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LCD TV size + how far away you watch it?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Pezerinno, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. Pezerinno

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    Hi, I'm just wondering what the general view of screen size vs how close you sit. I'm thinking I might go for one of the sharp LCD TV's to go in my computer room but it will go on my desk. If I can afford the 32" model I'd like it but have reservations if 32" will be too big. the furthest away I'll be from it is around 3 meters. But on occasions I might be within a meter of it (i.e when I have the tv on in the background, like the news for instance, while I'm on the copmuter).

    Do you think the 32" would be too big? is there a worry that the 26" may still be too big?

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  2. Judders

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    Nick,

    I have a 32" Sharp and sit between 1 and 3 meters away from it (I have an L-shaped sofa). For me, it's the perfect size. But my neighbour has an identical front room and a 42" plasma, which to me is over powering, but he loves it!

    HTH :)

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    I have a 32" lcd. My wife sits face on at 3.5m and thought it was big at first but she soon got use to it. I sit between 1.5m@45 degrees and 3.5m flat on and find it is the right size for the room and viewing distance - it is not overpowering. However, when watching wide screen DVD's (2.35:1) at 3.5m, a 37" would have been better.

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    Get the biggest you can afford.

    It will seem large to start with but after a while you will get used to it.

    I have a projector and 6/7' wide screen and even that is now looking a bit small!
     
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    I have a 32" and find it too small.
     
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    Nonsense!

    The bigger the picture, the bigger the mess!

    For 3 metres away 32" is fine as long as it has a decent picture. 1 metre away and a 32" will start to show digital artifacts and pixellation. If you are only using it for DVD playing in HiDef then possibly OK at 1 metre. Terrestrial TV and Sky/Freeview will look crummy, even on the best 32" LCD at 1 metre.

    It depends what you want and what you are using it for...I would say 26".

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    hmm, well I want a Sharp Aquos LCD TV and the most I could afford is the 32" one. When I sit down to watch freeview or a DVD then I would be sittinf about 2-3 metres away. But if I had the tv on the background - probably something like sky sports news, while I was working on the computer then it would only be about 1 meter away.

    I was a bit worried about pixellation etc sitting so close for a 32" as Jimsan said, so though maybe 26" would be better suited.
     
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    You might as well go for the 32" if you can afford it. You will be glad of the extra 6". The picture won't look much better on the smaller screen.
     
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    No LCD will look particularly good at only 1 metre, but if you are only "viewing it in the background" it shouldn't be such a big problem. Buy the biggest you can afford and enjoy the movie experience!
     
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    45" viewed from 2.5m away. I wouldn't want anything smaller.

    mostly watch HD stuff though which makes the LCD shine so well that even watching at 30cm it still looks good.
     

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