Originally Posted by coolcoyote
I'll try it from a different angle. The Viewing Distance Based on Visual Acuity to fully resolve 1080p content is 8.5 feet for the P65. If viewing at a greater distance, one might as well view 720P content. The human eye can not fully resolve 1080P beyond that distance.
If one wants to take advantage of 1080P content and wants that complete immersion experience, it seams reasonable to me one should match the size tv to the viewing distance. My theater seating is flexible, so this works for me. Cable viewing - 9 feet, blu-ray - 6.5 to 8 feet.
This is a case where size does matter. Bigger is better is irrevalent. Bigger is better is for one's ego and sales hype. I don't think my concept is insane but is based on scientific principles. Oh, and your $900 argument, I could use that for a P65VT50 as well. It all depends on one's budget and preceived needs and HDTV viewing reality and not one's ego or bragging rights.
I'd rather design my theater on the IMAX model and not the driven-in movie model. Just my preference. Matching the tool with the job.
One other thing. The $900 MSRP difference between the p65 and P60 is way out of proportion with the others. $400 would be more like it. That was the original point I was trying to make.
Again, you are arguing about something that is at best loosely relevant. It's like you telling that guy, "It's pointless for you to buy that AMG Mercedes since you will never be able to fully utilize its torque curve vs. the normal S class, so it's useless."
The 65" TV is always bigger
than the 60". It's bigger at 2 feet away, it's bigger at 15 feet away. When I watch TV from my dinner table, I'm not sitting there worried about whether I'm resolving every pixel. I'm worried about whether the basketball players are too tiny for me to enjoy the game. A 65" TV is always better
than a 60" TV for that, no matter what couch gymnastics and mis-use of SMPTE charts one decides to parade around.
Again, reasonable people can debate whether it's worth $900. That's still 50 cents a day over 5 years. What reasonable people shouldn't do is tell people what SMPTE says because normal people don't give a damn what some piece of paper tells them is the "correct" distance to sit from their TV
. Normal people have a couch and a TV that are at distances that are dictated largely by the room. They may have some wiggle room in those distances, but often not terribly much (sometimes none at all).
The correct TV to buy is the one you want
, not the one someone tells you to buy.
AVS seems to have tens of thousands of posts where people tell someone to buy a bigger or smaller TV based on the preferences of the poster, which is a case where the poster really can't help the person asking. Performance metrics? Sure, you can help. Personal size preferences? Guide someone to making a choice. Price/size tradeoffs? We all have different opinions about what's a good use of our money.
For me, $900 over 5 years for those 5 inches is a non issue. Not because I'm rolling in cash, but because there is no way I'm buying something smaller than a 65" TV