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42" 720p -vs- 50" 720p

10-04-2009, 10:33 AM
I just recently purchased the Panny 42" TC-P42X1 and, as an associate of a major retail store, I have a huge opportunity coming up that will yield a fantastic deal for me. Without getting into specifics, I can upgrade to the TC-P50X1 for just $90 more than I paid for the 42" about two and a half weeks ago.

Here's my question: I am currently sitting about 7.5ft from the tv and this is the maximum viewing distance I will have if I upgrade to the 50". Is that going to be too close for the 50" or will it be hard to really see the difference? I do not have a Blu-Ray player but I do have the Panny DVD upconvert home theater system as well as the HD channel package with Comcast.

Am I going to notice a significant loss in quality while watching DVDs and/or regular tv by sitting that "close"? I've seen split opinions on this and, FYI, I do like sitting close as opposed to far back (if that matters).

Also, keeping in mind that whenever I do upgrade to a Blu-Ray player in the future (probably some time mid-to-late next year), would it be better to hold off on the 50" and just go with the 42" and upgrade to a 1080p when I get Blu-Ray?

10-04-2009, 12:23 PM
Go for the 50"

10-05-2009, 01:03 PM
The 50" will have a resolution of 1366x768, while the 42" is only 1024x768. For that reason alone I would make the upgrade myself.

10-05-2009, 01:23 PM
I got the 50" and I have no regrets ;)

10-06-2009, 11:15 AM
If you really want to figure this out you can find websites that will give you charts for viewing distance versus resolution that you can make out with 20/20 vision. I've got a 42 inch 720p plasma that looks better than the old 1080p LCD I had. I was sitting 8 to 10 feet away from the TV and couldn't even resolve all of the 1080p resolution even when I had a high quality source.