Viewing distance

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  1. bruce sherman

    bruce sherman Auditioning

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    I would like to buy a 61" DLP RPTV (with the new HD2+ chip)for use with a progressive scan DVD player (perhaps one of the new Sony models) and with my LD player (with a DVDO HD+ scaler).

    I would really appreciate some help with the following questions:

    1. How close can I sit to the screen and get a good picture?

    2.Will the DVDO HD+ significantly improve the picture from my LD player? Will it be close to the picture from a progressive scan DVD?

    3.DVDO sells something called an SDI adapter for something like $350. What the heck is this? I THINK it converts the analog signal from my LD player to digital to somehow improve the picture. Am I even close???

    4. How important is an electricity line filter? Will it improve the picture? If so, which one should i get?

    Thanks very much. I REALLY appreciate any answers you could give me.

    Bruce Sherman
     
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    A "Line Conditioner" can only help if the AC power in your home, when you use your HT system is dirty. In a city apartment - one reviewer was impressed at the difference. Another reviewer took the same unit and saw little-to-no difference. He lived out in a rural area.

    If you want to try one, find a local dealer with a good return policy and try your own A/B comparison.

    A "surge supressor" is considered essential. This thread on Surge Supressors from our Tweeks and connections can be useful.
     
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    I don't usually go with the calculators because I like different viewing distances for different things.

    When watching dvd's I like to stay between 2 and 3 times the width of the screen. If I am closer than 2, the picture is not as sharp as I would like and if I am farther than 3 the screen becomes too small. When watching tv or VHS I sit about 3 times the screen width away. Any closer and the picture becomes unacceptable.
     
  5. RyanYYZ

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    Hmm... George Lucas must not have had a very strict mother. The THX reccomended viewing distance for my piddly little 27" TV is 2.8 Feet.


    I'm guesing IMAX would just tell me to put my nose on the screen.
     

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