TV Sizes and the Differences

By Arindam Roy

There are literally hundreds of different TVs available today. Not only do you have to decide what size you need (meaning, how big is the screen), but you also need to consider picture quality, style, and more. How much do you want to spend on a TV? How do you know what model is right for you? There are literally hundreds of different TV sizes available which can lead to a lot of confusion if you don’t know what size you need.

There’s a big difference in price when you compare an average 4K TV and a top-of-the-line 70-inch model. TVs come in different sizes too, with some being much bigger than others. If you’re an average person, and don’t mind a large screen if it means sacrificing screen size for comfort or portability then a larger TV probably isn’t going to hurt. But if you want to be able to enjoy movies and TV shows as they were meant to be seen – in full HD quality – then go for the big ones.

How many TV sizes do you have in your house? Do you know which size is the best for what room? I’m sure many of us out there don’t really know but we all have different types of TVs. Maybe you might need a 65 inch TV for your living room or maybe you just want a 32 inch TV to plug into the wall. So, what are all these different types of TVs and how can they help with my living space? Let’s get into it…

Different Sizes

There are several different sizes depending on how you want to view your content whether it’s at home, school, or the office. Let’s start with the size for home usage. Here are the most common sizes for home usage:

32 inch – This goes great in a kids room, bedroom, small kitchen, or living room. These TVs are a great addition to your household because they’re inexpensive and easy to move if you have multiple rooms you want to use it in.
There are two major advantages to purchasing a 32inch TV: Firstly, as the screen gets bigger it becomes easier for all members of your household (even kids) to watch at the same time. This is because as the screen size goes up, the viewing distance can stay pretty much the same. Also, if you are tight on space and want to put a TV in a smaller room, 32inch TVs are a good choice.
The first disadvantage to purchasing a 32inch TV is lack of features. On the lower end 32inch TVs only have about 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. These kinds of features are required for things like playing video games or screening movies from your computer, both of which look better on larger screens as opposed to smaller ones. Another disadvantage is that many lower end 32inch TVs do not come with built-in internet connectivity.

46 inch – This is a very standard TV size used by many households. It’s also normally referred to as a “medium” sized TV. For me personally, I would recommend this size because any smaller would be too small for watching movies or sports but any bigger and you would not be able to see all of the content on the screen unless you were sitting very close.
The big attraction of 46 inch TVs is that they are bigger and better quality than the smaller models, while also being more affordable than larger models. However, as with anything, there are pros and cons. Bigger isn’t always better in this case; when you turn up your resolution to full HD 1080p on a super-size screen to watch your favorite movie or play your favorite video game you can get a lot of pixelation.
The bigger screen also allows you to get the same 5.1 surround sound as on a smaller TV. However, there are some upgrades along with the larger size that can improve your viewing experience. For example, be sure you have an HDMI port on your TV, or you could potentially lose some of the visual and audio quality to a cheaper cable box or DVD player. Also, don’t expect any type of upgrade in sound quality like surround speakers or an external subwoofer; while these may be nice for watching movies in a multi-media room with others, they aren’t essential when just wanting to watch TV.

50 inch – 50 inch TVs are a great addition to your household if you have space to put it. These TVs, or “large” TVs, can be used in rooms like the living room, kitchen, or anywhere else where you can fit one. I would suggest putting these in rooms that aren’t as small and don’t require smaller sized TVs.
A larger TV can make for better viewing comfort. The bigger screen makes for sharper images with less pixelation. The more pixels, the better the image. Because higher-resolution images can reveal finer details, a 50-inch TV may be ideal for watching in a theater setting, in which case wide viewing angle can result in better overall picture quality. The larger screen size also makes it possible to display video games at their native resolution; a normal DVD player might not be able to handle larger screens. There is an increased value per square inch, which means that the price of the TV is going to be marked up by more than normal for TVs that are this size.

