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Viewing distance question

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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Khasimir



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Posted December 16 2005 - 03:00 PM

Is there a ratio for viewing distance? My viewing distance on my 50" plasma is roughly 14 ft and it seems when I get to around 12 ft I start noticing distortion. I'm wondering if I'm not cutting it a little too close.


#2 of 5 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted December 16 2005 - 06:42 PM

12' away should not be too close for a 50" screen. What are you watching when you see distortion? DVD's, HDTV, SD?

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted December 16 2005 - 07:25 PM

A good rule of thumb is to be no closer than twice the diagonal distance of the screen. For a 50", I would recommend a viewing distance of 100" (a bit over 8').

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Dick Knisely

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Posted December 17 2005 - 09:28 AM

noticing distortion

Describe what you're seeing. I don't think you should see distortion no matter how close you get. Pixelization, yes. Loss of perceived crispness, yes. Distortion, no -- or at least not as far as I know.
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#5 of 5 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles



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Posted December 18 2005 - 05:57 AM

It really depends on the capabilities of the display. You have to sit a lot farther away from lesser displays that don't have the resolution density.