Wednesday, October 29, 2008
HDTV Placement Tips
You're dropping major coin on an HDTV, so in addition to a great picture, you'll want it to look perfect in your home. Here are a few things you should keep in mind.
1) Seating: While the distance between the screen and your couch depends on both personal preference and the kind of TV you have, you should live by this "general rule of thumb": If your screen is 50 inches wide, place that comfy chair about 12 feet away.
2) Lighting: If your room is super bright, make sure you go with an LCD or rear-projection TV-the last thing you want is a washed-out picture. Also, watch out for glare; a plasma;s glass screen is a bad choice if you have direct sunlight.
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3) Content: Before you buy, think about what your family watches most. There's no such thing as too big of a picture especially if you plan to watch a lot of HDTV programming, sports or films.
4) Sound: To put yourself right in the middle of the action, you'll want surround sound. The best sound you can get is fromm free-standing speakers. Or, if you want something less noticeable, look for slim speakers that hang close to the wall. some manufacturers will even paint them so that they'll blend in with your walls or cabinets.