Originally posted by bobby_t1
I went to the local Good Guys since I found out they have the 42" and 50" setup side-by-side.
I stood about 8.5' back from both sets, and with HD or DVD material, both TVs were perfect and I prefered the 50" obviously. According to the post above by pisay87, i sit middle of the theatre, so 50" works
But I then put on baseball in SD and things changed drammatically. I don't know much about adjusting the picture settings, but the way the salesguy was tweaking the sets, they both looked like complete a$$. The picture was REALLY dim, dark and not very colorful. When I mentioned this he said that this is their "neutral" settings.. is this true? In the GWIII's neutral settings, the picture looks as bad as I just described?
The 42" looked identical in size to my current 32" CRT. When measured, it had a diagonal of 33", so 1" larger in reality. To my eye, the 1" larger diagonal was completely indistinguishable.
On the 50", the SD picture looked great in 4:3 (non-stretched) mode and looked significantly bigger than my 32" CRT. The Diagonal was measured to be 40".
The pictures were really grainy when showing the SD, but nothing surprising. At 8.5', things were a bit close for the 50", but if I was 9' back, i think it would be okay. the 42" just didn't seem big enough and didn't give that "big picture" feel at 8.5'.
I am going to have to wait until I get my new sectional sofa delivered in November and I get the Ikea Oppli stand. Since the TV will be in the corner, the stand is wide enough that it can only sit so far back. So i'll get an accurate measure of what my typical viewing distance is going to be. The sectional sofa I have has recliners on both ends, so that's where a lot of my viewing will be from, so I think that may put me much closer than 8.5' which may force my hand for hte 42". I'll keep you guys posted.
let me get this straight, your saying a 42 inch GW111 is only 33 inches on the diagonal, i thought all dimentions given for tv's meant on the diagonal, therefore, 42 inch tv should be 42 inches diagonal, if this is true then i would definately have to look at the 50 inch.