It’s that time. Your old television has given up the ghost and decided that it has turned on for the last time. As much as you loved your old television, it’s just not feasible to get it repaired (and a smack to the side didn’t work this time). So, how do you know what is and isn’t a good deal in televisions these days? Do you roam the store looking for the best price tag and the biggest screen? So, what size screen should your television have?
Yes, let’s face it, the one defining feature people announce when they tell people about their new television set is the screen size. The bigger the screen, the better, right? Well, not exactly.
You have to consider several different factors before you shoot for the stars and grab the biggest set you can find. The first thing to consider is exactly where are you sitting in relation to the television? Are you three feet away? Six? A giant screen is great, as long as you’re sitting far enough away to take in the picture the way it is intended to be seen. Being too close to a large screen can ruin the experience since pixelation and other factors become more obvious as the image is stretched, and the closer you are to that screen, the more your eyes will pick up.
Optimally, you will want to position yourself 10 feet away from any screen that measures 32-inches or less. If you choose a larger screen than that, you’re going to want to make sure you have a deep enough living room to position the closest viewer at least 15 feet away. You can tell you’re too close to an LCD or projection television by looking at the top, bottom, and sides of the screen. Do colors seem to shift slightly the further you get from the center? You’re too close. Also, if you can see pixelation or blurriness clearly when watching an HD program, you’re probably too close, or your screen is too large for the space where you put it.