Originally Posted by sandman512
Sorry for the vagueness, my current rear projection is a 48" Mitsubishi. We sit about 15 or so a way. The wife watch regular DVD, might upgrade to a Bluray player. Not that important. Once again, thanks!
At 15 feet, would look for the largest decent panel our budget allows: that distance will hide all but the most Obvious PQ flaws - either due to Source or the panel itself.
Note that the farther distance WILL work in your favor with SD DVDs.
We normally sit 9ft from a 60" plasma (ST30), and while Blu-rays and HDDVDs (yes, own dozen or so titles...), look GREAT at that distance - and SOME "HD TV" programs & Upconverted SD DVDs look pretty darn good - other Supposedly HD TV programs and many SD DVDs look MUCH Better from a sitting distance of around 12 feet. (Or, even better, at about 10 feet away from our older 50" 720 Panel!)
Beyond that, you might want to set your Approximate Budget (or a Hard one, for that matter!) & begin filtering the options.
FWIW, we "under bought" with the 50" panel - but "invested" the savings in a blu-ray player & began purchasing blu-ray titles (instead of SD DVDs). The PQ advantages were Noticeable, but not dramatic, on the 50" panel, but are Definitely Worthwhile with the the 60"!
Good Luck with your decision.