# Viewing Distance for 50" Plasma

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My living room is about 12' wide. So if I buy a 50' plasma, I will be about 8,9' away from the screen. I know the best viewing distance for the 50" is 10'. Does that mean I shouldn't get a 42" instead? Does anyone have experience with that?

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 Originally Posted by littlechou My living room is about 12' wide. So if I buy a 50' plasma, I will be about 8,9' away from the screen. I know the best viewing distance for the 50" is 10'. Does that mean I shouldn't get a 42" instead? Does anyone have experience with that?
I say sit 6 inches away from the screen but hey thats me....I like a bigger picture (im just joking)...you should be fine with either one, but thats opinion
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 Originally Posted by RandyWalters There's already about three separate current threads about this that cover pro and con of both sizes. You should scan through the first few pages of posts and you'll find em

at 8-9ft. I would say 42 inches, unless you are going to exclusively watch HD content, in which case 50 inches will be fine...
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 Originally Posted by littlechou My living room is about 12' wide. So if I buy a 50' plasma, I will be about 8,9' away from the screen. I know the best viewing distance for the 50" is 10'. Does that mean I shouldn't get a 42" instead? Does anyone have experience with that? Thanks.
Definitely go by numbers and formulas. Also go by everyone else's recommendation, which will include every possible distance and situation imaginable. Whatever you do, don't go to a store and look at SD and HD material and determine what size looks best for your viewing distance. Do not trust your own vision and mind. And lastly, don't do what sillysam tells you to do. [/sarcasm off].
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 Originally Posted by sillysam Definitely go by numbers and formulas. Also go by everyone else's recommendation, which will include every possible distance and situation imaginable. Whatever you do, don't go to a store and look at SD and HD material and determine what size looks best for your viewing distance. Do not trust your own vision and mind. And lastly, don't do what sillysam tells you to do. [/sarcasm off].
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 Originally Posted by subversive http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/ass...alk2_large.jpg
17' for a DvD? Not on my plasma
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 Originally Posted by Elemental1 17' for a DvD? Not on my plasma
Agreed, the distances for DVDs is a bit much.
I started a poll and thread on this here. You should find this handy:

Is it possible to see rainbows at 17'?
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 Originally Posted by Artwood Is it possible to see rainbows at 17'?
Ya can't even see the TV at 17'
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 Originally Posted by Elemental1 17' for a DvD? Not on my plasma

Elemental1, did you fix your Panny?
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 Originally Posted by plazman Elemental1, did you fix your Panny?
Yeah...I edited that post in the Pan sticky.

i watch my 42" at 14', looks big to me, heck i had a 27" for years and i saw everthing fine, up to 20' is good for a 50"

A 50" in a 12' room will look really stupid
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 Originally Posted by littlechou My living room is about 12' wide. So if I buy a 50' plasma, I will be about 8,9' away from the screen. I know the best viewing distance for the 50" is 10'. Does that mean I shouldn't get a 42" instead? Does anyone have experience with that? Thanks.
You will be fine with viewing a 50" PDP from a distance of approximately 8.5'
I agree. You will be fine with a 50". I sit 10' and want to go bigger. My 42"'s in the bedrooms look tiny to me after watching the 50.
It will always look bigger in your home than it does in the store... and thats not a bad thing at all

If you can afford bigger, get bigger. You'll probably never see the comment on this board that "its just too darn big"... but you will see the comment "its too small, should have gone bigger" or "it feels small now, did not feel so small before"

Start about 15' in front of a 50" plasma in a store, then walk toward it until you start to resolve the pixel structure. Then if that distance is smaller than your room size, you will be fine with a 50". Do the same thing with a 42" and you will get a good feel for what the differences will be in your home.
I bought a 50" a couple days ago, sit about 9 feet away, and everything looks good to me. I tried a couple different distances with it and that distance seemed right.
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 Originally Posted by Bud-man i watch my 42" at 14', looks big to me, heck i had a 27" for years and i saw everthing fine, up to 20' is good for a 50" A 50" in a 12' room will look really stupid
You are a rarity; most people find the opposite. At 9' -> 10.5' a 50" looks great.
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