viewing distance

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  1. jimmie b

    jimmie b Auditioning

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    What do you guys think is a good distance for movie viewing? Personally I like to be close to the screen so I get the same feel like at the movies. I have a 65 inch widescreen HDTV. First row is 6 feet back and second row is 12 feet back. I hear people mention 15-20 feet back or more. That just seems to far.
     
  2. Ted Pugh

    Ted Pugh Stunt Coordinator

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    The distance everyone seems to agree upon is 1.5 or so times the screen height. I mean the height of the screen not the diagonal distance. So for a 65 inch TV 6 or so feet should work. As long as you do not have to look side to side to see the full screen you should be o.k.

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  3. MikeWh

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    I've always thought it was 1.5x the diagonal as the minimum viewing distance. I have a 50" RPTV. Height is 30.5"... which would equate to about 4 feet, which is way too close, IMHO. I once had it in an apartment, with a viewing distance of about 5 feet, and I thought that was too close.

    FWIW, 1.5 times the diagonal for mine would be a little more than 6'. I just looked it up in my owner's manual, and Pioneer says the optimum is 10 to 23 feet, and minimum is 10 feet. In my experience, 10 feet is about right for my TV.

    Regardless--- I found a very nice calculator:
    http://www.myhometheater.homestead.c...l#anchor_13194

    Looks like your 6'/12' configuration is pretty close to the calculator numbers...
     

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