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Old 05-21-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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I will probably move in my house in 2 months, right now my TV is on a TV stand about 2 feet high, but in my house I want my TV to be wall mounted.
So I was wondering, at which height should my TV be?
I have a Sony Bravia 32'' (in 2 years I will probably upgrade it for something better), and I will probably be seat at 12 feet maximum from the TV.
I was thinking of putting the top of the TV at 6 feet from the floor, is that too high?

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generally speaking, the middle of the screen should be at eye level from your seated position.

If that isn't possible, then I would suggest as low as you can get it.

12 feet is a bit far for a screen of that size, recommended distance would be a maximum of about 5'4".
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Old 05-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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I have said 12 feets for the maximum, but I will probably be closer from that

So the best is to wait to see what kind of chair I will have and set the TV at the height I'm most confortable with?

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So the best is to wait to see what kind of chair I will have and set the TV at the height I'm most confortable with?
Sounds like a plan. You don't want to be looking up at the screen everytime you sit to watch a movie or television, unless of course you have a chiropractor and masseuse on retainer.
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Yes, eye level, or somewhere thereabout, is best for wall-mounted TVs -- or any TV really. I have my living room (my 'main HT') TV wall-mounted pretty dang high so that it's out of harm's way from flying balls and toys (I have two young boys), and I can't wait to bring it down a couple feet. It has to be high right now, though, as my boys are rowdy as all heck and I'd rather not have a ball flying through the plasma's glass or a toy scratching the bezel.

I do also have a wall-mounted set in my bedroom at a much lower height and it is more comfortable to watch, so I can tell you from experience between the two sets I have wall-mounted in my own home that lower is better.
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I like to watch my TV semi-reclined, prop my feet up and relax. Doing that makes me naturally look up slightly. I have mine set where the bottom of my TV is at eye level. That way if I'm sitting straight it's still good, but when I really settle in for a marathon viewing of Band Of Brothers, or Lord Of The Rings I'm still good. I have it at about 42" from the floor.
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Sit comfortably.

Look at the wall.

Get wife to put mark on wall.

Place TV there.
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:38 PM   #8
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I have a 58" set mounted on the wall, 28 inches from the floor.

It was supposed to be 30 inches from the floor but I messed up the measurements.

Anyways it is ideal.

I had thought of putting it up over the fireplace but in retrospect that would have been too high.

So "eye level" is a good guide.
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I have a 58" set mounted on the wall, 28 inches from the floor.

It was supposed to be 30 inches from the floor but I messed up the measurements.

Anyways it is ideal.

I had thought of putting it up over the fireplace but in retrospect that would have been too high.

So "eye level" is a good guide.
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I like to watch my TV semi-reclined, prop my feet up and relax. Doing that makes me naturally look up slightly. I have mine set where the bottom of my TV is at eye level. That way if I'm sitting straight it's still good, but when I really settle in for a marathon viewing of Band Of Brothers, or Lord Of The Rings I'm still good. I have it at about 42" from the floor.
When I finally get my center speaker, I will have my TV mounted with the bottom at 42" as well. I am hoping this will get it above the speaker enough.
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Rule of thumb for me is have your viewing position eye level 1/3rd of the way up the TV. This way while you are sitting its at a comfy level and if you recline or lay down the TV is still in the correct view position
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I always was of the assumption that the premise was so that, when you are sitting, your eye level smacks right into the center of the television. Then again, I don't like my TV to be high anyway, don't wanna crane me neck. Mine is about 30" from the floor.
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bottom of my 46" is 33" from the floor and it seems to be just right for me. have to look up just a little.
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Will you have furniture or a center channel speaker under it? If so, this could dictate the height. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with having it a little bit high. No one is going to get neck strain if you're looking slightly up at a TV from 12' away. It's not like you're in the front row at a movie theater. But, since LCDs look best when seen straight on, you don't want it too high.

You have to take into consideration the possibility that you may go with a larger TV some day.
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I will probably move in my house in 2 months, right now my TV is on a TV stand about 2 feet high, but in my house I want my TV to be wall mounted.
So I was wondering, at which height should my TV be?
I have a Sony Bravia 32'' (in 2 years I will probably upgrade it for something better), and I will probably be seat at 12 feet maximum from the TV.
I was thinking of putting the top of the TV at 6 feet from the floor, is that too high?
should be eye level to whereever a person sits that way people won't get neck strain
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Im about to move and by design of the living room, I will need to put my 37inch LCD tv on top of the fireplace enclosure. This will make the tv at it's low point maybe 5ft off the ground. I'll be sitting probably 10-12 feet away, does anyone see any major issues with this?

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For my above post, here is a super crappy paint drawing of the layout.

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Most will disagree with the "above the mantle" placement. If you do it, ghough, buy one of those swivel mounts so it'll angle down.
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Im about to move and by design of the living room, I will need to put my 37inch LCD tv on top of the fireplace enclosure. This will make the tv at it's low point maybe 5ft off the ground. I'll be sitting probably 10-12 feet away, does anyone see any major issues with this?

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I am about the same distance, maybe a tad farther, from my set and mine is about 52" (~4.5 feet) at its lowest. It is mounted on an angling wall mount by OmniMount, and I have it tilted downward a little bit. This mounting height is not by choice, as I had to put it high due to kids running around (if you knew my two boys, you'd understand). I can honestly say that I have pretty much no issues with the height, but at the same time I can say that lower is better, as it's more flexible if nothing else. Example, watching TV while lying on the floor is pretty uncomfortable at that height.

Oh and if you're going to mount it high, and you choose to post pics in your gallery, be sure to prepare yourself for "it's too high" comments.
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Most will disagree with the "above the mantle" placement. If you do it, ghough, buy one of those swivel mounts so it'll angle down.
Thanks for the reply, do you happen to have a link for a swivel mount??

This wouldn't be going on the wall...but just in it's own stand, does that make a diff?
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