There’s a video clip making the email rounds these days. It’s a clip of an under-bed HDTV mount from MK 1 Studio. This motorized lift slides your HDTV out from under your bed, and positions it at the foot of the bed. It can even automatically adjust the viewing angle to your preference.
Now, this is a slick piece of engineering to be sure, but that’s not why it’s important. The breathtaking five-figure cost is also interesting, but that is also besides the point. The fact is that this is about the only way that you can position a 42″ flat panel HDTV at a proper viewing distance when you’re lying in bed. If you put it on the wall across from the foot of the bed, it will be much too far away. With a 42″ screen at that distance, you may as well get an EDTV panel because you won’t see the extra resolution from that distance. Of course, buying a 60″ or 70″ rear projection model to put across from the bed may be a much less expensive solution than the MK 1 Studio lift, but that’s a whole other issue.
What’s the right size HDTV for your bedroom? Find the answer in Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV, now available in paperback from Amazon or other fine booksellers.