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32" or 36" ZP48?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by neilmcl, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. neilmcl

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    I'd almost finally decided to go for the Toshiba 32ZP48 but on second thoughts I might consider the 36" instead, especially as there's only around £150 difference. The other benefit would be that I could get John Lewis to price match the 36.

    The only issues I have are that the viewing distance will be in the range of 7.5-9.5ft, do you think this would be too near for the 36". Also there seem to be more threads regarding problems with the 36" than the 32.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. Poobik The Hare

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    been using a 33" Tosh for a few years at a distance of 4 - 10ft with no viewing issues. about to buy a 36" and don't imagine I will have any problems with that viewing distance as the 36" is a wee bit smaller than the 33" in overall size
     
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    because of the way the picture frame tvs are designed by thoshiba, the 36" is about the same size in width as an average 32" . This is because of the the speakers not being at the sides.
     
  4. Poobik The Hare

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    speaking of size, would you have any idea of the actual screen size of the 36zp46p in height & width or have you any suggestions of where I should look for this info?
     
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    Hi poobik,

    the screen size is 76 cm wide by 43.5 cm tall and the actual TV itself is 85cm wide by 55cm tall (without stand)

    Ryan
     
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    many thanks
     
  7. Chris Hedlund

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    The TV size is a bit of a red herring, its the picture size that may be too imposing.

    I would ask yourself one question. When you go to the cinema do you sit in the front rows or the back rows?

    Cheers Chris
     
  8. neilmcl

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    That's exactly what I was trying to get at. I'm more than happy with the actual size of the TV, I was just concerned that a 36" display was a bit too big for my viewing distance. I think I read somewhere that the recommended distance shoud be at least 3 times the display size, in this case at least 9ft.

    Anyone with a 36ZP48 who watches it less than 9ft away?
     
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    This is a pretty good rule. If you sit closer, then the picture will be very "in your face" and you may find it very tiring particularly when there is lots of rapid motion on screen like action films, football, or Formula 1.
    I have a widescreen projector and its easy to make the picture so big that it makes it unpleasant to watch.

    Having said all that, you will inevitably find someone who sits very close. Just as there is always someone who rushes to the front row in the cinema. I have to say this is nearly always youngsters.

    Cheers Chris
     
  10. mad mick

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    Yes I do, I sit around 5ft away, although ever so slightly to one side
    of it and don't find it a problem.
     
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    I have the 36ZP48 and have a tv-to-eye distance of 8ft; the size is perfrect for me, and the picture still looks fantastically sharp.

    I'm so happy with this set!
     
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    Wow, just had a measure up and I'm sitting eye to screen 108 inches from my 36ZP48, exactly 9ft and to coin an annoyingly memorable phrase

    "I'm loving it"

    Although sang in a not so camp fashion :)

    Ryan
     
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    I've just recieved my 32zp46 yesterday, and like you I had a similar dilema about which one to buy! I sit 6 and 10 feet away and the 32" is perfect!

    Looks much bigger in the living room than in the shop, so I'm kind of glad that I didn't buy the 36" as I think it would have been too imposing.

    I'm well happy with the picture aswell! On Sky+ the picture isn't quite good as the Toshiba 28" it replaced but that was to be expected, however, DVD via the component lead I've purchased is out of this world!! I had no idea that it would make such a difference.
     
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    Go for the 36", you won't regret it. My normal viewing distance is 9ft but I sit 2ft away when playing my gamecube!

    The price diff is so small you may as well go for 36", pic is great
     
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    I've been deliberating over the same decision, 32" or 36" ZP48. Luckily for me a couple of work colleagues have this TV, so I've seen it in a home enviroment. I would never have considered (the wife would'nt have allowed) a 36" TV because of the sheer bulk but the 'picture frame' appearance means that the 36" does not overpower the room. I will be viewing at a distance of 9.5ft or 13ft and with the aid of my tape measure was able to say that 9.5ft would be fine. However I would'nt want to view at less than 7ft.

    Now to get John Lewis to price match.

    Also if anyones interested don't take out an extended warranty with the Internet shops until you've checked out http://www.warrantyex.co.uk/, it will save money (if you can't get JL to price match that is).
     
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    The 36" will allow you to view DVDs like The Lord of the Rings without zooming. They have a 2:33-1 aspect ratio with black bars and look quite cinematic.

    However normal telly may look too grainy, eg BBC News 24 as they crop shaky 4:3 footage to fit a 14:9 frame in a 16:9 screen.
     
  17. Poobik The Hare

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    people still use those things..... ;)
     
  18. neilmcl

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    Does anyone know what the actual screen dimensions (HxW) of the 32" and 36" screens.

    Thanks
     
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    Don't have 32 or 36 so can't measure but assuming visible diagonals
    are 30 and 34 my rusty old pythagorus worked out without calculator
    suggests:
    32 - width just over 26"
    height " " 14 1/2"
    36 - width " " 29 1/2"
    height " " 16 1/2"
    Amazingly (unless you see them side by side) that makes the
    36" more than 28% bigger in screen area than the 32"
     
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    Hi all,

    I agonized for months late last year whether to buy the 32" or 36" Toshiba. I was seen at least five times in my local store pacing out or measuring approximately nine feet from the demonstration TV to my imagined sitting position at home. I got a few odd looks from the staff but they cheered up when I eventually purchased the 36" and am I delighted that I went for the bigger set in my 12' by 12' plus small bay window living room. Without doubt, the larger screen is much more cinematic and you will be surprised at how quickly you accept the larger 36" if you have been used to a much smaller 32".

    Regards,

    BrianPK
     
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    Go for the 36",

    I too was in the same dilemma, by now a 32" would be tiny.

    As my old mate use to say


    " if you're gonna 'ave one, 'ave a big un !!!!!"

    Regards

    builder :hiya:
     
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    It is a difficult decision to make. I actually got the screen measurements, cut out two pieces of white card and stuck them on the TV (sad I know) to help me make my mind up. I've decided on the 36".
     
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    I did the same thing once, but eventually found that a fast moving action picture is much more imposing on the brain than a piece of white card.

    Not always a consideration, but I found the wife much more sensitive to being close to the screen, she started reorganising the furniture so she could get further away.

    Horses for courses I suppose.

    Cheers Chris
     
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    Very constructive, there's no need to pad on here...

    I also created a mask and put it on my TV, I couldn't make my mind so the other half just told me to buy the 36. :smashin:

    Going from 28 to 36 was awesome, highly recomended.
     
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    I went from a 21" to 36". After unwrapping the beast (btw - did love the fact that the instructions MADE you tip the box upside-down to read the next set of instructions that were onthe bottom :laugh: ) and putting it on the stand, I just turned to my mate and said "this is way too big!"

    But now I'm used to it, it's fantastic. Not overpowering at all. Just awesome. :thumbsup:
     
  26. Poobik The Hare

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    did the wink not give you a clue as to me using one?
     
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    Similar testimony as SlyFly . Went from a 21" to the big ‘un (36”). It was way big..! Two burley JL deliverymen struggled to get it in to lounge. It just squeezed through the door (so beware!). I put the empty box in the garage (and it was struggle just doing that). viewing distance varies from c.5 feet to c.15 feet. Now I'm after some speaker stands. :)
     
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    It did but there was probably better things you could have put in what was one of your first posts at the time. After all, it is about Tv sizes!

    The way I look at the TV, it you are paying pretty much the same money for either model, you might as well have a big un! (especially if you will be circa 9 ft viewing distance)

    :devil:
     

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