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Viewing distance to plasma

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by House, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. House

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    One for current plasma owners/users.

    What would you say was the optimum viewing distance for a 42" plasma, and more importantly what is the minumum distance you can watch from before the picture will show 'flaws'.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. loonatic

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    Well I sit about 9 foot eyeball-to-screen from a 43" Pioneer 433HDE and find it's just about right for DVD playback and films via Sky+ but I sometimes feel that I could do with being another 2-3 feet away when watching ordinary TV shows on Sky+.

    So I would say anywhere from 9 to 12 feet away would be the 'sweet' spot, but I guess ut's really a combination of personal preference and what you will be watching.

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    i sit or lay about 8 to 9 feet away idealy another 2 or 3 foot would be great
     
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    Yup - 9 feet away though I'm going to re-arreange and try about 14 feet away which might be *just* too far. I also need a motorised stand to rotate the screen 90 degrees for when I'm horizontal. :p
     
  5. Liam @ Prog AV

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    I'm about 9 or 10ft away myself. On DVD it's no problem watching from about 6ft (a sofa runs down the side of the room as well as one along the back) but the best Sky position is from the 10ft away position.

    Mind you, I plugged in this little "Digital Sattelite Equalizer" thingy the other day and it has made a noticable difference in removing some if the interference my picture suffered! I can probably sit a foot closer now!!!!!
     
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    Could you tell me more about this Digital Sattelite Equalizer thingy please.

    Cheers, Lee
     
  7. Phil_Yeoman

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    Interesting that you all say you need to sit further away to watch sky. We all went out and spent good money and ended up with large screens which have major trouble displaying a quality image form any source other than DVD. The solution to this problem, we sit further away :)

    I sit around 7 feet from the screen for all sources. i was initially unimpressed with not DVD performance but after adding the iscan and pumping the output to VGA the perfomance of sky is now very very good (Almost no solarisation, less artifacting, improved contrast and cleaner image)

    The point of having a large screen is to become more imersed in the action. Sitting further away means that you could have go the same impact with a crt 36inch and would have had a far superior picture quality

    Phil
     
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    What the equalizer thingy does well is get rid of some of the crap the signal picks up on it's way to the decoder box. It was only 20 quid or something like that, hardly worth not having! (Don't expect it to be the answer to all your Sky problems - but it does give it a helping hand removing bits of interference).

    Quoting the manufacturer spec:

    "A sattelite equalizer for digital recievers, which is used to diminish interference and reduce distortion in the lower frequency range"

    TECH DATA

    Freq Range: 480 - 2300 MHz
    Interference Loss
    -25dB @ 480MHz
    -10dB @ 950 MHz
    -5dB @ 1200MHz
    -2.5dB@ 1700MHz
    -1.5dB@ 2000MHz

    Phil - I agree totally. The distances I was going on about was without my Brite View. Adding a scaler has made the world of difference and i would recomend it to anyone who can fit it into their budget. With Brite View I can site another few feet closer!
     
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    Well, I sit about 6 feet away from the screen for all sources (the lounge won't allow any different).

    I feel pretty immersed in any DVD from that distance, and the picture is awesome over component. Normal TV viewing is also excellent. I've not got $ky, but watch freeview over the VGA input from a Nokia 221T. The picture is VERY good, with only occasional artefacting. I'm more than pleased with it.
     

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