Although we tend to use the web and social media much more than a few years ago, families tend to cluster around the TV normally in the living room. In fact, this is the time that most families tend to sit together and share, comment and talk about whatever topic or news are being watched, so to understand the relationship between the sizes of the living room and the TV could make the experience enjoyable or a pain in the neck (literally speaking).
If you are thinking of retiring your old TV and getting a new one, you should be aware of the great offers that are in physical stores, and also in online stores. You should also take into account the technical specifications and functions that each device incorporates to get the most out of it.
First thing first
We must keep in mind what type of screen we want, it can be more conventional LCD-LED or an OLED, the latest trend in the television market. These are characterized by being thinner and offer a superior image quality. But when some electronic device incorporates some new technology the price shoots up as we all know. So we must ask what performance we are going to provide to our new television and if it is worth spending so much money for such a small improvement. Sometimes the TV is also used as a screen for video games, therefore the technical specifications of those games should also be taken into account.
But another factor to take into account, surely the most important, is the size of the screen. The Spanish Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) warns that you must choose a television with the number of inches appropriate for the size of the room in which it will be installed. It will not be very shrewd to buy a fantastic and enormous device for a very small room, since we will not be able to capture all its splendour.
While it is true that it is usually recommended that the distance between the TV and the viewer is 2-3 times the value of the screen diagonal, according to the OCU the optimal conditions to watch TV are:
32” TV for a distance of 1,5m to 2.3m
I have seen a LG TV for less of 200€ with good quality images. The LG 32LJ510U
A TV to consider if you do not have a lot of money or if the room is so small. It can also be a good option as a second TV in the house to place it in a room.
40” to 43” TV’s for a distance of 2m to 2.8m
I have seen a Samsung Smart TV 40” 4K UHD which had a good specification for around 500€.
46” to 49” TV for a distance of between 2.4m to 3.2m.
We recommend this one: LG Smart TV 4K with ultrasound for around 550€
50” TV for a distance of between 2.8m to 3.6m.
Philips Smart TV 50’’ 4k Ultra HD, for about 650€.
55” TV for a distance of between 3.8m to 4.2m.
Sony Smart TV 55’’ 4K UHD could be a good buy for 1.000€.
65” TV for a distance of 4.5m and more.
Samsung Smart Tv 65’’ 4K UHD for around 1000€.
Bigger isn’t always better
The OCU recommends taking into account also apart from the distance to the sofa or armchair, the lighting in the room and the quality of the video signal before buying a new television. The quality and amount of available signal is also a major factor. Is unwise to buy a top notch TV super high quality if the TV signal available will not allow you to enjoy all the wonderful qualities of your TV.
The moral of this is that when it comes to televisions, bigger isn’t always better. Yes, if you have a huge living room then a giant TV is great. However, if your living room is on the smaller side, then you can end up in a situation where you’re sitting way too close to that massive screen, even when you’re technically sitting on the other side of the room.
Ideally, the TV should be placed parallel to your eyes, with no more than a 15-degree angle up or down and no more than a 40-degree angle to the left or right. If you are seated at a sharp angle to the TV, you may see negative images on the screen. Most major manufacturers will tell you the maximum viewing angles at which you can watch the TV without seeing negative images. For example, a 170/170 angle measurement means you can still see a good image 170 degrees up or down from the centre of the screen.