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How large is this screen - Relatively Speaking

GovtLawyer
12-14-2006, 06:12 PM
I am limited to a 26 inch LCD as my wall unit opening can only accommodate this size. Currently I have a 25" daigonal tubed TV. I understand that the total viewing area of a 26 inch HDTV is actually less in area than my 25 inch. What concerns me, is that most of what is on TV is in standard view. If I choose not to zoom or stretch the picture, how large will the standard picture be?

Is there a comparable tubed or LCD screen I could look at in a store which would show me the approximate viewing area of a 26 inch lcd in standard mode?

The retail stores are unable or unwilling to show me the picture in standard as a reference.

RandyWalters
12-14-2006, 06:27 PM
I am limited to a 26 inch LCD as my wall unit opening can only accommodate this size. Currently I have a 25" daigonal tubed TV. I understand that the total viewing area of a 26 inch HDTV is actually less in area than my 25 inch. What concerns me, is that most of what is on TV is in standard view. If I choose not to zoom or stretch the picture, how large will the standard picture be?

Is there a comparable tubed or LCD screen I could look at in a store which would show me the approximate viewing area of a 26 inch lcd in standard mode?

The retail stores are unable or unwilling to show me the picture in standard as a reference.The 4:3 area of a 26" widescreen LCD TV will be the equivalent of a 21.2 inch 4:3 TV.

Here's a link to a great little TV screen dimension calculator:

http://www.cavecreations.com/tv2.cgi

BamaPanda
12-14-2006, 06:27 PM
Actually you could make a cutout of the 25" and carry it with you to check. I would think a 32" 16.9 would be minimal.

Stealth
12-14-2006, 06:27 PM
i think you'd be safe to measure your current screen from top to bottom, then make sure the widescreen you buy is the same height, that way you would have the same SD picture. you'll probably end up with at least a 32". i should mention though you quickly get used to stretching the picture to fill the screen. most newer models have special modes so you cant really tell its being stretched at all.

all the best.

Stealth
12-14-2006, 06:31 PM
hows that for a responsive bunch?? lol -3 posts all at the exact same time!

ps: and look at that we were right on with the 32". = )

GovtLawyer
12-14-2006, 07:30 PM
hows that for a responsive bunch?? lol -3 posts all at the exact same time!

ps: and look at that we were right on with the 32". = )

NOPE. You were each wrong. Well, right about the viewing area, wrong about your suggestion that I get a 32. Why? because, my post clearly states that I cannot fit a 32 into my wall unit. I'd love a 32; they're about the same price as 26s, sometimes less on sale. I just can't use it. I've looked at my little NYC studio apartment from every angle, and the harsh reality is that I can get a new tv and put it in place of the old one, and that's all.

Anyway, thatnks to the person who suggested the 21 inch 4:3 ratio to look at.

HDDVDSupport
12-14-2006, 09:19 PM
NOPE. You were each wrong. Well, right about the viewing area, wrong about your suggestion that I get a 32. Why? because, my post clearly states that I cannot fit a 32 into my wall unit. I'd love a 32; they're about the same price as 26s, sometimes less on sale. I just can't use it. I've looked at my little NYC studio apartment from every angle, and the harsh reality is that I can get a new tv and put it in place of the old one, and that's all.

Anyway, thatnks to the person who suggested the 21 inch 4:3 ratio to look at.

Get a new wall unit. Or get rid of it all together.

scottbrown77
12-15-2006, 09:45 AM
I have the same problem. A 40" LCD will not fit into the $1500 wall unit. I have to sell the wall unit or move it to another room.

In your case, buying a 26" lcd is not smart. The size is very small for a 16:9 and only a few hundres $$ less than a 32". Smell the roses. Our old wall units are made for the new HDTVs.

Stealth
12-15-2006, 06:32 PM
NOPE. You were each wrong. Well, right about the viewing area, wrong about your suggestion that I get a 32. Why? because, my post clearly states that I cannot fit a 32 into my wall unit. I'd love a 32; they're about the same price as 26s, sometimes less on sale. I just can't use it. I've looked at my little NYC studio apartment from every angle, and the harsh reality is that I can get a new tv and put it in place of the old one, and that's all.

Anyway, thatnks to the person who suggested the 21 inch 4:3 ratio to look at.

that was an awfully crotchedy response. sorry for trying to help you. fyi i was refering to your viewing area, if it IMPOSSIBLE to get a bigger TV then WHY BOTHER POSTING HERE?

get rid of your wall unit, welcome to the future.

Allin4greeN
12-15-2006, 09:14 PM
My first HDTV purchase was a 32" LCD. I went with that particular size screen because it was the largest that I could reasonably afford and fit into my existing entertainment unit. My reaction about a year later was, square peg... round hole...

The 32" was a great set but, I soon learned that a larger screen was more ideally suited to my room's set-up, primary seating distance, and my goal of developing a more immersive viewing experience. So, about a year later I purchased some new low cost furniture that would allow for a larger screen. A few months after that I purchased the larger panel and moved the 32" to my bedroom.

On one hand, I spent more money on HDTV's in two years than I had anticipated. On the other hand, with a year in between purchases prices fell considerably, I learned more about the technology, I caught the "HT bug," and I bought a 50" plasma that I'm totally digging.

I guess my point is, to each their own... If the OP is not interested in shelling out the scratch to upgrade everything in his environment to accomodate a new HDTV, that's his perogative. A year from now he might get the itch and decide it's worth it to make additional changes.

RandyWalters
12-16-2006, 05:30 PM
. . . . . I cannot fit a 32 into my wall unit. I'd love a 32 . . . I just can't use it. I've looked at my little NYC studio apartment from every angle, and the harsh reality is that I can get a new tv and put it in place of the old one, and that's all.My 26" LCD is located directly in front of my desk and the screen is 5 feet from my eyes. The screen is really on the small side but still looks great, it's just not an immersive movie theater experience but i'm sure you already know you won't be getting that with a small screen. It's ok to me because i like more of a "TV experience" and don't really want a "Movie theater" experience. But i think most people would really try to find a way to make a larger 32" TV work if at all possible, even if it means modifying a wall unit or ditching it altogether and come up with a more versatile method.

If you're indeed limited to a 26" then get a really good one, and consider wall-mounting it in it's alloted wall unit opening with an articulated arm mount that has a long throw. This way you could tuck it away when not in use, and pull it forward flush with the face of the shelving or even pull it all the way out and clear of the shelving so it's closer to your face. And you could turn it to other areas of the room to see it from other angles.

Do you have pics of your current wall unit setup or other pics of the room? Someone may have a creative idea that you had not considered.