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How to Make the Most of Your TV Viewing Experience

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The television has been the staple centerpiece of home entertainment since its invention in the 1920s.

From the bulky, tube boxes of yesteryears, we now have slimmer, smarter, and energy-efficient options that allow us to enjoy our favorite shows and movies with ease. TVs can also complement any interior style.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your TV viewing experience at home:

The perfect size and distance

While choosing the best screen size and viewing distance are mostly seen as subjective by most people, there's a reliable formula you can use since both of these go hand-in-hand. The math is simple: viewing distance divided by three will give you the perfect screen size. So if you're viewing the TV from about 15 feet (180 inches) away, a 60 to 65 inch screen is ideal. Keep this in mind when making your next purchase, or when re-positioning your existing TV.

Wall mounting and cable management

Mounting your TV to the wall is probably the hardest and most tedious application. And if you do it wrong, the exposed cables will dangle behind or below the TV, creating an eyesore. But it's the most minimalist approach when you do it right, as it takes the least amount of space while also looking unobtrusive. Many recent TVs have decent cable management systems, but it's still best to hire a professional for all the electrical and carpentry work that needs to be done.

Make it smarter and more functional

With Smart TVs now being able to connect to the internet, a TV is now more than just a box you can switch channels to watch what's available. The Sony Bravia X9000F is AndroidTV compatible with Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in. That means you can now issue voice commands, especially when paired with Google Assistant compatible devices like the Google Home Speaker.

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Decorate around your TV

A TV, when switched off, is just a black box. So for the rest of the time when you're not using it, adding decor around it can go a long way. If you have a plain white wall behind the TV, complement it with wallpaper, framed photos, or paintings. Bookshelves also add a nice touch, while sliding panels can easily hide your TV when not in use. 

Pair with a soundbar

As TVs become thinner, their built-in speakers also become smaller, thus creating unsatisfactory sound. This issue can be easily augmented with a dedicated soundbar.

For people who prefer a clutter-free entertainment console, there are other options like the new Sony Bravia A8F where the sound is projected directly through the screen, removing the need for a soundbar. It does this by integrating a subwoofer and two actuators behind the TV to vibrate the screen to create a dynamic sound.

*The Bravia X9000F and A8F are Sony's newest flagships for 2018. Pricing to be released in May 2018. Actual units will be available for purchase 2Q 2018.

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