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Will a flat screen TV in the bedroom destroy your relationship?

Couple watching TV

Happy couple? Or a relationship on the verge of collapse?

Would you say that your bedroom is where the magic happens? Do you find that it’s more movie magic that happens?

Welcome to the first Vann’s debate blog. With Valentines day tomorrow, we’ve adopted an appropriate question — is having a small, top rated flat screen TV in your bedroom detrimental to your relationship?

One one side, is Adam, arguing that a TV in your bedroom is perfectly fine. He’ll be presenting a selection of three top rated flat screen TVs that were made to be shared with the one you love.

On the other side, is Adam, arguing that research has shown that TV in your bedroom isn’t good for your relationship. He’ll be presenting electronic alternatives to liven up your room.

Let’s begin.

 I’ll start by pre-empting my esteemed opponent. He is going to try to argue that the “experts” tell you that a television in the bedroom is a bad thing. But some experts actually say that having a TV in the bedroom can enhance a relationship by letting couples bond over a shared enjoyment of their favorite shows or movies.

Toshiba 24SL410U

With that in mind, there’s no better way to build those shared experiences than with the Toshiba 24″ 1080p LED HDTV. The perfect size to fit into a small nook in your bedroom, this top rated flat screen TV features two HDMI outputs and a Dynalight dynamic backlight control so that its screen brightness adjusts to the light in your room.

I’m glad that my opponent, a man whom I greatly admire and try to emulate, decided to start off with the truth — experts do agree that a television in the bedroom is a bad thing. It’s important that couples have time to talk, to unwind, and to reflect on the day. Without that time, relationships can grow stagnant, and problems can fester without a distraction-free space to discuss them.

Instead of a TV, consider a sound system, like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air. Not only does it have incredible, room-filling sound, it has a small footprint so it remains unobtrusive. With AirPlay capability, you can even keep your iPhone or iPod charging nearby, allowing either partner to choose the type of music that suits the mood best.

 My opponent, of course, is mistaken. But, in his ignorance, he does bring up an excellent point – sound is important when choosing a TV. So you could easily use the RCA hookups on the Zeppelin Air to enhance the audio from any TV.

Panasonic TC-L37E3

More to the point, a TV will only negatively affect your relationship if you allow it to affect your relationship. Simply turn the TV off, or agree on a time when it has to be off by. You could even create a great looking frame or cover for it with a little elbow grease — consider it a couples project. There’s no reason why having something like the Panasonic 37″ TC-L37E3 in your bedroom is an impossibility. It even has streaming through companies like Netflix, Amazon VOD, and CinemaNow to broaden your night-time options.

The only ignorance here is being spouted from the other side of this debate. Any top rated flat screen TV is only going to serve as a distraction, which can lead to intimacy issues. While it’s easy to say that you’ll be able to control how the TV is watched, in practice that can be much harder.

Sony Tablet S

If you’re choosing not to curl up next to each other, you may as well curl up with something, and there’s nothing better for that than a good book. The Sony Tablet S has access to a huge library of books through the Sony Bookstore, and even has app options to hit up Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Google Books for more titillating titles. With Valentines day coming up, you could even share a romance novel with your significant other.

Only a complete idiot would argue that a book is better. Just think of how much faster it would be (with perhaps the exception of Gone with the Wind) to watch the film. I suppose if you were just trying to be obtuse, you might argue that you could get a TV as a way to cool down a marriage.

Samsung 46D630

If that’s your goal, you may as well just go all out with the Samsung LN40D630. This 40″ 1080p LED flat screen TV features streaming, and 120Hz Motionflow technology for better picture during fast action — which, if you believe my opponent, will be the only type of action going on there.

Look, I’m not going to argue this anymore if it just devolves into childish name call. . . hey! What did you do to my picture? Oh, that is it you bearded buffoon, the kid gloves are off! Research does show that couples with a TV in their bedroom are only intimate half as often as those without one.

Control4 HC300

If you really want to improve your bedroom, a whole home control system from a group like Control 4 is an incredible way to control all your electronics. Not only can you listen to music, or flip off the TV in the living room (where it belongs) to signal it’s time for bed, you can also control something very important in any bedroom — the lights.

Thanks for joining us for the first ever Vann’s debate. I’d like to thank Adam


and Adam


for giving their valuable insights. How do you feel about putting a TV into the bedroom? Let us know in the comments.

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