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I'm debating on screen sizes. I figured I'd always go as big as I could, but I just wanted to check with you guys that this is still optimum viewing.
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Depends on your source and what you watch. Great for BD movies, might be a bit too big/close for badly shot and edited TV shows, and for cable/satellite with compression issues.

Adjusting settings according to personal preference is not calibration.
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I sit about 8.5 feet away from a 60".

 

I'd have a 120 inch if they made plasmas that big.

 

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To be truly helpful, I can tell you that 60" 8.5' away almost looks too small to my wife and I. Just a touch. I think at 65 or 70 you'll be very happy.

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We went from a 54 to a 65 inch in the LR. I mostly wanted to sit as close as I could to the old one during sporting events and other critical viewing. Now in those same seats I don't need to be right there but it's about as close as I need to get. It was a bit to close for the wife but she is getting used to it while I warmed right up to it. Any closer and the crappy tv feeds are more obvious with a better source needed. I say go as big as you can, you will get used to it. Now when I go into the other room with the 54" on it looks tiny, lol! Panasonic recommends 7.8' or further iirc and I ditto that.
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I sit about 8.5 feet away from a 60".

I'd have a 120 inch if they made plasmas that big.

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To be truly helpful, I can tell you that 60" 8.5' away almost looks too small to my wife and I. Just a touch. I think at 65 or 70 you'll be very happy.

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TVs shrink. wink.gif
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Go to the front projector forum and ask if a 65" screen is too big and see what answers you get... smile.gif


For plasmas/LCD's, they don't make them big enough unless you want to spend tens of thousands of dollars, so yes, get the biggest you can afford. I have a 65" that looked huge for all of 2 weeks; now, even bigger would have been better.
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I sit about 8.5 feet away from a 60".

I'd have a 120 inch if they made plasmas that big.

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To be truly helpful, I can tell you that 60" 8.5' away almost looks too small to my wife and I. Just a touch. I think at 65 or 70 you'll be very happy.

A TV is only too big if you have to rest your chin on your knees when sitting in front of it smile.gif
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I sit 8' from my TV. I used to have a 60" set, but recently upgraded and got a 65" set. I was afraid that the 65" would be overpowering, but the difference isn't as great as one would think. I'm glad I got the 65".
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I am going through the same dilemma, I will probably be sitting about 7 feet from my TV, maybe 7.5, trying to decide if I will keep my Elite 60" that I just managed to score or pick up a 65 inch Samsung F7100

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I just went to 65" from 50" at about the same viewing distance as you and it doesn't feel like to much TV at all, its big yes but a good big.
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In my experience, a TV will look ridiculous in most rooms well before it is too big to watch
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I just went from a Sony 50" lcd to a Panasonic 65" VT60 series plasma at the same viewing distance of 14 ft and am loving it. But I did something that may work for you: I wall mounted the tv a bit lower than I think is typical. The center of the plasma panel is 39" from the floor, which is the same heigth as my eyes in a seated position at my viewing position. I also used a fully articulating mount that allows me to have the panel in the collapsed position against the wall or extended up to 32" toward my viewing position, and all points in between. After getting the tv mounted last Friday, I initially watched with the arm fully extended 32" which meant I was 11.5 ft away. I loved how this was so enveloping and immersive but it was making my wife dizzy. So I moved the panel back to about 6" from the wall and this still looks very good, and comfortable, to both my wife and myself. I'm still able to view at a closer distance when I get the urge.
So, to answer your question, I think 8 ft. is a bit closer than the viewing distance typically recommended by manufacturers and others. The general guideline I've seen is 3 times the size of your screen so, following this, 3 times 65"=195" which is just over16 ft. That;s twice your proposed distance but, remember, these are only general guidelines. On the other hand, this formula suggests that at 8 ft you should be watching a 32" tv.
From what I understand, there's no harm done if you sit closer as long as the tv is not positioned high enough to cause neck strain. Think about watching a 3 hour movie in the front row at a regular theater. My main point is that it's probably wise to have some built-in viewing distance adjustment and flexibility just in case.

Good luck and plan well,
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I wall mounted the tv a bit lower than I think is typical. The center of the plasma panel is 39" from the floor, which is the same heigth as my eyes in a seated position at my viewing position.

That is the near the correct heigh—most people have their TVs mounted far too high
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The only time I felt the screen was too big was when I went to see dark knight in a real imax theater and did not reserve tickets. I ended up sitting on the third row.

Even then, it wasn't so much the size of the screen as I had to crane my neck too much.
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I sit about 8.5 feet to almost 9 feet from my 65" VT60 and it's perfect. Any closer and I would feel too close to the set and any further back would make it feel a bit smaller.

