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Dilemna over the best size TV for a 14 feet from TV viewing

by Bijou61 / February 23, 2008 12:05 AM PST

I am in the market for an LCD TV for the bedroom. The maximum viewing distance is 15 feet less the headboard and the depth of the wall mounted TV. Does anyone have a rule of thumb for best screen size? The 40" looks really big when I put a template on the wall and wondering if 37 or smaller would be better. I don't want to have the TV overwhelm the room if the viewing distance can accomodate a smaller screen. I have read all the posting and done research on 720p and 1080p and which one I get will depend on the size. I am replacing an old 26" regular TV and have a 65" 1080i in the living room... Any insight would be greatly appreciated. In the store it is hard to gauge the size since it is in such a large space with high ceilings...

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The rule of thumb I have always been told has been:
by minimalist / February 23, 2008 1:01 AM PST

viewing distance in inches divided by 2.5 = diagonal measurement of screen in inches

Now in your case that means a 72" screen which is, uh... kind of overkill for the bedroom TV I would say :-P Maybe you should consider getting a smaller screen closer to the bed somehow?

But I can tell you its better to err on the larger size rather than the smaller. Even though I was planning on getting a 40" for my living room I am glad I didn't go with anything smaller than a 46" and I only sit 9 feet away from my screen. Now granted this is for a home theater setup.

But i have been in lots of really big rooms where someone has bought a flat screen TV that looked huge when they were 4 feet away from it at the store and then they mount it on a wall way across the room from where they will be sitting and it just looks lost and the effect is totally underwhelming.

It might be a good idea to buy form a local place with a no questions asked 30 day return policy so you can try it out.

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by Riverledge / February 23, 2008 2:06 PM PST


Best shopping,


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I have a 42"
by kcfvegas / February 23, 2008 3:15 PM PST

In my bedroom I have a 42" Vizio 1080p LCD TV and I am very happy with it. When I'm laying down, my head is thirteen feet from the TV.
I find it a good size because it's easy to see but it doesn't overwhelm the room.
I find Vizio a good brand for the bedroom because you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you are concerned that it will overwhelm your room, I recommend that you get it at Costco because you have 90 days to return it if you're not happy with it.

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Appreciate the good advice from you all...
by Bijou61 / February 24, 2008 10:44 AM PST
In reply to: I have a 42"

To the 3 posts above, I appreciate your feedback. I like the suggestions about tryig it out first. I didn't realize I could return TVs unless there was something wrong with them. I have been thinking of getting something smaller like the Sharp 32 and 37" or the Sony 32" (wish the Sony had a 37") but worried I won't be able to see it. The Sharp also doesn't have good sound. The Sony 40" is great with the 120hz frame rate and has great theatre sound quality. I would probably go smaller and work my way up. Thanks again for you inputs.

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Replacing 26"TV
by steve051 / February 24, 2008 10:55 AM PST

Another consideration: If you're replacing a 26" 4:3 TV with a 16:9 widescreen; for the same size standard def picture, the widescreen will have to be about 20% larger screen size. Or, about 32" for the same SD picture size. Of course ,it might be a foot farther away, if the 26" was a CRT.

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Good advice from the above poster.
by minimalist / February 24, 2008 1:37 PM PST

Many people are dismayed to find that 27" LCD panel looks a lot smaller than a 27" CRT when displaying 4:3 content (which is most things on TV).

I would also suggest that if you are going to be viewing this screen from across the room you probably don't really need a 1080p set. 720p would be just fine and would save you a lot of money. Unless you plan on doing critical blue ray viewing on this set someday I would think a bedroom set can be treated a little more casually.

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