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Hello,

I'm getting ready to purchase a Panasonic plasma. Every viewing distance calculator on the web gives a different number.

I'll be sitting 10ft away, and my plan was to buy the 55".

Anyone doing a similar distance?

I have a feeling the consensus will be that it's fine, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

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You will get varied opinions lots watch a 65" inch from that distance. I watch a 55" from about 12 feet works for me but a 60 or 65 would work also imo Really comes down to what size scrren you can afford and which model you are looking at

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I would probably need a 60" from that distance, but unless your too close it's personal preference.
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8′, 65" and I wouldn't want it any smaller. However, I watch BD movies only. I'd probably feel differently if I watched TV programming which these days seems to be shot by sight-impaired people with ADD. Content type is a factor as badly shot and edited content will give you a headache if you sit too close to too big a display. On the rare occasion that I foolishly decide to turn on my cable box, I can usually watch no more than maybe one hour before I feel that I'm too close to the screen.

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Thanks for both the replies. I have the budget to go 60". But that might make is slightly wider than the media console I will have underneath which would look odd. My wife was already shocked that we're going for a 42" to a 55". But she's very cool about my audio/video geekyness. I'll blu-tape up the 60" size for the fun of it and check that out too. I just don't want to drop this kind of cash and then say, "Aw, I wish I stepped up to the _____ size."

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i sit about 9ft with a 60", and its good - i used to havea 50" and i thought that was fine. THX recommends anywhere from 6-9ft for 60" for movie-like experience...so sometimes i move my couch up a a couple feet
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I'm at 10' with a 55ST30. Blu-Rays and Netflix only. The 55 is nice, but just too small. You don't get that immersive feeling. We are now looking to go to 60 or maybe even 65.
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My room is 15 ft. I went from a 51" HDRPTV and knew I would want something larger since the flat panel would effectively be 2 ft. further away. I was concerned the 65VT50 I went with might end up being too big. It's not wallmounted yet, and even at a viewing distance of ~13 ft. the 65" isn't too big, IMO. I'm glad that's what I got.
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My room is 15 ft. I went from a 51" HDRPTV and knew I would want something larger since the flat panel would effectively be 2 ft. further away. I was concerned the 65VT50 I went with might end up being too big. It's not wallmounted yet, and even at a viewing distance of ~13 ft. the 65" isn't too big, IMO. I'm glad that's what I got.

Thanks for throwing a IMO in there too many people want to make decisions for others here rather than giving advice as you are doing. There are other factors in play here such as aestetics, budget power consumption imo As I mentioned in my first response opinions will vary.

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Thanks for throwing a IMO in there too many people want to make decisions for others here rather than giving advice as you are doing. There are other factors in play here such as aestetics, budget power consumption imo As I mentioned in my first response opinions will vary.
I knew two things: I didn't want to see pixels, and I didn't want to feel like I got to the movie theater late and had to sit in the front row. For me and my room size, the 65VT50 fills the bill in terms of PQ and immersive experience.
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60" at 8ft here, but it's shrinking. At first the size of people's heads in close up shots messed with me a bit, but now I'm longing for bigger. I haz the illness. wink.gif

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Whatever works for you. Some like a more immersive experience and will have a closer seating distance. I sit 10 feet from my 60” ST50 and feels about right for me. However I was originally watching at a distance of 8 feet which felt too close for me. Now that I have grown accustomed to the panel I may move my viewing distance to 9 feet, but not likely.
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Hello,

I'm getting ready to purchase a Panasonic plasma. Every viewing distance calculator on the web gives a different number.

I'll be sitting 10ft away, and my plan was to buy the 55".

Anyone doing a similar distance?

I have a feeling the consensus will be that it's fine, but I figured I'd ask anyway.

Thanks
Dan

My head is 6 ft from my 65 inch.
Works for me:D
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My head is 6 ft from my 65 inch.
Works for me:D

This is Terry after he spent several hours watching his TV.






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^ Hahaha

That's exactly what I was thinking. biggrin.gif
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I watch from between 8-9 1/2 feet away, and I decided to pass on a 55 inch and go 60 inch for that real WOW factor. Both would have been fine I think.

