Originally Posted by Jackietreehorn
Just picking you at random because what you said is tangentially relevant to what I wanted to ask, I agree about size.
However, looking for any opinions on just that. I've got to mount my new TV above my fireplace. I'm still trying to decide between the 55 and 65. I'm worried it's going to look "bad" up there if I get the 65, reason being that the 65 is 33 inches tall, and my mantle to ceiling is only 36. There will be more or less no space between the mantle and TV, and ceiling and TV. Add to that that I won't have space to put my sound bar up there, and I'm not sure a 55 (with its 28ish inch height) wouldn't be better.
Any thoughts? I've been keeping up on the deals, and none seem AMAZING right now, so trying to get this figured out before the (hopefully) next price drop comes around.
Size/installation limitations aside, very few people regret buying the larger size but many regret opting for the smaller set after it's said and done. It's amazing how these newer sets with bigger screen sizes blend in, and a big part of that is the edge to edge design compared to the older sets with bezels around the perimeter. I swapped out our Panny 55VT50 for a 65E6P a few months ago, and even though there is about a 7 inch increase in overall width and 5 inches in height, we barely notice it now that's it's been installed and we've watched many hours of programming.
You must have a really large and tall fireplace if your mantle is only 36 inches from the ceiling. Our is installed over our fireplace too, but we have no mantle and our old plasmas were installed on the same Premier mounts articulating mount, so we can move it off the wall and watch it where we need it to be.
I considered sticking with the 55" inch size because I really wanted to get the 4K set and enjoy the new technology. After much back and forth I went for the 65" because I KNEW I would regret it in the long run if I went with a 55". In my mind the #1
rule for upgrading a TV is you have to keep going up in size if possible and that is indeed what I did with the newer technology coming in as a strong #2.
Buy what's right for you but do not discount how important the size factor is even though the smaller sets can save you some coin. Good luck with it!