I was recently at a friend’s home and he had a new HDTV. It was entirely too big for the room where he was viewing it and the closer I sat to the large screen the worse the picture appeared.
People can incorrectly assume that “bigger is better,” but that isn’t necessarily true for an HDTV. When investing in an HDTV you definitely want to figure out the distance from which you will be viewing the television. Here is a chart via CNET that is pretty straight forward:
Generally, 30-inch and smaller sets are great for bedrooms or guest rooms but too small for the main living room. Sets with bigger screens are large enough for the whole family to enjoy and will probably be too much for most small bedrooms. Remember that tube TVs are also fairly deep and get bulkier as the screen size increases. You’ll want to pick out a deep-enough spot for the TV so that it doesn’t protrude awkwardly into the room.
Now, go forth and purchase a set that is right for your den and don’t let the large-size screens entice you into something you don’t need.