LCD TV Size & Optimal Viewing Distance
Knowing what LCD TV size is best for you is very important. Even if you eventually choose a smaller screen size in order to fit within your budget, you should be aware what the optimal size is for you. This is one of those must read LCD TV guides. Buying an LCD TV that has the right size for your room is probably the most important aspect. Choose a smaller screen size with 1080p resolution and you will just throw money away. Choose a screen that is too large for your room or type of content, and you might actually get yourself a magnifier glass for image flaws. You might have to settle for a smaller LCD screen size, usually because you can’t afford the size that is perfect for your viewing distance. However, if you can afford the right size, you will get the full amount of detail from the TV and the picture will blow you away.
How to Determine the Optimal Screen Size
At What Distance Will You Be Sitting?
First of all, in order to choose the right screen size you start by measuring the distance you will be sitting at. If the distance is shorter, you will need a smaller screen size, while if it is longer you will need a larger screen size. It may happen that your budget will not allow you to buy an 1080p LCD TV large enough to offer optimum amount of detail for your viewing distance. You might also prefer to invest your money in picture quality rather than resolution (detail) and go for a smaller screen that has a better picture. Resolution is not the most important aspect in obtaining a great experience, so there is no problem if you go for a smaller screen as long as you decided this yourself, knowing what you loose and what you gain. If you are unsure, just go to the store and watch the LCD TV models at the sizes and quality you are putting in balance.
What Type of Content Will You Watch?
It is very important to take the content into consideration when calculating the optimal size. It is not the same if you watch 1080p HDTV, DVD or standard definition (SD) on a 60 inch LCD TV. While 1080p could look great, and the 60 inch size could allow you to see the full detail, SD programs may actually look awful. Happily, SD programs are going to be eliminated, HDTV taking their place. Regular DVDs are also going to be replaced in time by Blu-Ray disks. However, right now many of you have just DVD players and might still watch SD content. If you are in this situation, 1080p might not be worth the money and you could opt for a smaller screen. If on the other hand, you watch 1080p Blu-Ray movies or HDTV broadcasts, then 1080p and a large screen makes sense.
LCD TV Screen Sizes and Min/Max Viewing Distances
The HDTV distance should be considered as optimal viewing distance for 1080p/1080i content. SDTV distance is maximum recommended for watching SDTV content as DVDs and SD broadcasts. If you’re mixing the content type (both SDTV and HDTV) you should consider HDTV viewing distance as minimum and SDTV distance as maximum recommended.
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