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#146872 - 09/01/06 05:30 PM Is a 50" HDTV too big?
jrmav Offline
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Registered: 10/06/04
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Haven't been on here in a very, very long time. I purchased the epic grand master with the vp100 center almost two years ago and am still extremely pleased!! Now its time to ditch the 32" CRT and go for the HDTV. I am thinking of a 50" DLP but out seating position is 10'-11' from the tv, is this too close and should I go with the 46" instead, any input would be appreciated, thanks!

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#146873 - 09/01/06 05:36 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: jrmav]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
A lot of the thread traffic in the last couple of days centered on things like :

- is my 8 foot wide screen too big for 12 foot seating distance ?

- is Randy's 10 foot wide screen too big for 14 foot seating distance ?

I think your 50" will be fine

Seriously, the rule of thumb for seating distance changes depending on the resolution of the TV and the image you are watching. If you are watching a lot of standard definition TV then you might still want a viewing distance something like 3x screen width, which would imply maybe 47" diagonal, but for DVD and HDTV you can sit closer or have a larger screen.

Honestly, I think the 50" would be fine even for watching mostly standard definition (SD) TV. For DVD and HD it's a no brainer, go with the 50.

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#146874 - 09/01/06 06:06 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: bridgman]
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o.k. I'm sold, that's what I wanted to hear, thanks, I am going to get one for a christmas present for my wife, lol.

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#146875 - 09/01/06 06:14 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: jrmav]
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Dibs on your life insurance payout!
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#146876 - 09/01/06 06:16 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: Ken.C]
jrmav Offline
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Quote:

Dibs on your life insurance payout!




lol, actually she will love it!

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#146877 - 09/01/06 06:26 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: jrmav]
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I sit about 12' away from my 50", maybe close to 13. I think its a little farther than id like.
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#146878 - 09/01/06 08:01 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: bridgman]
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That's 13ft back John. on my 120" wide screen.
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#146879 - 09/01/06 11:22 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: jrmav]
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9 feet from 50 SXRD!

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#146880 - 09/01/06 11:42 PM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: bugbitten]
Ken.C Offline
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All y'all need to shut up.

8 feet from 27" CRT.
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#146881 - 09/02/06 12:09 AM Re: Is a 50" HDTV too big? [Re: Ken.C]
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
I was actually pretty happy 12 feet from my 27" CRT, although maybe it was a bit small. Once I borrowed a 32" CRT (relatively smaller than 27"/8feet) I would have stopped there -- my friends just kept whining about the picture size...

... and that's how I ended up sliding down the slippery slope of 2.35 constant height anamorphic wallet-sucking prism/lens thingies...

Stick with the 27". It works and gives you a nice bright picture. When projector folks start complaining about ambient light and "not enough pop" you can give them a disdainful stare.

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