I just went through a process of totaling up our household wattage requirements by item for a back-up generator, an informative exercise.Originally Posted by billsco
Depending on the size of a room, viewing distance from eye to screen and audio capability, IMO a larger screen (60+") offers a far superior viewing/audio experience when compared to 19" (our PC monitor sizes). The combination of high resolution on a larger scale with surround or near surround sound produces a theater effect that can't be duplicated by a small screen with standard sound.
I'm primarily a reader and not a TV watcher (I don't follow spectator sports), so personally it doesn't make much difference to me. I consider most TV offerings as leaving a lot of surplus mental time and find it difficult to watch/listen to much of anything on TV without a book to absorb that free time but my wive is an avid TV watcher and I bow to her desires for visual entertainment.
Regarding operating cost differences, it comes down to that old adage of getting what one pays for, a purely personal opinion of what one requires. On an environmental basis, I have to admit I don't allow that to influence my personal residence lifestyle. One long-past winter I burned coal in an antique stove and neighbors from a mile away were ready to run me out of town. They were more concerned about black coal dust from my stack than the environmental fact that I was using a cheap, almost endless supply of fuel.