I bought the 56mx195 and sit roughly 8-9 feet away. To me, that distance is quite comfortable in that I'm close enough to notice fine detail but don't feel overwhelmed as if the TV is sitting on top of me. In fact, if space (and $$$) were not a consideration I would have bought a bigger TV.
In terms of HD quality, it really is amazing. Let me put it this way....my neighbor came over to look at the TV and was simply awestruck. I demoed "The Lobby Shooting Spree" from The Matrix for him and the level of detail was simply incredible. Granted, I have a pretty decent surround system, too so that certainly helps add to the awestruck effect. For what its worth, I have a Pioneer DV-588 DVD player. IMHO, its a great little player for both audio & video. Similar thing happened with my brother-in-law watching HDTV football. He almost missed Thanksgiving dinner - I simply couldn't drag him away.
For me, SD looks really good, too but that's highly signal dependant and I'm sure the size of my TV plays a role as well. To put it in context, prior to the TV I've been looking at a 36'' Sony CRT. In my opinion, the 56mx195 is on par with that TV. Might not be quite as good, but nobody in my house has complained about the quality of SD programming on this TV.
My experience with gaming is limited. All I can say is my nephews brought there PS2 over at Thanksgiving and played for 8 hours straight. Not once did they mention anything about syncing or blurs. Sorry, that's all I can say about gaming.
One other note that I find interesting.....every HDTV has problems, its just the way it is. However, maybe its just me, but my research suggested that the problems reported by Toshiba owners were generally minor relative other brands. Just look through the threads. You'll see CA issues, light engine replacements, HDMI board replacements, premature bulb failures, etc. Granted, these problem could appear on the Toshibas, too but the Toshiba problems tended (in my opinion) to center around TVGOS or "How do I get my TV to do....." Not the show stopper problems such as "My entire screen has turned green, now what?" (Hope I didn't just jinx myself).
Probably more than you wanted to know but I've got a minute or two to kill until my bride gets home. I'll post some pictures if I get a chance.
Originally Posted by eloser
What size screen did you get? How far away from the screen do you sit? How is the picture quality from that distance? I'm going to be dropping the hammer within the next couple of days... do you have any pictures of your set?