We replaced a 26 inch CRT with a new 40 inch Plasma for $2800 around
Christmas 2008. Had to throw away the "entertainment unit" it fit in
too,and we replaced it with a lowe cabinet with an electric fireplace
in it. I could buy a 50 inch LED 4K for less than 1/4 that today - -
Had another 26 inch CRT in the basement - in a semi-built-in cabinet.
When it died I had to look high and low for a flatscreen that would
fit the opening. Not too many that would fit!!!.
Then a customer decided they needed a 70inch TV with 4 HDMI inputs to
replace their 2006 50 or 52 inch Panasonic Plasma - and I scored the
plasma for $150 - about half what a cheap LCD TV would cost new.
HEAVY PIG!!!!! and no way it would fit in the old cabinet. It sat on
top for a few years until I decided the old cabinet had to go and I
bought another electric fireplace cabinet for the basement - the one
rated for a 50-some lb 72 inch TV
Had to re-enforce it to hold the 235 lb plasma - - -
The current crop of LEDs aren't very heavy but I've got two 10 year old
Panasonic plasma sets (50" and 42") that would give you half a hernia if
you tried to heft them yourself, especially the 50".
I wouldn't mind getting some new ones, but those old dogs- which are
usually on a lot of hours each day- still work perfectly! Never had a
Main downside is I live in the Deep South and they throw a lot of heat.
Nice during the short, generally mild winter- not so nice the rest of
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the
naughty girls live.
I guess there is a matter of the time frame and I don't know it and
don't know when they first became available. Google tells me that sets
and broadcasting HD came out in 1998.
Might have been 5 years since I got all HD TV's and as Ed responded they
keep getting lighter, bigger and cheaper. I do remember even years ago
you could not even give away or have a charity accept a perfectly
functioning CRT TV.
Before buying my main TV (LCD), I had a 27-inch CRT TV. That "portable"
TV weighed 90 pounds.
BTW, the first HD TVs were CRT and cost as much as a new car. I knew
someone who had a rear-projection TV with THREE CRTs.
Bill Gill wrote: "Not really any of my business, but is there a good reason to
hang your TV on the wall? As far as I can see this is basically
a fashion statement. I personally like to have "
Saves space, that's all. But I cannot
abide mounting them above fireplace
mantles - for any reason.
I still don't understand why people "have to" mount their TVs above a
fireplace. The heat is probably no good for the TV and you have to keep
your head looking way up. I was watching a home show the other night
where they put a TV above a really tall fireplace. It was totally
crazy. My preference is to have the TV so you look straight out from
your main watching spot.
I found this and IMO, it is on the high side. I plan to raise the
height by about 9" and it will be comfortable for us.
More and more people are discovering the advantages of wall-mounting
their television every day.
Moving away from cumbersome TV stands allows you to save tons of room in
your home, and creates a more unified and clean look to your home, keep
reading to learn more.
There are several questions to ask before you mount your screen,
however, not the least of which is how high to place the mount.
Learn about flat screen mounting, including how high up you should mount
your TV and where you can get the best wall mount products for the job.
Flat Screen Mounting
Determining the ideal height for your flat screen mounting isn’t as
simple a proposition as you might think.
To discern the ideal height for mounting, you’ll need to understand
several different aspects of the TV itself, including its size, the
viewing distance, eye level height and the viewing angle.
Size of the TV
This is self-explanatory and represents the viewing area of the TV.
Do you have a 32” TV? A 42”? 55”? Knowing the size of your TV will help
you to determine the mounting. Remember, when mounting the TV, you’re
not judging from floor to bottom or top, but floor to the center of the
TV. Also, remember that your TV size is going to represent the diagonal
viewing area. Thus, you’ll want to use a tape measure to figure out how
far up and over the exact center of the screen is.
The ideal viewing distance is also based on the size of the television,
and is the perfect distance away from the screen you should be sitting
when you watch. The calculation for this is your TV size, divided by
0.55. As a quick reference, for a 42” television, the optimal viewing
distance is 76 inches away. For a 55”, you’ll want to be 100” away.
The optimal viewing for 65” TVs is 118”, and for 70” televisions, you’ll
ideally want to be 127” away.
Eye Level from Floor and Viewing Angle
Your eye level is calculated, not standing, but sitting where you’ll be
watching the TV.
Measure the distance from the floor to your eyes to find out how high
you’ll be sitting. In regards to viewing angle, per the Society of
Motion Picture and Television Engineers, you’ll want the TV to be
mounted for a viewing angle of not more than 30 degrees. Most people,
however, casually sit between 10 to 15 degrees reclined.
As a rule, a 42” television should be mounted about 56 inches from floor
to TV center, a 55” TV should be around 61 inches, a 65” TV should be
around 65 inches’ floor to center, and a 70” television should be
mounted about 67 inches to the center of the screen.
My TV is 46".
I had no trouble installing the wall mount stuff and lifting the TV
in place. With 55" you might need help. You just lift the TV up
and set it on the brackets. Some brackets come with places for pad locks.
Another poster declared wall mounting is a fad.
BS. The TV can't fall over and it takes less room attached to the wall.
So, looks better, saves space, works better, a perfect DIY improvement.
Most of them work much like a "french cleat" with a retainer screw
to keep them from being knocked off.
How heavy is your TV?
I made the mistake of buying a cabinet to hold my 52 inch plasma
-said it was good for 70 inch tv - andin small print "53 lbs" -- - - -
Duh - the Panasonic plasma weighs 235 - - - - -
I wouldn't hang THAT on a 12 dollar wall bracket ----
I'd think twice - real hard - about hanging it at all-------
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