Are you ready for 3D TV yet?

7/20/2010:

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Spectacular 3D TV deals to be had

My existing Panasonic Plasma TV works pretty well (I’ve had it for five years!) However, with all the new technology coming out recently (Blu-Ray, 1080p movies, and even 1080p 3D programs (world cup) and DVD’s) I feel like I’m stuck in the old days. My current TV maxes out at 720p and 1080i. While this is fairly sharp for standard cable, satellite, or FiOS programming, I’ve just seen much better pictures out there.

Free Blu Ray and 3D kits with TV purchase

So I’ve been on the fence when looking at the latest, super-thin displays. That is, until a friend just went through the upgrade process.

He originally bought a 46″ Samsung LED TV for about $1200 – which is essentially an LCD TV with a different back-lighting system. The unit was so thin, he hung it on the wall like a picture frame. But something wasn’t right – the quality was not as “fluid” as a plasma, and fast-moving objects became blurred. Plus, he would have to dole out more money for a Blu-Ray player. He then stumbled across a deal at Amazon.com – which gives you a free Blu-Ray player and 3D Starter Kit with the purchase of a qualifying TV. That’s like $700 worth of gear for free!

He chose the Samsung PN50C7000 50″ plasma (one down from the flagship model) – but got it all for $1540 delivered (white glove, inside the house, box opened and tested). Was one of the thinnest plasma models I’ve seen (a bit over an inch thick). And 3D programming too!

The deals are getting so good now, it may just be worth it to take the 3D plunge after all. Note that the Amazon deal ends on July 31st.

Anyone else have 3D yet? How do you like it?

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5 Comments on "Are you ready for 3D TV yet?"

rackoff493
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rackoff493

I owe a 3D ready 65″ TV. It was rather cheap (shipped to my door for 900). While I do not yet own the 3D adapter and glasses (another 400), I think the technology will be here to stay. Not in the form it is now, but as usual, over the months the technology will become better easy to access and easier to use.

Also I play PS3, and to play video games in 3D sounds amazing.

SummitGuy
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SummitGuy

3d is still a standard in development. Fine if you really need to have the latest, but there is big risk until we see what 3D system is the winner. Sort of like when there where two HD standards, blue ray and HD DVD.

Anyone that bet on the HD DVD is probably feeling a bit blue right now.

Being an early adopter can be fun, but is almost always very expensive.

With 3D there are multiple standards now, and several more in development. And just for fun remember that everyone need a pair of shutter glasses with current 3d televisions at $150 a pop. (Not just the simple plastic glasses you need for 3d movies) Four friends over to watch tv? $750 for glasses.

Right now you can get spectacular deals on non 3D television and Blue Ray.

You pay a big premium for 3d, and limit yourself to only the really high end models.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t see 3D as at least somewhat gimmicky. Wear special glasses? No way. Have a screen big enough for 80% FOV coverage? Uh huh, right.

Even at the movies I prefer without.

3D is a marketing fad. I can’t see it staying around. Niche market maybe.

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

I wish I could say you were right, but the film companies and theater owners have already had a taste of the profits and most major films will be in 3D for the foreseeable future. The extra $5 a ticket etc. Many theater chains are rushing the conversions of their theaters to digital to maximize the number of screens they can use for 3D showings.

While the “3D conversion” films have received a lot of grief, most “tentpole” and other big films will all be 3d. Hell, even Cameron is trying to perfect the conversion process for older films as he is supposedly planning on releasing ‘Titanic’ in 3D later this year.[quote comment=”194784″]I don’t know anyone who doesn’t see 3D as at least somewhat gimmicky. Wear special glasses? No way. Have a screen big enough for 80% FOV coverage? Uh huh, right. Even at the movies I prefer without. 3D is a marketing fad. I can’t see it staying around. Niche market maybe.[/quote]

prag
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Now. If there was something to watch…

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