
Read about the high points and low points of the Monoprice 6528 on Page 2.