THe old viewing distance Chestnut

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    I’m sure this is the age old question. I have just completed revamping the main room and want to put a TV on the wall. My budget is £1,000 (not much considering the price of some of the TV’s out there). This issue I have is that the viewing distance will be approx. 13ft and I’m not sure what size of TV to get to accommodate this. I understand that bigger maybe better, however I want it to look aesthetically pleasing and not a monster on the wall. I have seen a 65Inch Toshiba, a 60 inch LG and a 58inch Panasonic all within this price range. I’m not sure about the quality of the Toshiba as I believe they are made by Vestel in Turkey. So I’ve no real reference to go on. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks JD
     
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    Aesthetically it depends on the scale of the other fixtures and fittings in the room. If you've got big windows, a big fireplace and 2.5m ceilings then 65" will look pretty modest. If everything else is barely 2' wide then it'll look far larger.
     
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    Have a look at this -
    TV Size to Distance Calculator and Science
    Once past 9-10ft its basically a case of get as big as you can afford / have room for.

    By 13ft even a 100" projector screen probably wont seem that big and a 65" 4k screen probably will not look any different to an old 720p.
     
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    Bigger is better as people say but out of the 3 brands listed, the Panasonic would be my choice because of its superior picture
     
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    I'm 12' from my TV and it's definitely as small as I can cope with at 65", as I want my image to be as cinematic as possible (projector is out of the question before anyone pipes up).

    If I could afford it I'd be pushing for 77".

    For reference this is what 65" looks from my seating distance (photo taken on a mobile).

    75875A25-FA09-4EA3-BDDB-8AE164B0911F.jpeg
     
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    Thanks to all. It's the cash element. I know I can get a 65 inch Toshiba TV from Costco for £850 the rest would be far too expensive I'm afraid...I agree thought I have large bay windows (opposite end) and 2.5mtr ceilings with a drop to just under 2mtrs where the wall the TV would go on..

    Any thoughts on Toshiba? as a TV

    Thanks
     
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    If you are considering Toshiba, I would instead look at Hisense. As you mentioned before, Toshiba TVs are made by Vestel and are adequate at best really.
    Hisense on the other hand, whilst still a lower end brand, are really making an impact on the UK market. I can quite honestly see in a few years Hisense being up there with the likes of Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and LG.
    I can remember, not that long ago in all reality, where Samsung was considered a more budget brand against the premium Sony and Panasonic. Look at them now however and they are one of the biggest brands in the world.
     
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    Thanks Andy that's good news as Richer sounds do Hisense with a 6 year warranty..
     
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    What about an LG at 60 inch's that curry's are currently selling.. how does this compare to Hisense..??
     
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    LG use IPS panels in all their LCD TVs which give very wide viewing angles (probably not a concern giving your viewing distance) but have mediocre black levels, meaning contrast isn't very good (especially if you like to watch movies in lower light levels).
    I recently went on a holiday to Florida and in the villa they had just installed a 65" Hisense 4K TV. Obviously out of the box it was a bit garish, but I put it in the cinema picture preset and tweaked the picture a bit and was actually quite impressed with the picture. I use one of the best 1080p LCD TVs made at home (Sony KDL55W905A) which can stand its own against many of the 4K TVs made today, but the Hisense I would have been quite happy to own given its price
     
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    thank you for an honest opinion..
     
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    Does it really have to be wall-mounted? You could ease viewing-distance problems by having it closer to you, on a table.
     
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    Cheers Nicolas afraid everything has been set up for wall mounting. The best of both worlds. Keep the missus happy..
     
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    If you have concerns over screen size in the room - tape a bunch of black bin liners together to approximate the TV size and tape to wall with masking tape to see how a big slab of black looks :)
     
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    Good thinking Khazul thanks..
     
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    Well with my 4K TV 50in I sit no more than 6 feet away - so at 13 feet - I guess 65in TV if your budget allows
     
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    Thanks Cooperda think I'll need to dig a little deeper and get the bigger screensize
     
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    I see a Hisense and LG 65 inch for £1,099 I'll just need to compare them..I've already had some good feedback about Hisense..
     

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