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Recomended safe viewing distance for 50" Plasma's

fatrich

Prominent Member
Just about to order a 42" plasma when the wife churps up saying if your going to get a bigger plasma go for a 50" ( will have to save a bit longer:eek: ) my viewing distance from the wall where we sit is 8ft, is this too close? and ive done all my research on 42" plasma's what are the best ones to go for bearing in mind the viewing distance? HD or SD will consider both, i will be using a Lumagen HDP (sdi modded) and an Arcam FMJ DV27 sdi modded and sky+ (not getting sky hd straight away or maybe not at all)

cheers

richard
 

madshi

Established Member
For DVD watching the 50" should be just fine (especially with your nice setup). I'm watching mine from 7 feet and I'm enjoying it. For HD it will be even finer. For SD TV is might be rather ugly, but well...

Viewing distances are a matter of taste, though, so you'll here lots of different voices. My recommendation is to take your better half with you to a shop and check out how near you like to go to 50" plasmas displayed there.
 

Kamin99

Established Member
I have panny 50" and watching SD Tv fromSky +DVD at 9 Foot distance and enjoying it
 

londismintlaw

Standard Member
FatRich,
I am sitting about 81/2 ft away from my Pioneer 506 and with DVD (HDMI via Samsung 850) is just awesome. Best way to describe it is like going to the pictures. With Sky+ set at RGB out via QED Scart pictue is very very watchable on most channels. Only now and again on some poor transmissions due you get annoyed. But then i just change channels if it is poort to watch. As rule most channels are ok, sky 1, movies, sports, news and free channels are great.

Sid
 

redpavlos

Established Member
I usually watch at 10-12 feet from my 50" plasma.

I find this pretty 'safe' for SD digital (Freeview/satellite), the artefacts caused by inadequate bit-rate are noticable but not usually too disturbing. On film source transmissions, it's fequently very good.

Often feel drawn to get closer to the screen, particularly on good quality DVDs.

For HD and digital camera photos 8 feet should be fine. But, in my view, at this distance you'll be aware of the variable quality of SD digital from broadcast sources.

On DVDs via SDI/Lumagen I suspect you'll find it ok, but always best to try before you buy.

Buying today, in your situation, I'd be inclined to look for a plasma with approx. 1366x768 display resolution in order to get good results from future HD sources.
 

fatrich

Prominent Member
Guys thankyou for your comments, looks like it back to the shops to do some viewing

cheers

richard
 

fatrich

Prominent Member
Ok can anyone point me in the right direction please, i suppose i will be looking at £3000.00 to £4000.00, from what i know about plasma it looks like a 3 horse race

Pioneer
panasonic
and Fujitsu

the more comments the better please

cheers


richard
 

Alec

Standard Member
IF your going to use your sclaler (Lumagen HDP) then it must be a panel.
You need to demo the Pioneer MXE11 & Panasonic panel to see which one you like the best. I went for the 50-MXE11.
 
I

Iratus

Guest
Crikey, can we swap girlies.

My television spot is about 17 feet from the sofa and I've had a job convincing her that 32" was too small.
 

unique

Moderator
i think my eyes are about 6 foot from the screen when i'm on the sofa, maybe 7 or 8 foot max. no point in getting a bigger screen if it's just going to look small again when your sitting back. you may as well get a smaller screen and move the sofa closer

that sounds a bit like a good viz top tip! save yourself £4000 by moving your sofa close to your portable 14" tv and applying black duct tape to the top and the bottom of the screen to give a "widescreen" effect, rather than buy an expensive new plasma
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
I sit 8/9ft away from mine and it is fine.

Forget the Pioneer if you are using a scaler mate, the 436XDE has the black levels but you can't pixel map it without some real sh*tty frame rate conversion going on.

Personally I prefer the Panasonic over the Fujitsu too, when using a scaler as you are. The Panasonic looks so much more analogue like than the Fuji, I can't put my finger on what it is with the Fuji but it does look digital.
My mate went from a Panny 50PHD6 to a Fuji about 4 months ago and sold the Fuji and went over to a 50PHD8 again 2 weeks ago. He is using a Philips 963 sdi into a Lumagen HDP.

If you didn't have the scaler the Fuji would be worth considering, but in your set up get the Panny, and save yourself a few quid! ;)

Alastair is doing 9 months interest free on the 50PHD8, could have it on the wall by tomorrow! :)
 

gIzzE

Distinguished Member
unique said:
that sounds a bit like a good viz top tip! save yourself £4000 by moving your sofa close to your portable 14" tv and applying black duct tape to the top and the bottom of the screen to give a "widescreen" effect, rather than buy an expensive new plasma

:smashin:
 

fatrich

Prominent Member
or i could buy us both a pair of very thick glasses save me a fortune

i will have a look at the pannies

cheers

richard
 

unique

Moderator
fatrich said:
or i could buy us both a pair of very thick glasses save me a fortune

i will have a look at the pannies

cheers

richard

get a pair of binoculars and a £9.99 portable telly from richer sounds and spend the rest of beer!
 

AndrewTheMuppet

Established Member
londismintlaw said:
FatRich,
I am sitting about 81/2 ft away from my Pioneer 506 and with DVD (HDMI via Samsung 850) is just awesome. Best way to describe it is like going to the pictures. With Sky+ set at RGB out via QED Scart pictue is very very watchable on most channels. Only now and again on some poor transmissions due you get annoyed. But then i just change channels if it is poort to watch. As rule most channels are ok, sky 1, movies, sports, news and free channels are great.

Sid

81/2...... 81 divided by 2?????

So you sit 40 feet from your screen?
You need one of those Panny 101" screens.

:)

Andrew
 

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