Lowering 65" TV from ceiling?
My living room/home theater is in a very old (ca. 1790) log cabin. I currently have a JVC RS45 projector and 106" motorized screen in the ceiling.
But I want the image quality and motion handling of 4K OLED, and would be quite happy with a 65" set (probably LG OLED65C8) six feet from the seating position. Unfortunately that puts it in the middle of the room. I only want the TV visible when in use--that's the advantage of the projection screen, it disappears when retracted. The projector does not, but hey, it looks nice (to me, not the wife) and many people don't even notice it in the ceiling.
The ceiling is dark wood beams and planks, no subfloor. What I'd like to do is store the TV horizontally just below the beams, display side up. A thin wood panel would cover its backside, so all you see from below is a finished wood rectangle a little larger than the TV. When it's movie time, the TV would swing down and lower into viewing position.
There's lots of swing-down VESA hardware, but I haven't found anything that can also lower it the 3+ feet needed to put it comfortably at eye level. Some above-fireplace mounts pull down, but can't rotate the set horizontally for storage.
I don't care if the solution is motorized or not, and I'd like to stay under $1000 unless there's some fabulous device that does it all.
If I put on my MacGyver mullet, I can imagine two pulleys with black nylon tapes attached to the wood panel at the top of the screen, driven by a tubular motor. The power and HDMI cables would be behind each tape and somehow retract with them. There also needs to be some way to unlatch the bottom of the set and gently swing it into place before lowering.
Has anyone done something similar? Any existing hardware that does something like this? Is there a better approach? Thanks for any suggestions.
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