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Where On The Wall Should I Hang My TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

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 place, right?

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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