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9 ft viewing distance, 42" screen too big

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by MikeTPC, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. MikeTPC

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    I'm currently cashing in on the housing market and moving to a smaller place, I have a long and narrow lounge with windows on both ends and want to wall mount a plasma in a TV viewing area at one end. I've measured it out and the distance from seat to wall is 9 foot. I've been looking at a 42" PE30 but will that be a little too close for a 42"? Should I be going for the 37"?

    I'm not a home cinema buff or anything, just want a nice slimline TV I can watch the footy on and play with the X-Box.
     
  2. Arcangel

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    9ft is spot on for a 42 incher. :)
     
  3. highlander_777

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    Disagree, Unless u are putting the screen on the wall. I bought a 42 and put in on a stand. Way too big and I was 11ft away. Watching star wars was like watching tennis!!. I have a 37 now and things are better
     
  4. GrahamC

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    The recomended figure is twice the width of image for your viewing distance.
     
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    Really? A 10ft screen if you're only 5ft away seems a bit overwhelming. I think half the width of image for your viewing distance would be more acceptable. i.e. a 32" (2ft 8") screen for a 5ft 4" viewing distance or a 42" (3ft 6") for a 7ft viewing distance.

    Or maybe that's what you meant?
     
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    I think that is what he meant. Now "half the width of image for your viewing distance" makes no sense to me.

    Even still, both are still soo close/big IMO.
     
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    i think thats what he meant, take the size of the screen, double it and thats how far away you should be..... so a 42" tv, you should be 84" away....
     
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    I sit around 9ft away from my 42" plasma which is on the wall and don't think it's too close - you very quickly get used to the size.

    John
     
  9. Rob20

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    A larage 42" plasma screen would be great for movies and gaming close up. But not so clever for digital tv broadcasts. At 9ft the artefacts and grain would be far too apparant. A 37" screen would be a happy medium I reckon.
     
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    From the Fujitsu website, I quote:
    "Location, location, location!
    Although plasma displays have a viewing angle of 160 degrees, allowing you to position your plasma almost anywhere in the room, the screen should naturally be positioned square to the viewer’s line of sight for maximum brightness and clarity. The centre of the screen should be no higher than eye level (because we are more comfortable viewing with use the lower portion of the eye), and the optimum viewing distance is 4 times the height of the screen – so the viewer of a 42” screen would ideally sit about two metres away."

    We sit around 8ft away from our 42" on a table mount and it's fine for us.
    At the end of the day I suppose it's always going to be subjective anyway.
    Cheers, Andrew
     
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    I've got to agree with Rob20 on this :thumbsup:
     
  12. MikeTPC

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    Hmmm, a mixed response then.
     
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    I sit about 8ft from Panny 42" here! Can start to make out errors in Sky broadcasts but DVD looks perfect :)
     
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    [QUOTE The centre of the screen should be no higher than eye level (because we are more comfortable viewing with use the lower portion of the eye) QUOTE]

    This is an interesting point considering the number of people who have their screen above the fireplace.
     
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    Now if the centre of the screen is at eye level where do I put the centre speaker (which should be at ear level) You obviously have to compromise somewhere.
     
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    It is an interesting point, there are always compromises with audio, video and the better half but I can't understand how some of these fireplace installations can possibly be comfortable to watch unless the sofa is a good 5m or so away reducing the upwards angle
     
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    At 9ft away from mine, I can see some artifacts on Sky but these tend to be on the lower bitrate channels. The picture on BBC1 and Sky One in spot on.

    As for the centre speaker, mines about 6" below the screen and the botton of the screen is just below eye height when sitting down and is very comfortable to watch.
     
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    You trade artefacts and defects for a more immersive experience whatever the screen size or distance.
    Entirely subjective but that's what matters. Enjoy the experience above all else!
     

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