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#1 of 3 BrianShea



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Posted February 13 2003 - 11:04 PM

Are Hitachi TV's good as far as durability and options.
I am currently building my house, and I will be purchasing a big screen shortly to fit into my "wiring closet" of my living room. BTW my room dimensions will be 15' 9" W by 21' 5" L. What is the optimal viewing distance and height for large screen TV's. And one last stupid question, what are the major differance between 4:3 and 16:9, and is 16:9 the preferred number to look for? Thanks for any input.

#2 of 3 ManW_TheUncool



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Posted February 14 2003 - 01:48 PM

For ideas on optimal viewing distance, check this link:


It's really a matter of personal preference AND quality of the source content. Some people find DVD picture quality good enough to sit really close (maybe <=2x TV's diagonal size) like the recommendations for theater-like viewing at the link above. Some people like the DVD picture much sharper and go w/ distances more like 3.5x TV's diagonal size. For HD sources, you can probably sit really close w/out any problem. And for cable/sat, it varies and will more often than not look crappy unless you sit far away.

For the 4x3 vs 16x9 debate, check these recent threads:



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#3 of 3 BrianShea



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Posted February 15 2003 - 04:16 AM

Thanks for the reply _Man_. It seems that there is a heated debate among the 2 formats. It does seem to make more sense to buy the 16:9 format, as this is the wave of the future. I am lucky and unlucky. Lucky because I am just now building my house, unlucky because I am building my house and replacing a 4:3 set is not in my budget for the next few years. Since I am looking for something to use for years to come the 16:9 makes more sense. Thanks again for the reply.