Wall Mount TV - Where To Put Your Cable Box
Behind The TV?
Its all well and good mounting your nice shiny TV on the wall but most of us connect a cable box or a Blu-ray Player or an Apple TV or a….. you get the idea, there are often things connected to the TV that will have to go somewhere.
You could locate your cable box in a cabinet under the TV but the whole idea of mounting your flat screen television is often to de-clutter and make more space by remove the TV cabinet.
So part of specifying the right TV mount for your TV relates to this very question.
Lets start with a household staple, the Apple TV, you could just simply velcro it to the back of your screen but there is a better way of mounting it to the wall or the back of your TV which also allows for easy removal for those power reset’s you may have to perform!
A great company I’ve stumbled across has a number of solutions for different sizes of equipment enabling them to be wall mounted, the company is called HIDEit Mounts.
These guys have covered all bases from mounting a small general device with a universal solution
to specific device’s such as an Nvidia Shield
Playstation’s and Xbox’s are large games consoles so I would suggest you mount your flat screen television on an Articulating Bracket so you can push it back as far as possible allowing for enough clearance and future access.
If you have some obscure equipment you would like to fix behind your TV then the other option is to use a universal media device mounting bracket which is designed to bolt to the VESA mount on the back of your TV
Samsung One Connect Box
Finally and for Samsung fans one of the more important issues with fitting a TV on the wall is the One Connect Box.
This is a separate input/output connection box that is used for the Q7 and up range of Samsung Smart TV’s. It’s a great idea, you have one thin cable that connects to your TV which is less conspicuous than a bunch of HDMI cables, however, If you want to fix your television to the wall you will have to consider where this box is going to go.
The recent versions of the One Connect Box is huge –
There are some in wall mounts available for this from HIDEit mounts. If you want the screen to be as flat as possible and you are mounting your display onto stud-work then there are ‘behind TV boxes’ available to house this and other components. You could even cut one of these AV Enclosures into a block-work.
There is a UK company Future Automation that also make these kind of solutions which also allow a TV bracket to be recessed inside for that super sleek finish!
In A Cupboard?
This works by running the infraRed receiver wire from the cupboard or remote location to the display.
In A Media Cabinet
So those are a few solutions to the question – where to put cable box?
Using these mounts will require careful consideration to which type of mounting TV Bracket to use.