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Old 20-06-2010, 16:01   #81
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Well the established viewing distances on THX for instance say 5.2 foot is the distance I should sit closest for 1080 HD results, I am only 1 foot under that.

Depends on what info you go on really as to where you "Should" sit (as some vary so vastly, its just funny), but hell if a disc was quality to start with you would see no problems most do seem to say 1.8 times the screens width is the closest you should get.

As long as you feel comfortable, I will sit where I feel the need to. Just like when I go to the cinema I am always in front of pretty much everyone else. I want my vision filled, but not so much its a pain in the bum when things move quickly.

Would I sit close to a Noise Reduced disc? not a chance. Predator may well look good most of the time on this new disc, but do I want some noise reduction to catch my eyes? nope - problem with that for me is even if I do sit 15 foot away I notice it on some discs (not all) and once it gets in my head I see it whenever it comes on screen. I may well borror Predator and see how it looks. I never owned the 1st Blu Ray, only borrowed that so cannot even compare now, I only have the Standard dvd to compare with.

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Old 20-06-2010, 16:42   #82
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That from an "Expert" from What HIFI.
4m away from a 40"? Heck, even VHS will look okay from that distance!
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Old 20-06-2010, 16:59   #83
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Perhaps that's why some of you are so obsessed with transfers - sitting too close!
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18" away is a joke though. I'm not even sure how its done without having it on your lap or something.
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I think I can see individual pixels at that distance. Would also have a nice tan by the end of a movie.
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Perhaps that's why some of you are so obsessed with transfers - sitting too close!
Stick with dvd Lou!
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Old 20-06-2010, 17:15   #87
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I take it you sit about 36m away when in a cinema with a 30ft screen then Lou?

That 4m/40" figure is obviously completely ludicrous and the fact people in this thread think it sounds about right without questioning whether romero has misquoted the figure says everything about their technical opinion imo.

This page has more grounded figures, and frankly I'll take the opinion of The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers over WhatHiFi any day of the week:

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for the best viewing experience, the ideal screen size in the home theater should occupy a 30 degrees field of view in the horizontal plan at the seating position. This implies the ideal TV viewing distance should be adjusted such that the extreme ends of the screen width occupies an angle of 30 degrees at the viewer - corresponds to a viewing distance that is 1.87 times the screen width.

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Old 20-06-2010, 17:20   #88
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Stick with dvd Lou!
Seems like some of you would be happier if you took that advice too!

4 meters from a 40 inch doesn't seem excessively far away, not that I personally sit as far as that. Surely the article is suggesting that at that length and further, you should start looking at bigger screens. Again, sounds perfectly reasonable.

The fact that some of you would latch onto that, and not even question someone sitting 18 inches from a 40 inch display, takes the biscuit though

4 metres is only about 13 feet.

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My friend, whose one and only bluray is Dumb and Dumber, felt the need to sit about a foot from the screen and examine in minute detail if it had been worth the £4.99 upgrade from DVD to bluray.
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My friend, whose one and only bluray is Dumb and Dumber, felt the need to sit about a foot from the screen and examine in minute detail if it had been worth the £4.99 upgrade from DVD to bluray.
was it?
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Didn't Romero explain the 18 inch thing was a joke almost immediately after posting it?

4m is fine - and fair play to anyone who likes that kind of distance - but the benefit of 1080p is obviously much more significant at say, 6ft - that's all.

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I could stroke the screen at 18 inches haha
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4m is fine - and fair play to anyone who likes that kind of distance - but the benefit of 1080p is obviously much more significant at say, 6ft - that's all.
Sit a bit further back and you don't even need a 1080p set

It would be interesting to know how far back you guys sit, but to me 4ft from a 40 inch is very close. Your eyes must be constantly darting all over the screen to take it all in! Having a rough estimate of our living room, I would say we watch a 50 inch set from about 14 ft which seems fine.

I'd love to see how you guys living rooms are arranged if you sit so close. I have an image of a room with a tv and sofa smack bang in the middle
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was it?
He seemed to think so - he remarked how much more jagged Lloyd Christmas's chipped tooth was in HD.
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3 metres from 32" in bedroom, about 4 in the living room.
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3 metres from 32" in bedroom, about 4 in the living room.
Blimey do you have to use binoculars?!

I don't see what benefits you get from sitting close. It seems to me there are more drawbacks, if anything.
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I don't see what benefits you get from sitting close. It seems to me there are more drawbacks, if anything.
I think of it like digital (and even old paper ones) photos. I dont look at photos from 10 foot away on my 40 inch screen, I go up to them to get a good look at the tiny details and see everything (if you are into that haha), the closer you get the more you see basically. Mind you as you say some flaws pop out as well, but hey.

Same with a good HD transfer (not so much with a crapy one )

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The fact that some of you would latch onto that, and not even question someone sitting 18 inches from a 40 inch display, takes the biscuit though
Oh right, so just because we don't react to his post we must be in agreement with it? Ever stopped to consider that we might have had this argument with romero over and over again throughout the years?
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Jeez chill dude. Good little discussion here
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Chill? I'm sorry, I didn't realise the brickwall smiley represented a serious emotional response!

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