For a lot of people, buying an HDTV is all based on their budget limitations. The rule for choosing a TV size seems simple enough: bigger is better. That’s why many people buy monstrous TVs.
But while your budget is always going to be an important factor when it comes to TV size, it’s also a matter of how big your living room is and how far you usually sit from the TV. Here are some tips that can help you decide how big your TV screen ought to be for a great viewing experience.
- Do the math. One rule of thumb when it comes to getting the right TV screen size is to measure how far your couch/sofa is from the location of the TV. Just get a tape measure to get this measurement in inches. Then divide that figure by 3, and the answer will be the diagonal measurement of the TV.
So let’s say your couch is 10 feet directly in front of the TV. That’s 120 inches, and when you divide it by 3 you get 40 inches. So you need to buy a TV that measures 40 inches diagonally. With that size and viewing distance, you’re close enough to see the details on the screen, without having to see the individual pixels.
- Bigger screens for a big audience. If you and your family watch TV in the living room together or you often invite friends to watch a football game on TV, then you need a bigger screen obviously. This is especially true when the living room is a bit crowded. If you are sitting about 4 to 6 feet away from the screen, then a 40-inch TV can do. But if you’re all set about 7 to 8 feet away, then a 50 inch screen may work better for you. And if you’re 9 feet away from the TV, you may want to save up for a 60-inch TV.
- The bigger the screen, the larger the resolution. What you also have to keep in mind is that the screen resolution becomes more important as you go for larger screen sizes. That’s because you’ll get blurry images when the TV screen is large but the resolution is low. For 40-inch screens and smaller, a 720p resolution may suffice. It really doesn’t become much better to get a full HD resolution of 1080p for your small screen.
However, once you venture into 50-inch models, the 1080p resolution becomes essential. There’s a great deal of difference between the 1080p and the 720p resolutions for these TV sizes. The full HD also gives you much more detailed images when you watch Blu-ray movies or play video game consoles.
Thankfully, prices of 40-inch TVs have become more and more affordable these days. If you’re willing to forgo the latest models, you can get fantastic deals on large screen HDTVs at a price your budget can deal with.