# Viewing Distance?

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1. ### ToddJ Second Unit

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I am thinking about getting the Panasonic 53" TV. However, the only place to put the TV is in my bedroom which would mean I would be sitting a little over 5' away from it. Is that too close?

2. ### ManW_TheUncool Producer

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That's way too close, if you ask me, although somebody else around here might sit that close ratio-wise (screen-size-to-distance). I have that TV also and use ~8' eyes-to-screen distance. Most people around here seem to use somewhere around 2-2.5x size-to-distance ratio although plenty go higher while a few(?) go lower.

Why not get the 47" instead? You might find it available for much less than the 53" also. And even a 47" might be too big for that distance. If it were me, I'd probably go w/ a 42" or so.

Anyway, only you can determine what's the appropriate viewing distance. Try checking out in person for yourself. It doesn't even have to be that exact model--just adjust for the size-to-distance ratio, if needed. Make sure to see if the PQ for your regular viewing is acceptable at your distance.

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3. ### greg_t Screenwriter

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I agree, I think that is too close for a 53"

4. ### Patrick Sun Moderator Moderator

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2x the diagonal is a handy rule of thumb for seating distance from the TV.

Of course, you could just go to the store, and sit 5 feet away and see for yourself.

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I recently saw some fairly convincing math based on the average human eye's ability to distinguish pixels once they are more than 1 minute (1/60th of a degree) of vertical arc apart from one another in the field of vision.

By that math, if you're viewing non line-doubled NTSC on a 16x9 screen, the optimal distance would have the screen occupying about a 20 degree wide arc in your line of sight. For a 53" diagonal, that works out to sitting about 10 feet away. For line-doubled material it works out to about 5 feet away. For 1080i material, it works out to about 42 inches.

Note that this is _strictly_ focused on perceiving as much detail from the picture as possible without getting to a point where it looks line-structured. It takes no consideration of source quality, which will almost definitely be more of a limiting factor if you're watching (for example) non HD cable. Also, the foundation of all of this math is a biological statistic that I cannot validate.

All of this said, I think the previous suggestion to go to a store, sit 5 feet away and watch TV for 5 or 10 minutes is an excellent one. 5 feet sounds too close to me for most source material. Be sure you know what you're watching, though. HD Net at the store will look a LOT better from 5 feet than Cartoon Network would at home....

Nathan

6. ### sean_pecor Stunt Coordinator

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I'd buy a better quality 42" model. Examples:

Mitsubishi WS42311
Toshiba 42HDX82
etc.

The Panasonic 53" is not getting stellar reviews. In my opinion you need to be farther away than 5 feet from a 53" screen.

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