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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Bernard Drapeau, May 23, 2001.
What kind of TV set do you own, and how far back do you sit from it??
Well, I own a Sony VPH-1271Q projector (without a tuner it can't really be called a tv), and I sit 16' away from a 76" wide screen (96" diag.). That puts me at about 2.5 screen widths away. That's far, but I can't really change it beause the projector is floor mounted and I must sit behind it.
"Experience is the one thing you can't get for nothing." - Oscar Wilde
I use an Electrohome 4101 projector. I sit about 11 feet away from a 72" wide screen.
NEC 6PG Plus CRT projector. 11'6" or 15' back from a 92" wide screen depending on which row I sit in.
I've made mistake in subject!!!!
RPTV Owner fit more with TV set isn't it???
Sharpvision LCD, 84" screen, 11 feet away
Neil's H.T. Site
(plus large selection of H.T.Links and movie images)
Sony 400Q LCD
Front row 12ft
Back row 15ft
I changed the title of this thread to RPTV for you since this is the information that you are looking for.
As a general rule, for front screen projection, I have always been told to set back about twice the screen width or 3 times the height. So if you have a 10 foot diagonal screen, 6ft. height by 8ft. width, you would want to set back between 16 to 18 feet.
I am not sure if this applies to rear projection though.
I sit 11.5 feet from my 56" widescreen. A 65" screen would be fine at that distance also.
When I was reading the thread, for a second I thought I was nuts! I guess in this HT hobby, we all are
I sit 7 ft from my 56H80, I'm sure if I had 65" I would be 9-10ft away. I know my friend who's distance is 9ft from 56". Its a personal preference.From the various readings and searches, I came to one conclusion: you need to set YOUR viewing distance you are comfortable with
Usually distances vary 56"- 7-10ft, 65"- 8-12 ft.
Hope this helps
Toshiba TW65X81 65" 16:9 RPTV. Rough estimate from my eyes to the screen = ~10feet. The screen is not overwhelming at all - I could probably go up to a 75-80" before it would be "too big".
Of course, there really is no such thing as a TV that is too big. I could reorient my couch and sit ~19' from a 10' screen if I had a projector.
-Ryan (http://www.ryanwright.com )
I have a formula that I use when asked what the correct viewing distance is for a certain screen size. This is for a 16/9 screen with progressive scan. Take the screen height and multiply it by 3.3. Then take the screen height and multiply it by 4.0. The 3.3 figure gives you a 30 degree viewing angle, and the 4.0 gives you a 25 degree viewing angle. Let's use the PRO-510HD as an example. It has a 26" screen height. The 30 degree viewing distance is just over 7 feet and the 25 degree viewing distance is just under 9 feet. So I would say the proper viewing distance from this set is 7 to 9 feet. Now comes my personal adjustment to this formula that most of you are familiar with. If you went to a movie theater and you could choose anywhere to sit, where would that be? If you said the center I would suggest around 8 feet as the correct viewing distance for 510HD. If you said the front row I would say 7 feet, maybe less. If you said the rear of the theater I would say 9 feet, maybe more. There is no perfect formula, but this one makes sense to me.