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  • How Large is an LCD TV?

    LCD TV sizes sold today usually start at 32 inches and go all the way up to the 50 inch+ sets. A big large screen is always nice, but there are other factors that have to be considered as well.

    Space Considerations

    First of all, assess the proposed space around the television. Is it sufficient for the set and the stand? This is important, as it will determine how comfortable you will be when you sit down and watch. To avoid problems, it is best to put all the furniture around the area where the TV set will be. This should give you an idea of what it will look like.

    Calculate the Viewing Distance

    When looking for the ideal LCD TV sizes, the viewing distance will be important. However, there is no “one size fits all” formula here. For example, some people prefer watching a 35 inch TV ten feet away.

    But for others, a ten ft viewing distance will require nothing less than a 50 inch set. The 60 inch set is typically viewed 15 away, but again, it is matter of personal preference.

    The only way to find the right size is to determine where you are comfortable at. Viewing a small or medium sized TV far away makes things difficult to see. On the other hand, watching too closely on a large screen can be confounding too.

    An indicator that you are watching too closely is when the tiny dots become noticeable. These dots are visible on LCD television only; CRT TVs have horizontal lines.

    Angles

    The angle at which you are going to watch is also vital. Some sets offer better viewing angles than others. The angle refers to the TV angle that can be viewed prior to image degeneration.

    Other Considerations

    Choose a set with anti-glare properties. Glares and window reflections can be very annoying. Similarly, bright sunlight can also be an annoyance.

    Some viewers determine the optimum viewing distance by multiplying the TV’s dimensions by a fixed number. Also keep in mind that the newer sets no longer use the standard 4:3 aspect ratio. With newer models, 16:9 is now employed.

    The viewing height is also considered when assessing LCD TV sizes. Ideally, your eyes have to be level with the middle of the screen. This centering should be attained when sitting at your normal position. This is particularly important with big screen television sets.

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