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CHOOSING THE RIGHT TV

Finally, you’re thinking of buying a new TV. With the ever-changing technology, there are hundreds of TVs out there with so many options to choose from. How do you know which one’s the right one for you? Choosing the right TV may seem a very simple thing. But wait till you get to actually buying one, you’ll realize soon enough that putting one in your shopping cart can prove to be a difficult task with all the choices out there. We’ve tried to take the guess-work out of having to figure out what things you need to consider in choosing your next TV with tools for simple TV comparison.

Most of the time, the first thing we do set before we decide on a purchase is the budget. Ask yourself, “How much am I willing to spend?”. It’s not something set on stone as there are times when we do spend more than what was “decided on” before we were sold by a sales pitch of a very eager consumer “assistant”. Realize that there are a lot of less pricey TVs out there with top features and that perform well. With LED TVs getting better and better every year, there’s no need to splurge on new technology TV which may not really spell much difference next year. Save yourself from the regret of having gone overboard by setting a budget range.

TV Sizes : Comparison for Viewing Distance

SCREEN SIZE

Now that you’ve set your budget range, you can now focus on other considerations. For one thing, if you’re buying to set it up with your current home theater center it is important that it would fit perfectly. For this, you will have to know the dimensions of your current set-up to save you the trip of returning the new TV for one that’s just the right size. Check out our TV screen size comparison tool to help you get the right screen size. No more dangling feet over the edge of your TV cabinet or table (Read more here).

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VIEWING DISTANCE

If you’re setting up for an entirely new home entertainment center, consider going for the big 50-inch to 65-inch screen. Or go even bigger for spacious family rooms or if you’re setting it up where you would be watching it from a distance away. While there are no set rules for determining the right size – there are some guidelines you can follow to get the most out of your TV. Use our simple tools provided here to help you in determining TV Size depending on viewing distance. This tool also shows the TV resolution options that are perfect for your sitting distance.

To maintain the maximum field of view- that is, be able to catch all the action on screen, one has to consider the recommended viewing distance for the resolution type to come up with the right TV that will give you maximum viewing pleasure. Although big sizes may be the preference for most, take note that it may not always be better. bear in mind that our field of view is measured at 120 degrees. So there’s really no benefit in getting a very big TV for a small room since you won’t be able to see all the action if half of the screen falls out of that field of vision.

The suggested distance the closest you can sit from your TV with a 1080p resolution is suggested to be at least 1 to 1.5 times the diagonal measurement of the TV screen. So if you want a big 75-inch screen, you’ll need to be sitting between 75 to 112 inches away (or 6.25 to 9.4 feet). Or you can compute in reverse if you want to arrive at a screen size- with a maximum sitting distance of 6 feet, divide by 1.5 equals 4 feet which converts to 48 inches. This maximum *suggested distance for a 1080p screen is the minimum distance you need to be sitting at to enjoy the benefits of a 2160p or 4K Ultra High Definition TV of the same screen size. You might want to consider too, that although a 4K gives much more detail up close, sitting too far away from a 4K UHD, you may notice that you won’t see a significant difference between a 1080p from a 4K anymore. This is because there’s a limit to what our eyes can perceive.

*Use our simple TV screen comparison table below to check out the recommended viewing distances for size and resolution type.

TV Resolution Comparison for 1080p FHD and 2160 4K UHD
TV Resolution Comparison for 1080p FHD and 2160 4K UHD

4K Ultra High Definition/UHD 2160p

For a truly immersive viewing experience with life-like details, it’s great to get a big screen TV. But how different is a 1080p screen from a 2160p? A  4K has 4 times higher resolution than a 1080p screen. It is densely packed with 8 million active pixels providing for a richer color palette that gives exceptional contrast and depth- making images come alive with details that’s definitely breathtaking. With a 4K UHD, you can sit as close as 1.5 times as the screen’s diagonal size and really immerse yourself in the action and still see the whole picture. And if you’re more comfortable to be a bit farther away, make sure you’re not too far back that you’re missing out on the high definition details that you’ve paid for. The recommended maximum distance is about 2.5 times the diagonal size of your screen.

Diagonal
Screen Size
(inches)
Width
(inches)
Height
(inches)
Total Area
(square
inches)
TV Viewing Distance
Range (4k TVs)
1-1.5x screen diagonal
TV Viewing Distance
Range (1080p TVs)
1.5 - 2.5 screen diagonal
16 inch TVs13.9 inches7.8 inches109.4 square inches1.3- 2.0 Feet2.0- 3.3 Feet
19 inch TVs16.6 inches9.3 inches154.3 square inches1.6- 2.4 Feet2.4- 4.0 Feet
22 inch TVs19.2 inches10.8 inches206.8 square inches1.8- 2.8 Feet2.8- 4.6 Feet
23 inch TVs20 inches11.3 inches226 square inches1.9- 2.9 Feet2.9- 4.8 Feet
24 inch TVs20.9 inches11.8 inches246.1 square inches2.0- 3.0 Feet3.0- 5.0 Feet
28 inch TVs24.4 inches13.7 inches335 square inches2.3- 3.5 Feet3.5- 5.8 Feet
32 inch TVs27.9 inches15.7 inches437.6 square inches2.7- 4.0 Feet4.0- 6.7 Feet
39 inch TVs34 inches19.1 inches649.9 square inches3.3- 4.9 Feet4.9- 8.1 Feet
40 inch TVs34.9 inches19.6 inches683.7 square inches 3.3- 5.0 Feet5.0- 8.3 Feet
42 inch TVs36.6 inches20.6 inches753.8 square inches3.5-5.3 Feet5.3- 8.8 Feet
43 inch TVs37.5 inches21.1 inches790.1 square inches3.6-5.4 Feet5.4-9.0 Feet
47 inch TVs41 inches23 inches943.9 square inches3.9-5.9 Feet5.9-9.8 Feet
48 inch TVs41.8 inches23.5 inches984.5 square inches4.0-6.0 Feet6.0-10.0 Feet
49 inch TVs42.7 inches24 inches1025.9 square inches4.1-6.1 Feet6.1-10.2 Feet
50 inch TVs43.6 inches24.5 inches1068.2 square inches4.2-6.3 Feet6.3-10.4 Feet
55 inch TVs47.9 inches27 inches1292.6 square inches4.6-6.9 Feet6.9-11.5 Feet
58 inch TVs50.6 inches28.4 inches1437.4 square inches4.8-7.3 Feet7.3-12.1 Feet
60 inch TVs52.3 inches29.4 inches1538.3 square inches5-7.5 Feet7.5-12.5 Feet
65 inch TVs56.7 inches31.9 inches1805.3 square inches5.4-8.1 Feet9.1-13.5 Feet
70 inch TVs61 inches34.3 inches2093.8 square inches5.8-8.8 Feet8.8-14.6 Feet
75 inch TVs65.4 inches36.8 inches2403.6 square inches6.3-9.4 Feet9.4-15.6 Feet
77 inch TVs67.1 inches37.8 inches2533.5 square inches6.4-9.6 Feet9.6-16 Feet
80 inch TVs69.7 inches39.2 inches2734.7 square inches6.7-10.0 Feet10.0-16.7 Feet
82 inch TVs71.5 inches40.2 inches2873.2 square inches6.8-10.3 Feet10.3-17.1 Feet
85 inch TVs74.1 inches41.7 inches3087.2 square inches7.1-10.6 Feet10.6-17.7 Feet

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