Is bigger really better? Does size really matter? Should I always go as big as I can afford? These are questions that are commonly heard when people look to get a new or different TV. As soon as you hit the stores, you see the big TV’s first, then somewhere in the corner are the smaller TV’s.
It stands to reason that since most companies make more money on bigger TV’s, that’s the ones that they will promote the most. But does it really matter when it comes to your content viewing experience, the answer to that is yes.
The first thing you have to do when looking for a new TV, is determine where you want to put it in the house. Why is this important? Well it is, because where you want to put the TV will determine the size of the TV you should get. This is important for two reasons.
First, you ideally want the television to be at a distance that allows you to comfortably see the entire screen without having to move you head or eyes. Also you want the screen to be at a distance that allows you to comfortably focus on the objects on the screen. Doing both of these things will minimize head and eye strain and fatigue.
Second, the size of the space you want the TV will also determine how big the TV should be. If you get a TV that is too big for the space it’s in, not only can it become an eyesore, but it can cause the surrounding cabinetry and other pieces of your media setup to be less than functional. So measure the size of the space you want to put the TV before you go to the store.
Next you need to choose one of two things; either a place in which the lighting can be controlled, or a TV that shows up well in bright light situations. The former may be the cheaper of the two options, but not necessarily the most practical or possible.
However, depending on where your cable/satellite outlet is, and how your room is set up, you want your TV as much as possible to be in front of your lighting source, meaning you want the light to come from behind the TV. This will guarantee that your picture will look its best from a lighting standpoint. If the lighting is coming from the front or the side, you run the risk of having glare on the screen and thus in the picture.
If you get a TV that doesn’t have a glass screen like most LED/LCD’s out there, then you can have the lighting coming from the sides or even the front with no discernible glare while the TV is on. Do you ever wonder way the TV section in most electronic stores is darker than the rest of the store?
It’s because they want to show the TV in the best light (no pun intended) possible. Now when you do go to buy that new TV, remember to bring a tape measure. Then forget about all the numbers and letters like 1080p, HDTV, HDMI, and so on for now, first look at all the TV’s,that match the measurement of the space you want to put the TV, and then look at TV’s that will allow you to have at least 2 to 2½ inches of clearance on each side of the TV.
For example, if the allotted TV space is 46 inches, you want to get a TV that is no more than 43½ to 44 inches wide, which would probably be a 42 inch TV. The reason for this is that you will need to hook up your media gear, and you need space to maneuver. Remember a TV is not supposed to be overpowering in a room, but rather part of it. By following these steps, you too will say “Perfect!” when looking at your media setup.