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Topic # 29474 8-Jan-2009 14:50
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Hi all,

What im about to ask is by far one of the more subjective questions so im not looking for a right or wrong answer here. Im more interested in the pros and cons that you might have identified while watching your TV at a similar distance.

Question:  Is a 46 inch LCD TV too large when seated slightly over 2m from it?

I am leaning towards a 46inch only because i hope to do some PS3 gaming as well as hook up Media Centre onto it. The latter option will obviously mean i will use it as an LCD monitor when in PC mode.

What im a little worried about is whether its too large and as a salesman mentioned, i will be looking left to right when viewing movies on that dimension. Do you folks think thats true? I didnt really have to (look left and right) when viewing their demo video but thats just a bunch of fishes swimming by which is hardly fast paced action with plenty of details.

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  Reply # 188215 8-Jan-2009 15:02
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I have a 50" Plasma at about 2m.

Its great.

Mushy SD SKY content is not the best that close. But good SD content is.







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  Reply # 188221 8-Jan-2009 15:34
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I have a 42" at about 2m away and, after getting over the intial move from a 29" where it seemed huge, it almost feels too small now!

Based on that I'd say 46" would be fine....

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 188226 8-Jan-2009 15:46
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A slight digression here. When you refer to SD on Sky, im guessing that refers to the standard channels like sports etc? Im guessing when they broadcast movies in HD that they are definitely much improved?

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  Reply # 188232 8-Jan-2009 15:56
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2m is fine, recommended viewing guidelines for 1080p content is actually slightly less than that.

I just just on 2m away from my 50" Plasma and it's pretty much perfect.



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  Reply # 188233 8-Jan-2009 15:58
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I actually feel so much better after reading the responses in this thread as ive been lobbying hard with the missus for a 46inch TV. lol!

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  Reply # 188235 8-Jan-2009 16:17

Dont buy less than 46". The bigger is the better and gives you better cinematic feeling as well..




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  Reply # 188237 8-Jan-2009 16:31
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raftcomm: I actually feel so much better after reading the responses in this thread as ive been lobbying hard with the missus for a 46inch TV. lol!

If you cannot get a 46" or bigger (should REALLY be a 50, as why skimp on that last 4 inches) then you should probably dump her.

Good luck.







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  Reply # 188238 8-Jan-2009 16:33
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I don't understand how people can only be 2m from their TVs.  I havn't measured mine, but I'd guess it's around 3m?  My couch is about 1m deep, my TV's on the wall but there's still a cabinet below it that is I guess 600mm deep.  That's only 400mm to walk between, and where's the coffee table etc?



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  Reply # 188246 8-Jan-2009 16:54
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tonyhughes:
raftcomm: I actually feel so much better after reading the responses in this thread as ive been lobbying hard with the missus for a 46inch TV. lol!

If you cannot get a 46" or bigger (should REALLY be a 50, as why skimp on that last 4 inches) then you should probably dump her.

Good luck.


ROFL! Then it will only be me and the kids enjoying the benefits of the 46".

My TV room is rectangular in shape so its long and narrow. Because of the windows and door positioning, its hard to position the TV room length wise hence why its only 2M from the TV to the couch. I dont have a coffee table since i have 2 kids below the age of 5 and they scale these tables with ease so no point having it. Wink

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  Reply # 188284 8-Jan-2009 20:26
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I'm about 5m from my 46" and I'd have trouble seeing the diff between 720p and 1080p, but does have hte advantage of making sd content look a little softer...




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  Reply # 188297 8-Jan-2009 22:02
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I have a 50" plasma that I sit about 2 metres away from.  Seems reasonable, but overcompressed SD looks terrible on it. 1080p looks stunning, and noticably different from 720p.

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  Reply # 188303 8-Jan-2009 22:38
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As a rule of thumb, optimal viewing distance is double the of the screen size 46" (117cm) x2 =2.34 viewing, 50" (127cm) =2.5metres appox

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  Reply # 188308 8-Jan-2009 23:12
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Here's a chart worth looking at.

Just measured my chair it's around 220cm from the screen to my lazyboy.

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  Reply # 188316 9-Jan-2009 00:29
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i dont know if i could sit that close to an LCD screen.... it feels a little harsh to me.  A plasma perhaps I could handle








.... not trying to start an lcd vs plasma war though.... its only my opinion :-]  I would suggest going to the shop, sitting 2m from the screen (in a darker room if possible) and watching a movie, or at least part of one...




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  Reply # 188351 9-Jan-2009 10:53
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sbiddle: Here's a chart worth looking at.

Just measured my chair it's around 220cm from the screen to my lazyboy.


Thanks for this. I thought it was quite an interesting article. I measured the distance in my TV room and its 215cm so its just about optimal distance for a 46inch.

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