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August 7, 2006

Choosing the Right Size of HDTV

When it comes to buying an HDTV, one of the most important things to consider is size. Obviously, you want to buy the biggest screen you can afford but you also have to be sure that the room your TV is in is big enough for comfortable viewing. Digital Home Canada has a nice article that helps you figure out the right size TV for your room:

Perhaps the most common question that we receive on Digital Home Canada from readers who about to by a high definition television (HDTV) is what screen size they should buy?

Since there is no right size to buy, the Digital Home advisor provides readers with guidelines on what screen size is right for them.

When deciding what size of HDTV to buy then Digital Home recommends the first four steps you should undertake are to:

  • measure the overall dimensions of your viewing room;
  • decide where you want to place the television;
  • measure the available area around where you will be placing the television while allowing room for additional components and speakers; and
  • determine how far will you be sitting from the front of the screen

The article also has a handy table that helps you figure these things out:

For example, the chart tell us that a 50" widescreen is 24" high, 43" wide (televisions are always measured diagonally) and as a screen area of 1,032 square inches. The optimal viewing for high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) programming on a 50" television is about 8 feet and 16 feet respectively. If you are watching an up converted progressive scan DVD the ideal distance will probably be somewhere in between those two distances.

The article is pretty informative and well worth a read.


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Posted by William Hungerford at August 7, 2006 8:51 AM

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