Best hdtv size for 1080p?

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  1. andy26129
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    What size is the best to view 1080p. 42, 46, 52, 55, 60, 65, 80 or something else. Thanks
     
  2. Joe88

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    depends on viewing distance but also at the lower sizes you wont be able to tell the difference between 720 and 1080
    I got a 40" 1080p myself with a viewing distance at about 7ft
     
  3. Luigi2012SM64DS

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    the smallest
     
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    1080p on those mini ipod touch
     
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    Honestly, for a bedroom only game monitor I would go with 32", the advantage being the smallish size making pixels hard to notice but the screen not being so small objects in the playfield are hard to notice. Good balance.

    If you watch widescreen movies, I would say about 60-80" due to half of the screen size being wasted on black bars. (I fucking hate widescreen movies for that reason but that's another rant for another day)
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_HDTV_viewing_distance#Optimum_ranges

    Check that
     
  7. brandonspikes

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    Just note you dont need a 1080p for console games unless you're watching blu-ray ps3 movies.
     
  8. triassic911

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    As stated above, it depends on the viewing distance. Imo I suggest a 32" or 37" tv for 1080p. It's just the right size for your viewing pleasure.
     
  9. prowler

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    Just note that it'll be silly buying a 720p HDTV in 2012.

    And another one: there are games in full 1080p.
     
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    Theres like 10 games that fully support 1080p on consoles, everything is sub 700p on consoles and upscaled to fit the aspect ratio
     
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    While that may be true, wouldn't you rather get a 1080p tv anyway?
     
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    i heard upto 52' would look good with 1080p but the screen also matters. some screens are sharper at the same size and resolution than others.
     
  13. DCG

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    A smaller screen has a higher PPI (pixels per inch).
    So if you want to have a sharper image at a smaller distance, get a smaller screen.
    If you are some distance away, get something bigger.

    As Javacat surgested, look on sites that have tables which say at which distance the average human can see seperate pixels.
     
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    Well thats why I said if he doesnt have blu-ray, but yes, I would always say 720p is worst off, Esp since 1080p is pretty much the standard.
     
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    While distance and such does matter I should also mention some TVs do some nice additional upscaling and although I still hold most people probably will not benefit from "HD" the extra resolution as a feeder for upscaling and such is quite nice. Now this probably will not work for games (it is the reason for the game mode on TVs) and you will probably have to part with a pretty penny for a TV with such abilities


    Also as I have not done it for a while- plug for projectors. Some of the LED ones are awesome these days with thousands of hours of lifetime so no real need to worry about finding a silly bulb every couple of months.
     
  16. Arm73

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    Is it still possible to buy 720p TVs these days ? Everywhere I look I see only 1080p led TVs, with a ton of shitty add-ons that I don't really need when all I want to do is play Wii games on it ! Internet, 3D, eco-solution and so on, are just another useless reason to make you pay more and shop for a brand new TV.
    I'm sure my Wii would look better on a cheap 720p TV if i could find one, but instead I had to get a quite expensive 1080p Samsung LED TV !!
    Anyway, I'm sure I'll enjoy my TV set to the fullest when I'll get the Wii U, or whatever it'll be called.

    For the original question, for my gaming systems I decided to go with a 22" TV.
    Small , isn't it ? The reason is that originally I was a PC gamer, and I was used to play games on my 22" monitor, at night , on my desk ( fairly close to the monitor ) and with headphones on. The effect was a totally immersion in the game. I felt I was living inside of the game when I was playing the original Bioschock , Batman AC and any COD game.
    Now my PC is sadly gone, so I decided to buy a small TV instead ( with all the connections that my monitor didn't have, like component, composite,s-video, VGA, HDMI ) so I can play console games on it just like I used to play PC games. And it works fairly well for Wii games, because the screen is so small, games look somehow sharper on it.
    But that's my personal preference.
    If I had a bigger room and some more space, I would go with a 40" TV, so that the level of ' immersion ' would be the same even sitting on a couch a few feet away.
     
  17. Joe88

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    Wii only does 480p so it wouldnt matter
     
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    Yes, I know that.
    I'm just saying that with less upscaling to deal with ( 480p to 720p instead of 480p to 1080p ) you could end up with a better image.
    Besides, I remember my old PC looked just fine on my 1024x 768 monitor native resolution, now if I wanna play a game at 1024x768 on a 1080p display I get a less then optimal image( ugly actuallly ).
    The higher the native resolution of a display, the uglier low res images are gonna look on it.
    Just saying.
     
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    Today's HDTVs have many options, features and display types. Use this guide as a pre-purchase manual to educate yourself about HDTVs and decide if an LCD, LED,