Step 5: 3D TV Viewing Distance Size Chart

What 3D TV Size is Right for you? How far away should you sit?

By , Senior Reviewer

3D TV View DistanceViewing distance from a TV is a combination of somewhat science and a bit of preference mixed together. But there are general guidelines which can help you decide. 3D TVs are generally in the larger size categories due to the expense of the technology. Manufacturers choose to include the 3D compatibility feature on only those TVs they believe to be price worthy of the feature. This usually means the larger size plasma, LEDs, or LCD TVs.

If you're TV is too large for your viewing distance, you could end up with uncomfortable eye strain and a headache. So it's best not to sit too close to the TV. If you're too far away for the size of TV your watching you end up being distracted easily and straining to see certain details in the picture.

Viewing distance per size is even more important with 3D TVs due toe the fact that you want to position yourself in the center of the screen and not too far nor close. Problems will occur with the 3D TV glasses in these situations. Recently, when we tested some 3D plasma TVs we noticed that we preferred to sit slightly closer than normal for 3D TV programming. This was due to the need to totally focus the attention on the 3D picture. Ambient background light in the room somewhat detracted from our viewing experience, especially when sitting far away. As we turned our heads at times we noticed a flash effect from the 3D shutter glasses. One way to avoid this is to sit a little closer. Therefore, use the following guid for 3D viewing and add 2 feet of distance when not viewing 3D material.

TV Size (in diagonal inches)

Recommended 3D TV Programming Viewing Distance

42" 7 feet
46" 8 feet
50" 9 feet
52" 9 to 10 feet
55" 10 to 11 feet
60" 12 to 13 feet
63" 13 to 14 feet

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