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Is viewing from 5ft too close for a 37" plasma?

John Simon

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WSH said:
Is viewing from 5ft too close for a 37" plasma? Its for a bedroom.

Yes, it sounds a bit close, you could do a lot worse than sitting 5ft away from one in a shop, I'm sure you would then get a good idea & not risk wasting your hard earned.


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You would be crazy to buy a screen that size and sit five foot away, you would need to double that distance.

A 32 is plenty big enough.


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I sit 8' from a 37" but I think at 5' would be too close for SD. Maybe Hif Def on a 37PV500 might look OK at that distance but the PE50 you can start to see the pixels


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Depending upon the sitting place in my theatre and the day bed it can be anywhere from 5ft - 7ft and I think it is just great with a 43" plasma. I would be kicking myself if I had gone with a 37".

As most people say- you always think about going bigger but not often do we think about going smaller. I have even imagined a 506 on my wall but I have to say I am very content with the 43 because it just looks so good on the wall.

Lastly, don’t 'think' about it too much from the in store demonstration. I found once it is home and on the wall it is 100% different experience. Usually a great experience! Maybe finding a friend to view his in house would be the best option. I think if you do a search here you will find real peoples honest experience on this subject unlike a review where they try to tell you what you think you need for the size of your room. I went through that and glad I didn’t listen. :clap:

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