If you’re an InfoComm show veteran who’s logged a couple decades of attending that trade show, you remember the InfoComm “Shoot-Out”. It was a huge, separate area off the show floor where attendees could walk through and see video projectors mainly, or other display devices, in A/B comparisons. Or more typically A/B/C/D etc side-by-side shootouts. Which of the supposedly 500 lumen (“factory spec sheet”) projectors in one of the shootouts looked brighter on the screen? What was the color profile of the different images on the screen? It was a lot of fun, not just useful for AV pros as we all evaluated competing products. All the displays/projectors got the same content feed (provided by Extron, back in the day), so the industry viewed it as objective.

It was fun! But eventually so many DLP-based and LCD-based projectors started to perform very closely to one another. And then the race pretty much switched to DLP vs. LCD, in projection. Also add to the fact that some InfoComm exhibitors were not all that thrilled about attendees spending time looking at their product offerings in places at the show other than in their own booths.

Fast forward to today. Direct view LED is all the rage in the display world. But you won’t see many LED “shootouts” at industry events. Again, trade shows are now about each individual gear manufacturer wowing you in their own big expensive booth. You might see one in someone’s warehouse, and that happens quite a bit. And you can tell a lot about the product that way.

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You can do a shootout of LED panels… can you do a

30-minute shootout comparison of LED Mounting products?

What should you look for?

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That leads us to the question: You can do a shootout of LED panels, so can you do a 30-minute shootout comparison of LED Mounting products? Of course, mounting products are not displays, so we’re talking apples and oranges. But thinking about the “shootout” phenomenon, got me thinking:

Let’s say you’re an AV integrator, and one of your designers or installers says to you: “hey, I have a new LED mount, from ABC Mounting company, in the warehouse. And their rep is here also. We’ve never used them before. He’s loading the mount back into his car in 30 minutes. Can you take a quick look at it?”

If you have a few minutes to look at it, what are a few things you should look for? What questions should you ask? Whether in an A/B side by side, or just on its own, how can you bring that “shootout” eye to the task of looking at that LED mounting product? Here are some tips, below. First, framing the goal first, i.e. what you’re really looking to answer, followed by some specifics:

How easy is it for the mount to install?

  • Can the mount be assembled and placed onto a wall in under 30 minutes?
  • When the rep answers the above: drill down: with 2 people? What about for a solo installer?
  • Weigh it. Period. Lightweight designs are always preferred. Get the numbers. Record them.
  • Does the manufacturer provide detailed instruction manuals? Ask to see them.

Does the mount have post installation adjustments?

  • The best mounts features Z alignment that can be done before LED is placed on the wall. Go through them and try them.
  • Does it have several mounting points that can push LED cabinets together to eliminate seams when displays are up?
  • Mounts with built in adjustment save time on a project site – make a list of those and compare it to the other options.

How sturdy is the mount?

  • Is the Mount engineered down to precise millimeter and made of high-quality steel? Look at it closely. It’s all in the details, and it’s super useful to do a side-by-side comparison.

Go through the paces above, on your own, when that kind of “shoot-out” opportunity comes your way. In the meantime, I’d be remiss in this exercise if I did not cut to the chase and point out, about Premier Mounts LED products:

How easy is it for the mount to install?

  • The components of Premier Mount’s Convergent series can be assembled and placed onto a wall in under 30 minutes
  • Ideally, they are installed with 2 people, but it’s definitely possible for a solo installer with the right equipment
  • It saves effort for people who may be short on time or manpower.
  • It comes with very detailed instruction manuals to help guide you.
  • And remember: the faster install time, allows for more time on site to fine tune the displays

Does the mount have post-installation adjustments?

  • Our Convergent LED wall mount features Z alignment that can be done before LED is placed on the wall. Absolutely.
  • Also, there are several mounting points that can push LED cabinets together to eliminate seams once the displays are up.
  • All those adjustments that are built in, will save you time on a project site.

How sturdy is the mount?

  • Out Mount is engineered down to precise millimeter and made of high-quality steel, totally. Check it out in person. It will be obvious on close inspection.

Shoot-Outs? We love them. Bring ‘em on. They separate the pretenders from the contenders, in LED mounting especially.