Smart Wise

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Broad appeal LG 65”(164cm) Curved OLED UHD 3D Smart TV, OLED65C6T

Big is beautiful when it comes to modern TVs, as long as you know how to optimise your screen size to suit your space, writes CLAIRE BURKE

Household television screens are getting bigger, but according to technology commentator and podcaster Trevor Long, size isn’t the only consideration in creating a perfect viewing experience for your home.

“Large screens can be great, and they’ve become more affordable, but for comfortable viewing you don’t want your TV to be too large for your room, or too close to where you’re sitting, or you end up moving your head around to follow the picture,” Trevor says.

To help understand what size television will suit your space, The Good Guys television buying guide suggests sitting at a distance three times the height of your screen if you’re watching a full HD TV. If you’re viewing a 4K Ultra HD TV, the distance from the screen can be just 1.5 times the height.

The Good Guys TV merchandise buyer Greg Wilson says the better a television’s resolution, the closer you can sit to it. “But sometimes if the screen is too big it is just overwhelming,” Greg says. “Be sure you can sit at a comfortable distance to take in the detail of what you are watching, but at the same time not have your nose touching the screen.”

Trevor says large screens are becoming increasingly popular. “The average Australian TV is now over the 55-inch (139cm) mark,” he says. “If you’re into gaming, you might like a bigger screen. Large screens also help emulate a cinema experience, which is a bonus if you’re into watching movies.”

Greg agrees, adding 65-inch (165cm) screens make “a really impressive showpiece in your home”.

“Most of our premium TVs are 65 inches — you will be looking at UHD, smart TVs, great designs, stunning pictures and it’s big enough that you won’t miss a minute of detail,” Greg says.

For those thinking of upgrading their home-viewing experience to a large screen, Trevor says it’s important to consider how you want to position it. “Is it going to sit on a television unit, or are you planning to wall mount it?” he says.

Greg adds: “You will have to consider all the viewing angles and whether you are connecting it to other devices or inputs, and therefore how you manage cables like HDMI and antennas.”

Trevor also believes, when it comes to large-screen TVs, it’s worth paying more for reputable brand quality. “On smaller TVs, imperfections don’t show up as much, but when you’re talking 65-inch panels, flaws in picture quality and colour are more obvious. You’ll pay more at the start, but that is going to be paid back in quality,” he says.

For more on choosing your TV, visit www.thegoodguys.com.au/buyingguide/living-room-guides/television-buying-guide

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Having found fame on The Block, Bec and George Douros were intent on creating the perfect home cinema when designing their new townhouse, as DARON JACKS discovers

When it came to designing a home cinema, comfort was key for former The Block contestant Bec Douros, who was determined to have a beautiful couch, while her husband George was after the biggest screen possible.

“I’m not a huge fan of traditional leather recliners so we opted for a custom-made lazy time Camerich couch, and had it made extra deep so it feels great to snuggle in,” Bec says.

The couple soundproofed the walls and pre-wired the room, before painting the entire room in black and adding LED lighting. “Hometheatre systems can get pricey. When we initially went to look we felt quite overwhelmed,” Bec says. “We wanted decent sound and a really good picture.”

Their solution: a Panasonic projector 110-inch fixed screen and Yamaha amplifier, subwoofer and speakers. With a budget of $7000, the couple enlisted the help of George’s brother Michael, a technology buff, to get the right system for the room.The decision paid off with the project coming in under budget.

“We could have spent a lot more money on features we really didn't need,” says Bec, whose passion for interior design saw her launch her own consulting business, Empire of Style.

Her advice to anyone wanting a home cinema: make it your own. “We now spend a lot of time enjoying that space because we designed it to suit our needs,” she says. “It's a real luxury for us and we feel it was money well spent.”

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