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Best TV size for viewing distance of 9 feet?


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Scott Stephens

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Posted December 09 2004 - 05:04 AM

i'm thinking of getting a widescreen RPTV soon. i've got a viewing distance of 8-9 feet from optimal viewing position...what's the best size TV for this? i know there's a formula, but i can't remember it. i was thinking in terms of maybe a 51" screen, but i'm afraid this would be too big. also, i may be moving in the next 6 months so my viewing distance could potentially increase. what would be the best thing to do?
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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Tom#B

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Posted December 09 2004 - 05:31 AM

Scott, I believe the formula most often referred to is 1" of screen for every 2" of distance away. If you're 8.5 feet away, that's 102". Half of that is 51". So a 51" screen would probably be fine. All I can tell you is that my sitting distance is about the same as yours, and I have a 46" RPTV. I'm perfectly happy with it. I'm sure I could have gone a bit bigger without any problems. You'll hear from some folks who say nothing is too big. Good luck. Tom

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Scott Stephens

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Posted December 09 2004 - 05:45 AM

thanks tom. i think now as long as a 51" is OK for my current viewing position, i would err on the side of larger since most likely when i move i will have a greater viewing distance (the house i live in now has a small living room). but i also have looked at the 46" and if i wasn't moving soon, i think this would be more than adequate for my current viewing position.
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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted December 09 2004 - 08:48 AM

Scott, I would agree with 51-55".

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   matt-f

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Posted December 09 2004 - 09:14 AM

There are similar formulas but it will eventually come down to what you feel suits best. For my 57" HDTV screen, I'm about 12-13 feet away. Any closer then I begin to feel it a bit big and so forth.

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Chris Sherman

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Posted December 09 2004 - 02:48 PM

I would recommend 46" or 51". One plus about the 51" size is you won't need a stand , while most 46" sets are tabletop and require a short stand, usually overpriced for what you get but they match the TV and can store a couple components. I sit 8' from my Sony 46" and feel it is fine. 46" models from Toshiba and Sony have come down to around $1300.00. The 51" sets go for around $1600. Stands are around $170 or so, for the 46" models. The 46" Toshiba had been on sale recently for $999.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Tom#B

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Posted December 10 2004 - 02:30 AM

That's what I bought - the Toshiba 46H84. I paid $997. I'm very happy with it, and 8-9 feet away seems just about right for me. Tom

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Bob McElfresh

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Posted December 10 2004 - 03:18 PM

This Viewing Distance Calculator might be of interest.

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted December 11 2004 - 01:20 AM

51-57 is a good recommendation. I sit back 10 feet from my 55" and its perfect.




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