[quote=FilmmakingFiasco;21670541]I'd like a little help/advice if anyone is willing to listen to some of my questions and concerns before I purchase an 82-840. I'm sorry if some of these are redundant. I've read through most of this thread and if they've been asked/answered before, I may just been seeking some clarity.
5. Stand Height
"I've got my old stand still from my 60" Sony that should be able to hold the 82-840. However, I can only get it lowered down to 20" after taking the feet off. How much of an issue is this going to be? I know a lot of people have stands that are between 15-16". I can find a stand that will fit my Onkyo 805 and Klipsch Center channel that sits that low. I also have an IKEA in town but didn't see anything that looked feasible. I know I'm investing a lot in the TV but I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new stand for it. Kind of why this is a lower priority on my list but it is a real concern that I want to address."
6. Sitting distance
"I'm going to be about 8.5 ft back with an eye height between 35" to 40". If I take a bookshelf out, I might be able to go back another foot. Probably not. Coupled with stand height, how am I doing? I know that I'm right on the cusp of where THX wants me to be."
Both stand height and viewing distance are very much a matter of individual preference. 20" shouldn't be bad for the 82840, although you will get slightly superior clarity if you drop the center of the screen another 4-5". If you try 20" and it bothers you, you can always raise your chair or sofa on casters a couple of inches. I did that with my recliner and I like it. As far as viewing distance goes, preferences are all over the place. The THX standard of 1.2 x screen diagonal is intended to place a person with average peripheral vision (about a 40 degree field) in the center row of a theater in order to maximize immersion in the screen. But some people like to sit in the back of a theater and some like to sit well forward of center. Personally, I prefer to sit a little closer than the THX recommended distance, but I have slightly wider peripheral vision. I don't know whether 8.5' would bother you for 3D or not, but some people sit that close with no problem. A lot just depends on what you like. If you prefer to sit toward the back of the theater, then bear that in mind when calculating your TV viewing distance.
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