How Far Do You Sit From Your HDTV?

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The truth is that most of us are probably not getting the most out of our HDTV.

The resolution you see is determined not just by the screen, but by its size and how far you sit from it, as detailed using the Lechner Distance chart. For example, if you sit 12 feet away from your 1080p TV, it would have to measure 92-inches in order for you to see all the detail.


Later, you can use it to set the optimum viewing distance between your couch and TV. But first, tell us how you have your gear set up now.


How Far Do You Sit From Your HDTV?
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37" 720p TV

The recommended distance according to the chart is 7.25 feet.

I busted out the tape measure and discovered that the distance from the screen to where my head lies when my seat is reclined (how I usually watch movies) is 7.25 feet - TO THE INCH.

Pretty remarkable, I didn't do that on purpose, the distance was determined by the width of my living room (which, as you might guess, is pretty small).

I actually feel like I'm sitting way too close to the TV most of the time, and I would sit farther back if I could.