07-18-2010 07:26 PM
I was wondering how high from the floor should a 60 inch TV be located. I am thinking that above the fireplace mantel of 5 feet is too high. Also what kind of TV would be best as their are two windows on either side of the TV.
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07-18-2010 08:21 PM
the type of TV i would probably recommend the new Sony EX500 or EX700 series since they both have a matte finish that would cut out much of the glare from the two windows on either side. And as far and too high I think over the fire place would be a good spot actually, as long as you are not straining your neck to watch TV it should do just fine, just be sure to buy a tilting wall mount so that you get the best angle when viewing the TV. I would also recommend buying the wireless USB dongle for the EX700 since it is internet ready, that way it will be able to use the internet apps wirelessly, which some initially dont care for but trust me when I say you will learn to LOVE the apps.
08-08-2010 01:26 AM
08-08-2010 04:21 AM
thanks for not answering the question at all or being of any help to the OP. every brand has issues with lemons, defects, etc. people that claim to never buy a certain brand again or demonize them are just ignorant. its like going to a restaurant and not liking the place based on the first dish that you did not like. helpful opinions and advice are valued on this forum, ignorance is not valued and therefore should endlessly be mocked
08-20-2010 01:14 PM
This is a very interesting question, and one that my wife and I discussed at great length.
I believe doctors would recommend that the center of the screen, not the bottom, should be at eye level when in the normal viewing position. Our 58" plasma TV used to be mounted on a "console" in the family room, with the bottom of the TV about 30" from the floor.
To me, in a sitting position, this was ideal. However, it took a lot of floor space, so my wife convinced me to move it to the wall above the fireplace. This was where the builder of the house obviously intended it to be, as there were coaxial and internet connections already on the wall.
As one of the contributors has said, I believe this is technically too high, but it is now the fashion, it saves a lot of floor space, and if, like mine, your wife is pushing for it you will eventually find you have no choice!
Since we moved the TV, I have not had neck problems, since all of us tend to lie slightly back when watching TV.
08-20-2010 01:25 PM
Thanks very much for your reply. Since my initial post I have talked with our builder and they recommend having the "top" of the TV 60 inches above the floor and as such we are going to mount in on the wall adjacent to our fireplace because otherwise the top of the TV would be 80 - 90 inches above the floor and I agree with you that is the way that many new houses are built today with TV over the fire place.
02-18-2016 01:23 PM
Optimal viewing height is more based on you, and your space then a generic recommendation I’d be able to make. Due to height differences, and space constraints plus aesthetics the information below is to be helpful in choosing the correct height for your TV.
In a world where everything is averaged, it is safe to say if you are 5’ 6” the center of the TV should be 60” off the floor. The real trick, and the objective is to have the center of the TV eye level. Eye level positioning creates that sweet spot we all love.
If you are mounting your TV above a fire place there are a few tips to get you the best view because eye level might not be an option. Choose a mount that can tilt, this will allow you to not feel like you are looking up from a seated position as much.
Also, the distance away from the TV you are seated matters too. Further away from the TV you are, the more gradual the incline if the center of your TV is higher than eye level. This means your eyes don’t need to strain as much to find things on the screen, and your neck won’t feel like you are watching the ceiling. (How far is too far away? Check out his help article on Choosing the Correct TV Size to find out.)
It really comes down to it being your home, and everyone has different décor or things that work for them. I hope these tips help you find the optimal viewing on your TV and the sweet spot!