TV Screen size and Placement

TV Size and Placement - Fail
I was reviewing the whole 3D without glasses release the other day and it got me thinking.  With the ridiculous viewing distance from the actual screen being such a limited viewing area, how many people buy televisions not considering the distance from the seating position.

Failure to consider this can really decrease your enjoyment of home theater purchases.  This is the last thing anyone wants when making big technology purchases they want around for years to come.  This in mind I thought I would provide information about choosing a screen size and placement of your TV.

Firstly, sitting to close to the TV will not ruin your eyes but as I said, its not enjoyable for a full movie or show.

Just For your information: Although parents have been saying this ever since TVs first found their way into our homes, there's no evidence that plunking down right in front of the TV set damages someone's eyes. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) says that kids can actually focus up close without eyestrain better than adults, so they often develop the habit of sitting right in front of the television or holding reading material close to their eyes. However, sitting close to a TV may be a sign of nearsightedness.


Basically, the general idea is to have your viewers engulfed by the picture and audio when you`re watching a movie.  Placing the TV off in the distance will destroy the enjoyment regardless of how good your stereo system may or may not be.  As a result there are certain things you should begin with when choosing a screen size and the placement of your television.  This being said...In a living room, sometimes people just want a TV but could care less about a home theater experience so really.  This doesn`t matter.

Now your first step could go two ways.  Either you just bought a TV and your trying to place it.  In this case you`re going to figure out where to drop your chair our couch.  If you`re choosing a TV you want to determine the distance from your viewing position to where your are going to put the TV

These distances are all based on the size of your TV. Heres a couple formulas I have found effective.
Minimum Distance
TV Screen Size (in) ÷ 8 = Minimum Distance (ft)
Maximum Distance
TV Screen Size (in) ÷ 4 = Maximum Distance (ft)

Now this formula does leave a pretty big window between maximum and minimum but it does mean you have a nice area for personal preference.

When you are mounting the TV up high you also have to consider Tilt.
Sit where you’d sit to watch your TV. Get comfortable. Then, measure the height from the ground to your eyes. Take that length and stick a piece of tape on the wall at that same height. That’s going to be the sweet spot, the ideal place for the middle of your screen (feel free to sit back and double-check that the spot seems natural to you for viewing).

If you’re going to tilt your screen, keep it to a minimum. Plasma displays shouldn’t be tilted at all technically, and LCD flat panels shouldn’t go beyond 10º. Tilting helps reduce glare and is necessary for higher mounting applications (like bedrooms), but too much of an angle can lead to uncomfortable viewing and strain.
Tip: A loose way of measuring 10º is to hold your arm straight out and make a fist. Put your fist height above the tape that you stuck at eye level and that’s the highest you’d really want to go for any home theater TV height.

Beyond how far and how high to mount your TV, you may have to deal with angling your TV for optimal viewing under less than desirable room and furniture combination's.

As we have established, playing with the tilt of the TV allows for higher mounting, and it also helps prevent glare. It’s the horizontal adjusting that’ll be vital for longer rooms and corner mounting.

Get creative and just think of the possibilities!

By mounting off a stud and using a Swing or Extend mount, you can create a seamless, “floating” set-up for your TV.  Use different types of mounts to make what you need happen. From corner mounting in a bedroom to under-cabinet mounting in the kitchen, odds are if you want a TV somewhere, you just need to determine the proper mount function for the job.  Mounts have become relatively cheap...check these out

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Other things to consider:
It has been demonstrated that viewing content on a display that occupies a greater visual angle (also referred to as field-of-view), increases the feeling of presence. More importantly, the wider visual angle (to approximately a plateau point of 80 degrees) the greater the feeling of presence.

Research conducted on presence with HDTV and other higher resolution formats that use a wide field display, has revealed that sometimes the feeling of presence can be too real, producing physiological effect that some viewers may find undesirable. Subjects have reported experiencing an increase in symptoms that are common to motion sickness when viewing strong visual stimuli on large screens. A study conducted using virtual reality simulation as part of the experiment, found that subjects with lower visual acuity experienced significantly more of the symptoms associated with motion sickness. Furthermore, the study also found that the symptoms of motion sickness increased when subjects observed the visual stimuli without the aid of their glass or contact lenses.  Consequently, optimum viewing distance recommendations based solely on human visual system and technological limitations may not always produce the best viewing experience. Viewers with lower visual acuity, who prefer to watch HDTV without their corrective lenses will need to sit closer see critical details, run the risk of undesirable side effects.