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With 1080p and now 4k Tvs its a waste of technology to watch it from 14'+ away. Sitting under 6' way from a 50+ inch HDTV is the only way to enjoy all the pixels.
The only way I can think to have a TV that close to the sofa is to have it in the coffee table.
Ideally I would like it to lift out of the top of the table but the screen is too high for a coffee table and I really dont want to cut a hole in the floor. Other option is to hinge the top of the table and mount it on the bottom. Use 2 actuators to help lift. Does anyone have any ideas on how to mount it or about anything else.

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why would you need to enjoy all the pixels? –  ratchet freak Jan 24 at 11:21
    
There are lift mechanisms out there, but to get a screen size in under the height of a coffee table is a really tall order. The HD or 1080 is a waste on screens smaller than 32", the pixels are already small enough to get a great picture on that size screen. It is only marketing hype. Picture this, a beautiful picture on a 64" LED tv at 1080p OR 1080i, you can have the exact same beautiful picture at 720p or 720i. This is what I have read on the tech sites about setting up home theaters and the like. What is the size of tv you were thinking? –  Jack Jan 24 at 13:45
    
Wait for the long-discussed flexible roll-up TV screens to make it into production? –  RedGrittyBrick Jan 24 at 16:05
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"is the only way to enjoy all the pixels" = perhaps...but can you enjoy the actual movie like that? :) –  DA01 Jan 24 at 17:09
    
Toshiba lists a recommended viewing distance for different screen sizes here. Some companies also make under-the-bed TV lifts, but they might unbalance a coffee table. (I have no affiliation with any of the above companies I mentioned.) –  Doresoom Jan 24 at 18:40

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http://tvtracksystems.com/

We have a couple of TV tracks in my Boston office. I would suggest that to you. You can have your insanely close viewing and when people come over you can scoot it back. Plus it is cool.

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I like but $5k. I wonder if I can make it myself. –  Justin K Feb 2 at 4:22
    
@JustinK - def a DIY idea. I would ask it as a different question. It doesn't need to be remote because how much do you move your tv. I thinka really good ball bearing and track would do it. I'm sure there are others better with metal than me that would have ideas. –  DMoore Feb 3 at 4:38

Something like this? http://www.justlaine.com/2011/01/17365.html

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It wouldn't be too difficult to make. For a 50" TV, you'll have to build a big one.

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Ideas:

  1. Move the couch closer to the TV.
  2. Get an 80 inch TV (or projection TV).
  3. Mount the TV to the ceiling with a system of counterweights that extend into the attic.
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