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26-inch WS HDTV Viewing: Worth It?

09-07-2005, 10:06 AM
I may be limited to a 26-inch widescreen HDTV (considering the Panny CT-26WX15) for a small bedroom. I'm wondering whether the HD PQ would be much of an upgrade over SD, given the small size?

If not, would a bump up to a 30" WS (like the Sony HS) make much of a difference? Would either of these units give me a good sense of what high-def (albeit on a budget) has to offer? Tnx for your help.

09-07-2005, 10:44 AM
If you have room for a Sony 30" WS then you could possibly fit in a Toshiba 34" as it is about the same width - obviously more expensive though ($1000 or so).

You can sit a lot closer to an HDTV showing HD material (and maybe DVDs as there are more lines, 1080, so less screen-door effect). I could comfortably sit about four feet in front of mine but normally sit about ten.

09-07-2005, 10:54 AM
26" wide will give you about 850X600 resolution. And yes you will notice a differance in piq quality. Unless you have a 60" screen its unlikely you get full 1920X1080. 30/34" will raise the rez up some like 950X700.

09-07-2005, 05:09 PM
Bigger is better... many say you need at least a 40" display to show all HD pixels.

09-07-2005, 07:15 PM
26" widescreen HDTV is barely large enough for a small bedroom or family room. I have a 26" in both the bedroom and family room, as well as a 43" in the living room. My Parents have a 30" in their room. You might want to get a 30" to better appreciate the HDTV detail. But if there are cost or space constraints, a 26" is sufficient. :yippee: