We’ve all seen old photos of the original cathode ray tube televisions from the start of their heyday in the late 40s. Heavy, boxy machines, with a curved wooden surround and thick glass screen, they were the epitome of bulky and awkward and needed a sturdy surface to be placed on.
Thankfully, the modern flat screen with its svelte, sleekly designed chassis is now the norm. Constructed from durable lightweight plastics, the glass screen and metal components make up most of the weight. Plasma TVs use two sheets of glass, with phosphor gas sandwiched between the two, making them extra heavy. But LCD and LED screens just have a single sheet of glass.
So what’s the best way to display your TV?
The easiest and neatest method of displaying your TV is to wall mount it, and thanks to their flattened chassis, this is simply achieved with the aid of a correctly positioned wall bracket. Most wall brackets allow the screen to be angled, offering comfortable wide-angled viewing for every member of the audience. If you choose not to mount your TV, there are numerous styles of stands you could consider. Dedicated, unobtrusive TV stands, with shelves for games and other peripherals, right through to country-style sideboards – the choice is vast.
A flat screen 65” TV is one of the larger sizes available and is a popular choice for families and sports enthusiasts. Models typically weigh around 50 lbs or 23 kgs, and with wall brackets able to support TVs that are much heavier, this is a good option for wall mounting.
Many modern homes have a second TV, often in the bedroom or kitchen, and this is frequently smaller than the family screen. A 40” model weighs around 40 lbs or approximately 18 kgs, and if you want to go even smaller, how about a neat and compact 32” TV weighing in at a featherweight 25 lbs or a mere 11 kgs?
Enjoy sports on a mega screen
If, on the other hand, you’re after a giant screen to watch your favorite movies or enjoy the big games on, how about a mega 70” of visual bliss? This is going to be around 100 lbs or 45 kgs. If you plan to mount such a large TV, although the brackets are designed to carry more weight than this, you will need another pair of hands to maneuver the screen into place.
So, when considering a new TV, visual quality, size and affordability are the three main factors, and fortunately, with today’s super slim models, weight doesn’t have to be one more thing to think about.