Sanusis one of those brands that truly has achieved market saturation, as its products are available seemingly everywhere. However, not all retailers are equal and Sanus, like many other manufacturers, has products unique to specific retailers. Case in point: Sanus' Classic lineup of products. Available in many big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and others, Sanus' Classic line isn't low-quality or necessarily even cheaper, it's just unique to the aforementioned retailers. Being a longtime Sanus customer, I wanted to see if the same Sanus quality I've grown accustomed to can be had via its less flashy lineup of products.
I recently moved to a new house, so I was in the market for a new HDTV mount for my bedroom display. I don't readily change out the display in my bedroom, but I did want to leave myself some room for a larger screen should I decide to buy a larger HDTV down the road. Thankfully, Sanus' MLL12, reviewed here, is a mount for all seasons that can accommodate displays ranging in size from 32 to 70 inches. The MLL12 is a straightforward mount, as it doesn't have a great many bells and/or whistles; it doesn't articulate, tilt or move in any way. It's a mount, plain and simple, which is what I was after since, as I said earlier, my bedroom HDTV isn't where I do a lot of critical viewing. The mount itself measures 32 inches wide by 20 inches tall and a scant one-and-a-quarter inches deep, hence the low-profile designation. Maximum weight capacity for the MLL12 is stated to be 200 pounds, which is more than enough for today's crop of 70-inch displays. The included hardware (no tools) is comprehensive enough to facilitate mounting on a wide variety of surfaces including brick or stone.
Installing the MLL12 is about as easy as one-two-three and is capable of being carried out by even the most novice of DIY-ers, although if you're at all apprehensive about drilling holes in your wall, I recommend consulting a professional. I was able to mount the wall plate in less than fifteen minutes with the help of a stud finder, cordless drill and ratchet set. Fitting the supports to the back of my Samsung LCD HDTV was equally trouble-free. Once fitted, all I had to do was hoist the display onto the wall plate and, voila, instant wall-mounted HDTV goodness. It's that simple.
Read about the high points and low points of the Sanus MLL12 on Page 2.
• In terms of ease of installation and use, I'm not sure it gets any easier than Sanus' Classic series, specifically the MLL12.
• The MLL12 has all the features and hardware one needs to pull off a professional, wall-mounted HDTV installation with little to no effort.
• The MLL12's vast compatibility makes it among the more universal of the universal HDTV mounts available today.
Competition and Comparisons
There's a wall mount for every HDTV and, wouldn't you know it, Sanus isn't the only name in the game. While Sanus is my pick and has been since as long as I can remember, there are other players in the space, specifically OmniMount, Chief, VantagePoint and even Monoprice. All, like Sanus, have their strengths and weaknesses, so be sure to shop around. While I've used mounts from almost every company mentioned above, for my money, I've always stuck with Sanus. For more on these mounts and other HDTV accessories, please visit Home Theater Review's AV Accessories page.
Sometimes simple is better and, in terms of HDTV wall mounts, they don't get any easier than Sanus' Classic MLL12 Low-Profile Wall Mount. Retailing for around $50, depending on where you shop, the MLL12 is a simple to hang, simple to use, truly universal HDTV mount that will not only keep your current HDTV safe and secure, but also afford you the ability to upgrade in the future should your needs/tastes change. Recommended.