Treat yourself: Upgrade to the TV you’ve always wanted.

Many of us are making the best of the extra time at home this year by improving upon the rooms we frequent most. No room is used more than the living room, which has been the setting for reading, enjoying music, mid-afternoon matinees, and binge-watching Netflix at night. To amplify your watching experience, start by choosing the right size TV for your space and distance you’re sitting from it. Let’s sort out all the details.

Choosing a TV Size

Definitive focuses in on many of the most popular options for TV sizes, including 55, 58, 65, 75, and our favorite –  98 inches! Much like a kid in a candy store, your first instinct when choosing a TV size may be to pick the biggest one. However, we’d advise you to look at your TV as though it’s a piece of furniture. In doing so, you’ll naturally start thinking through the same considerations you would when purchasing furniture, including how the dimensions of the piece will fit into the space you’ve allotted for it.

What size is the wall where your TV will be mounted?

Similar to furniture, you’ll want to ensure that your prospective TV will fit proportionately in the space you have planned for it. In other words, you can’t put a 98-inch TV on a 70-inch wall. Conversely, you wouldn’t put a 43-inch TV on a sprawling white wall, which would look a bit bare. As a result, the first step when choosing a TV size is to break out a tape measure and take down the width of the wall you plan to mount it on.

Do you find your family arguing about what size TV is best? You might try an augmented-reality app that allows you to add a TV rendering to any room in your house, just to see how it will look. Let’s thank the app developers for saving relationships everywhere! 😊

How far will you sit from your TV screen?

Think back to the last time you went to a movie theater. Much deliberation likely went into your seat location — and you only planned to sit there once. Many of us sit and watch TV on a nightly basis to unwind. When we do, our couches are typically 6 to 10 feet away from our TV display. Consider a 36-degree viewing angle from the farthest seat away, according to THX, a company founded by George Lucas that develops industry standards for audio reproduction.

Don’t have a protractor lying around? We get it. To give you a general idea, a 50- to 60-inch TV is a sensible TV size to consider if you’re sitting 6 to 10 feet away from the screen in a modest-sized living room. For more spacious living rooms, you might up the ante to a 98-inch TV, so long as it fits within the designated space.

What size TV can you afford?

Budget is another factor that will influence the TV you ultimately purchase. You’ll want to choose a range that you’d like to stay within before starting your shopping, which can also help to narrow down the options.

If you choose wisely, buying a TV can be a long-term investment. For that reason, it’s better to buy a high-quality TV that can maximize your viewing experience now than to buy something you aren’t as happy with because it’s less expensive. If you go the latter route, you might find yourself wanting to upgrade next year, which diminishes the amount you’d be saving by purchasing the smaller TV now.

TVs We Love (And You Will, Too)

Last year, Samsung introduced the world’s first QLED 8K resolution TV. What is an 8K resolution? (Good question.) The number of pixels used to make up an image is called its “resolution.” The higher the resolution, the more true-to-life the picture quality. Samsung’s QLED 8K resolution TV allows you to see intricate details you might have missed otherwise. There are a number of TV sizes to choose from, including 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 82-inch and 98-inch because … why not? They also feature 33 million pixels, four times the resolution of 4K UHD TVs and 16 times that of a full HD TV, according to Samsung.

Not to be outrivaled, Sony introduced its own 98-inch 8K TV. Sony’s 8K resolution TV utilizes “Direct LED” through its Backlight Master Drive. According to Sony, its unique calibrated beam LED design delivers vivid lights and dark blacks.

Which TV to choose: Samsung or Sony? You’ll be pleased either way, it really comes down to personal preference. But, don’t forget to make sure to choose high-resolution content to get the most out of your viewing experience.

Definitive has the 98-inch Sony 8K TV (in our Bellevue showroom) and the Samsung 98-inch 8K TV (in our Seattle showroom), along with a variety of both brands in the 55” to 85” size range now in-stock and ready for you. We are very excited to test-drive them with you once our showrooms are open!

But, If you already know which one you want – we are offer both curbside, no contact pick-up or we can deliver it to your doorstep.

With the right TV, you can amplify your viewing experience so it will feel more cinematic — whether you’re watching the classics or brand new releases from the comfort and safety of your own home.