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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by charlikin, Feb 9, 2014.
Lol! I love the idea about cutting down the cabinet. Don't need to do that though - it already is a flat cabinet. The problem isn't that the new tv wouldn't fit on top of the cabinet - it's that there wouldn't be room on the sides for my beloved knick knacks. Purely an aesthetic issue. ;-)
Well, slightly more than that. I'm also concerned that the 40" screen will seem overwhelmingly large. I'm sure that sounds funny to people with even larger screens (who wish they were larger still!), but I don't actually *want* an immersive home theater type experience. I like the intimacy of a smaller screen. To me, tv shows should look like tv shows, not like movies.
I guess I would get used to 40". So it's really just a matter of the knick knacks.
Omg, I sound like a kook, even to me!!!
You'd get used to a 40" screen really fast. In fact, you probably wouldn't want to view a smaller screen once you got used to it. If anything, even though the viewing area on a larger flat screen is bigger, the perceived size of the TV is actually smaller than your average behemoth 25" CRT.
And seriously, what's with the frickin' knick knacks? Not to sound chauvinistic, but you're either a woman or the decision is being driven by one. If a guy had to choose between a larger flat screen and knick knacks, there'd be no contest. If there's a feminine interest involved I completely understand.
Whatever the reason, I hope you find a solution that suits your needs.
Any chance of putting the knick knacks on a shelf above the TV? You could also mount a bracket on the back of the cabinet to raise the TV above the knick knacks. The TV would be mounted to the bracket much the same way you would mount it flat against a wall, but you can adjust the vertical height so that the TV does not sit directly on top of the cabinet. All flat screens come with a base that you have to attach to the TV for sitting on top of a cabinet. You just don't attach it when mounting the TV on a wall or cabinet bracket.
Here's basically what I'm talking about:
You can purchase any number of TV stands that have this type of bracket. I'm not sure if they're available as an add-on for an existing stand, but you may be able to attach some supports to the back of the cabinet so you could use a standard wall mount bracket with it.
I repair Vizio's and I'm pretty sure they still sell a 37" LCD. Check your local Walmart and Costco.
The 37" LCDs were actually slightly larger, (bezel included) than the current 40" LCD/LED panels w/ bezel.
Display sizes are misleading. The size is supposed to indicate the diagonal measurement of the viewing area, not the actual dimensions of the TV. Bezels on flat screens can be anywhere from about 1/2-inch to several inches wide. You should be able to find them posted on line somewhere. Just google a particular model you're interested in to get the physical dimensions.
CoxInPhx, you're right! I looked up a couple of 37" models and the bezels were so big that they were actually physically larger than the current 40" models. Crazy.
So my arts & crafts project for last night was to mock up a 32" and 40" tv from corrugated cardboard. I put each one on top of the tv cabinet in front of my current tv to see what it would look like. The 32" does look kind of small - maybe because it's lower than my current tv (only 20" high with stand as opposed to 24" high for the Trinitron). The 40" looks ginormous. Seriously, folks with the 50"+ sets - don't your eyes get tired having to shift from side to side to take in the whole picture?? lol
I sit about 8-9 feet from a 60-inch screen and have no problem seeing the entire viewing area without having to shift my line of sight.
Just want to say thanks, everyone - I've made a decision! I'm going for the 40". I was staring at the Tivo menu on my 27" Trinitron and realized that the menu would be almost exactly the same height on a 32" widescreen set. If my purpose for getting the new tv is to make the menus readable, that ain't gonna do it.
Also, I visited a friend who has a tv I've always thought was much too big. I'd assumed it was probably a 46" - turns out it's a 55"!! No wonder it seemed so huge. 40" doesn't seem so bad now.
Will report back when I get the new set. In the meantime, I've got to find a new home for the Trinitron. ;-)