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Does The Size Of Your Screen Impact Picture Quality?

Does The Size Of Your Screen Impact Picture Quality?

If you purchase a big screen TV, you are automatically getting a TV with a better picture quality.  Right?  Not so fast.  If you have a larger screen, that is short on pixels, picture quality will suffer.  So the number of pixels has more of an impact than just screen size in matters of picture quality.  There are several other factors at play that have a profound effect on the quality of a picture, and you may be surprised to learn just what they are.  This is the time for buying a new television with Direct TV NFL Sunday Ticket time coming up, so read on and find out what you need to know.

New technology is coming at regular intervals and the world of television is also changing. If you have a typical 1080p TV today, you have 1080 lines that are stacked from the top to the bottom, and it is 1920 pixels wide.  If you have less resolution than 1080p, you have a lesser quality picture.

It also matters a great deal as to how close, or how far way you sit from the screen as to quality of the picture.  See the chart below.

As you can see, there are optimum distances to sit depending on the resolution of your TV, to get the best possible picture quality.  With a 1080p TV, the best place to sit is about 16 feet away to get the best picture quality.  With fewer pixels, the further back you will have to sit to get the full effect of the best picture quality they can offer.


Big screens can also be different in a number of ways.  Some of the really big ones, say as in Times Square, or AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys, have pixels that are around 15 to 20 millimeters apart.  They are made to be seen clearly from a long distance.  They may also have several different pixel densities from the top to the bottom of the screen.

So, to be clear, if you have two screens with the same resolution, irregardless of the quality of the screen, size can only effect the quality of the picture by how far away you sit from the screen.

So what does this mean to you, someone who just wants to get the most bang for his buck, and the best picture quality?  If you have a large living area, with plenty of room, a larger size TV with as much resolution as possible is the most likely choice.

If you have a smaller living area, you will be best served with a smaller screen size, with the highest possible resolution you can get.  Use the chart and a tape measure in the area you want your TV, and you’ll know what to do.

Bigger is not always better when it comes to a quality picture on a television.  Don’t let overbearing salespeople push a 1080p, or one of the newer 3D or 4K televisions in your face if you do not really need it.  If you are sitting 10 feet away from the TV, you will not notice the difference if your 42-inch television is increased from a resolution of 720p to 1080p.  So make sure you do not purchase something you really do not need.

With this information in hand, you will be a much more intelligent shopper for televisions, and with the technology changing so fast, you’ll be less likely to make a purchase that is not right for your situation.

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