|Originally posted by Brian Buckstead
Could anyone else offer any advice? I'm debating whether to go with a 57" or a 65" set. I would like the bigger set, but my room is 12 feet wide, and I have floor standing Definitive Technology BP 2000tl speakers. Is a bigger set worth squeezing for space?
By the way, I noticed that there is a digital audio optical output on the back of the Hitachi XWX series. Can this be used to get digital audio for OTA TV? That would be a big improvement over the usual analog connection between TV and Receiver.
Bigger is better.
Take the distance you sit away and multiply it by a factor of 6.
This give you a "reccomended" viewing distance.
Thus.. a person who sits six feet away- 6X6=36" 36" set is recommended.
If you sit 8 feet away- 8X6= 48"
If you sit 10 feet away 10x6=60" and so on...
Now, these are only ideals. With the huge improvment in RPTV picture quality it is possible if running good signals to buy a little larger and still make it work out. It is also ok to purchase a little smaller if you think it looks better or better matches the room it is going in.
I sit about 7 feet from my 53" and about 10 feet from my 61".
The 61" Hitachi is in a room that is 25X23 feet, with cathedral style ceilings and lots of window and hardwood floors. It's a big room.
I bought the 61" cause it was the largest Hitachi made at the time. This year they have 65" available. I would have bought that if I could.
I honestly move the couch or chair closer to the screen and the tv when I watch a DVD and then move it back when I am done.
This is a pain in the ass for me. I would reccomend buying as large a tv as your room will take. People usually know if they bought to big in the first hour they watch it after delivery. With 30 day return policies and exhanges- No biggie..
But, most people find out they bought to small down the road when it's too late.
Anyone who owns an RTPV thats over 1 month old usually thinks it's just right, or too small. Rarley do I ever see or talk to anyone that has an RPTV thats "too big"
Yes you can use the optical out for Dolby Digital to an outboard reciever for over the air and for 1394 fed signals I believe.