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1080p TV - Viewing Distance around 10' ... Do I go 50" or 55"?

post #1 of 36
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I'm considering getting a Sony A2000 ... either the 50" or 55" (60" is simply too big for my current set up).


My viewing distance is around 10'. Is 50" too small?








(BTW - You can have speakers right next to the A2000 ... can't you?)
post #2 of 36
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Originally Posted by Raistlin_HT View Post

I'm considering getting a Sony A2000 ... My viewing distance is around 10'. Is 50" too small?

There is a "2 1/2" guideline, which says that a recommended seating distance is 2 1/2 times the diagonal size of the set. 2 1/2 times 50 is 125, or 10 ft 5 inches. So 50 inches will work fine. Some people on this forum claim "no one ever wished they had bought a smaller set, but many people wish they had bought bigger". However, many people complain about seeing the imperfections in the input signal, and that only gets worse as you have a bigger and bigger set.

All I know for sure is that I have been watching my 52 inch JVC over satellite from 11 feet for a year now and it looks about right to me. It's your money and your call.
post #3 of 36
My viewing distance is about ten feet and I have the Mitsu 57 inch. What I found when looking at the 57 and 65 side by side from about ten feet in the store, I could see pixels in the 65. Then I started looking at all the larger screens. Sure enough my old eyes see the pixels when the screen is too large. Will have to wait for the next increment of higher definition to get a much larger screen. I gues 2160P will let me get a 114 inch screen.

I find the 57 is quite adequate for my viewing of OTA HD and HD DVD movies. And the Mitsu handles SQ very well. (Lovely wife has a bazillion shows TiVoing off DirecTV in SQ.)
post #4 of 36
Does 10 feet figure in the depth of the TV?

At 10 feet, you should be looking at 55" or 60" for a 1080p display. If 10 feet doesn't account for the depth of the TV, then 55" may be more appropriate.

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(BTW - You can have speakers right next to the A2000 ... can't you?)

Yes.
post #5 of 36
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I have pretty good eyesight ... not quite as good as it used to be, but still better than 20/20.


With that in mind, I think I'll save myself some cash and get the 50". The TV does have SSE (which I can notice), and its processing isn't exactly top of the line ... so it's probably better to not go too big
post #6 of 36
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Originally Posted by bfdtv View Post

Does 10 feet figure in the depth of the TV?

At 10 feet, you should be looking at 55" or 60" for a 1080p display. If 10 feet doesn't account for the depth of the TV, then 55" may be more appropriate.

I'm not sure what you mean by depth?
post #7 of 36
60" definitely
post #8 of 36
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It won't fit.


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720p am cry

Nice.

Don't post that at Gaf though
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by Raistlin_HT View Post



It won't fit.




Nice.

Don't post that at Gaf though

I post there all the time. Same username.
post #10 of 36
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Originally Posted by HT Nut View Post

My viewing distance is about ten feet and I have the Mitsu 57 inch. What I found when looking at the 57 and 65 side by side from about ten feet in the store, I could see pixels in the 65. Then I started looking at all the larger screens. Sure enough my old eyes see the pixels when the screen is too large. Will have to wait for the next increment of higher definition to get a much larger screen. I gues 2160P will let me get a 114 inch screen.

I find the 57 is quite adequate for my viewing of OTA HD and HD DVD movies. And the Mitsu handles SQ very well. (Lovely wife has a bazillion shows TiVoing off DirecTV in SQ.)

Your eyes must be "really good". I can't see any pixels on my 60" SXRD from 1 foot away.
post #11 of 36
I just bought the 50" A2000. I sit about 8' 6" away and I personally think that sometimes its too close. The quality is definitely good enough to sit closer but for some shows its almost uncomfortable to be that close. For sports its perfect, but sometimes I actually find my self moving my head from left to right to follow the action on the screen.


Also, make sure you listen to what bfdtv said about depth of tv. I initially thought I'd be almost 12 feet from the screen, but I wasn't thinking about the fact that the tv screen is 2 feet out from the front wall and my head is about a foot from the back wall.
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by Raistlin_HT View Post

With that in mind, I think I'll save myself some cash and get the 50". The TV does have SSE (which I can notice), and its processing isn't exactly top of the line ... so it's probably better to not go too big

