Originally Posted by Cleveland Plasma
I sit 7FT from this set and it looks fine. I think at 9FT you will be good to go. But lets get a second opinion.
1. Distance to main viewing location: 9 feet
2. Choose Screen Shape: 16:9 (Widescreen TV Shape)
3. Choose Screen Size: (Enter either a diagonal screen size or width): 58
deg. Current Viewing angle 26.3
Feet Maximum recommended viewing distance 21.9
Feet Maximum recommended SMPTE viewing distance (30 degree viewing angle) 7.9
Feet Maximum THX viewing distance (26 degree viewing angle) 9.1
Feet Recommended THX viewing distance (36 degree viewing angle) 6.5
Hi Chris and Others,
I was ready to buy the TH-50PZ800U and now find the TH-58PZ800U is available. I like the idea of larger, but when I look at the 50" vs the 58" sizes at about ten feet viewing distance at BB I noted the following (this is where I will view it at in my family room):
1) Watching News or Interviews, it seems the peoples heads are unnaturally large when viewed on the 58" and you seem to get a sense of being overwhelmed, on the 50", all looks fine. (this was comparing the TH-50PZ800U to the TH-58PZ700U & the PDP-6010FD since the TH-58PZ800U was not on display). What causes this? I'm concerned the numbers you referenced for Recommend Viewing Distance, are just to close for my eyes?
2) I watch a lot of SD shows, so I'm really concerned about picking a set with great SD performance. Again, comparing the TH-50PZ800U to the TH-58PZ700U & the PDP-6010FD. I noted peoples faces on SD shows looked fine on the 50" but on the 58" they looked splotchy or showed blotchiness. Is this because you mentioned the smaller the size the sharper the picture? Is this true for SD as well or was I seeing some other SD artifact?
3) I noted in your photos, the 58" bezel is much wider than the 50" and seems to be more reflective (my family room has five windows, so even with blinds, I get a lot of glare), how do they compare in person?
Of course not being able to view multiple types of content, it is tough to really get a feel of how it will look in my family room. One BB sales guy told me if my eyes had to scan, that the set may be to large, but again, I like the idea of larger viewing for when you see split screen show segments, such as sports, it lets you see more detail, but the tradeoff may be poor SD viewing and being to much TV for ten feet viewing distance?
Sorry for so many questions, this is my first HDTV, I'm moving from a ten year old Panasonic 32" CRT.
Best Regards, Zephyros2