How Far Should I Sit Back From an LCD TV?

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How Far Should I Sit Back From an LCD TV?
The optimal viewing distance from an LCD TV is around 1.5 to 3 times its screen size. (living room with big window image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

The optimal viewing distance for your LCD TV depends on the size of the screen. For best picture quality, according to Cnet, your distance from the screen should measure around 1.5 to 3 times the screen's diagonal measurement. You should, therefore, sit around 2.4 to 4.8 feet away from a 19-inch LCD TV, 4 to 8 feet away from a 32-inch model, 5.3 to 10.5 feet from a 42-inch model and 7.5 to 15 feet from a 60-inch model.

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High-Definition TVs

To fully perceive a high-definition picture, in its best resolution, you must typically sit closer to the minimum viewing distance from the screen. The higher the definition on your LCD TV, the closer you must sit to the screen to appreciate the definition.

Bottom Line

All TVs are a little different, and you may have to experiment with viewing distance. However, the optimal distance usually lies somewhere between 1.5 to 3 times the screen's diagonal measurement.

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