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    Quote Originally Posted by elwaylite View Post
    I like that one.. I will go projector for 4k tv
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    Yeah, I'm hoping 4k projectors are down a bit when I get ready to buy.


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    Love Carlton Bale's chart.

    While not a viewing distance chart per-say, I also use this one to help graphically show the difference between TV sizes.
    http://www.displaywars.com/

    This can especially be helpful when trying to show someone that a 4:3 TV and a new 16:9 TV are quite different in size. Many uninformed people say to themselves "my old TV was 32", so I'll just replace it with a 32" flat panel", and of course end up with a tiny TV and live with it and/or end up confused as to what all this fuss about HD is, when it doesn't look any different, etc. etc. since they're watching it on a TV that is far too small for their needs.

    A good rule of thumb about going from a 4:3 TV to a 16:9 TV is that you need a new widescreen TV that has the same height as the old 4:3 one did, otherwise people will immediately notice it being too small. For example the screen height of a 32" diagonal 4:3 TV is ~19" H, so a person should purchase at least a 40" diagonal widescreen TV because it also has ~19" H. Of course they should almost certainly go even larger, which is what the distance charts would help with. But if you cannot convince someone to get an even larger TV, you can least help them get one that won't immediately seem smaller.

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