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6 years ago
04/12/2016, 06:43 AM
Ok the TV itself is great but if you plan to custom install this thing ...
Ok, the TV itself is great but if you plan to custom install this thing using the Sony mount (SU-WL810) (i.e., wall mount with all wires obscured), get to work!!! I'm going to share with you some info that is painfully unavailable through any documentation online. If you use the Sony wall mount bracket like I did, you will be left with next to no space behind the TV. The wall mount bracket info presumes you want the wires to pour out of the bottom like the tentacles of a sea anenome which is a nonstarter for me. I wanted the clean look, and it can be done, so here you go...
1. You're most likely going to have to permanently keep the rear center panel off the TV when you mount it so that the power cable (and any HDMIs you run to there) can pass into the wall. If you keep the panel on, the power wire will have to come out the bottom which is undesirable.
2. For the access panel on the right as you're facing the back of the TV, a small pass-through for cables to come out the top of that compartment can be had by removing one screw and then the cover plate at the top of that compartment. This will allow you have the cover panel for that compartment on during wall mount and have cables come out of that compartment through the top. These cables are most likely going to be your HDMI connection, a LAN (Ethernet cable as people incorrectly call it) and a USB for the IR blaster.
3. The TV has a massive brick (about 10" x 3") that you will somehow have to hide. We were lucky enough to have a utility room on the other side of the wall where we mount the TV. So, we have the brick plugged into the wall in the utility room and the low V output wire from the transformer is run through the wall to the back of the TV into the aforementioned large middle compartment with the panel left off.
4. If you are using a separate audio system, you will need to run audio out from the TV to the receiver so that you can get sound for all of the cool stuff the TV gets from the internet. It doesn't support classic Red/White L/R RCA connections so you'll have to have an optical cable (or maybe the mini jack (though this may result in a delay which would be too annoying to bear). If you don't do this and you get your audio from the cable box instead of the TV, when you access internet source on the TV, the set top box audio will continue to play and you'll not hear the audio from the internet content.
5. If you have directv like we do, and you want to run this directly from the DVR without a mini Genie you'll need a LAN connection to enable the RVU features of the TV. It seems that their DVRs' HDMI ports don't support 4k so the DVR sends 4k over your LAN instead to the TV. Because of the intensity of the data, it will not let you use the TV's WiFi (which is also an Ethernet connection BTW :) connection to stream the signal. So, that's why you need the LAN connection. This connection is in the verticle panel on the right as you're facing the back. I really recommend just using the mini genie. BTW, Directv made me renew for another TWO YEARS to get the 4k equipment for free (vs over $500).
6. If you wall mount the TV you won't be able to use the RCA jacks (not that you should be using those anyhow :) on the back of the TV unless you gouge a hole into your wall where those cables would protrude.
7. I know of no way to have the power cable come anywhere but straight out of the back of the TV into (or through, in my case) the wall. This takes some careful planning so that you have the hole in your wall for that cable line up with the large center compartment of the back of the TV.
8. The TV includes an IR blaster wire that plugs into the right hand side rear facing vertical panel USB port in the back. This blaster is used to control your set top box directly through the TV. Somewhat useful so you want to plan to run this wire TOO!
A comment on the included remote control. Every time I buy a TV, I bend over backwards trying to get the native remote to work for my system. I rarely love the cable companies' remotes and I like the idea of the remote style-wise matching the TV. It's never happened though, and the remote for this TV is no exception. This time, the downfall, oddly enough, was that you can't program the remote. This means no volume control of my receiver and the inability to program a button to bring up the list of recordings from my DirecTV DVR. I've never come across a remote that didn't allow basic programability. Maybe they've given up completely and are leaving it to the dedicated remote companies like Logitech.
It's a great TV but have fun wall mouting it!