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Video: TV Screen Size

Julie Govan is the Brand Manager at Crutchfield, and has been writing about consumer electronics since 1999. Her areas of expertise include home theater, surround sound, digital cameras, and HDTV. In her spare time, she also writes book reviews and fiction. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and went on to receive a master's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.

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Your TV's screen size should depend on how far you sit from it, as well as what you watch on it. In this short video, we'll share some simple pointers to help you figure out the optimum screen size for your room.

Video Transcript

Julie: Hi. I'm Julie. I'm here in the Crutchfield studio today to talk about TV screen size. Now the saying "bigger is better" is actually a pretty good guideline when you're deciding on TV screen size. Our experience has been that in most situations, you should go with the largest screen your room, your viewing distance, and your budget will accommodate. That's because while we occasionally hear people wishing their TV screen was bigger, we pretty much never hear them wishing it was smaller.

So how do you know how large a screen to get for your room? The key is the relationship between the TV's screen size and the distance you'll be sitting from it. To help people find a good screen size for their room, we use a loose formula to recommend a viewing distance range. Here's how it works: We suggest you sit at a distance that is 1.5 to 2.5 times your TV's screen size for the best picture. So if you're considering a 50" HDTV, your ideal viewing range would be between 6-1/4 feet and 10-1/2 feet. If that sounds really close, keep in mind that you can sit closer to an HDTV and still get an awesome picture. This is especially true if you mostly watch stuff that's in high definition, like Blu-ray discs and HDTV. Then, you can try sitting at the closest end of that range. You can find out more about choosing screen size at And you can always give us a call at 1-800-555-9408

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