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Old 01-17-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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Thanks for the knowledge over the last couple weeks folks. Last question for a while I hope.

1) Any recommendations for how high to mount my TV on my wall for a good viewing experience? I have "standard" couches and chairs in my family room. I don't want it too low but I don't want to crane my neck either. I haven't found a "rule of thumb" on height so interested in your thoughts.

2) Based on your recommendation on the TV height and a low profile credenza that is about 36" tall, is a 6' HDMI cable enough to make it too my receiver or do I need a longer cable? I plan on running it down the wall.

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Old 01-17-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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I put my 50" plasma at 38" to the center of the screen from the floor.
I figured 35" was my normal viewing height.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:31 AM   #3
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Thanks. Anyone else? As a reminder I have a Panny 42" Plasma.

I did some measuring last night and I think I am going with a fairly high location. 72" for the center of the screen for several reasons

1) I have 9' ceilings so plenty of room.
2) I have young kids so I want the screen away from hands
3) While comfortable, my furniture sits a bit tall. That height doesn't seem to strain my neck.
4) I have a tilt mount so if it does prove a bit high I can tilt it down a bit more.

Just curious if anyone else has a screen that high. It sounds high as I write this but from what we scoped out last night I think it will work fine.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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I mounted mine 40" from the floor (bottom edge of tv). I though it would be a bit high since my old 32" television was lower to the floor, but it is perfect for us. We have a 42" plasma by the way.
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Old 01-18-2006, 08:56 AM   #5
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I have a 37" Sharp Aquos and I also have a child I don't want tugging on my set. I decided on around 62" to the center of the set and mounted the set on an articulating arm mount. With the arm, you can move the set out from the wall, tilt it, angle it. I also used a 12' HDMI cable to my cable box becuse my components are off to the side of my television. I mounted the center channel on two "L" brackets at ear level at the seated position directly under the television. I would be sure of your placement of your components before buying your cables. Good luck.
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Old 01-18-2006, 01:31 PM   #6
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I have a 32" 16:9 HDTV and I have it mounted so the center of the screen is 44 inches from the floor (the bottom of the tv is 33 1/2 inches from the floor).

I had it mounted higher and the wife and I were not comfortable with it.
We felt as if we were tilting out heads and "craning" our necks at an unnatural angle to view the screen...and I only had it about a foot higher than it is now, not the 6 feet that you are thinking about.

Ultimately, what I did to determine the optimum viewing height was sit on the couch where we usually watch tv and then measure from the floor to the level of my eyes...which was 44 inches.

I thus had to lower the tv from the original height that I had it, remount it, and patch and paint over the bolt holes. It was well worth the effort!
It is much more comfortable and much more natural and relaxing to view the screen at eye level now instead of tilting our head / eyes up to view it at an unnatural angle.

I would highly advise against mounting your tv 6 feet off the ground.

Below is a picture of my tv mounted on the wall.
As you can see, I did it correctly with as close and flush of a mount as possible and the cables routed through the wall.

The cheesy little wooden table below the tv is just a temporary table for my components, and will be replaced shortly.

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Old 01-19-2006, 08:04 AM   #7
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I think the size of your room and ceiling heights are important factors. My ceiling is 14ft so if I mount my plasma 40 inches off the ground it would look comical. I am planning for about 6ft on center because of the ceiling height and the distance I'll be viewing at will be 16ft and greater. Definitely don't want to "crane" your neck though!
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Old 01-20-2006, 01:17 AM   #8
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"I think...ceiling heights are important factors. My ceiling is 14ft so if I mount my plasma 40 inches off the ground it would look comical."
While ceiling height might be an aesthetic consideration, it has absolutely nothing to do with proper, optimal viewing height.
Plasma and LCD television screens are optimized for color and brightness to look best when viewing with the center of the screen at eye level.
You can do a "Google" search on optimal viewing height and practically every hit you get will state that eye level is the proper, optimal viewing height.

If you are going to be watching your tv standing up, then I suppose hanging it at the same height as pictures in your room with the 14 foot ceilings would be advisable.

In addition, one of the hits you will get from your "Google" search will be the "Crutchfield Advisor," which not only provides information on proper viewing height, but also includes a chart outlining proper viewing distance versus screen size.
http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/IS...me/tv_faq.html

Your tv must indeed be huge, because your viewing distance of 15 feet is "off the Richtor" according to this chart.

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That is what ya get when your room is 18X25. My point is my house has a very "open" design. You can watch from the cooking/meal preparing area, the great room, and the loft area. I realize it is not "optimal" but the openness of my room is certainly not "optimal" for home theater viewing in the first place. If I want the best viewing room I would sit by myself in my darkened basement with the TV at 40" believe me! But for what I have this is the best mounting position. The specifics of the room must be taken into account IMO over the "optimal" viewing specs.
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Viewing distance is very subjective.

http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com/p...-distance.html
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Old 01-21-2006, 01:35 PM   #11
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Viewing distance is very subjective.

Proper viewing height isn't.

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Old 01-22-2006, 06:20 AM   #12
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Posted By Stump Z - "That is what ya get when your room is 18X25."

Yes, and it suprised me to read in another thread that you were initially entertaining thoughts of purchasing a 42" tv for that room.

If you were to put a 42" tv in an 18'X25' room and then view it from across the room, it would look like a postage stamp on the wall.

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