Originally Posted by evilchris
Screen size should always been chosen based on view distance. 12-14' @ 100" would be great.
Yeah, this is why I've always said that bigger isn't necessarily better.
If you only need seating for 3 or 4 people (a love seat and two chairs for example), you'd probably only need 4-6 feet between the viewers and the screen for them to all be comfortable. A 42-50" TV would probably be "optimal" when it comes to quality vs size.
Unless you are dealing with a very large room that needs to accommodate a lot of people, it seems like going larger than that is mostly just going to blow up the pixels and give you neck strain, or cause you to sit much farther away (which would make your screen look smaller anyway).
I watch DVDs on a 22" CRT from 1-2 feet away and they look phenomenal, while also filling my view pretty well.
I wish I knew a wealthy electronics buff though... I'd like to see what a real high quality entertainment setup looks like. Anything I've put together or seen at Wal-Mart has left me very unimpressed.