Is there optimal size HDTV for viewing 13' away?

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  1. Drew_E

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    simply, if i were to get an HDTV would there be a good choice to settle on for viewing at a distance of 13 feet? i think i can cram in something well over 60" in there but is there any generally accepted forumla for distance-to-resolution?
     
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    Drew, I think you need to change your topic header. Some people would think thirteen feet, instead of thirteen inches.
     
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    i would think at 13 feet you could get a 65" or bigger. I am 7 feet from a 53" and it works quite well. the old standards of seating distance vs. screen size were for lower quality/resolution images than what newer TVs provide.
     
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    Thik - yes thirteen feet, not thirteen inches, is what i am communicating in the header. I was under the impression that ' denotes feet and " denotes inches in this society, and that it was well accepted.

    Josh - thanks. i'm probably going with 57" because it fits both in the designated area and in my budget.
     
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    My eyes are exactly 13 feet back from my 57" 16/9 Sony. If all my viewing were dvd or HD, I could go as big as 65 or even 73 inches, but cable and regular satellite stuff would be a bit too grainy on that big a screen.
     
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    To visually resolve 1080i you must sit within 3.3 screen heights. That means 47" high, 84" wide, and 94" diagonally on a 16:9 set.

    For cinematic impact, I'd go a bit bigger (maybe 92" wide/102" diagonal).

    Personally I run a 72" wide 16:9 screen at 10', but am switching to 87" wide at 12' once I get done remodeling.
     
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    oh hey.. after reading that link i realize that maybe you guys aren't catchin my main drift. it isn't about the viewing angle but rather the resolution. that calculator doesn't take into account resolution and i was just curious as to what might look grainy. i assume 57" would be fine, but i was just asking because i saw a huge 72" wide screen and the seats were too close, and it didn't look too attractive.
     

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