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TV VIEWING DISTANCE CALCULATOR

VIEWING DISTANCE CALCULATOR
Select Screen Shape: 4:3 (Standard) or 16:9 (Widescreen)

Enter Screen Size: Width = inches
RESULTS:
Recommended viewing distance from screen = feet.

Minimum Viewing Distance for Standard Resolution TV = feet.

Minimum Viewing Distance for Hi-Definition TV = feet.

Minimum recommended SMPTE viewing distance = feet.

Minimum recommended THX viewing distance = to feet.


There are different opinions on the optimum TV viewing distance for a specific screen size. Some experts suggest a viewing distance of three to six screen widths for watching standard resolution video on a modern hi-def system. Sitting closer than three screen widths to your TV often will reveal too many distracting video artifacts inherently associated with earlier productions that have not been commercially restored. Basically, the smaller the TV screen, the better & tighter a picture will look, and the closer you can sit. The larger the TV screen, more of the imperfections will be seen. Sitting further back will improve your viewing experience, especially when watching kinescopes or vintage TV shows.

If you're going to watch modern high-quality programming, you can sit closer to the TV screen because the video quality will allow immersive viewing. On the other hand, when watching older & rarer retro programming, like the kind being offered here, it is recommended that you sit further away so that you'll notice less of the image's inherent flaws. Also, a little bit of controlled background lighting in the room can enhance your perception of picture quality and lessen eye strain.


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