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buy the biggest plasma you can afford.

nobody is selling off their 50" kuro's to buy a 42" vt60...

Viewing-Distance.jpg

this guideline suggests you're at the appropriate viewing distance for that size screen, and I tend to agree.

I have my 64" behind my projection screen(100") and at my viewing distance of about 12-13', it's a tv, not a theatre or even close to it. anything scope format looks tiny and boring. in the projector forums, i'm one of the guys with a small screen to viewing distance ratio too. at 12-13' most guys are 120" and up!

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buy the biggest plasma you can afford.

nobody is selling off their 50" kuro's to buy a 42" vt60...

Viewing-Distance.jpg

this guideline suggests you're at the appropriate viewing distance for that size screen, and I tend to agree.

I have my 64" behind my projection screen(100") and at my viewing distance of about 12-13', it's a tv, not a theatre or even close to it. anything scope format looks tiny and boring. in the projector forums, i'm one of the guys with a small screen to viewing distance ratio too. at 12-13' most guys are 120" and up!

 

According to that chart, if I am sitting about 7.5 feet from the TV, a 60 inch would be a better fit than a 65 inch. Hmm the reason I am going back and forth so much is because I am trying to decide if I should pull the trigger on a new 65 inch Samsung F7100 or keep the 60 inch Elite display model I just managed to score from Best Buy, the difference between the two is about 100 bucks so it's insignificant but I would get a new TV and 2 extra 3d glasses with the Samsung

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According to that chart, if I am sitting about 7.5 feet from the TV, a 60 inch would be a better fit than a 65 inch. Hmm the reason I am going back and forth so much is because I am trying to decide if I should pull the trigger on a new 65 inch Samsung F7100 or keep the 60 inch Elite display model I just managed to score from Best Buy, the difference between the two is about 100 bucks so it's insignificant but I would get a new TV and 2 extra 3d glasses with the Samsung

i wouldn't rush into an LED, they should (hopefully) continue to get better. if you were looking at a plasma, i'd say buy the biggest, simply because won't get a second chance 3-4yrs from now(likely)

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i wouldn't rush into an LED, they should (hopefully) continue to get better. if you were looking at a plasma, i'd say buy the biggest, simply because won't get a second chance 3-4yrs from now(likely)

 

Well I sold my 55 inch Samsung when I moved so I need a TV for my living room, that is why I am buying now. 

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According to that chart, if I am sitting about 7.5 feet from the TV, a 60 inch would be a better fit than a 65 inch. Hmm the reason I am going back and forth so much is because I am trying to decide if I should pull the trigger on a new 65 inch Samsung F7100 or keep the 60 inch Elite display model I just managed to score from Best Buy, the difference between the two is about 100 bucks so it's insignificant but I would get a new TV and 2 extra 3d glasses with the Samsung
It is all preference and tolerance. For a 60” anywhere between 8-12ft is decent for true HD content. Obviously 8ft is better if you can tolerate being that close. For my 60” screen, I started at 8ft then 9ft and now 10ft, which is perfect for my everyday viewing. When I watch 2.35:1 movies I adjust my seating to 9ft as the black bars shrink the actual screen size. I also watch 3D movies from 9ft to get a more immersive effect. In the long run its about your comfort and enjoyment of your investment, not some inflexible series of rules that must be adhered to at all costs.
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Well I sold my 55 inch Samsung when I moved so I need a TV for my living room, that is why I am buying now. 

sorry what I mean is, you can buy the LED you want today, but I would advise you to spend extra and buy the plasma you'd STILL want 4yrs from now.

go ahead and buy a 60" if that's what you think fits your room and your needs right now. if you feel the need to go bigger in 2yrs, you can!

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It is all preference and tolerance. For a 60” anywhere between 8-12ft is decent for true HD content. Obviously 8ft is better if you can tolerate being that close. For my 60” screen, I started at 8ft then 9ft and now 10ft, which is perfect for my everyday viewing. When I watch 2.35:1 movies I adjust my seating to 9ft as the black bars shrink the actual screen size. I also watch 3D movies from 9ft to get a more immersive effect. In the long run its about your comfort and enjoyment of your investment, not some inflexible series of rules that must be adhered to at all costs.

exactly, it's always a guideline. I believe the min distances are pretty useful, as they represent the distances at which a person with 20/20 vision will begin to see pixel structure, but there's absolutely no reason why you couldn't sit farther than recommended. that one is definitely a personal choice. I do find longer viewing distances a lot easier on the eyes. and really, for tv watching, it's not like there's a ton of detail you need to see

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