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Moving into new studio rental next month.
Limited in space in Gotham City.
Debating between 65" or smaller
At 8' viewing distance, do ya'll think 65" might be too large as opposed to a 55"
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Optimal seating distance is 2.5 times the size of your TV. Closer if you want to see the resolution. Further if limited by budget.
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If that is the case and unless my math is wrong, even a 55" is too big at 8'
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Moving into new studio rental next month.
Limited in space in Gotham City.
Debating between 65" or smaller
At 8' viewing distance, do ya'll think 65" might be too large as opposed to a 55"

I'm 8 feet from a 64" and it's fantastic. I use my set almost exclusively for Blu-ray content though so I can't comment on how it'd work with a compressed cable signal or SD content.

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You might see some artifacts in broadcast tv, I have a 55" and prefer it at about 10 to 12 feet. What about a 60" ?

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I have a 59" screen at 7.5' - 8' away, and I could see myself going up 5" or 6" on screen size easily.

This is for movie-watching purposes, though. I watch sports and shows on it, and the size seems appropriate. Maybe a 65" screen might feel a bit too large for that distance.
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I would probably hurl at that distance. Others obviously love it. It's so personal that asking for advice is actually pointless. You need to go stand/sit in front of one at your desired distance and decide for yourself. No calculator, THX recommendation, guideline or any such thing can help you make a personal decision.

There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.
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I'm at 8'. I've had 32", 47", 50" and 55" sets. 47" was definitely acceptable. 55" seemed big at first, but I'm now looking at 65". I can always move back a foot if I need to, but I don't see the point in getting a 60" when today's prices are what they are for 65" sets. My priority is Blu-Ray movie PQ though, and I came from a 120" dedicated theater with a12' viewing distance. I'm a bit biased from missing that.
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It's a personal preference. View a 60" side by side with a 65" at the 8 foot range if you can.

As far as visual preception, viewing the 60" at 8 feet will be equivalent to viewing the 65" at 8 feet 8 inches.

I opted for the 60" at 8 feet. I have the Panny 60GT50 and chose it over the 65GT50. I did have last year's 65ST30 and now don't really miss the extra 5" all that much.
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I don't see a 60" on the Vt series.....

Don't plan to take my current 60" with me. Too much of a hassle. It's glass, etc.
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If you're watching HD you can sit pretty close and have it look good. If you like an immersive experience, having the screen seem as big as sitting in a movie theater, then that's almost too far away. My TV is 82" and I sit 9.5' away, which I believe is actually slightly further than the THX recommended distance, and it doesn't seem too big by any means. I only watch HD content and it looks great. If watching 1080p any further and you may as well save money and buy a 720p set because you'll get too far away to see the resolution difference.
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You're right. No 60VT50. For visual preception equality, the 65VT at 9 feet 4 inches = 55VT at 8 feet.
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You're right. No 60VT50. For visual preception equality, the 65VT at 9 feet 4 inches = 55VT at 8 feet.

coyote where are you getting these visual perception equalities? Not sure if they are accurate but I wanted to compare a few distances smile.gif
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If you're watching HD you can sit pretty close and have it look good. If you like an immersive experience, having the screen seem as big as sitting in a movie theater, then that's almost too far away. My TV is 82" and I sit 9.5' away, which I believe is actually slightly further than the THX recommended distance, and it doesn't seem too big by any means. I only watch HD content and it looks great. If watching 1080p any further and you may as well save money and buy a 720p set because you'll get too far away to see the resolution difference.

I agree.
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coyote where are you getting these visual perception equalities? Not sure if they are accurate but I wanted to compare a few distances smile.gif

For those that believe in "visual perception theory" the viewing distance calculator at myhometheater.homestead.com is a handy tool.
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Depends on what your primary viewing type is. For me, I sit 9 feet from a 60st30 in my living room and I just got a 92" Mitsubishi today that I am currently sitting 8.5 feet away. I think the 60" is perfect for the living room as I use it for daily TV watching and will be using the 92" for an immersive movie and gaming experience.

One thing I would note is that you quickly get used to the size. Initially I was deciding between a 55" and 60" for the living room but went with the 60" because I knew I didn't want to regret not going bigger. If you're on the fence I would lean towards the bigger size.
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I currently sit 8' away from a 55" TV - it's fine for casual TV viewing, but find it too small in terms of offering an immersive, movie-watching experience. My long-term vision is to upgrade to a 70", which will get me very close to the THX recommended viewing angle.


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Optimal seating distance is 2.5 times the size of your TV. Closer if you want to see the resolution. Further if limited by budget.

That was true for SD but for HD you can sit much closer.
The more the screen takes up your field of vision the more immersive it is.
You will be fine - I sit about 12' away from an 80"
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