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How much can where you sit affect TV picture quality?

Published: February 08, 2014 08:00 AM

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Q. How much can where you sit affect the picture quality of your TV? And which models have the widest viewing angles?—Barbara Walsh, Pittsburgh, PA

A. With LCD/LED TVs, you might see the best picture quality only when you're right in front of the screen. If you watch the TV from an angle—say, from a chair off to the side or looking up at a wall-mounted set above a fireplace—the image might appear washed out or dim. (Plasma TVs have an unlimited viewing angle.)

Of the LCD/LED sets we've tested, LG models stand out for a wide viewing angle. Select models from Panasonic, Sony, and Vizio did well, too. Check the viewing angle scores in our TV Ratings and, in the store, step off to the side and move up and down to see if the picture changes.

   

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