Blow away the Joneses with a ceiling TV

Motorized mount can handle screens of more than 61 inches.

Chief Manufacturing

Once upon a time, just having a wall-mounted flat-panel TV was enough to make a huge impression by itself. Never satisfied, of course, showy consumers have since tried to one-up each other with plasmas and LCDs that lift from cabinets , hide behind mirrors , and pop up from the bed frame or even out from underneath it .

So what's left? The ceiling, of course.

The "Automated Ceiling Lift" from Chief Manufacturing "will make your TV like a drop-down projection screen," according to Electronic House. And it's not one of those small drop-down numbers like those under-cabinet kitchen models either: It can handle displays of more than 61 inches, the company says, or up to 190 pounds.

Still, there's more than one way to make a statement. For our taste, we'd prefer the bar TV .

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