How to pick the right size TV for your living room
When you’re in a retail store looking at the giant lattice of televisions, it’s inevitable that the bigger screens will be the ones that catch your attention.
When you’re in a retail store looking at the giant lattice of televisions, it’s inevitable that the bigger screens will be the ones that catch your attention. When put side by side, who would want to look at a 42in television when there’s a 65in towering above it? But in your living room, you won’t have a wall of televisions you'll have one. And if it’s not the right size for your living room not too small, and not too big you won’t get the perfect viewing experience. Here are a few tips to ensure you choose the right TV for your home.
The rule of thirds
At the very most, the distance you sit from your television should be three times the TV’s diagonal screen size. This isn’t a hard and fast rule some people maintain that you shouldn’t sit more than twice the diagonal screen size away.
Sitting in your favourite spot with the television in front of you, you should be able to look from one horizontal edge of the screen to the other in under forty degrees. If you sit too close, you’ll have to move your head to watch action in separate corners of the screen, causing eye and neck fatigue.
Check your angles
For optimum viewing, the television screen should be positioned in your living room to directly face the position from which you'll most frequently be watching it. If you sit half the time on your couch and half the time at the dinner table, pick one location and point the screen towards it; compromising between the two will degrade picture quality in both locations.
Taking a television back to the store is a hassle. They’re heavy, bulky and fragile, and the store might charge you a restocking fee for your trouble. That’s why you should ensure you’ve got the right measurements to save yourself money and distress.
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