What is the Best Size for a TV?
The optimal size for a television is the biggest size that a person with a perfect vision (20/20 for North America or 6/6 for Europe) can distinguish all the pixels of a television. If the television is bigger than this, you will see the pixels. If the television is smaller than this, you will not see all the details that the television can offer. This is based on the fact that the human eye cannot distinguish a detail closer than 1/60 of a degree apart.
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Television Size Comparison
|32"||27.9"||15.7"||437 sq in|
|37"||32.2"||18.1"||585 sq in|
|40"||34.9"||19.6"||684 sq in|
|42"||36.6"||20.6"||754 sq in|
|46"||40.1"||22.5"||904 sq in|
|47"||41"||23"||944 sq in|
|50"||43.6"||24.5"||1068 sq in|
|55"||47.9"||27"||1293 sq in|
|60"||52.3"||29.4"||1538 sq in|
|65"||56.7"||31.9"||1805 sq in|
To decide on which size of television you should get, compare them in your living room. To do so, create a cardboard cut-out of the same size as the television you are considering. Alternatively, if you do not have such a big cardboard available, you could trace the rectangle to the wall using scotch tape.
The table to the right gives you the width and the height of the screen for each diagonal size. Do not forget to add the width of the frame though, which varies from models to models. Using this technique, you should have a preview of what the size will look like in your actual room environment and then compare if it is worth to get a size smaller or bigger. You might found out that your room just feels strange with such a big television in it, or the television is too small for the place you usually sit on your couch.
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