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I know the DLP/LCD crowd has to keep viewing distances in mind when they set up a home theater...but how close to the screen do you CRT folks sit? I've got a 14' by 14' basement room (low ceilings at 7') that I want to use. Enough room?
 

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I sit 10' from an 8' wide screen. At the resolution I run, no scan lines. I had an XGA DLP with anamorphic lens and I was distracted by screen door on anything closer than 1.6 times screen width.
 

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For a 92" wide 16/9 screen I sit 15 feet away.


Closer causes a slight discomfort with too much motion. You get used to it ,but prefer further back.


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Right under the lenses are perfect viewing distance for most CRTs with high resolution HTPC (Scalers).
 

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That looks like a penis size chart to me.


6' wide screen, 6' viewing distance.
 

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1.5 screen widths for me. 96" wide screen
 

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I sit 3 or 4 feet behind my projector's lenses, which are 10' from the screen.


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I sit 10 feet form an 8 foot wide screen, but my kids sit two feet from the screen. my three year old son says, the 6 foot tall telletubies freak him out.
 

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my three year old son says, the 6 foot tall telletubies freak him out.
ANY size teletubies freak me out!
 

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11' from a 96" wide screen here, works well for me and my room layout, thats the first row where I usually sit. If we don't have guests thats where I sit for DVD's, for Laser disks I sit on the back row, which would be about, 17'


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It really is the screen distance:width ration that is important rather than absolute distance.


I sit at 2:1 but that is due to the coffee table mount I use, else I'd sit at 1.5:1


I like Guy's ratios for comparison

1.675:1 for his XG

2:31 for his HT1000


This is consistent with my observations with my friend's HT1000 where at 2.5:1 it looks excellent and at 2:1 the screen door leaps out at you.
 

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Originally posted by Guy Kuo


134 inches from 58 inch wide screen with the NEC Ht1000 (closer makes for visible screen door)
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Originally posted by kaanage


I like Guy's ratios

2:31 for his HT1000

at 2:1 the screen door leaps out at you.
By golly I knew there must be some advantage to my getting old and my eyesight deteriorating. :)
 

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It seems everyone has a different preference. I used to sit 2.0 back. Since moving I sit 1.5 back. While I don't see scan lines at 1.5, that distance involves too much eye movement for my taste. I'm hoping that once I get my room sorted out, I'll be able to move back to 1.75. Wish I could go 2.0 but I don't have enough room.
 

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I'm 11' back from 8' wide 16:9 screen. Not sure where that puts me on the penis chart there.
 

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11' from an 87x49" screen (1.5 widths/2.7 heights) for most DVDs and 4:3 sources (2.0 widths/2.7 heights). This is a good compromise which makes some source flaws visible but leaves scope movies only a little small and DBS/VHS/mediocre DVDs only a little big.


9' for nice scope DVDs (1.24 widths, 2.9 heights). This is preferable on sharp high-bit rate transfers.


1.5 widths exceeds the THX subtended field of vision recomendation for the farthest seat in a a movie theater by just 1%.


There are no visible projection artifacts in either case, and DVD transfer problems are visible but not objectionable out to 11'.
 
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