How far should I sit from my TV

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  1. Richard Cook

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    I'm just about to take delivery of a 42" 16:9 TV to replace my 29" 4:3 model.
    My question is: How far should I besitting from the new set in order to achieve the best impact? I belive there is a formula to work this out but I can't remember what it is.
    I'm currently sittin 6'(2 metres) from my current TV.
    Many thanks in advance.
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  2. Steve Tannehill

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    IMO, it's a matter of personal preference.
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  3. Dan Hitchman

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    Yes, there is a formula. I believe one such formula was discussed in the Joe Kane special video edition of Widescreen Review. It has to do with angle of view, site lines, and whether or not you'll see scan lines on the screen.
    Things have changed a bit with HDTV so you can sit closer than with the NTSC system without seeing scan lines, pixel structure, etc.
    However, I believe there is a SMPTE approved rule of thumb as to the proper calculations for both 4x3 and 16x9 screen ratios.
    If I run across them, I'll post them here.
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  4. Aaron Plaza

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    Yeah I remember reading about a formula. But do you think I could find it in all my magazines. I do recall a general rule of thumb that you want the field of view to be no greater than 30 degrees.
     
  5. Wayne Bundrick

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    I could be wrong but I thought it was 7 screen heights for NTSC resolution and 3 screen heights for HDTV resolution.
     

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