It’s that time of the year when the hearts at Vann’s turn towards thoughts of love. But, since our heads are firmly rooted in thoughts of electronics, it’s hard to reconcile the two.
With Valentines day just around the corner, it’s the perfect week to look at the romantic side of electronics — and what could be more romantic than cuddling up with your significant other in front of the best flat screen TV?
I couldn’t think of anything either.
But that begs the question: how do you find the best flat screen TV built for two?
While the easiest way to find out would be for me to grab someone special and hit the Vann’s sales floor, there were three problems with this approach:
1. It’s really tough to move a love seat from TV to TV
2. An approach like this wouldn’t give a great average way for anyone to find the perfect TV for their needs — different sized rooms would call for different TVs.
3. They wouldn’t let me
I know that there are great general guidelines that we can use to determine the perfect size of television for an individual in a room, so there had to be one that would determine the best flat screen TV size of television for two.
I set to work by creating a diagram, using numbers derived from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man as averages for distance, taking into account the possibility of cuddling:
It seemed simple enough. But I realized there were a few variables I was missing. The first was field of vision. Consulting Wikipedia. I determined that an individual’s field of vision was 95-degrees, testing proved this out.
After spending a few hours wrestling with the equations (the equations won), I finally had a thought. I had been approaching this from the wrong angle. So I shifted my diagram to to a better angle
Ultimately, this didn’t help.
TV love couldn’t be solved through just equations. I had to invoke the poets of old to determine the best flat screen TV for two. I went straight to the best mathematics based love song: “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad” as sung by Meatloaf.
Now, I had a number I could use. Reading between the lines of this classic ballad, I determined that for love, you need at least 2/3, and want another 1/3. That means that the final 1/3 necessary would have to be provided by the other person. A TV would have to be approximately 33% bigger than what a single person might need for the best flat screen TV.
But something still seemed off. I went back to the drawing board.
Seeing my mad calculations, my co-worker Meagan provided her own calculations, based on a competing diagram, and inspired by listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” on repeat:
This was the final piece of the puzzle I needed. Combining her careful calculations with mine, dividing by the need for a TV that adjusts to the lighting in the room (so it doesn’t get thrown off by mood lighting), and multiplying by a secret number revealed to me in a dream, I determined that the 3 best flat screen TVs built for two (based on distance) are:
- 10′ distance = Sharp Elite 70″ 3D 1080p LCD Flat Screen TV
- 8′ distance = Sony Bravia 46″ 1080p LCD Flat Screen TV
- 6′ distance = LG 37″ 1080p LCD Flat Screen TV
Think you have a stronger answer? Let us know in the comments.