TV Answer Man
Where On The Wall Should I Hang My TV?
Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2013)
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Q. I just bought an
awesome Panasonic Plasma 60-incher and I want to mount it on my
wall in our living room. But here's the dilemma. My wife says it
should be placed above our fireplace mantel because there's a
natural space there for it. But I'm afraid that's a little too
high up and I'll have to crane my neck to look at it. What's
your opinion? -- Wayne, Fairfax, Virginia.
Wayne, you are right. Sorry, Mrs.
Wayne, but there are few things that get me more worked up than
the issue of where to wall mount a television. In TV shows and
commercials, I often see the set mounted just a couple feet away
from the ceiling -- and, yes -- it's often situated above a
fireplace mantel. And it drives me crazy!
It's a mistake for two reasons.
One, whether the set is mounted on a wall, or just sitting in a
stand, the center point of the screen should be directly in line
with your eyes. From that vantage point, you will see the best
possible picture from your set. (You know you have it placed
correctly if you could draw an imaginary straight line from the
screen's center to your eyes when you're sitting in the chair in
which you normally watch TV.)
If you mount the screen too high on the wall, your eyes have to
adjust to focus on the center point and, consequently, your
viewing is not as smooth. You will feel like you are constantly
adjusting your seat position and that's no way to watch TV!
Plus, if the set is mounted above your eye level, you will
indeed have to crane your neck to watch it. That may be okay for
a few minute, or even a 30-minute sitcom, but try watching a
two-hour movie that way. (If you do, bring a bottle of Advil.)
Finally, placing the set above a fireplace mantel is common
sense-dumb. (Sorry again, Mrs. Wayne.) If it's a working
fireplace, the heat from the fireplace could do damage to your
set. That's why every TV manual warns you to keep your set in a cool
So, Wayne, no matter what the wife says, or what you see in TV
shows, listen to the TV Answer Man on this one.
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