At 12' from a 42" screen, a person with 20/20 vision can only resolve ~480p resolution. To see high-definition at 12', you would need a 63" TV. To resolve 1080 resolution, you would need a 95" screen. The larger you go, the better high-definition looks (to a certain point).
Originally Posted by PhilipsPhanatic
Oh come on.....that's only true if you want to experience a movie-theater effect from the front row. A 42" TV is fine for up to 12'....I have mine at 10' and it's fine.
Well, we can agree to disagree.
To get the "movie-theater effect," you have to go considerably larger. Many on this forum view 80-120" screens from 8'. AVS has several forums dedicated specifically to that kind of thing. As much as I like larger screens, it is not appropriate for a bedroom in my house.
I have a 42" in my bedroom and it is not
fine from 11'. It's fine for highlights on ESPN, or the opening monologue from Leno or Letterman, but I wouldn't want to watch it from 8', let alone 11', as my primary display. Quite frankly, the quality of high-def stinks from that distance.
A 50" from 8' is not BIG for regular use. It's a small to moderate size for a mix of SD and HD, but it's large enough that you can actually see and experience high-def. Moreover, 50" panels exceed the quality of those available in the 42" size.