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Is a 7.3 foot distance from a 46 inch 1080p LCD reasonable?

by Jason_Alexandris / February 18, 2008 1:12 PM PST

Just wondering if sitting 7.3 feet from a 46 inch TV (a 1080p LCD TV) is too close?

I'm looking for personal opinions based on experience.

Thanks for any advice!

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quite reasonable
by jostenmeat / February 18, 2008 1:37 PM PST

Your viewing angle is 25.8 deg

6.2 is Maximum distance for SMPTE (30 deg)

7.2 is Maximum for THX (26 deg)

5.1 is Recommended THX (36 deg)


If distance of 7.3 ft is constant, and screen size is variable

53.9" screen SMPTE

65.3" THX recommended.

And some people argue over 42" and 50" from 12 ft. Oh just playin', personal preference is always key, per usual.

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Should be ok;
by ahtoi / February 19, 2008 1:06 AM PST

and your thinking behind the question is/are?

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Can you see the screen.
by lilsim89 / February 19, 2008 1:07 AM PST

I think there's a little too much emphasis on how far\close one sits to the TV, though I understand you're just curious.

Sit where it's comfortable, instead of thinking 2225mm away. I know some people who won't sit anywhere but the back of a theater (probably the worst seats besides front row) and enjoy the movie much better than sitting in the best seats (middle\middle) because that's where they're comfortable.

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Its seems alittle large to me
by gabereyes / February 19, 2008 2:57 AM PST

I set about 7-8 feet back, I had a 52inch HDTV and switched to a 34inch but my next TV will be a 42inch.

I would say 42 is the right size, but I cant stand a really big TV they give me a head ache and make me sick if I watch them to long.

good luck

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Seating distance...
by stuntman_mike / February 19, 2008 3:12 AM PST

was a bigger issue in the early HDTV days especially with LCDs. You had lower resolutions and excessively large spaces between pixels (Screen Door Effect) that you did not want to sit too close to the screen lest you saw all of the TVs shortcomings.

With todays advances in the manufacturing process of making the spaces between pixels almost invisible, and the advent of the extra resolution goodness that is 1080p, it is encouraged that you sit as close to the screen as you can bear in order to see all of the extra resolution that you paid for.

The only real factor in seating distance today is how far is too far to sit from the screen where the benefits of 1080p are no longer apparent? This is a debated question that must also take into account screen size. There is no clear cut formula for determining what size TV you need at what distance to be able to tell 1080p from 720p. The only thing that you can say for sure is that the bigger the TV and the closer you sit, the more pronounced the benefits of 1080p become.

With a a 46" 1080p TV and sitting 7' away, you are definitely not too close to the TV (if you can sit closer and be comfortable, I would do it).

Whether you are too far away from the TV is something that is a little harder to answer.

But you are most likely at a "reasonable" distance.

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