Choosing the right TV for your space has actually become more difficult in recent years … but in a good way. Advanced technologies such as big screens, HDTV and 3D technology were once unattainable luxuries for a large portion of the population. However, you can now find them at any local electronics store, online and even at the grocery store (depending on where you shop). This means that whether you’re adding tech to a newly built media room or simply upgrading a TV in your home, you’ll need to study up on your options and determine your needs for the space.
Here are a few things to consider when shopping around for a new TV.
The most important thing to consider is where this TV will be placed, since its location and purpose will govern the remaining considerations. Your requirements for a TV that is destined for a basement media room will be different than those for a TV to be placed in the kitchen or in a bedroom.
When it comes to choosing the right size TV, bigger really is better. Once again, consider the room that will house the TV. If it’s destined for a media room, then the screen is intended to be the focal point, so go as large as the space and seating distance allows. However, in a living room, where you might not want the TV to dominate the room’s visual impact, try and balance screen size and unobtrusiveness.
Keep in mind that an unobtrusive TV does not mean opting for a tiny television. You will find that a TV that is too small actually looks far more awkward in a room than a larger option. Your best bet is to get a TV that can be comfortably viewed from the seating area, and then design around it.
Seating Distance and Picture Quality
Viewing distance and picture quality should always be considered in tandem, since one thing greatly impacts the other.
Experts recommend that viewing distance for a 1080p HDTV should be between a ½ and 2 ½ times the screens diagonal measurement. For a 4k TV, which will allow you to sit closer due to its high picture quality, the suggestion is 1 – 1 ½ times the screen’s diagonal measurement.
Bells and Whistles
There are a lot of exciting options available to consumers on the market for a new TV. Curved screens, 3D technologies, and smart connectivity are just a few items available. For a TV going into a media room, something like 3D technology may provide an enhanced experience on movie nights. If your new TV will be enjoyed by sports fans, then the incredible detail and clarity delivered by a 4K TV will be well-worth the cost of the upgrade.
It may seem like budget should have been the first thing on the list, but that simply isn’t the case. The most important thing is to assess the need. While it may cost more initially to upgrade to a larger TV or a TV with 4K technology, it may actually end up saving you money in the long run.
What if you pass on the larger TV to save yourself a few dollars, only to discover that movie night in your new media room just isn’t the same without the larger screen? You could find yourself replacing your TV sooner than you might have if you’d gone ahead and purchased the larger TV.
Of course, don’t forget to read any consumer reports and product reviews before purchasing your TV.