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8. Calibration > 60. Choose the Right Seating Distance

Choose the Right Seating Distance

Sitting the correct distance from your television is the first step in getting the best picture from your display unit.

Although the location where you sit isn’t technically a part of calibration, it’s critical to enjoying a good picture. You also need to lock down the seating area before calibrating your display [Hack #61] or speakers [Hack #63] .

There are two schools of thought for determining proper seating distance:

  • Base seating location on visual acuity.

  • Base seating location on SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) and THX standards.

The visual acuity distances are interesting, but they change based on the source material. Because all TV programming is not HD (and even some HD programming varies between 720p and 1080i), you would have to move your seating based on what you are watching. This obviously isn’t a real popular idea.


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