Finding the optimal TV or smart TV location can greatly enhance the content viewing experience, and through the following tips you will find help in achieving that goal.
Optimal placement of the TV has an impact on both picture quality and avoiding potential physical problems
And it is that beyond the decoration and the use of the available space, the location of the TV within the room can have an impact on aspects that go from from picture quality to possible physical discomfort such as neck pains..
Height and distance in relation to the sofa or armchairs, position with respect to windows are parameters that can improve (or worsen) the quality of the experience. It is therefore recommended to adjust to the following parameters when placing a TV.
-Height/position: The ideal position of a television should match the center of the screen to the height of the viewer’s eyes. This means that in long content viewing sessions the neck and/or back may suffer if the screen is positioned too high or too low because of the awkward position that would be acquired. And, of course, the ideal positioning of the viewer is directly in front of the screen, perpendicular and centered with respect to the screen.
-Distance: With a smaller distance the field of view will benefit from more “immersion” in the image and also make larger (and more expensive) screen sizes unnecessary. But it is also not the best idea to stand too close to the screen. In any case it is a question that on the one hand depends on the viewer’s own visual comfort but also on the resolution of the content, which the higher the resolution, the closer to the screen without ruining the experience by appreciating the outline of the pixels in the image. A common rule of thumb for 4K resolution TVs is to calculate the optimal distance between the viewer and the TV as 1.5 times the vertical of the screen. Thus, for a 65-inch TV (1 inch = 2.54 cm) the minimum distance would be 1.2 meters, while for HD resolution TVs the recommended distance would be double that, 2.4 meters. Traditionally, a distance equivalent to five times the diagonal of the screen was recommended, but this was at a time when image resolution was much lower than it is today.
-Reflections: The reflections caused in the screen of the television by light sources (lamps, windows…) ruin completely the vision and can be from annoying to even harmful for the visual health. Not all TV screens have anti-reflection systems, so it is necessary to study the position of auxiliary lamps, turn off overhead lighting in the room and avoid placing the TV in front of large windows or, failing that, make use of curtains capable of reducing the entry of light. Some ambient lighting systems make use of lamps that are placed behind and to the sides of the television with a double objective: to “expand” spatially (with intelligent systems that modify the colors that emit adapted to what appears in the image) the limits of the screen and to contribute to that the room does not remain in darkness at the time that the resulting light does not result in annoying reflections on the screen.
-Support/fixing: In some cases it will be necessary to make use of furniture or wall brackets capable of pivoting, rotating or tilting the TV so that it adopts the appropriate position to avoid glare from windows or balconies depending on the time of day and outside light or to be able to view the contents depending on whether you are sitting or standing (in the kitchen, for example). In this regard, and if there are children at home, it will be especially important to check that the fastenings are resistant to avoid unwanted accidents.
-Temperature: Televisions generate enough heat on their own so it is not a good idea to place them near other heat sources. In addition to the aforementioned problems of inadequate height that can cause neck discomfort, placing a TV above a fireplace could cause overheating problems, as well as placing it too close to some appliances in a kitchen (oven, refrigerator…) or even in a place near a window that gets a lot of sunlight.
-Sound: Decoratively a great result can be obtained by embedding a TV in a piece of furniture or a bookcase full of books, but the sound quality coming from the internal speakers of the TV itself may be affected. This should be taken into account and, if necessary, external sources such as smart speakers, sound bars or 5.1 home cinema sound systems and the like should be used.