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  1. UNIVERSAL OR DEDICATED? WHY WE OFFER BOTH

    UNIVERSAL OR DEDICATED? WHY WE OFFER BOTH

    We take a look at why UNICOL offer both Universal and Dedicated options within their ranges and how that benefits you.

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  2. 5 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST MOUNT FOR YOUR SCREEN

    5 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST MOUNT FOR YOUR SCREEN

    In a previous blog, we spoke about the universal VESA fixing standard that is a standard feature of all modern TV screens. In this blog, we look at the other aspects that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure the mount you purchase will support your screen both safely and aesthetically.

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  3. VESA FIXINGS | FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW

    VESA FIXINGS | FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW

    So how do you know what your screens fixing pattern is? It will either tell you in the screens user manual or you can measure the width (1) and height (2) of the fixing holes on the rear of your screen. Most mount manufacturers make universal mounts, which are designed to cover the VESA range and these mounts are categorised by screen size and VESA fixing array they are most suited for. We mention the minimum and maximum VESA size each of our products is suited for on the website and within the catalogue - but if you're still stuck and want to double check, please call 01865 767676 where our experts will be able to provide a helping hand!

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  4. TV MOUNTS - THE BASICS

    TV MOUNTS - THE BASICS

    A TV Mount generally refers to a bracket made of metal that fixes to the rear of a TV flat display or screen.  Nearly every TV screen manufacturer arranges the screen fixing points in accordance with fixing hole patterns approved by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), a US-based technical standards organisation.  These fixing orientations are arranged in a square or rectangle and are based on cardinal metric numbers, for instance, 100 x 100mm and 1000 x 600mm.  This means that TV Mounts can be designed to cover a number of VESA arrangements and thus become universal.

    Whilst the majority of TV Mounts are now universal they are grouped into categories depending on the physical size and weight of the screen.  These categories differ between manufacturers but at UNICOL the Universal TV Mount ranges are split into 30 to 32inch, 33 to 70inch and 71 to 110inch, where the size of the screen is measured in inches across the screen diagonal.  Whilst universal TV Mounts make

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  5. AV MEDIA CABINETS - THE FACTS

    AV MEDIA CABINETS - THE FACTS

    There are many cabinets on the market that Audio Visual (AV) equipment can be stored in and these are made from a number of materials including wood, plastic and metal.  Some are just empty boxes with shelves and a door but most professional AV Media Cabinets have a rack-mounted system.  The Unicol AV Media Cabinet is made of metal and can be ordered as a single or twin cabinet with a standard 19” rack mount system built in; also included is the ability to add up to 1 x 55” TV Display above the single cabinet and 2 x 55” TV Display above the twin cabinet. The units a predominantly used for AV equipment and a standard single cabinet is 500mm wide, 700mm high and 500mm deep.

    It is interesting to note that in our present computer age the standardised 19” rack mount system, used mainly today in the IT industry, dates back to around 1922 when AT&T designed a standardised format.  One of the reasons to standardise the format was to save space and by 1934 the ‘rack unit’ or ‘U’

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  6. 3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A TV DISPLAY STAND

    3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A TV DISPLAY STAND

    It should be mentioned at the outset that all the equipment in this article refers to the Audio Visual professional market and not consumer TV Display stands.  There are a variety of professional TV Display Stands and some are free-standing, some fixed or bolt-down and others on wheels.  The deciding factor in choosing the right one for you starts with the size and weight of the screen or TV Display you are going to use with the stand.  Nowadays modern TV Displays are light in weight until you reach sizes of over 70” or those with touch capabilities so below these sizes, the weight will not have a bearing on the choice of stand.

    Unicol has a range of TV Display Stands to suit all sizes of TV screen and the following suggestions may help you choose the right one:

    1. If your TV Display is in the range of 22 to 32inch then the original single column stand will adequately support this.  The original design dates back to the early 60’s and is stil

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