Super Keen Eyesight Can Be A Disadvantage With Home Theater
THX recommends a seating distance of 1.33 X screen diagonal to give a pretty immersive 36 degrees of the viewers field of view taken up by the picture on the screen.
BTW, this still corresponds to sitting near the back of a commercial movie theater because that 1.33 X a 16X9 screens diagonal is equal to 2.72 X that same screen's
height, and the back row of a modern stadium seating movie theater is usually 3.0 screen heights back.
Now, some fellow AVS members have mentioned that they can see the pixels of a 55" 1080p TV from 9 feet. I'm really glad my vision is not that good, because for
average people, THX recommends a distance of 73.15 inches to give a nice wide 36
degree field of view, but some of my extremely sharp eyed, fellow AVS members can still see pixels on that size screen all the way up to 108 inches. This means that with 1080p, these eagle eyed folks are cheated out of enjoying the kind of immersive effect that movie addicts like me crave, unless maybe they might turn down the sharpness to an extent where they no longer notice pixels at that kind of immersive distance.
A review of a 73-inch Mitsubishi DLP RPTV mentioned how cinematic the set was when viewed from 8 feet. So when my buddy and I watched the Blu-ray of Apocalypse Now, I had moved the front seats so that our eyes were about an 8 ft distance from my 73-inch Mits, rather than the usual 9 feet 3 inches. This, combined with the great DTS-Master surround sound, made for a really impressive
experience. Since my friend had never seen the film, it was nice to be able to view it in the best manner that my set-up was capable of.
Can't wait til 85" OLED UHD TVs become available in 3 or 4 years, so that an even wider field of view will be possible withot seeing pixels. My sharp eyed AVS compatriots, really need UHD now, if they want to get a really good immersive experience without having to compromise sharpness to avoid seeing pixels.