Originally Posted by allanc
I am trying to determine the optimum screen size and whether to wall mount or buy a stand.
We would be sitting about 9.5 to 10 feet from the TV.
Is 46" too big/small for 720p or 1080 p?
Also, how would I determine the optimum height position in terms of a wall mount or stand?
Thank you in advance.
This is merely my opinion based on over 500 flat panel installations in the last 4 years. I would not consider myself an expert, simply a person who will show you overall average based on multiple custom installations.
I think that due to your viewing distance, that your screen size is too small. It has been my experience that generally twice the screen size makes the best overall minimal viewing distance. Because of this, I might suggest a 50-52" (whatever manufacturer you choose).
Determining optimum height for mounting is difficult without seeing your room / and needing answers to a host of questions. In general, we mount televisions 42-48" off the ground to the bottom of the set. This usually provides a happy medium between not straining the neck while sitting down and the TV not seeming to low on a wall (compared to a picture/mirror/or other objects on a wall) while standing. I honestly believe that is too high, unless the mount it articulating. I prefer 36-38" from the floor to the bottom of the TV. This generally provides the best overall viewing experience without neck strain. However, the TV, while standing, appears to be lower than other objects on the wall.
So the question becomes. What is your viewing area. Are you on a couch or a bed. How tall are these objects? How tall are your ceilings or the wall you are mounting on? Talls beds and taller couches can easily accommodate the 42-48" marker. A lot of this really comes down to aesthetics. Most Home Theatre magazines will show a flat panel mounted highly above a fireplace. This is not a good spot. I still prefer the lower number, though ultimately, you are the one that has to live with it. I would recommended foregoing immediate aesthetics and mounting the TV at the 36-38" mark. If you think about it, every TV that you ever watched in the past was probably lower than that mark anyway. You dont want the front-row-of-the-movie-theater effect when watching TV at home.
Hope this helps.