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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-20, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Minumum distance for a 50" tv?

I'm moving into a new place and I'm debating between a 42" and a 50" tv.
I love HD, but I realize that some programming just isn't available in HD. So what would you consider the minimum distance to view SD programming on a 50" tv? I'm setting up to be about 8' from the tv, so I'm starting to think a 42" might be a better choice.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-20, 08:33 PM
 
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I think 42" @ 8' would balance room design with viewing experience. In my opinion 50" would be overwhelming in a small room.
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-20, 08:35 PM
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Here's the FAQ on How Large an HDTV to Buy:

FAQ - How Large an HDTV to Buy.
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post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-20, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the ideas, 42" seems to be about right. It's weird how much smaller tv's look in the store. i've got a 32" that looks great in my current place, but they look absolutely tiny in the store.
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Stores are big; homes are small.
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You'll regret buying the 42" and next year you'll have to buy another TV. 8 feet for a 50" is just fine for HD.
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My eyeballs are 8.25 feet away from my 50" HDTV, and SD looks fine enough that I don't feel I have to sit further back. Of course, for HD, I wish I had gone for the 60"!

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Like with many things in life, when you have to choose between the bigger one or the smaller one, the bigger one is often more satisfying .

Most people who plan to upgrade their TV always choose something bigger if they can. Very few people wish that they had something smaller. I sit between 6-9 ft. away from my 52" and SD pictures look OK. Obviously, it really depends on the quality of the SD signal.

If I had to do it again? I'd get a bigger one .
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I'm about 7' away from a 720p 50" TV. I watch primarily HD programming which looks great, SD obviously suffers a little but still good enough for me. It all boils down to the type of content you watch and what your personal PQ threshold is.
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I just finished watching the Giants beat the Packers about 9 or 10 feet from my 50" Panasonic plasma. No problem moving a foot closer. Go at least 46, if not 50 inches. You won't regret it.

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post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-21, 06:32 AM
 
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I have a 50" Plasma at about 9 feet. Absolutely love it. Would not wish to go smaller. I made comprimises before and regreted being cautious. I think if you get a good quality Plasma or LCD you will have no issues.
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There are 46-47" TVs too, if you can't make up your mind
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post #13 of 29 (permalink) Old 2008-01-27, 03:49 PM
 
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If money is not an issue, go 50 inch. I don't think i've seen a 50 inch TV that over powered a room. I have my butt parked 8-9 feet away from mine with no problem.
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My eyeballs are 8.25 feet away from my 50" HDTV, and SD looks fine enough that I don't feel I have to sit further back. Of course, for HD, I wish I had gone for the 60"!

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Same here - go with the 50 - I had a 47 and the 50 still made a huge difference.

Am I getting new Sony?
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Go with 50" all the way. As others have pointed out, with a quality set, the bigger the better.
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