How Big Should A TV Be For A Home Theater? (Budget + Room Size)

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Many newbies want to have a TV as a display in their home theater instead of a projector. It is a good choice, but there are a few limitations to it that should be taken care of. Like, how big should a TV be for a home theater?

At A Glance: The recommended size for a TV to be used for home theater is 85 inches because this size is the biggest in the affordable price range and above that, every 15 inches extra will cost you a 973% increase in the TV price. This increase is too much and will skyrocket its price.

Keep reading to know the two most significant factors that will directly influence your decision of buying a TV. You will know which size is the best for you after reading this guide. Because you can get a 32 to 100-inch TV on the market.

The Factors That Will Influence Your TV Buying Decision

These two factors are enough to take the right step ahead. You will know at the end of this article to acquire which TV for yourself or ditch the TV for the projector. Wait for the final verdict that will sum up the whole debate for you.

How large is your room?

No matter how big a TV you have planned in your mind. You will always be bound by the size of your room. The thing is, you need a specific amount of viewing distance to have the best viewing experience. 

The distance can break or make the home theater experience for you. The recommended viewing distance is different for different sizes and different TV resolutions. 

For example, if you want to have the latest 4K or 8K TV then you will have to multiply its vertical size by 1.5 times, and you will get the distance in inches. The obtained value is the right distance for you to view the TV from.

If your room doesn’t have that much distance, then you should look for a smaller TV or shift your theater equipment to another room.

To calculate this viewing distance for other screen resolutions, I have crafted a guide both for the projector and TV. The best viewing distance for TV and projector screen. I have also revealed how to easily identify the vertical screen size of the TV if you know it’s diagonal. For 75 inches, the TV diagonal is 75 inches, and you can identify vertical size from this value. Go and read it, and you will know about the viewing angle too.

Now let’s proceed to the next factor that can directly affect the price of the TV.

TV prices are not affordable above 85 inches in size

Another problem is that the TVs get overpriced above 85 inches. The price can increase with a massive jump of 973% for each 15-inch increase in size beyond that 85 inches.

This is not my claim. Go ahead and search the TVs on your favorite retail store sites or in your nearest TV showroom.

You will be blown away by the price of the TVs beyond 85 inches. The 973% increase is huge. 

It will jump from the $1133 price of an 85-inch TV to the massive $14999 price of a 98-inch TV. That is not even a 15-inch increase on the TV. 

With that $14999 you can have a decent home theater system with good speakers and a 4K projector in a small room. I am not exaggerating. 

Now just sit alone and think. Is it worth the 973% increase as you can have a complete home theater with good speakers in that price range? 

I don’t think it’s worth it. Keep reading to know how to have a 150-inch screen in a very small room if your room size supports the required viewing distance, but your bank account doesn’t support a TV size above 85 inches.

I have compared TV Vs projector. There are a few features in which one is the winner and the other the next one is a winner. Read this guide you will learn more about home theater displays.

Final Verdict: Which is the alternative?

Best size of TV for home theater

If you want an above 85 inches screen in your home theater, but you can’t afford to go for the 973% increase in the price and your room can have a viewing distance of up to 150 inches. Then you can go with the ultra-short throw projector. 

These projectors can give you 120 inches of an image from just 7 inches away from the screen. They can go up to 150 inches. And they are super affordable when comparing them to 100+ inches of TV. They are referred to as laser TVs. Because they don’t need to be mounted 10 feet away from the screen and can project the image from a few distances away from the screen.

You can easily find these projectors below $4000 and $2000. I have reviewed the top 7 on the market. Best UST projectors. You will know about their viewing distance from a small table at the top of this guide.

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Do bigger TVs have better sound?

The sound has nothing to do with the size of the TV. If the built-in speakers are installed of a bigger size then the sound can be good, otherwise not. That’s why I read the product description carefully.

The matter is that the manufacturers build big TVs with very small speakers. They are not wrongdoing because the consumer wants a bigger display with thin bezels. The demand for thin TVs is more than its building speakers sound.

But if they install big and good speakers, then the TV will not look good, and it will be a lot heavier.

What is a good size TV for a home theater?

The sweet spot for the good size TV lies from 75 to 85 inches. Because this range has a bigger screen area for stunning visuals with an affordable price tag. They have new smart features and access to all famous streaming services.

You can have any TV size from 75 to 58 inches. This is the best size because beyond this size the TVs can be very expensive.

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  1. This was my opinion in the first question’s answer read more about it from this Quora Discussion.

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Ayaan Khan
Ayaan Khan

I'm Ayaan khan, a freelancer and a Computer Science degree holder from P.E.S. College. After my degree, I started an internship with my father in his home theater showroom. After working for a month I realized that this is the best job in the world for me and it could be turned into a passion. Fast forward to when my internship ended, I joined my father as a full-time home theater equipment tester. I test new equipment and approve it before it can be installed in the customer's house. I love to test equipment and sometimes love to install it by myself in the customer's theater room. I have the right experience and knowledge to learn from my articles. In my Free time I write & answer questions here on AVSFORUM. Every Article on Homelytainment is curated according to Homelytainment's Editorial Policy and Sponsorship Policy. If you have any questions for me. Reach out to my email (Support(AT)

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