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post #1 of 24
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I'm looking for a new TV for my multi-purpose living room - and by that I mean, the room is used to watch TV/play video games less than 25% of the time. The viewing distance is 13 feet. For that distance, the consensus screen size on the online calculators seems to be about 60 inches. I cut out a piece of cardboard the size of a 60 inch screen and hung it on the wall - it looks huge, and maybe too huge! I'm concerned that the TV will dominate the room and take away from the the other interior design improvements we've made the room recently (like a brand new fireplace).

But everything I've read and everyone I've talked to says to go big, that no one regrets going big but that some folks regret going small. Is that true? Has anyone on here bought a TV that they later regretted as being too big for the room? And at 13 feet, will I really be disappointed if I go 55 inches? I've tried to compare the sizes at Best Buy, and am having a hard time telling whether I'd care.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!
post #2 of 24
From an interior design standpoint, your call...for recommended viewing distance as it relates to the A/V world, not even close to being to big.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by rst21 View Post

I'm looking for a new TV for my multi-purpose living room - and by that I mean, the room is used to watch TV/play video games less than 25% of the time. The viewing distance is 13 feet. For that distance, the consensus screen size on the online calculators seems to be about 60 inches. I cut out a piece of cardboard the size of a 60 inch screen and hung it on the wall - it looks huge, and maybe too huge! I'm concerned that the TV will dominate the room and take away from the the other interior design improvements we've made the room recently (like a brand new fireplace).

But everything I've read and everyone I've talked to says to go big, that no one regrets going big but that some folks regret going small. Is that true? Has anyone on here bought a TV that they later regretted as being too big for the room? And at 13 feet, will I really be disappointed if I go 55 inches? I've tried to compare the sizes at Best Buy, and am having a hard time telling whether I'd care.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!

I view my 70" tv at 13 feet and don't feel that it is in any way too large. Had the 80" set been available when I purchased the 70" set I would have bought that one.
post #4 of 24
If you are concerned about going too big I've watched a 60 inch at roughly 12 feet for years and I think it's just about right. Doesn't provide the same in your face feel that a movie theater does, but then again that is what movie theaters are for IMO.

Keep in mind that in general picture quality improves with distance up to a certain point. If you go HUGE and sit close you'd better stick to high quality HiDef content and get a high end TV!
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by rst21 View Post

I'm looking for a new TV for my multi-purpose living room - and by that I mean, the room is used to watch TV/play video games less than 25% of the time. The viewing distance is 13 feet. For that distance, the consensus screen size on the online calculators seems to be about 60 inches. I cut out a piece of cardboard the size of a 60 inch screen and hung it on the wall - it looks huge, and maybe too huge! I'm concerned that the TV will dominate the room and take away from the the other interior design improvements we've made the room recently (like a brand new fireplace).

I'm sure you measured the 60 inches diagonally. A beautiful Sony NX screen looks a hellofa lot better than a piece of cardboard.
post #6 of 24
Some say 1 foot screen to 1 foor back vs. 1 foot screen to 1.50-2 back......

Personally think of what you are using it for. If in a "movie" then a IMAX like experience will fill your vision.

Also think of your 24" computer monitor on your desktop.... you sit 2 feet away. Is that too big? I don't hink so. Hell, 30" is great.

Being "big" hurts though in some games sicne you ened to "scan fast" to see th radar etc. That beign said in 3D - "in the picture" is fantastic.

Just me 2c from having a 73" DLP at 8 feet.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by Dave1027 View Post

I'm sure you measured the 60 inches diagonally. A beautiful Sony NX screen looks a hellofa lot better than a piece of cardboard.

I used the specs from one of the TVs I'm looking at. And I had my 5 year daughter draw Frosty the Snowman, a hockey rink and and a dinosaur on the cardboard to give a "realistic" feel.
post #8 of 24
LOL. 168" @ 11'.

It's a beautiful thing when the screen dominates the room.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

LOL. 168" @ 11'.

It's a beautiful thing when the screen dominates the room.

Unless it's a multipurpose room like the OP said rather than a dedicated home theater.
post #10 of 24
Thanks for the correction.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by amartin56 View Post

if you are concerned about going too big i've watched a 60 inch at roughly 12 feet for years and i think it's just about right. Doesn't provide the same in your face feel that a movie theater does, but then again that is what movie theaters are for imo.

Keep in mind that in general picture quality improves with distance up to a certain point. If you go huge and sit close you'd better stick to high quality hidef content and get a high end tv!

+1
post #12 of 24
i have a 60" at 8' not too big at all...
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by AMartin56 View Post

If you are concerned about going too big I've watched a 60 inch at roughly 12 feet for years and I think it's just about right. Doesn't provide the same in your face feel that a movie theater does, but then again that is what movie theaters are for IMO.

