The signal that the majority of people watch on a daily basis is still standard definition. This signal was developed
over 50 years ago when TVs that were bigger then 16-inches were HUGE.
Now we're still watching the same lines of resolution, sure it is a
better signal, on larger, modern TVs. But the standard was never
designed to give great picture quality at 42-inches, let alone
70-inches! The closer a person sits to the set the worse it looks.
Here is a little rule of thumb to go “buy” (pun intended) to determine the size of set in diagonal inches that will work in your room.
• Distance away from the TV x 4 for standard TV (cable, antenna)
• Distance away from the TV x 5 for digital TV (satellite, DVDs)
• Distance away from the TV x 6 for HDTV
if you plan on sitting 12 feet away but watching normal cable on the
set then the biggest you should get is 48-inches. Or, if you plan on
just watching DVDs then a 60-inch would be appropriate.
like anything else, this is not set in stone. The size of the room has
a lot to do with this as well. If you have a two-story great room, then
buy bigger. If it is going in a basement with low ceilings, you
might want smaller. If you are looking at a CRT projection, you
have to remember that they stick out from the wall about 2 1/2
feet, while plasmas can be hung on a wall. You know your room better
then we do so make a judgment call. Many TV stores have a good return
policy because they understand that people over- or under-buy. Find out if
there is a restocking fee or an additional charge if they have to
delivery another set.
How close do you sit to your HDTV and what size is it? Also, do you think that it is the right size?
Once you figure out what size TV you can fit, come back next week, same place and same time, and we will help you figure out what kind of TV to buy.