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Hey guys, im dead set on buying an XBR4 series Bravia LCD, but don't know what size to get given my viewing distance (which cannot be extended, as its going into my bedroom).....


I've got two options (price factors in my options...) either the 40" or 46"....


My viewing distance is roughly 8.5ft, or ~2.6m..... Thats the distance from my eye to the set at any given time,


.....now with those of you who have this set, please if you could, let me know how far you sit from the x3500 and what size set you have,....if any noticeable artifacts appear at a certain distance from the TV etc etc....id rather get an honest opinion from you people of course


Its Primarily for HD Content - Mainly PS3/Xbox 360, and Blu Ray content, no dvd's or nothing....


Im from NZ, and the sets they have here on display are never properly setup, and always look like crap, so its hard for me to get a good understanding of picture quality from the outlet stores....whereas many of you will have it calibrated and looking very nice im sure


Please advise how big your sets are, what viewing distance, and if theres any issues, or things that you notice more being closer to the set....i want to go bigger, but if the smaller 40" will immerse me more, and be crystal clear, then ill surely go for it (being a cheaper set is just a bonus


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Just bought a 40xbr4 3 days ago and we sit (lie down in my bed) about 3 feet from it. It's awesome and there are no issues with flashlighting, smearing or artifacts. The set is perfect in every sense. We'll see how long it last as the last time i said these things about my 52xbr4, i developed screen delamination which warranted a replacement panel which is/was inferior to the OEM panel. Hope i haven't just jinxed myself, but that's the way it is right now. Sony has the 40xbr4 on their site refurbished for a great price. You can also get it at some Best Buys for $400 less than that (as I did - purchased 2
). Since you're not in the U.S. then i'd guess you'd have to go through Sony Style or some online merchant. Best of Luck.
 

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With 8.5ft, you need at least a 46" or even a 52". So, get the 46".
 

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Well its between 8ft to 8.5ft max, so would you say i should be fine without artifacts, pixelation issues, if watching good source hd, bluray films, and ps3/360???, if so i know which i'll be choosing, just dont want to regret my purchase afterwards...

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Again, go with the 46" because 40" is going to be too small from that distance.
 

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Thanks mate, im more than likely going to go 46 anyway.....but would i notice any issues from that close?, i mean like pixelation in movies, or prominent jaggies in games if the source is of high quality, ie hidef/ps3 x360 etc...
 

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OK just a quick update guys....at the shortest distance ill be watching the tv form ~8ft....and at the longest it's 9.5ft (2.9 meters).....


Also, please advise what source material you playback with, and what ps3 games look like, right now on my 42" plasma, uncharted on the ps3 looks like crap...more to do with the hdmi input on my current set though
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Alright, I have a Samsung 5265 (52in.) I am watching from like 6-8 ft. But, it is LCD and I can literally sit 2 ft in front and all the way to the side, (176 degree viewing angle), and it still looks awesome. If I could trade it in for a bigger screen I would. The pictures today are so good, go for the bigger screen size!
 

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Quick update guys:


Alright, i got one of the outlet stores to hook up a ps3 to the Xbr4 46" which is what im looking at getting, obviously the floor display isnt calibrated and running high everything, but anyway, playing GT5 prologue at 1080i, not 1080p(ps3 limited to 1080i in demonstration models)....the graphics look great but theres quite a bit of noticeable aliasing from my viewing distance and that screen size...i dont know if this is more to do with the fact that its not setup correctly, or not running 1080p etc....but its definitely there, not bad or anything....


Just wondering how others are finding their x series with the same sort of viewing distance.


Now i just realised viewing is nearer the 7-9ft range...done some accurate measurements....im edging towards 40" now...since im scared if i go bigger i might start seeing things i dont like (artifact/pixelation/jaggies in games etc.....) unless you guys think i wont have these issues?...so confused right now!, i dont wnt to make a stupid decision thats all!
 

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According to this often-referenced viewing distance calculator , past 6 ft for a 46" display, you should be able to fully resolve 1080i (i.e. you won't see pixels). I personally have a 46" LCD for my viewing distance of about 7 ft.


GT5:p looks fine from where I sit, if I get really close ( at about 2 ft or so ), I can notice some aliasing, but not from my couch. I don't see it in most other games either... perhaps the sharpness was turned up too high on the store models?


A bigger TV will make the deficiencies in bad sources more apparent, but on the flip side, good sources will benefit from the size.


For example, on some HD cable TV shows, I notice noise that I didn't see with my old 32" LCD. And I guess it needs to be noted that not all blu-rays look equally good too (noise or compression artifacts)... but I think it's worth the trade-off, because good sources just look amazing on a big screen.
 

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Depending on your budget, I'd go with size over anything else. However, if you're budget mentioned something along the lines of an XBR4, need I suggest a Samsung LN46A750 to you? That one beats out the XBR4 in almost every category imaginable, and definitely far cheaper. Of course, I don't think that the XBR4 suffered from Halo Effect like the A750 does, tho, but it is still a better set regardless of that issue...
 

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I actually went through the same situation. However my situation was I was trying to utilize my armoire which wouldn't fit anything over 42" (and in most case
 

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Yep, I'm going 46" myself, and I'm anywhere between 5 - 7' away myself, just the right size to absorb yourself into the action. Almost like bringing the movie theater home with you. No matter why the "Box Office" is going obsolete, eh?
 

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Originally Posted by godisi /forum/post/14181902


I've got two options (price factors in my options...) either the 40" or 46"....


My viewing distance is roughly 8.5ft, or ~2.6m.....

Between the two, definitely 46" or bigger for 7-9 feet.


In fact, for 1080p, the optimal size even at your closest distance (7 feet) is 55".


40" will look tiny and you will miss a lot of the detail at that distance. You won't even be able to resolve 720p.


Consult the resolution chart , following the red line for 1080p or green line for 720p, to find optimal distances.


And when in doubt, always go bigger.
 

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To the guy who has a 46" and playing gt5
, so youre saying it looks really nice from 7ft playing this game?, and no aliasing issues?, how about say uncharted?, i have a viewing distance of 7.5ft when straight on looking at 46" if i go ahead with it, and around 9.5ft when sitting at an angle, its a very small room, i dont care about it looking out of place....what about blu ray movies...


Anyway, from what i hear, if only for HD strictly bigger is the way to go, if i want to mix sd into it, then smaller would be better?
 
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