65 inch – 65 inch TV’s are also very common sizes that many households use for their large rooms such as living room maybe with lots of space or great for the man cave! A 65 inch TV will output content beautifully. They are a good size to watch movies on and they give off a nice picture quality but the only issue is the price tag. These TVs can be a little more expensive to purchase than the other sizes of TVs.
A larger TV can make for better viewing comfort. The bigger screen makes for sharper images with less pixelation. While the average TV is in the 40-to-50-inch range, if you watch a lot of movies or play video games on your TV, you might want to consider going bigger.
One thing to think about when deciding on the best size for your TV is whether you plan on hanging it from your ceiling or placing it on a stand. If you hang it, it’s not as important for the screen to be as big as possible (as long as there’s still enough room for everyone else watching)
Bigger TVs are also heavier. This might not seem like such a big deal if you’re planning on putting your TV on a stand or in an entertainment center, but if you plan to hang it from the ceiling, then having something that’s too heavy can be disastrous. Take the time to look into how much weight your chosen mounting method can hold before deciding on what size television to get.

77 inch – This size is perfect if space is limited in your room. It’s this size that would go great in a small living room where you might want to have a larger TV but are on a budget. You’ll be able to see all content clearly without any problems here. You could also use this in the basement or play room if it’s just for watching movies on it with family members.
The major benefits of a 77 inch TV are that it is cheap, it has a great picture and it is very big. But the main thing you should realize with a TV this size is that they will not fit into your home unless you have a large apartment or house. And forget about trying to wall mount the TV, for one thing if you don’t want to see the huge gap in your wall then forget about ever mounting a television on the wall, and secondly even if you did manage to find strong enough items to mount it on the wall, there is no way on earth that the average person could lift 77 inches of television up onto their walls.
So unless you have a large house or apartment and are able to put the TV in a place where it will not be in your way, then you are completely out of luck. You will need to make sure that wherever you put this TV it is in a place where no one can stumble against it, for if anyone were to trip and fall on this television than they could get injured quite badly. And make sure that even when you are watching TV, do not lean on the screen as it could damage the television and cause it to malfunction. The problems with 77 inch TVs are many and should be considered before making the huge purchase.

90 inch – This is the largest TV size I’ve heard of. It’s also very expensive. This would go great in a large living room or game room. You can sit far back from it and still see all content on the screen. This size can be a good addition to your household if you have the money for it.
The advantages of 90 inch TV are that they are very large. It is completely engrossing to watch something on a screen that is so large, taking up the majority of your field of view. The size allows you to see the movies or shows in a way you can’t really see them on smaller screens. It’s also great for gaming because you can play games that support such an enormous screen size. The picture looks crisp with high definition content and the games play smooth on the larger screen.
Some disadvantages include eye strain, due to it being bigger. It’s hard not to think about the size while watching, so it can be distracting. If you are into gaming or watching movies, the high cost will deter some people. Depending on where you purchase the TV from, you might also have to bring it home yourself.

Different Uses

TV sizes aren’t just for home usage but can also be used at work or school as well! Here are some of the most common sizes that I have found for educational purposes:

32 inch- These are awesome for small classrooms. They’re perfect for the classroom or even for a computer lab. They’re also very inexpensive to purchase and to move as well. You can get some really great deals on these TVs if you look into it.

46 inch- These TVs are great for classrooms because they can really show the content clearly and give you a good viewing angle. Not only do these TVs show good quality but they also have a wide viewing angle so you will have no trouble seeing the screen from multiple directions when you are used to sitting in front of your own TV at home.

50 inch- These TVs will be great in classrooms that require some more room to play with but aren’t big enough for a 65 inch TV or larger. They’re also great because they have a wide viewing angle and are a great way to learn. You can sit a little further away from the screen for more comfort but not so far that you can’t see all the content clearly.

65 inch- These TVs are very popular in classrooms but you’ll need some space to fit these TVs. They’re commonly used in professional offices but they can also be used in many household or residential settings as well. They’re a little more expensive than the other sizes but it’s worth it to upgrade and give a better viewing experience.

To sum this all up, you should only get a TV based on what you can afford and what type of content you prefer to watch. For the most part, I recommend going with one of these sizes for your home usage but if space is limited or if you want to see all TV content on your screen instead of just sitting in front of the TV that is bigger than an average person can view comfortably, I would suggest getting a smaller TV size that works better for an area like a classroom.

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