What's your viewing distance w/ HDTV?

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  1. davenportbuzz

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    How far is your viewing distance from the screen? I'd like to get the 57" Hitachi SWX but I may wish to settle for something smaller like the 51" or a 53" say. I usually sit in a chair that's 10'(slight angle) from my current Sony analog 41" RPTV. On the couch though (straight away) when I watch DVD's, I'm 14' from the screen. You think the 57" would be ideal? Seems to me that it would be and I guess I could always return it within 30 days (with Circuit City) if it isn't. I know in the end, seeing it in person is the best way to know but I'm trying to gauge this to hopefully make the right decision from the start - size-wise.

    Thanks for the input.
    Rick
     
  2. Vincent_S

    Vincent_S Second Unit

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    I have a 61" and sit about 9-10 feet away. IMO it is perfect.
     
  3. ManW_TheUncool

    ManW_TheUncool Producer

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    You should definitely see it in person yourself. Everyone has different requirements on viewing distance. I've seen ONE poster sit as close as ~5ft from a 65"(!!), many seem to sit 2-2.5x the TV's diagonal, and many others much farther away like you do w/ your current TV from straight away (ie. 14ft). Also, I'm not sure that everyone uses eyes-to-screen distance or just the front of their seat to the screen, which could easily be 2ft shorter than eyes-to-screen.

    FWIW, I use an eyes-to-screen distance of ~8ft from my 53". HD content looks awesome at this distance (or even closer). Good DVDs still look very good and film-like while yielding a theater-like viewing angle of ~27 degrees.

    Check here for some reference #s to help you decide:

    http://www.myhometheater.homestead.c...alculator.html

    But in the end, again, what works best all depends on you.

    _Man_
     
  4. Jason Harbaugh

    Jason Harbaugh Cinematographer

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    I'm about 8' away from a 42" rear projection HDTV which looks perfect. I'm 13' away from 110" front projection screen which also seems about right, but it is right at that line of being too close.
     

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