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What size LCD HDTV for a 9 foot viewing distance and ....

Techlord
04-28-2009, 06:14 PM
My hometheater room is 12'x 18' feet and don't know if a 52" would be too big for my room. I do know that a few years ago I owned a (briefly) Mitsubishi Diamond Series 55" projection HDTV that gave me motion sickness, barf. I'm looking at the LNxxB750 46" and the 52" set. Any recommendations?

Second:

I'm new to everything HD and have seen HDMI cables costing $80-#300+ dollars, especially the 120Hz capable cables. Is this a marketing ploy to real me in? I do know that gold plated contacts are a must for signal purity, I just saw soo many HDMI cables that it confused me even further! Also anyone recommend a good quality surge protector for my (haven't bought yet) Samsung LN-xxB750?


Thank you for your helpful reply, Techlord. :hithere:

PFC5
04-28-2009, 07:16 PM
At that distance I would go with a 50-55" display as that will allow you to see the full resolution of 1080p from 9' away.

Go to www.monoprice.com (http://www.monoprice.com) to get your HDMI cables and just get the version 1.3a CL2 cables for it and you should be fine. Just an FYI, that 120Hz capable cable is plain BS. All the signals sent to the display will be 60Hz or lower and the 120Hz is done INSIDE the display on 120Hz displays. here is a cable that will work just as well as a $130-230.00 Monster cable for only $8.35:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1024012&p_id=4158&seq=1&format=2

Or for a differnt size or non flat cable look at the whole list:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10240

Click on THE CABLE GAME link in my signature to see how much the BS is on expensive digital cables, and even the analog cables as well.

Hope this helps & welcome to the forum! :hithere:

Scottnot
04-28-2009, 07:19 PM
My hometheater room is 12'x 18' feet and don't know if a 52" would be too big for my room. I do know that a few years ago I owned a (briefly) Mitsubishi Diamond Series 55" projection HDTV that gave me motion sickness, barf. I'm looking at the LNxxB750 46" and the 52" set. Any recommendations?
You're gonna get opinions all over the map with that question.
Some will say that for a 9 foot viewing distance a 32" set is fine or a 46" is more than enough.
Others will tell you that 60" still ain't big enough.
I quite frankly think it is very much a personal preference issue.

Second:
I'm new to everything HD and have seen HDMI cables costing $80-#300+ dollars, especially the 120Hz capable cables. Is this a marketing ploy to real me in?
Yes indeed; it is nothing more than a marketing ploy to reel you in!!!
For example there are no 120Hz signals from any source (the 120Hz thing happens insided of the TV), so anyone advertising 120Hz cables is doing nothing short of scamming!!
You should not pay more than $6-12 for HDMI hookup cables.
Quite a few folks on this forum are more than satisfied with monoprice.com

PFC5
04-28-2009, 07:24 PM
Hey Scottnot. I beat you by 3 minutes. :p ;)

Techlord
04-29-2009, 12:13 AM
I forgot to ask for recommendations for a quality surge protector to protect my invesment, which ones are good enough for (1) Denon 140Watts x 5 into 6 ohm loads ,(2) Blu-Ray player and (3) a Samsung 46"-52" LCD HDTV LNxxB750.

PFC5
04-29-2009, 12:17 AM
Here is one similar to what I use for more equipment than you listed and it would work great:

http://www.amazon.com/1090-10Outlet-Strip-3000J-RJ11/dp/B0006TU54G/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1240985762&sr=8-4

Joe Las Vegas
04-29-2009, 12:34 AM
42" min., 50" should be good to go, I sit 7-8 feet away from my 42" and it's just big enough, and its not big enough when watching DVD's with the black bars on top and at the bottom, but it's still good enough for me.

Scottnot
04-29-2009, 07:45 AM
Hey Scottnot. I beat you by 3 minutes. :p ;)
Geat minds . . . . . . . .

PFC5
04-29-2009, 11:12 AM
Great minds . . . . . . . .


... think alike. :D

Techlord
04-29-2009, 11:38 AM
42" min., 50" should be good to go, I sit 7-8 feet away from my 42" and it's just big enough, and its not big enough when watching DVD's with the black bars on top and at the bottom, but it's still good enough for me.

If Blu-Ray movies do have the same black bars in Normal HD picture mode on the HDTV, how much actual screen size used for the movie do I lose between (not including stretch mode) a 46" to 52" with black bars? In others words if I was watching a movie in anamorphic widescreen, what would be the difference be between the 46" and 52" actual movie picture? Also I need the dimensions of a 46" actual screen size in height and length wise please so that I may have a better ideal of the screen size I need. Thank you, Techlord! :)

PFC5, thanks for the recommended surge protector. I really liked it because it has outputs for the regular 3 pin type AC connectors and for the AC adaptors that my modem/Vonage box use. :)

DonnyDC
04-29-2009, 01:40 PM
What size should you go for?
Answer: As big as you can