You spent a lot of money and time setting up your new home theatre system, but something just doesn’t seem right. Did you make any mistakes? Check out our list of common mistakes many of us make when trying to put together a home theatre environment.
Buying the Wrong Size Television
Everyone wants a big TV, and with the average screen size purchased by consumers now 55-inches, a lot of larger screen sets are finding places in many households. However, an excessively large TV is not always best for a particular size room or viewing distance.
For 720p and 1080p HDTVs, the optimum viewing distance is about 1-1/2 to 2 times the width of the television screen.
This means that if you have a 55-inch TV, you should sit about 6 to 8 feet from the screen. If you sit too close to a TV screen, (although you won’t damage your eyes), there is a greater chance that you may see the line or pixel structure of the image, along with any processing artifacts, which can not only be distracting, but uncomfortable.
However, with today’s trend towards 4K Ultra HD TV, you can get a better viewing experience at closer seating distances than previously suggested. For example, you can sit as close as 5 feet from a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV.
The reason for the acceptable closer distance for 4K Ultra HD TVs is that the pixels on the screen are much smaller in relation to screen size, making its structure much less noticeable at closer viewing distance (perhaps as close as just a little over one time the screen width).
The Room Has Windows and/Or Other Light Issues
Room lighting has a definite effect on the TV and video projector viewing experience.
Most TVs do fine in a semi-lit room, but darker is better, especially for video projectors. Never place your TV on a wall opposite windows. If you have curtains to cover the windows, make sure they cannot pass light through into the room when they are closed.
Another thing to consider is the TV screen surface. Some TVs have an anti-reflective or matte surface that minimizes room light reflections from windows, lamps, and other ambient light sources, while some TVs have an extra glass-like coating over the screen panel that serves to provide extra physical protection for the actual LCD, Plasma, or OLED panel. When used in a room with ambient light sources, the extra glass layer or coating can be susceptible to reflections that may be distracting.
Also, if you have a curved screen TV another factor is that if your room has windows or uncontrollable ambient light sources the screen curvature can not only produce unwanted light reflections but also distort the shape of reflections, which can be very annoying.
by Robert Silva
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