According to PC World’s recent testings on 1080P versus 720P, the quality seems to not affect viewers when watching from more than around 10 feet out. But I still prefer 1080P, it’s that small bit of clearness I need in my life so I can tell if a news anchor is wearing make-up or it’s natural.
Just a thought to keep in mind when you are setting up for a new home theater system.
Of those who preferred the 1080p set, the average distance at which they said they could tell the difference was 10.7 feet, although this was limited by the maximum difference of 17 feet in the room. Of those who preferred the 720p set, the average distance at which they said they could tell the difference was 11.4 feet. (Theoretically, if you sit back further than this distance in the room with the TV, you won’t notice the difference.)