Plasma / Flat Screen TV Screen Size Viewing Distance Recommendations

Step 2: Select your Plasma TV Screen Size

by Phil Conner

Flat Screen TVs today come in a range of sizes from 15" LCD on up to a 103" plasma screen - talk about movie night!!! Because of the different technology, LCD (liquid crystal diode) TV's can begin at smaller sizes, starting at 10" and go up to a 65" screen. LCD/LED and plasma TVs are very similar in terms of clarity, depth, color brilliance and their conveniently flat design. The best values in plasma and LCD televisions will be found where there is concentrated competition between manufacturers in one size category.

Viewing distance recommendations are approximately 6 to ten feet for TV screens sized 37". A 42" LCD or plasma display may be optimally viewed from 10-14 feet. A 50" plasma, LED, or LCD TV will look best from 12-16 feet, and you should have at least 15 feet of viewing distance to work with when installing a 60" or higher. Ultimately, though, the choice is up to you.

10 Steps to Buying a Plasma TV

  • Step 1: Plasma Display Technology
  • Step 2: Plasma TV Screen Sizes
  • Step 3: Is a 1080P Plasma TV Worth the Extra Money?
  • Step 4: Plasma TV Audio Options
  • Step 5: Mounting Your Plasma TV
  • Step 6: Choosing a Plasma TV Brand and Model
  • Step 7: How and Where to Buy a Plasma
  • Step 8: Find an Online Plasma Dealer
  • Step 9: Plasma Television Installation
  • Step 10: Connecting Your Plasma TV


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