In box number 1 on page 78 of the January 2013 issue of What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision the THX recommendations for viewing distances are given as 3-5 ft for a 35-inch screen, 4-6 ft for a 40-inch screen, 5-7.5 ft for a 50-inch screen and 6-9 ft for a 60-inch screen. I have two questions:
1. Do forum people agree with these distances?
2. Do forum people actually follow these guidelines in their own homes?
In my case, I do agree with these distances, I don't think that they are too close. To answer the second question, no, I don't quite follow them myself, because of practicality. In my parlour I mostly watch from the computer which is level with the middle row of seats, about 12 ft to my 64" Samsung, though the sofa is nine feet from the TV and the back row of bar stools is 15 feet away. In the kitchen I now have a 60" LG60PZ950T plasma, and when cooking or ironing or washing clothes I'm about 13 feet away. When I run films shows, in the kitchen I temporarily set up three rows of seats, ranging from seven feet to 13 feet away from the screen. In the bedroom, from the bed itself I'm about seven feet from my 42" Pioneer, and the row of six seats behind the bed are 10 feet from the screen.
So, what do peoople think of the THX recommended viewing distances, and what do people actually do?