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post #1 of 14 Old 03-22-10, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Proper TV size for room?

The room size is 18 x 13. Viewing distance would be closest 8 ft farthest around 18 ft.

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Re: Proper TV size for room?

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Welcome to HomeTheaterShack. The most important question I have in terms of Screen Size is how far away are the primary seating positions going to be. If your main position is 8 feet, you can get away with a much smaller Display, but if closer to 12-15 feet you will need a much bigger Display for the best HT experience.
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

The main seating postitions will be between 8ft and around 12ft I want to get one big enough to cover both seating positions I was told it better to get something too big then too small. I have read between 50 and 55 inches
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

Hello,
I would actually recommend 60" or larger. Especially if the 12ft Seating Position is going to be a Primary one. What is the budget you are thinking for this?

THX recommends much larger than most people can possible accommodate or afford for the best HT experience. They recommend a 60" Display for no further than 8-9 feet away.
Here is THX's link:http://www.thx.com/consumer/home-ent...r/hdtv-set-up/

With 3D Capable Panels about to hit the Market, it is actually a great time to get a 2D Panel if 3D is not something you are interested in. There are some great deals on 60-63" Plasma's right now.
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

Widthwise subtended angle formed at left & right screen edges at viewer's head for the largest image should be:

30 degrees for standard definition
35 degrees for high definintion from cable or satellite
40 degrees for high definition from BluRay

Screen should produce between 16 - 25 Foot Lambert of brightness. That is total (calibrated) projector lumens of light divided by the square footage of image area. Less than 16 looks dull. More than 25 causes visible flicker from frame rate.

You should look upward no more than 15 deg. from a horizontal line to the height-center of video image.

You should have clear sight lines over heads of multiple rows.

Image should be located at least 8" down from the ceiling plane or it just looks lame (not a tech item here).

For such a wide range of distances you could consider using a masking screen with mulitple stops and a zooming projector. But projector will be expensive for one that returns to motorized zooms! Then you can resize image based on what rows are populated.

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Re: Proper TV size for room?

Hello,
Evan, excellent info. However, I do not believe this is an application where a Front Projector is in the cards. My first impulse was to recommend a PJ, but it sounds like he is looking for a TV.
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

If you're looking for a TV (and not a projector), I wouldn't go smaller than the 82" Mits DLP.
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

Hello,
That is a good call Spartan Stew. If people can get past the form factor and not being able to hang on the Wall, RPTV's offer unbeatable values in large screen sizes. I use one myself and could not be happier. I really wish Sony would have kept making SXRD RPTV's. I absolutely love mine.
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Re: Proper TV size for room?

Thanks for all the responses but I must admit most went right over my head. Actually I have a rectangular living room the seating is along the sides so actually there are no seats where they should be in the middle of the room for optimum home theatre sound. My main concern about going too big would be and I am sure I am wrong is that in the 8 foot range if the TV is too big would it be almost like sitting in the front rows of a theater? I was thinking of getting an LED just because its the newest and probably within my budget. Was thinking about spending somewhere in the area of 2000.00 for the TV and really would like to hang it on the wall. Its my understanding that DLP TVs are a type of projection TV and are on a pedestal. I am sure I will be barraged once again but please keep it in layman's terms I am on the low end of the home theater spectrum.

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Re: Proper TV size for room?

I will just offer you some scale here in term of size, the room that I use currently for HT is way smaller than yours 14'x7' and I have a 46" Toshiba lcd main seating is about 5'-6' feet away. Now if you are using a TV that can do 1080p the closer you can sit, for your room if it was me I would do 55"-65" screen for your room,also are you looking to buy online or locally?

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