Unless you are one of the 70,000 or so lucky fans with tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next weekend, the next best way to enjoy the game along with 100 million others, would be to watch it on a big screen TV in high definition.
The Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U is an 80” LED TV – the largest of its kind in Canada. At 80”, measured on the diagonal, it actually has 200% more viewing area than a 55” and 300% more than a 46”. But to get the best seat in the house with an 80” TV and enjoy the big game to its fullest, there are a few things to consider, even before you take it out of the box.
Wall Mount or Stand?
The unit weighs 122 pounds, so if you use the stand, it will support the TV’s weight. If you are going to mount it on your wall, you need to ensure that you can support it by ensuring the bracket is attached to studs, otherwise you may not make it through to half time.
You might think that sitting close is the best way to view, but with such a big screen it’s not necessarily the case.
“It’s 80” and so high res, 1080p, so you don’t want to sit so close that you see all the pixels,“ says Abraham Cherian, Senior Director Marketing, Sharp Canada.
While it’s ultimately the viewer’s choice and preference, says Cherian, 10ft. is the distance at which you won’t see any pixels at all. Comparatively, 8ft. would be the distance for a 70” TV.
There is yet one more important thing to consider when placing your TV. If you are using the stand and watching from a typical couch, you’ll notice that your TV sits more or less at eye level. But when mounted it on a wall, sometimes more consideration is put on esthetic placement, rather than considering the viewing experience.
“Sometimes they mount it above the fireplace to save space,” says Cherian.
But placing it there make look nice, but it forces you to look up, even 10-15 degrees, which Cherian says is too high for viewing for longs periods of time, like watching the big game. It eventually becomes too uncomfortable.
He equates it to sitting in the first row of a movie theatre.
So whether you’re rooting for the Giants or the Patriots, here are a few tips to enjoy watching the game on your 80” TV.
Of course you do need to buy one first.
The Sharp Aquos LC-80LE632U retails in Canada for $5299. Best Buy has them on sale right now for $4799.
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