Keep in mind that in general picture quality improves with distance up to a certain point. If you go HUGE and sit close you'd better stick to high quality HiDef content and get a high end TV!

Well, at 1 foot you will see at 70" all the subpixel etc.

Hwoever, do you find the 27" IPS IMAC too big"? 30" Cinema display from apple Dell? think about it - your face is <2feet away

So 1920x1080 @80" 8 feet away is alot "smaller" than 27" at 2 feet

So it depends on what you want. "In teh movie/game" is big and close. Of course the SSE on the DLP is worse when you are closer
post #14 of 24
the weekly "is xx too big" thread
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by dm145 View Post

the weekly "is xx too big" thread

Feel free to ignore. Thanks to everyone else for their input.
post #16 of 24
I had a 55" XBR and 4 yrs ago purchased a 65" LCD sharp. My living room is small, 10X12. When it arrived I was like, omg, what have I done it is huge and takes over the entire living room. I sit 10 ft. from it and it is perfect. After about a week it seemed to dwarf all on its own. It just didn't seem as huge any longer.

Moral of this little story? I am now waiting for the release of the 80" sharp expecting the same scenerio. Initially looking like a beast, which it is, into morphing into it's place on the wall as I know it will. Get the biggest and best you can afford, I can pretty much guarantee you it won't dissapoint.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by rst21 View Post

I'm looking for a new TV for my multi-purpose living room - and by that I mean, the room is used to watch TV/play video games less than 25% of the time. The viewing distance is 13 feet. For that distance, the consensus screen size on the online calculators seems to be about 60 inches. I cut out a piece of cardboard the size of a 60 inch screen and hung it on the wall - it looks huge, and maybe too huge! I'm concerned that the TV will dominate the room and take away from the the other interior design improvements we've made the room recently (like a brand new fireplace).

But everything I've read and everyone I've talked to says to go big, that no one regrets going big but that some folks regret going small. Is that true? Has anyone on here bought a TV that they later regretted as being too big for the room? And at 13 feet, will I really be disappointed if I go 55 inches? I've tried to compare the sizes at Best Buy, and am having a hard time telling whether I'd care.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!

Assuming your room isn't tiny, which by that viewing distance seems unlikely, a 60" will be fine, perhaps even on the too small side.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by rst21 View Post

I'm looking for a new TV for my multi-purpose living room - and by that I mean, the room is used to watch TV/play video games less than 25% of the time. The viewing distance is 13 feet. For that distance, the consensus screen size on the online calculators seems to be about 60 inches. I cut out a piece of cardboard the size of a 60 inch screen and hung it on the wall - it looks huge, and maybe too huge! I'm concerned that the TV will dominate the room and take away from the the other interior design improvements we've made the room recently (like a brand new fireplace).

But everything I've read and everyone I've talked to says to go big, that no one regrets going big but that some folks regret going small. Is that true? Has anyone on here bought a TV that they later regretted as being too big for the room? And at 13 feet, will I really be disappointed if I go 55 inches? I've tried to compare the sizes at Best Buy, and am having a hard time telling whether I'd care.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!!

I used to think the same, I bought a baby, a 46" and thought it was too big. Then a couple days later it SHRUNK! I ended up taking it back and getting a 55", I was thinking this is way too big! Then after a couple of days it looked fine. You can never go too big IMO.
post #19 of 24
Why do I almost never see anybody sitting on the first 2-3 rows of a movie theater?
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Why do I almost never see anybody sitting on the first 2-3 rows of a movie theater?

Because at that range the picture is almost always blurry.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Why do I almost never see anybody sitting on the first 2-3 rows of a movie theater?

I can't crane my neck for 2 hours.
post #22 of 24
I am friends with a BB-MagHT employee who tells me the number one reason given for these bigger displays being returned is "Too Big" and most of the time the customers do indeed exchange for a smaller display. Now is this telling or not... well as enthusiasts and not average consumers most here at AVS will say that's 'crazy talk' but there are guidelines for a reason (choosing to follow them or not is, of course, a personal choice).

Jason
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by DaGamePimp View Post

I am friends with a BB-MagHT employee who tells me the number one reason given for these bigger displays being returned is "Too Big" and most of the time the customers do indeed exchange for a smaller display. Now is this telling or not... well as enthusiasts and not average consumers most here at AVS will say that's 'crazy talk' but there are guidelines for a reason (choosing to follow them or not is, of course, a personal choice).

Jason

My friends' wife had him return a 55 inch set because she said it was too big. All a matter of personal choice I suppose.
post #24 of 24
have the 80 inch sharp and its shrinking each day..............
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