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I'm deciding between a 42" and 50" display.


What's the optimal viewing distance for a 50" display, in other words how big does the room have to be?
 

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Check out the FAQ section under the question:


How big of a plasma do I need (I have XXX feet between me & the screen).


"Hi-definition" 42" displays: 5'+

"Low-definition" 42" displays: 7'+

50": 7'+


The FAQ section contains some very helpful information.


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I have done some independent research on this and am not comfortable with the FAQ's answer here. As I read it, the FAQ is giving the minimum distance so that you do not see see the pixels on the screen. However, you also should consider the minimum distance for a 50" or 42" widescreen TV, regardless of whether it is plasma.


After doing some hunting around on the web, it seems that you divide the screen size by .4. So for 50", a minimum viewing distance would be 120", or 10 feet from the screen. For a 42", it looks like 8 feet.


If you are within the above distance and the distances from the FAQ page, I suspect that you will still be far enough away so that the pixels are not discernible, but the picture may be overwhelming for that distance.
 

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There is one correct answer: You need to decide what size is right for your room and your couch and your eyes and your brain. I like a smaller display than most for a given distance, but that doesn't make me right -- or make them right either.


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