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viewing distances for 57" and 65"? please help

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#1 of 10 Dustin Wind

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Posted August 22 2003 - 02:00 PM

Hi all,
I've been searching but can't find what the best viewing distance is for a 57" and a 65" HDTV.

Also what distances can i "get away with" with both sizes?

My one wall is only 11 feet....so with the 2 foot width of the TV, i would only be 9 feet away.
I may be pushing it with a 57"?

Thanks a ton.

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Posted August 22 2003 - 04:53 PM

IMO you should be fine, that's what I plan to do, my room is only 9-1/2' x 11'. There is going to be a big wow factor depending on the size of tv your using now. I talked to a fellow board member and he sits 5-6 feet away from his 65" Mitsu without any problems. Bigger is better in most cases.
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#3 of 10 Bob McElfresh

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Posted August 23 2003 - 03:57 AM

This link to What Sized RPTV should help.

The THX recommended distance is about 6.2-8.0 feet for the 57"
The THX recommended distance is 7.3-10.2 for the 65.

THX bases it's recomendation on trying to get a ~30 degree viewing angle. The Viewing distance calculator (link in the above thread) has another calculation as well, but it's a bit more complicated.

Hope this helps.

#4 of 10 Dustin Wind

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Posted August 23 2003 - 04:47 AM

So i can get away with my 65" on a 11 foot wall?
Thats a bit of a shock.

Seems WAY to close...thats great news.

#5 of 10 Vincent_S


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Posted August 23 2003 - 05:39 AM

My 61" is 9 ft away. There will be no problem with a 65" 9 ft. away. Once it's there awhile you won't even notice how big it is anymore.

#6 of 10 Jeff Gatie

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Posted August 23 2003 - 07:51 AM

I sit 7 ft. away from a 56" (note, 7 ft. eyeball to screen) and it is perfect for HD and DVD's, standard cable TV stinks anyway, so I live with it. You should be fine with a 65" at 9 ft. One warning, you will be shocked when you first see the TV, it will look HUGE. Resist the urge to say "it's too big, I have to return it". In a few weeks, it will look fine and you'll kick yourself for ever considering sending it back.

#7 of 10 Dustin Wind

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Posted August 23 2003 - 11:25 AM

A lot of web sites have been saying the best with a 65" is 13.5 feet.
thats a lot of room compared to the 7-8 feet people here are saying!

All this stuff is so confusing lol./

#8 of 10 Jeff Engel

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Posted August 23 2003 - 07:11 PM

13 feet is too far, I only sit 10' from my 123" screen. I used to sit 8 ft from my 61" RPTV and that was a fine distance.
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#9 of 10 Dustin Wind

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Posted August 24 2003 - 01:28 AM

I'm so excited now.
I move into my 1st house on Friday and get the TV delivered then.
I just had no clue the 65" would fit against the wall i wanted.
The basement is 11 feet by 19 feet.....the 19 foot wall would be a close fit because there a fire place in the corner and it would look stupid.

The 11 feet wall is PERFECT for a TV.
I would have tried to fit on the 19 foot wall.....man, i'm excited.

#10 of 10 Michael Mathius

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Posted August 24 2003 - 03:35 AM


congrats on your new home and tv. I usually don't like like doing this but I could not help notice that you have a basement that's the perfect size for a front projector. I live in Florida and even without a totally light controlled room I'm enjoying my projector.

With the prices of some very good projectors lower than a to rptv you should alteast give it some thought. I have a 53" Sony rptv and a Sony HS10 front projector with a 100" wide screen which just makes the 53" look small.Posted Image
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