Chebby, I'm with you. Our main TV is currently 20" and we're very happy with it. However we are considering an 'upgrade' but SWMBO has mandated an absolute upper limit of 32" - because, as you said, the imposing blank screen when not in use.
I must get bob.g and chebby to visit me in Edinburgh sometime ..... I just ignore the blank screens!
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I went to a lot of effort over the years to minimise the hi-fi (no more large black rack full of black boxes) and I don't want to ruin things with a large black telly. (Sorry but, for us, 40" is where 'large' starts* unless I get lucky enough to buy a baronial hall or tithe barn to convert into a home cinema!)
TV simply doesn't give enough back, often enough, to devote serious chunks of space to it. Even with the Humax ( to record only those things we like), it is hard to find 2 hours of worthwhile viewing for the evening in any given day.
*We didn't need anything more than a 14" Sony Trinitron portable for many years. Our biggest widescreen CRT was about 29" (IIRC) so I don't get why we'd need more than 32" or 37" especially now picture quality is so much better.
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