viewing distance

suni

Standard Member
what would be the max viewing distance for a 32" lcd. im going to be putting it in a room which is 16ft by 16ft approx. so maybe 10-12 ft away from where i will be watching. would i be better of with perhaps a 40" screen?
 

andrewfee

Well-known Member
Personally, after testing on several displays, and display types, I find about 1/3 your viewing distance to be the right size of display, but never bigger.

So if you're at least 10ft away from the 40" screen at all times, it should be fine. Any smaller, and you probably can't see fine details in the image.
 

ma1234

Active Member
That would be down to personal preference, I sit 8 - 10 feet from my 32" and for me it is just right. Anything bigger would impose too much on the room.
 

CYMRAES

Active Member
I have had my tosh 32WLT58 for just two weeks now - room size approx 16'x13'. When it first arrived it looked really big, but after a few days, and as I got used to it, it looked just right. Picture was 'wow' from the off, and I sit about 10' from it, any closer, say 5'-6' and you could see difference in quality - I have a chair in the room which is only 4' from the tv and the picture from there was only tolerable, or to be honest couldn't bear it from that distance - could see every imperfection - saying that, (I don't know whether anyone else has had this happen) after two weeks I have noticed that sitting this close the picture is a great deal better than at first - I didn't know that an LCD had a settling in period, but from every aspect the picture has improved (although from the right distance it was first class to begin with), and from 5-6 feet it would now be ok - not that I would want to!

I did think about 37" but really, I do think it would be overall too big for the room - saying that, as my LCD has improved/settled or whatever it has done, I'm sure a 37" would be ok although slightly worried then about being any closer than 10' with that - but hey, it's down to your preference.

Buying an LCD was a big deal for me, I had never spent that much money on a tv before, and so I wanted to get it right and really did not want to be sorry that I had made the wrong choice and be disappointed. Good luck with whatever you choose - hope you'll be as pleased as I am! :smashin:
 
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Vallyboy

Guest
I do believe that the viewing distance is a critical factor when choosing a screen.

I can only advise on the recent 32" Sammy I have and 6 foot and over is right for me, 8 foot is perhaps best.. I would guess that for a 40" 12 foot + is about the distance you need.

From 8 foot my LCD can look wonderful, from 4 foot it looks terrible.....that is how critical it is. This is for SD of course, HD will have different rules.
 

chriszzzzzz

Active Member
My 32 Sammy doesn't deteriorate in quality closer up. I sit about 9 feet from it as a norm and it looks fantastic. I had to move to five feet away the other day for about 30 mins (Wife doing Wifey things with the furniture) and the pic was still OK. I think it depends on so many factors that only guide lines can be given which may change in any given circumstance.
 

blakey1

Active Member
Theres no doubt the closer you sit to a LCD the worse the picture gets in my opinion.

It can though depend on the quality of the source. Higher bitrate stuff can still look pretty good from 5ft on my 37 inch but low bitrate stuff can look a bit off.

I would suggest visiting a specialist retailer like seveonoaks and then deciding yourself.
 

Lin3ar

Distinguished Member
blakey1 said:
Theres no doubt the closer you sit to a LCD the worse the picture gets in my opinion.

It can though depend on the quality of the source. Higher bitrate stuff can still look pretty good from 5ft on my 37 inch but low bitrate stuff can look a bit off.

I would suggest visiting a specialist retailer like seveonoaks and then deciding yourself.


Agreed, the picture quality MUST get worse the nearer you get to the screen.
 
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bigboy_lcd

Guest
What HIfi Sound and Vision magazine this month has a good article on viewing distances for LCD. I don't have it, but I remember it said for 2.5M-3M to get a 26"-32" LCD. It states if you get the LCD too big that it is also bad for your eyes. Check the magazine out if you can.
 
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lance23

Guest
I sit about 6 feet away from my 23" and it looks good. Sit any closer and it's not so good. Roll on HD
 

Lin3ar

Distinguished Member
bigboy_lcd said:
What HIfi Sound and Vision magazine this month has a good article on viewing distances for LCD. I don't have it, but I remember it said for 2.5M-3M to get a 26"-32" LCD. It states if you get the LCD too big that it is also bad for your eyes. Check the magazine out if you can.

Yeh, you are right about the article but for that distance they recommend 28"-32".A 26" screen would be too small for that distance, espeacially when watching HD.
It is in their magazine every month.
 

pkalva

Active Member
Hi,

I too am about to purchase a new LCD (once the lounge has been decorated) and have the magazine open in front of me and their recommendations are as follows:

4m+ viewing distance you should have a 42-50" (16:9) screen,
3.5-4m viewing distance you should have a 36-42" (16:9),
2.5-3.5m viewing distance you should have a 28-32" (16:9),
1.5-2.5m viewing distance you should have either a 13-20" (4:3) screen or a 17-26" (16:9).

I was thinking of either the Panny TX32LXD500, Philips 32PF9830 or 32PF9967D, Tosh 32WLT58 or Sony KDLV32A12......but it's almost impossible to get to see these in action !!!!

Hope the figures help you.

Cheers, Peter :thumbsup:
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
I must be the only person here, who has put the 37" Toshiba in a 10ft x 11ft room and thinks it looks small.....

Mind you, there is a reason for this.

It's directly under a 7 feet wide projection screen :D
And everything looks small to that!
 
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bigboy_lcd

Guest
John Lewis has them all except for the Panny 500. The Panny 500 is very hard to find as it is discontinued. The Philips 32pf9830 had a slightly better quality pic I found than the Sony, but was £300 more. The shop assistant placed the panasonic above them all but didn't have them.
 

pkalva

Active Member
Thanks for that, I'll hot foot it down to John Lewis later this week......or do I wait for the new Panny...........hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :rolleyes:
 

Woodywizz

Distinguished Member
If you can get hold of the Panny500, then I am sure that there are some good deals to be had - due to the imminent arrival of the LXD600. From what I can gather the only real difference will be in the styling - all black surround on the 600 - and the fact that th 600 will have 2*HDMI.
 

paulr

Active Member
1.5-2.5m viewing distance you should have either a 13-20" (4:3) screen or a 17-26" (16:9).


I'm after a small widescreen for my home office.It will be 3-4 feet away(1.3 metres). That makes a 17 inch w/s my ideal option. I did like the new Sony Bravia 19 though.
 

mr_yogi

Well-known Member
Surley the distance depends upon the resolution of the screen and the viewing material.

For example if you are 8ft away from a 40" screen running SD Sky then it may well look blocky but move to a movie in 720p and it will be great, then (providing it was a 'soon to be released 1080p screen) feed it with a BluRay movie at 1080p or something like Planet Earth in 1080i and it would even better from say 6ft!

Surely... ;) :confused:
 

Avalan

Active Member
mr_yogi said:
Surley the distance depends upon the resolution of the screen and the viewing material.

Totally agree with that.
For regular TV or analogue inputs, my gf's Sammy 23" looks about best from about 7ft. However, feed it a HD image from an XBox 360 game or DVD and you can sit a lot closer.
 

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