What TV Size Should I Buy?

What TV Size Should I Buy?
 
 
 
 

When it comes to buying a TV, the obvious factor to consider may be the price. But did you know the room you'll be installing the TV may affect your choice when it comes to TV size? People tend to go for big screens or a smaller TV regardless of the room size. The problem is that if the TV is too small for your room, you’ll end up squinting, and suffer from issues like headaches and eyestrain. On the other hand, you might get a large TV, but you don't have sufficient space to sit far enough. With TVs becoming more and more affordable, it's only wise to get the perfect TV size for your home. But how do you choose the right size? Read on to find out more.

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Comfort Matters

Other than price, there are other things that matter when choosing a screen size. One of them is comfort. You want a screen size that will be comfortable for your eyes based on the distance you’ll be sitting away from the TV. Now, if you like watching your TV in darkness, a larger screen is preferable for your eyes since most of your view will be taken by the uniform brightness of the screen. In other words, your pupils will be naturally closed due to the amount of light from the big screen. Conversely, a smaller TV in a dark room will cause more fatigue for your eyes because you’ll be trying to focus on a small bright light (the TV). Consequently, this may lead to headaches.

Your Room Size

Of more importance is the room you’ll be fitting the TV. How far away will you be sitting? The farther away you sit, the smaller the TV screen appears. Naturally, this means that if you have a large living room, a big TV will offer a better viewing experience. There are various recommendations on how to calculate the seating distance in relation to the TV size. THX, for example, recommends multiplying your seating distance (in inches or centimeters) by 0.835. The result is the recommended screen diagonal. So, if your room is of standard size, you may be sitting around five to six feet away from the TV. This makes a 50-inch to 60-inch TV more suitable. However, the method might not be perfect. Technically, speaking it's advisable to sit at least four feet away from your TV. Here’s a list showing the recommended TV size based on your seating distance:

  • Four to five feet – 40-inch TV
  • Five to six feet – 50-inch TV
  • Six to seven feet – 55-inch TV
  • Seven to eight feet – 65-inch TV
  • Eight to nine feet – 75-inch TV However, there are no hard rules about TV size. You can go a size bigger or smaller and still get awesome viewing experience.
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TV size Vs. Quality

Newer brands have donned the shelves of electronic shops at a much affordable price. But before you pick a massive 65-inch TV for $500, consider the quality of the TV and durability in the long run. You may instead opt for a 55-inch model from a well-established brand that’s probably offering better quality, including advanced features like HDR, and will last longer. Your choice of TV will also largely depend on the type of content you plan to be watching. If you are into 4K or Blu-ray content, an HDTV will display a high-fidelity image to give you an immersive viewing experience. Going for a 65-inch TV regardless of the picture and sound quality can leave you regretting it for the rest of the TV's life. You may have to deal with issues like distortions and image imperfections. A 4K TV contains pixels that are a quarter of the size of a 1080p TV. This means that you won't be able to see those pixels unless you get much closer. In other words, you can sit closer to a 4K TV than to a 1080p TV without suffering from eyestrain. The same goes for 8K, although 8K content is yet to be available. The downside of viewing lower-quality content on a high-quality big screen TV is that the content will appear more flawed. You may notice blockiness, video noise, among other unpleasant artifacts.

The Stand Size

When selecting a TV, it's easy to forget how wide your TV stand is. Generally, a bigger TV requires an even bigger TV stand. Depending on the size and shape of your TV stand, you may opt to go for a TV with a central stand or separate feet at each end of the screen. In conclusion, you don’t have to follow the “rules” for viewing distance and screen size. What matters is how easy the screen size you choose will be to your eyes, based on the room the TV will be placed in. If you have space, it doesn't hurt to “go big”. The least TV size you should consider buying is 50 inches unless you plan to put it in the bedroom. In that case, even a 32-inch TV would do.

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