How much HDTV size matter to you? Who has the biggest flat-screen TV might be a great talking point when you’re in the pub with your mates, but when it comes to buying a new flat-screen biggest isn’t always best.
What you should be looking for is the right size for the room in which the TV will be situated.
What is your viewing distance?
There’s absolutely no point putting a 50-inch screen in a single bedroom, or even the biggest room in your house, if there just isn’t the space there to accommodate a TV of that magnitude. What’s more, the shape of the room has to be taken into account also when considering the HDTV size.
Your most important consideration should be viewing distance. Where will you be seated in relation to the television? If you’re sitting too far away, you’ll miss out on all that glorious HD detail, but if you’re sitting too close, your viewing will compromised by being able to see the pixels on the screen.
Give Your Flat-Screen TV Some Room
There is a reason why flat-screen LCD and plasma TVs tend to have large screens. Quite simply, you’re not meant to sit close to flat-screen TVs. They are designed to be viewed from a distance.
If you’re going to be sitting very close up, say less than five feet away, then you’re probably better off sticking with an old CRT TV, which will actually perform very well close up. The only real use for a sub 32 inch flat-screen is as a PC monitor.
There are other factors to bear in mind, of course. Enhanced detail offered by HD programming, for example, will allow you to move closer to the TV.
Regarding height, many people will mount their TV on a wall, often too high. Your TV should be as close as possible to eye level.
Lighting in the room will also affect your picture. As in the cinema, low light conditions will offer the best viewing. Install heavy curtains and, ideally, controlled lighting, such as dimmers. Generally, speaking LCD TVs perform better than plasma TVs where there is glare.
Finally, don’t forget safety. Keep TVs secured if there are small children around and keep ventilation holes uncovered.
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