Do not forget too that you're not only watching full screen content! Once you throw on a letterbox movie, that viewing space goes way down. You do want it to be big enough so that when you do watch something on Blu Ray with large black bars, you're not thinking "Gosh that's suddenly really small".
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Its fascinating to see people's different tastes isn't it.

I find the specific aspect ratio of the viewing content makes a huge difference. Upstairs where we've mainly ever watched OTA (so 16:9) our 46" Sony looks just right at about 8-9' viewing distance. I put up a 65" Panasonic in the basement with the dead center sweet spot ending up 14' away from the screen - OTA hockey (16:9) looks just fine but I must admit when its movie time (majority of which are 2.35:1 aspect ratio) the screen doesn't look so big anymore. I find myself selecting the lone armchair off to the side which is probably about 10" from the screen. Then it looks like a big screen again.

Don't listen to the wives. Their notions of TV sizes are stuck in the dark ages - they hear anything over 50" and think about that one person they knew back in the day who had a dinosaur 50" 4:3 rear projection tank. "Fifty inches! Oh my". Its all a matter of perception. Those old Sony videotrons (if I remember the name right) were like 5'5" H x 4" W x 3'5" D lol.

I think you would be fine with the 55" or the 60". What's the primary use of the panel going to be? (family room tv, or a more dedicated theater setup, etc?)
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Get the biggest TV you can reasonably afford and sit as close as you can stand it smile.gif

I think most people underestimate the size of TV they should have and overestimate the distance at which they need to sit to view it comfortably.

Whatever you get, it will look smaller and smaller over time. Trust me on this.
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Its fascinating to see people's different tastes isn't it.
Don't listen to the wives. Their notions of TV sizes are stuck in the dark ages - they hear anything over 50" and think about that one person they knew back in the day who had a dinosaur 50" 4:3 rear projection tank. "Fifty inches! Oh my". Its all a matter of perception. Those old Sony videotrons (if I remember the name right) were like 5'5" H x 4" W x 3'5" D lol.

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My husband is like that, not me. I'm the one literally dreaming about a 70" or 80." But I do agree, if at all possible (short of divorce) don't listen, they will come to love it. wink.gif

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Its fascinating to see people's different tastes isn't it.

I find the specific aspect ratio of the viewing content makes a huge difference. Upstairs where we've mainly ever watched OTA (so 16:9) our 46" Sony looks just right at about 8-9' viewing distance. I put up a 65" Panasonic in the basement with the dead center sweet spot ending up 14' away from the screen - OTA hockey (16:9) looks just fine but I must admit when its movie time (majority of which are 2.35:1 aspect ratio) the screen doesn't look so big anymore. I find myself selecting the lone armchair off to the side which is probably about 10" from the screen. Then it looks like a big screen again.

Don't listen to the wives. Their notions of TV sizes are stuck in the dark ages - they hear anything over 50" and think about that one person they knew back in the day who had a dinosaur 50" 4:3 rear projection tank. "Fifty inches! Oh my". Its all a matter of perception. Those old Sony videotrons (if I remember the name right) were like 5'5" H x 4" W x 3'5" D lol.

I think you would be fine with the 55" or the 60". What's the primary use of the panel going to be? (family room tv, or a more dedicated theater setup, etc?)

Hi,

The primary use is family room, TV and movies. We watch a lot of series--Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, etc--as well as movies. I will be home tomorrow night and I'm going to blue tape up both sizes--55" and 60". After hearing everyone's comments, I'm convinced the 55" isn't too big for my 10ft seating distance. It's just a question of whether or not to step up to the 60".

Thanks
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Okay, I taped up a 55" size and a 60" size. The 60" size looks fine with my AV console. The seating distance is two inches shy of 9ft. Going by CNET's recco's that distance appears to be fine for the 60". Going from my 42" it's going to be pretty awesome. I was ready to pull the trigger on the Panny ST50 or VT50 but now new models are coming out soon, so I'm going to wait. Unless prices drop down significantly on the 2012 models. Thanks! Dan

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