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I want to buy an LCD TV for our master bedroom. I am replacing my 22 year old 27" Sony ("the beast").

The bedroom is medium sized and in bed we will be about 10 feet away from the TV in the corner. I know there is a standard calculation that says the TV size should be (# feet away X 4). That equates to 40".

I cut out a large piece of paper to simulate the 40" TV and screen size and it seems huge!!

Maybe the increase in size from the 27" is the issue. The 40" is almost twice the screen size as the std 27" tube. Should the same standard be used in bedrooms?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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I am 10' away from a 40" lcd in our bedroom and it's a little too small. 42" might be better and I don't like tvs too large. Remember, it's going to be widescreen, so the height factor is removed when comparing it to a crt, so the extra size is necessary to keep things on the screen large enuf. Just one opinion.
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I know there is a standard calculation that says the TV size should be (# feet away X 4). That equates to 40".

That calculation is wrong, unless all you will be watching is SD.

At 10 feet, you'll need a 50" to resolve 720p, and a 75" to resolve 1080p.

The optimal viewing distance for a 1080p 40" is five feet.

Please see the resolution chart for more detailed information. Also read the article, 1080p Does Matter and Home Theater Seating Distances.

Bottom line, 40" is way, way, WAY too small for a 10 foot viewing distance, unless you are watching SD.
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No it's not way to small, it's a bedroom, not the livingroom. Much bigger than a 42" and it will be annoying.

I think those "distance" charts are formulated by the tv manufacturers so people buy the biggest tvs for the most money. 720p, 1080p either one in the 40" to 42" range will be good. I speak from experience and who in the world would put a 75" tv anywhere, what is up with that?
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I've got a 40" Sony W4100 in my bedroom and sit about 6 to 7 feet away and find it just right.
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I definitely see nm88's point with respect to 'proper' 1080p viewing in most viewing environments, but for the bedroom (which s/b treated as a unique setting), I would agree with this approach...

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No it's not way to small, it's a bedroom, not the livingroom. Much bigger than a 42" and it will be annoying.

I think those "distance" charts are formulated by the tv manufacturers so people buy the biggest tvs for the most money. 720p, 1080p either one in the 40" to 42" range will be good. I speak from experience and who in the world would put a 75" tv anywhere, what is up with that?

That being said, the OP should not buy anything less than 40" or he'll be very sorry. I'd probably recommend 40" to 46" max. This is still the bedroom afterall fellas, much more important work to be done here if ya get me. That's why shrinks say it's best you don't even have a TV in there.

Vizio XVT473SV: 47" FALD with 640 LED's and 160 Zones.

Seeking: 65"+ FALD UHD with 1,200+ LED's and 350+ Zones.
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Thanks, I guess I'll buy a 40".....but which one???? I was looking at the Sony W, but then a sales guy recommended the Samsung 630, which is about $200 cheaper than the Sony.

I do have to keep reminding myself it is the bedroom and not the family room where I have my HT installation.

Thanks again
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I just ordered a 46A750 for my 11.5x12' bedroom, with my viewing distance being 8-9', I am told that it will initially look HUGE but after a while it will look proportionally correct.

46" is an ideal size for the viewing distance I have, so I've been told and read.
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