If you had asked me yesterday if I knew much about flat-screen mounting options, I would probably have told you yes. Seeing as how I appreciate a well-executed home theater, I’ve stayed pretty in tune with stationary screen mounts, tilting screen mounts, swiveling screen mounts, telescoping screen mounts, and even screen-mounting systems that masquerade as wall art. All around savvy, I would say. But here’s the thing: I’ve never really gone as high-tech as to think about screen lifts, but that all changed this morning.
Your ears just perked up, didn’t they? Yes, lifts. I’m not talking about those things that you slip into your shoes to sneakily make yourself look taller, or the stands you use on your desk to raise the elevation of your laptop or monitor. I’m talking about a real, motorized lift that you can attach a plasma or LCD screen to, in the interest of hoisting that TV to the perfect viewing position, and then lowering it down into a piece of furniture so you don’t have to look at it when you’re done. Just think about it: one little point and click, and your TV levitates out of an attractive piece of furniture, like Aphrodite rising from the sea. Poetry.
All romanticisms aside, though, the Chief® Automated Flat-Panel TV Lift actually lets you hide your high-def TV inside a cabinet or console – as long as it’s large enough to fit the screen and sturdy enough to support the screen/lift weight, you’re in business. Imagine the possibilities. I love the very thought of this, because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t necessarily like to stare at my home electronics when they’re not in use, and I would never, under any circumstances, do something as insane as wall mounting a flat screen above a fireplace. I guess I’m saying that I want to enjoy the viewing benefits of a flat panel, without having to suffer any of the decor hazards on the side. Sigh. The mere concept of this screen lift has left me grinning bigger than I have in a long time.