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Travis Cossairt's Avatar Travis Cossairt
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Hello everyone!

I'm setting up a small side bedroom for watching HD movies and playing HD video games. I have a couch against the back wall where I'll be sitting that is between 7-8 feet away from the screen, which will be sitting on a solid wood tv base that is 25" high and 64" wide and 18" deep against the other wall.

Based on the THX viewing suggestions, 60" seems suggested for optimal immersion, but my wife (of course), thinks that just too big for sitting this close and thinks I should go with a 55". Is she right?

As far as cost, I'm looking at the Panasonic ST50 plasma's, so the difference is only about $300 which isn't a deciding factor for me.

Thanks for any help!
Dierkdr's Avatar Dierkdr
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We don't game, so cannot comment from that perspective.

From a Viewing Perspective: 60" at 7 - 8 feet depends upon Content & your own sensitivity to PQ flaws.

We sit 9ft from a 60ST50: Blu-rays and HDDVDs generally look great - but at that distance / size combination, EVERY Flaw in the source becomes readily apparent. With modern material, that is usually not much of a problem, but even on a blu-ray, some older movies reveal significant flaws...

HOWEVER: Streaming sources, SD DVDs, and Most "HD TV" programs, tend to fall far short of "blu-ray" quality, and often look downright horrible.

We have a secondary seating position that helps - at approx 12 foot distance.
Or, we simply watch some "HD" TV programs on our 50" set - at about 10 ft, more-or-less: either the 1366x768 display simply does a better job of handling sub-HD material, and/or the smaller screen makes the flaws harder to spot....
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For me, Travis, that close I'd go 55".

For you, it might be different. Try both sizes at the appropriate distance in stores and see what you both like.
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Originally Posted by Travis Cossairt View Post

Hello everyone!
I'm setting up a small side bedroom for watching HD movies and playing HD video games. I have a couch against the back wall where I'll be sitting that is between 7-8 feet away from the screen, which will be sitting on a solid wood tv base that is 25" high and 64" wide and 18" deep against the other wall.
Based on the THX viewing suggestions, 60" seems suggested for optimal immersion, but my wife (of course), thinks that just too big for sitting this close and thinks I should go with a 55". Is she right?
As far as cost, I'm looking at the Panasonic ST50 plasma's, so the difference is only about $300 which isn't a deciding factor for me.
Thanks for any help!

Go for the 60". I don't see any reason to go smaller.
Tazishere's Avatar Tazishere
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Listen to your wife. She's probably right. 55" is huge. I can see the pixels of a 60" panal at 7-8 feet. On the other hand, for a 55" TV, I would have sit 4-5 feet away to see the pixels. It is very distracting for an HDTV.
Chronoptimist's Avatar Chronoptimist
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You can never go too big. It might seem huge at first, but you will get used to it fairly quickly. If you buy the 55″ panel, a few months later you will be wishing you had just spent the extra $300 to get the 60″.
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Listen to your wife. She's probably right. 55" is huge. I can see the pixels of a 60" panal at 7-8 feet. On the other hand, for a 55" TV, I would have sit 4-5 feet away to see the pixels. It is very distracting for an HDTV.
Sorry, but the math doesn’t work out on this one. If you have to be within 5′ of a 55″ screen to see the pixels (43.6° viewing angle) that means you will only see pixels on a 60″ screen within 5.5′ (43.2° viewing angle)


At a 7′ distance, the difference between 55″ and 60″ isn’t that huge anyway. It’s 31.9º vs 34.6º FoV. If a 60″ panel is too big for your wife at that distance, the 55″ will be as well.
tezster's Avatar tezster
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Get the 60" - remember that you'll be losing some screen area when watching film content, since they have a wider aspect ratio, so you'll want as big a screen as possible to make up for it.

I sit 8' away from a 55" screen, and already think it's too small.
Tazishere's Avatar Tazishere
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So Travis, you've heard all sides. What's your decision?
GqMagic's Avatar GqMagic
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I hope all your viewing is HD, if so go 60"
Travis Cossairt's Avatar Travis Cossairt
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Ha, seems the suggestions were pretty evenly split between the two sizes. Since my posting, the price of the 60" dropped on Amazon by $50 making it even more attractive, but now they aren't shipping for 1-2 months, so I have a little more time to think about it. My brother also has the 60" so I think I need to find a nice long weekend to visit him and sit in front of his for a good amount of time. Decisions decisions. :-) Thanks for the feedback everyone, and if anyone else has input, I'd be happy to hear your thoughts.
Star56's Avatar Star56
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Too big? I view 65" from 6ft and it is perfect. A 55" will look tiny. It is tiny.
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