When you’re buying a new TV, it’s tempting to think of the TV itself as you go about browsing the different shops and websites for price, brand, quality, and features. This is completely understandable – you want the best you can get for the budget you have in mind, after all.
However, there’s more to buying a TV than the TV itself when you plan to acquire one – there’s also the placement and the installation to consider; two aspects which are actually underrated and often forgotten in the excitement of creating new viewing pleasures. Planning to get a new TV? Here’s how to make sure your TV placement is perfect for your needs.
It’s important that you have a large TV – when it comes to viewing pleasure, size does matter. Equally important, check the size of your TV so you can mark the ideal height. Watching TV is best done whilst the centre of the TV is at eye level; that way you avoid neck and eye strain, especially over the long run – and this is also where a good TV mount is crucial.
Think about the distance
There is no ideal distance from the viewing audience to the TV, but it should be obvious that sitting too close or too far from the TV is going to decrease your viewing satisfaction. A good rule of thumb is as follows: multiply the diagonal size of your TV by three, and try to maintain that distance. It’s not always possible, but it’s a good guide.
It’s more than style
You can hang your TV on the wall, although it’s also a great idea to get a TV stand. It’s about style, but about much more than that: a TV mount or stand offer you countless practical measures regarding angle and storage space.
Some things to avoid
If possible, avoid the following:
- Placing the TV too high – it may lead to neck strain.
- Placing the TV above the mantelpiece – it can damage the TV (heat) and the light from the fire can add to the glare.
- Placing a normal TV outdoors – it wasn’t designed for it, and could lead to serious damage.
- Straining your neck – try to sit directly in front of the TV, so you don’t have to watch it from an angle.
It’s a combination of various things that make the TV viewing experience either a success or a failure. Often one thing can degrade the quality significantly. Consider the details, and how they fit as a whole. Make sure you are physically comfortable, that your screen resolution is fitted for the distance, and that no other lights can interfere with the quality of the projection. Think the process through – you deserve the best performance, after all.
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