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Sony vs. Sharp

I plan to purchase my first HGTV, an LCD flat screen, in the next month, but I will be sitting awfully close to the screen (about 6 1/2 feet away). I was looking at either the Sony KL-40XBR2 or the Sharp LC-37D9OU. And if this makes any TV viewing habits: DVD movies, both standard def and HDTV channels (but no ESPN! no sports for me). A friend has a 2 year old SONY 42" plasma (KDE-42-SX955, 1366 x 768) and I sit about 8-1/2 feet away from that screen. The standard def is not so good on her tv. I just don't know what size to get.... Can anyone give me some advice? Thank you!!

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I just made the same decision

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I purchased the Sharp Aquos 52".

After reviewing it against the Bravia, I felt that the Sharp had better color and overall quality than the Sony and for a better price. I'm sitting about 7 feet from it right now (I have my Mac mini plugged into it with a keyboard on the coffee table) and it looks great, whether I'm using the Mac, watching DirecTV, playing the 360, or watching an HD DVD on the new Xbox HD DVD drive.

I'm very happy with my purchase.

Best of luck,


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37" too small??

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Thanks!! I was afraid this was too simple of a question to pose on this forum. OK, So size at that range is really not the issue if you are going for these higher res, 1080p models. It's the color...and other features. Because you are sitting 7 feet from a 52 inch. See I'm getting input from people who are saying that sitting 6.5 feet from a 40 inch is way too close. We're only talking about a 3 inch difference too.... It's these 1080p resolutions that make the difference then since the older Sony Plasma I guess was a 720 and I could not sit close to that. I have to have my recliner for TV watching you see and that is the only place in the room for it. Is the 37 inch too small for that HDTV/movie type experience?

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Yes, you are sitting quite close

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but several posters here claim you only really start to appreciate the HD experience at about 50 inches. Of course, they are saying that relative to a space not as cramped as yours.

If this is to be your 1st big screen, it will seem enormous for a while. I say spend some time at showrooms watching from your 6 1/2 feet. You need assurance that your viewing will be comfortable. Once that is established, however big is just up to you.

Though your 6 1/2 foot distance is smallish, 42 inches has sort of become the new standard size. Remember when 21" was the "big" set?

Actual viewing is also key as to judging the SD factor. Hard to find pro reviewers comments consistently as to that. In general, lots of HD sets aren't known to do the SD picture well.

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Thank you very much...will take your advice. Appreciate the thoughtful answers!

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