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Have the 61A750 for over two weeks now and wanted to comment on the obsession with stand height and off-center viewing that ebbs and flows here in this thread. I personally think people get way too wrapped up in that, and the typical big-box store environment feeds that, as well.
First up, my set is great in my family room, with no problem with uneven brightness from any point that I normally view the set from. This includes being 15 feet off the center line when sitting a table 20 feet away in the kitchen.
Big as the local Best Buy or Circuit City may be, aisle size and restrictions means people stand about 4-6 feet from a set when they are shopping in this environment.
Samsung's recommendations for viewing a 61" set is no closer than 7.2 feet. At that distance and with your eye on the center line of the set, the top and bottom of the screen are 10 degrees (9.9 deg. actually) from the center line. Samsung states viewing angle on the horizontal axis is +/- 30 degrees. As your viewing distance increases, the angle to the top and bottom decrease, putting you more and more inside the 30 degree sweet spot.
Let's assume the set's on a stand 18 inches off the floor and you're six foot tall, and standing 5 feet away. That puts your center line of sight at 66". Now you're 34 degree off center to the bottom of the screen and 10 degrees off center to the top of screen. Of course the bottom of the screen is dimmer! You're way off from a normal viewing angle.
The point I trying to make is consider where you are when checking a set out in the store. It's nothing like your room at home, so find a way to step back (and down if you can) to your real viewing distance so you get a clear idea of how it will look when you have it at home. You are really getting a distorted perception of what the set looks like if you don't.
If you are going to use it for video games like Rock Band, standing is a valid comparation in this case, but keep the viewing distance in mind. And don't forget, there is nothing sacred about an 18" stand. You can raise it for both good seated and standing views in the same room.
This is a great set. Don't talk yourself out of a great bargain because of distorted perception at the store! Try to check it out with what you expect to be your viewing conditions.
Seated, on axis, angle to top/bottom of screen:
5 feet.................14 deg
7.2 feet...............9.9 deg
10 feet................7.1 deg
15 feet................4.7 deg
Standing, 26 inches off-center (41 inches from bottom)., angle to top/bottom:
5 feet...................10.4 deg/ 34.3 deg
7.2 feet.................7.3 deg/ 25.4 deg
10 feet..................5.2 deg/ 18.9 deg
15 feet..................3.5 deg/ 12.8 deg
Surely you didn't make the mistake of thinking I know what I'm talking about?!!