42" or 50"?

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  1. Geert

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    I'm sitting at 13-14 feet from the screen. So, I think a 42" would be nice.

    But then, I also want to go to HD and with a little math 720p at 16/9 you need a native resolution off 720 x 1280 and for I know, non off the 42" Plasma has this resolution. Which means, I presume, a lost off HD-quality.

    At 50" you get 1366x768 (new Panasonic 500) so this would be nice for HD.

    So the question is, considering te 13-14 feet distance, should I go for 50" or would the 42" be the better choice?

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    Money isn't directly an issue.
     
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    It's going to be down to your own personal preference, so, with mine in mind, I'd say go for the 50".

    You will buy the 42", and after the initial courtship,and the wow factor has worn off start wondering "what if I'd ........!".

    Especially if money is not a deciding factor.
     
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    I would say 50inch.
    For me sitting twice the width of the screen is normal.

    Not only Panasonic has HD resolution. And on 42inch too.
     
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    If dosh is not a problem, at your distance it's 50" every time. No, us retailers make little more on a 50" screen than a 42", but we all make money on happy customers selling the product to their friends. The big one has the real 'wow' factor, price is now sensible. I know of several folks with 42" who wish they'd got 50", but no 50" owners who wish it were smaller....
     
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    I'd also go for the 50" every time! i just replaced my panny 42" for a Pio 50" and only sit about 6 feet away but sooooo made the right choice!
     
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    Geert

    Some folk would want a 72" Wide screen at 13'.

    Going with a 50" will not be a problem - as long as your happy that the TV is always 'big'.

    None of the current crop of Plasma Display's have an exact 1280x720P pixel count - though even the 852x480 Displays look 'better/different' with High Definition material; its not all about resolution.

    You could also consider a 42" HD Ready Display for TV viewing + an HD Ready Projector and screen for Movie viewing.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    50 everytime mate, just remember 50" will show up more defects than 42"
     
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    On the picture defect front, I'd consider a scaler as a vital part of your system with a 50". This might exclude various 50" screens from your consideration.
     
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    Sorry but I lose you here. Can you give me some information, a link or something, about scaling and why would some screens being excluded (connection?) ? Doesn't TV's (with tuner) do this by themselfs?

    Thanx guys, YOU have made up MY mind :smashin:
     
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    I'm being too definitive by saying excluded, not preferred is more like it. Scalers connect with VGA or DVI. Many consumer screens have VGA ports on the front panel, don't like the sound of a cable sticking out here myself. The same screens are also unable to take the panel native resolution on their digital connection. The idea of a scaler would generally be to take the picture re-sizing process away from the screen electronics. They most certainly do this themselves, just not nearly as well as a dedicated device. 50" screens do not have better scaler/deinterlacing processors than 42" panels. You can see this clearly when you see a 42" and a 50" side by side, and a 50" with and without a scaler is an eye opener.
     

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