I am interested in getting 4x4 tefillin in order to have more mehudar parshiyot, but I'm worried about wearing them in a kehila where they wear smaller tefillin. I'm especially concerned about wearing them in the presence of a tzadik or gadol who is wearing smaller tefillin.

Can this actually be seen as yuhara, gaaveh and lack of cavod, or is it something that would not be an issue?

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    If you're just seeking opinions, I couldn't care less what size tfillin you wear. I imagine most people feel similarly.
    – Double AA
    Mar 13 at 19:53
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    Many don't consider 4x4 tefillin a good chumra because it's hard to put them on in the right spots on your body and have them stay. (Someone here did some experiments and posted an answer; can't find it now.) If you want nice parshiot you can get those for "normal" size tefillin too.
    – Double AA
    Mar 13 at 19:54
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    Don't draw attention to your own tefillin and more than likely no one else will also. And if you're asked, tell them it's the inside that matters, not the outside :D
    – Aaron
    Mar 13 at 19:56
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    The reason Chabad wears large tefillin is that is the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch Harav as to the proper size of tefillin. Other Ashkenazim follow a different opinion. So this is not a gaava issue, it is a halachic issue you should ask your rav. If you are not chabad, you should probably get regular tefillin, and pay extra for a better sofer.
    – N.T.
    Mar 13 at 23:24
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    According to many, smaller tefillin are actually more mehudar, based on a maamar Chaza"l (Menachot 34) that states that the correct spot on the head can fit two battim, which clearly is not the case for larger tefillin. Mar 14 at 0:48


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