If you’ve walked through a consumer electronics store lately, you may have taken notice to the array of TV sizes offered for sale. In 2018, it is not uncommon for a home TV to be 64 inches or larger.
But, not every room will require a TV size that is that large. In fact, if your television is too large for the room it may actually negatively impact your viewing experience.
We’ve assembled some tips to help you choose between the TV sizes available on the market today.
Before you can pick the proper TV size for your room, you need to think about where you want to position the television.
If you plan to place the TV on a stand or entertainment center, you may be limited by the size of that surface.
If you intend to hang your TV you need to think about how high you’ll hang it and how much clearance you’ll have from the ceiling, wainscoting or other furniture.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the SMPTE, actually has a set standard for TV sizes.
According to the group, the display should fill 30 degrees of your field of vision. That mean, you can calculate the “ideal” screen size by measuring the distance between your seating and planned location of your tube.
We get it, math is hard. If you’d rather skip the complicated calculations, you can simply multiply the seating distance (in inches) by 0.625. So, if you plan to hang your TV about 80 inches, or about 6.5 feet, from your seating area, a 50-inch TV would be the SMPTE’s recommended television size.
While it may be tempting to go for the ultralarge TV sizes that will surely get larger with the passing years, it’s not in your best interest.
While some spaces will actually benefit from a 64-inch TV or larger, some rooms will be too small and a television that is too large will actually look worse than a smaller size would.
When you’re very close up to overly-large TVs, pixels can actually become visible because they’re intended to be watched from a farther distance.
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