I really think you should go for the 55. If you're planning on having the TV for awhile, the extra $$ you'll spend for the 5 more inches now will be worth the extra 5 inches of beautiful HD enjoyment you'll have for a long time. Remember, you want to have that "wow" factor when you watch. I have a 55" set I view from about 10 ft. If I had 50, it wouldn't have quite the effect on my senses. I also wish I had gotten 60" when I purchased. Also keep in mind, in terms of SDE and other imperfections that your eyes can pick up, to NOT notice those you'd have to move back so far that there would be virtually no "wow" factor. I too, have great eyes and can pick that stuff up on my 55" from where I sit. However, if I start moving back from the display to erase those imperfections I see, it might as well be a 40" TV.
post #13 of 36
Totally concur with the above statement. I sat for 4 years about 13' away from a 55". 2 days ago I got the 61" JVC LCoS. Unreal picture! (was thinking about the 55" Sony vs the 56" JVC....green blob scares me and wife pushed me towards the 61".) IMO it's about wow factor when it comes to Movies and HD. I want to feel like I'm in the movie....not sitting back watching it from afar. I sit close in Movie theaters too.....I like Wow!
post #14 of 36
I would get a 61" inch from a distance of 10 ft . If that is not an option, I would get the 55". You'll get used to the size in a week. I sit 6-7 ft from my Sony 50" and it's awesome. It gives me the movie theater feel. Some people like the tv at home feel, like my senior citizen parents, who sit 15 ft away from their 50".
post #15 of 36
Sam's has a Samsung 1080p 67" now. I would go with that one. That would be the wow factor.
post #16 of 36
you could go even larger with 1080p. Im about 12' from a 65 and getting closer is no problem at all. Try it yourself and pace off 9' from a set/size of choice at a local store
post #17 of 36
I have a 60XBR1, sitting about 10-11 feet away, it's perfect, but if I could go larger I would.

YMMV
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by Nachosgrande View Post

I have a 60XBR1, sitting about 10-11 feet away, it's perfect, but if I could go larger I would.

YMMV

you want to avoid the sony tvs. Do a search on green blob and youll see why.
post #19 of 36
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Sam's has a Samsung 1080p 67" now. I would go with that one. That would be the wow factor.

I have been considering the Samsung HLS6767 at Costco, but little concerned about the size as the couch will be 12' from the wall that means my head will be 9' from the screen.

Any thoughts on the min viewing distance for the 6767?
post #20 of 36
At 10 feet, I would get a 60/61" set. I sit about 9 feet from a 52" JVC set, and I wish I'd of gone with the 61". Makes for a more immersive movie experience.
post #21 of 36
I've done 8 feet from a 60" set and it works. 10 feet from a sixty incher should be just fine.
post #22 of 36
If you can fit in a 55" but not a 60" 1080p HDTV, I'd recommend @ the very least the 55" 1080p HDTV for your 10' seating distance.

The following Viewing Calculator recommends for the following ...

Distance to main viewing location: 10 feet
Choose Screen Shape: .............16:9 (Widescreen TV Shape)
Choose Screen Size: .................Diagonal Size = 56 inches

Viewing Distances Based on Visual Acuity

17.4 feet
- Maximum Viewing Distance for NTSC/PAL(720x480/720x576)

6.5 feet - Maximum Viewing Distance for HDTV (Fully resolved 1080i; 1920 x 1080)

At that distance though, you can save some money by getting a 720p 55" HDTV!

Phil
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by maximum360 View Post

I post there all the time. Same username.

I know you do ...


(I was just referring to the constant 1080p doesn't matter, etc. arguments over there).




BTW - I'm Onix at Gaf!!
post #24 of 36
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Originally Posted by ajwillys View Post

I just bought the 50" A2000. I sit about 8' 6" away and I personally think that sometimes its too close. The quality is definitely good enough to sit closer but for some shows its almost uncomfortable to be that close. For sports its perfect, but sometimes I actually find my self moving my head from left to right to follow the action on the screen.


Also, make sure you listen to what bfdtv said about depth of tv. I initially thought I'd be almost 12 feet from the screen, but I wasn't thinking about the fact that the tv screen is 2 feet out from the front wall and my head is about a foot from the back wall.

Oh ... I get you what guys meant by depth now ...


Don't worry ... I made my measurement from the actual screen to me.
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by Raistlin_HT View Post

I know you do ...


(I was just referring to the constant 1080p doesn't matter, etc. arguments over there).




BTW - I'm Onix at Gaf!!

Ok, cool. Was Raislin your previous GAF username?
post #26 of 36
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Ok, cool. Was Raislin your previous GAF username?

Maybe



(yes)



I think Dragona banned me for talking about Nintendo, and for some reason I was never unbanned.

What makes it so funny was that I actually wasn't trolling, but having a serious discussion regarding their trend of a shrinking userbase - and its possible long-term implications for the company. At that point, she was a complete Nintendo-freak ... and would have none of it. Insta-banned for a serious discussion.

What makes it even funnier is that now she basically hates Nintendo
post #27 of 36
I have 50" and sit probably 9 feet away. It seems just about perfect for the viewing distance although sometimes I wish I had gotten bigger and sat back farther.
post #28 of 36
Thread Starter 
I think I've made up my mind to go with the 50".

I'm just not sure the extra 5 inches of the other model is the cost, considering I'll probably upgrade this TV in around 2 years.
post #29 of 36
Keep in mind the THX recommended viewing angle 36 degrees. I think you'd need 60".

What I like about the new Sony LCOS XBR2's is the small inter pixel spacing for an absence of SSE.
post #30 of 36
Thread Starter 
What is this THX 36 degree thing? I'm not familiar with it.



As for SSE ... I think you are confusing that with the SDE. SSE is a side-effect of the high-gain screen nearly all RPTV's currently employ.
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