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Optimum TV Height For Wall Mount

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by alba Phenom, Nov 27, 2017.


    1. alba Phenom

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      I'm trying to establish the best wall height to place my 55" TV..

      I understand that centre of the screen should be at eye height but that seems too low, particularly when I need to mount a soundbar approx 100mm below the TV.

      I've seen recommendations that the bottom of the TV at 24" is a good height but is there a more defined way?

      Viewing distance is approx 8-12 ft btw with typical sofa height.
       
    2. aVdub

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      Our 47in is set 41in (1.04cm) from the floor and longest viewing distance is 14ft (42.7cm) and that works well for us. Currently the centre speaker in above, but will be moved below with the new TV.

      Will be replacing later with a 55/60in but will keep it the same height.

      My neighbours TV is at around 5ft (15.2cm) off the floor due to having too many tiny fingers running around and doesn't work when sitting down at around the same distance as ours it set up at due to looking up all the time.

      It is though what you are comfortable with.
       
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      Is that 41 inches to centre or to bottom of TV for your set-up

      My friend has his set above a fireplace but I can't stand that, I always feel neck fatigue watching TV there for extended periods (a movie for example), I don't mind looking up slightly but not too much.

      I'll fit the bracket tonight after work but probably end up just striking a line where it seems an OK height.
       
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      Yeah, sorry I didn't state that.

      It is 41in from floor to the bottom of the TV

      I just checked and when sitting down my eyes are also 41in off the floor, so I'm not really looking up much at all.
       
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      I go along with the “eyes at middle of screen” approach - from normal seating position. Not when lolling about lying down.

      You could take the approach “Soundbar at Ear height”.

      It’s a mix of stuff really, including your preference. You can’t get it wrong (for you).
       
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      Given the choice between a couple of inches higher than ideal or a couple of inches too low I'd go for higher. I guess my chair points me up a bit.
       
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      Ive had the same problem abd went with a bit of trial and error i ended up drawing the tv position on in pencil (not always an option) and looking at if from my seating position moved it a few times till i found what was good for me and practical for our situation.
      Another option is card or paper cut to size and tacked to the wall to use as a visual refrence before you start drilling holes?
       
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      I'm sure the THX recommendation was to aim for a 15 degree angle to top of the screen, although AVForums 'picture perfect' guide says that should be 15 degrees to the centre of the screen.

      I've spent a lot of time watching TVs higher than this and not had a problem. Recliners are awesome. ;)
       
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      Sit in your comfy chair or sofa, rest your head in a natural position, look straight ahead - that’s where you want the middle of your screen.
       
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      My 55" is mounted quite high - around 10" from the ceiling BUT I have a tilting bracket and have it angled forward (ie the top is further from the wall than the bottom). This gives the same effect as looking at it 'flat' and my eyes are drawn to the middle when seated but its also high enough on the wall that its out of the way of kids fingers, the TV unit so if you have sound bars, centre speakers etc, they can be 'wall mounted' under the TV rather than be set-up at 'knee height' as most TV Units are. Having it higher up also works well if you have reclining chairs/sofas.

      I don't necessarily think there is an 'optimum' height for ALL but an optimum height for you and your family/set-up/situation...
       
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      Optimum height all depends on if you have children under 5 ;)
       
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      Yep I totally agree, mine is the exact same. Can't understand TV'S above a fireplace?
       
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      I aim for eye level to be within the middle 3rd of the screen, higher looks aesthetically better IMO.
       

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      I have my centre speaker at 800mm (to centre of speaker) from the floor, and the tv immediately above (literally a 2mm gap between speaker and tv), perfect!!
       
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      Two willing helpers, the TV lashed up to the mains and a Source and you sat in your favoured seat - find where you are most comfortable and mark the wall.

      Joe
       
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      You could just make a cardboard 'template' at the same dimensions of the TV and mark a horizontal line across the middle. Using some masking tape so its 'easy' to adjust yourself and its also a LOT safer than having 2 people holding up a TV. You can also mark on the cardboard where the mounting screw holes are on the TV and use those as a guide on where to mount the bracket to the wall. The less handling of the TV, the better in my opinion.

      When you are sat, look at the centre line and see if its at a comfortable height. I would aim for 'eye level' for the line or below. I wouldn't want my eye level to be at the top half. If you are looking at mounting it 'high', consider a tilting bracket. I also find that having the screen angled forward, it is less inclined to get a build up of dust etc so doesn't need (as) frequent cleaning.
       
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      What’s unsafe about two folk holding up a TV :)

      Joe
       
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      Two!

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      :p
       
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      Looks lightweight - try shifting my 50” Fujitsu PDP!!!

      Joe
       
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      We have ours mounted with the lower edge 80cm above the floor and we all feel really comfortable viewing at that height.

      You really should not look up at a TV for any length of time. It's bad for the eyes and your posture. We have friends with the TV mounted above the mantlepiece: it is a real strain and tiring to watch.
       
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      I ended up not making it so much of a hard science and positioned it roughly where I wanted ensuring it was level, seems to have hit the nail on the head... it sits almost exactly eye level with centre of screen.

      I also managed to level out the screen in the vertical orientation by fitting the spacers which came with the TV into the VESA fixing holes, it sits the TV off the wall just slightly more than it was but not much and it's much better looking and stable.

      Very very happy with my set-up now.
       
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