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I just sold my tv and now am in the market for a lcd tv. I think my budget allows for a 42inch lcd. However where I want to put the tv at on the wall is about 16ft from where i'd sit on the couch.
How far are you from your 42 inch lcd when you watch and how comforatable do you feel when watching tv? How comfortable when playing xbox or playstation?

I may get a 46inch if thats a better fit for my living room.

Thanks in advance
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I have a wallmounted 40 inch tv, and I sit about 12-15 feet away from it. To me, the TV is plenty big for that distance.
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I have watched my Vizio 42" 1080p from 12' and my Vizio 52" 1080p from the same. While the 42" was a good experience, the 52" experience is MUCH better. My 42" is now in the bedroom at a viewing distance of 16'. It's still fine for a bedroom.

What's your budget? You can get 42" for around $1K and 52" for around $2K.


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I just sold my tv and now am in the market for a lcd tv. I think my budget allows for a 42inch lcd. However where I want to put the tv at on the wall is about 16ft from where i'd sit on the couch.
How far are you from your 42 inch lcd when you watch and how comforatable do you feel when watching tv? How comfortable when playing xbox or playstation?

I may get a 46inch if thats a better fit for my living room.

Thanks in advance
Ryan


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10 feet is a comfortable distance for a 42 inch for me.

found this article : The website can give you an indication.

http://www.dtvcity.com/lcdtv/lcdscreensize.html

Selecting the correct LCD TV screen size.
Sitting the right distance from your LCD TV is an important part of optimizing the viewing experience. Sitting too far away from a small- or medium-sized screen definitely diminishes the overall impact. At the same time, sitting too close to a large screen is also less than ideal. A good indication that you're sitting too close to a screen is if you find that you're distracted by being aware of the screen's "structure" — those tiny "dots" (pixels), and for CRT-based TVs, horizontal scan lines. If you're not sure how far away you should sit for optimum viewing, consult our suggested viewing distance chart.

Q: What is the optimum viewing distance for different screen sizes?

A: There are differing opinions on the best way to determine optimum TV viewing distance. Generally, you calculate viewing distance by multiplying one of the screen's dimensions (height, width, or diagonal) by some fixed number. The rule-of-thumb generalizations for standard analog TVs with 4:3 aspect ratio no longer hold true for newer HDTV sets and HDTV-ready TVs. These high-resolution models include upconversion circuitry and wider 16:9 aspect ratio screens. High-resolution displays reduce the visibility of scan lines, so you can sit closer without noticing them.

The calculator above can give you recommendations for screen size and/or viewing distance. The top part of the calculator will give you an optimal viewing distance based on the screen size you enter in the left-hand column. The lower part of the calculator should be used if you know where you want to put your television but are unsure of what screen size to choose. Measure the distance from the area where you will place the TV to your normal viewing area, enter the amount in feet in the left-hand column and the calculator will display an optimal screensize in the right-hand column.

Q: What about viewing height? Does that matter?

A: For optimum viewing, your eyes should be level with the middle of the screen when you're seated in your normal viewing position. This is especially important for a "big-screen" rear-projection TV since its picture will look its brightest at this level. The cabinets of larger rear-projection TVs are designed to position the screen at the optimum height.
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I sit about 10 feet away when watching movies. When gaming I tend to sit up close - about three feet.
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my budget is about $1400

i can get a sharp 46inch aquos from the tiger direct biz 2 biz site for about $1500 and can get a 42inch sharp aquos w/ a logitech remote for $1300 shipped.

I just started thinking about where i would mount it and it turned out to be pretty far away from the couch thats why i asked.
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as an alternate question.
I have been reading that for full effect and to appreciate 1080 you have to sit about 5ft from the screen. 10ft for 720p.

Is 1080p worth it for my case?
From various readings it looks like a cheaper 720p set would look just as good as a $300 mroe 1080p set from about 15-16ft viewing

thoughts?
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i sit about 5-6ft from my 42" 1080p set and i can tell the difference between 720 and 1080p anything further then that i think you can't tell the difference but i would still get a 1080p set to future proof yourself.
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