Having had a windfall I would like to spend it on a flat screen TV.
Can't get my head round wall mounted situation however.
In magazines there are never any wires showing but I don't see how this can be so.
How do you connect your home cinema speakers , V+ box, dvd player, Wii etc without having a big bundle of wires trailing down the wall from the TV to the relevant hardware ?
Is that why most people just stick the huge flatscreen TV on a long unit of some sort because the wires from a wall mounted TV look untidy.
My dream of freeing up some floorspace with a wall-mounted TV will be completely trashed given that a unit to stand such a big TV on will take up more space than the current TV does and we really need the space.
Ours is going on a bracket on the wall. The socket will be placed behind the tv, the electrician will fix a socket to the wall fro the dvd, sky box etc and will then track this up the wall and it will magically appear behind the tv. We are also having an entertainment hub where all the dvd player, amp, sky box and any other gadgetary can be stored and called upon using something called a magic eye, airport express (wifi extender) or iphone - I don't really understand it all - it's dh's baby...but it looks good.
Any chance you have a fireplace underneath the wall space where you want to put the tv, you could run the wirse around that so they are less noticable, we had done this downstairs and it looked ok as i then hid the wires behind a clock on the fireplace if you get what i mean.
Weve recently re-wired though so now every wire is hidden in the walls and we have sockets behind where the tv is to go, i dont understand it all but hopefully my other half will be there every time i want to watch something to turn it all on for me!
If you don't want to put ducting into the wall then you could fit surface mounted ducting like this. It won't look as good as having the cables running inside the wall but it's a lot less mess and hassle. If you're planning on decorating the room in a few years you could use surface ducting now then fit ducting into the walls as part of the redecoration.
The same company also sell ducting that runs along the skirting board, which I've used for speaker cabling. It's very effective and looks good.
Juist wanted to revive this thread to ask if anyone has any experience of wireless TVs where the Wii, dvd player, cable Tv box all plug into a transmitter, totally separate from the TV, which then communicates wirelessly with the TV.
Do you mean a wireless signal sender? We used one to send the sky signal from downstairs tv to tv in our bedroom. I can't remember the make but it was around £50 from currys. It worked really well. Sky+ worked on upstairs tv too. It blocked out our wifi signal tho so we couldn't get online at the same time as using it.
Also, with regards to the previous posts about burying wires in the wall. Make sure you put in spare scarts etc. The last thing you want is to have plastering done etc then the wires breaking like what has happened to us twice... Good job my dads a plasterer.