Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by pixel, Mar 13, 2003.
I have a 36 in windscreen TV what is the optimal sitting distance?
2m or 6foot
Please tell me this question is a joke.
I would have though 10-12ft more in keeping with a 36" TV?
I would say 8ft is optimal for 32".
If you are beginning to see the individual dots then you're too close.
How about "outside, in the real world". It's only a tv for gods sake!
I'm 2M from my 42", just about see the NTSC scanlines. Picture looks great!
a goodly few years ago the government or one of the quangos associated with broadcasting set out a public information message about sitting too close to CRTs. For the 4:3 size TVs they said take the inches size of the tube, halve it and turn the result into feet. That's the optimum viewing distance. so for a 24" TV the otimum was supposed to be 12 feet.
Always seemed a bit ott to me and don't really think it works with widescreen sizes, but in general we all sit too close for the good of our eyes
Then for me -to get 21 feet distance- I would need smash down the back wall!
I don't watch much TV anyway.
So to watch a 14" you have to be 7' away? Tiny!
surely if there is any truth in this Contrast and brightness would have a lot to do with it dn cinemas would have to be huge!!!!!!!
like I said it seemed a bit ott to me and doesnt work with widescreen anyway. It was also a fair few years ago when there was a lot of worry about radiation from old fashioned CRT tubes.
However, I don't think it is a million miles away for 4:3 CRTs.
10-12 feet for a 24" is about right I would suggest and
11-13 for a 26" seems reasonable.
We must remember that for the same hieght of 4:3 TV we need a much bigger width of widescreen TV. So probably similar distances even though the size is different.
nathan_silly - I used to watch a 14" from between 5 and 8 feet all the time and though it ok for all except football.
I thought it was five times the screen size ?
mansell, i think you are correct, i remeber hearing that gave the best balance bewteen 'safety' and comfort. so for a 36 inch screen, that would be 180 inches which is about 15 feet.
That was the figure I heard too. Apparently the logic behind it was that as long as you are sitting at least 5 times the screen distance away, your eye doesn't have to move in the socket to follow something moving across the screen. This is supposed to reduce eye strain. Probably total rubbish but there you go.
Height of picture * 6 gives the best viewing distance. So for a 36" TV thats give about 8' for 4:3 and 1.85 aspect pictures. There is another one based on the screen size for a 4:3 tv but I can't find it and can't be bothered to work it out, sorry
My father used to work in the tv industry keeping the equipment in the studios working where they made the programs.
He always used to insist that we all sat at a distance where if he put his clenched fist horizontally at arms length, then closed one eye and looked at the fist in front of the screen, the screen was just obscured by the fist. The idea was that all the action then went to the sensitive part of the eye and you didn't have to move your eye to follow action across the screen.
It should work for widescreen, but your fist should cover the 4:3 image displayed on the screen.
At the end of the day though its what you like personally, I have a 36" set and probably sit too close at about 2 metres, but I am happy at that.
What happens if you've got small or large hands though?
It doesn't make that much difference as smaller fist are usually found on shorter arms, amd vice versa.
It's only a rough guide anyway.
Try this link
Viewing Distance Calculator
Basiclly for a 32" with standard definition TV 11.2 feet is recommended. Howver if it was HDTV at 1080 lines interlaced then this drops to 4.2 feet.
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