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Viewing Difference

cbo0485
05-23-2008, 08:24 PM
Okay, well I am finally about to make the plunge. I'm looking to get somewhere between a 40 and 47 inch LCD/Plasma TV. My viewing distance is 8-9 feet. At any of those sizes would I notice a difference between 720p and 1080p? I know most broadcasts are 720p, but if I got a blue-ray player and watched a movie would I notice much of a difference between the two at my viewing distance?

My main use will be football over DirecTV Sunday Ticket with SuperFan for the Hi-Def games. I love watching movies, but I'm not an obsessed movie-buff.

I was also looking at 50" DLP's, but a friend of mine who just bought the same DLP I'm looking at, said that 50" would be too big for my viewing distance. Is that a little too big for the viewing distance, or is that simply a personal preference you think?

Loves2Watch
05-23-2008, 08:51 PM
Okay, well I am finally about to make the plunge. I'm looking to get somewhere between a 40 and 47 inch LCD/Plasma TV. My viewing distance is 8-9 feet. At any of those sizes would I notice a difference between 720p and 1080p? I know most broadcasts are 720p, but if I got a blue-ray player and watched a movie would I notice much of a difference between the two at my viewing distance?

My main use will be football over DirecTV Sunday Ticket with SuperFan for the Hi-Def games. I love watching movies, but I'm not an obsessed movie-buff.

I was also looking at 50" DLP's, but a friend of mine who just bought the same DLP I'm looking at, said that 50" would be too big for my viewing distance. Is that a little too big for the viewing distance, or is that simply a personal preference you think?

All of the questions you are asking are really nothing more than personal preference. Personally I prefer a larger screen (50") and 1080p but others here say it doesn't really matter or they can't see a difference. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say so it is you ultimately that needs to be satisfied.

My suggestion would be go spend some time in a few TV stores (3 or 4 hours) looking at only those differences (screen size and 720 vs. 1080) and see what you prefer or if in fact you can see a difference. Then you can make a truly informed decision.

anythingwt
05-23-2008, 08:51 PM
IMO viewing distance is all a personal preference. I sit about that far away from a 60" and I love it. If you are sitting closer to a larger screen, you'll notice a difference with 1080p. I'd recommend going with the 47" and 1080p.