The 3D TV Revolution: Now or Never?

The 3D TV Revolution: Now or Never?

Joel Pirela
Dec 10, 2010

Do we really need 3D TVs? We have to use those funny looking glasses, not much content is available yet and we might even have to pay extra to watch these show with the extra added dimension (similar to a high definition content fee). But the idea of seeing shows from Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and others in true 3D glory may be too tempting to pass up for avid television watchers. Here's a few 3D enabled displays we're considering as possible upgrades to our home theater...

Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25
This 50" monster puts into shame regular HGTV's. Have the blackest blacks and best color accuracy in every dimension. HD is crisp and vivid and 3-D performance is superb. Very luxurious 3-D imaging with lots of depth, clarity and brightness. The screen comes with an anti glare coating than bans reflection and keeps the black levels very accurate, even on bright rooms. It even auto compensates for dark 3-D glasses. This set includes the active shutter glasses.

>LG Infinia 47LX9500
We love the edge to edge glass panel with an almost invisible bezel. This 47 inter is elegant and have a touch of sophistication. 1.3" thick with a fire bright image with great black levels. It has a lot of image quality control options, including two THX modes. Menus are easy to follow and it has a solid 3-D performance with minimal ghosting. You'll need to fork $180 for each pair of active shutter glasses. I/O connections are typical for today's mid-size HDTV models; on the left side of the cabinet you'll find one HDMI port, two USB ports, one set of component A/V jacks, and a headphone jack. Rear accessible connections include three HDMI ports, VGA, RS-232, and Ethernet connectors, one audio input and one audio output, and a TV antenna/cable coaxial connector. There's also a port for connecting an optional wireless HDMI (WHDI) box, which allows you to connect to various HDMI devices without cables.

Sony Bravia KDL-55NX810
This is a LED lighted unit which delivers excellent HD image with lots of pop. Maybe too much pop and contrast that have an adverse effect on the 3-D arena. It's the only set that offers the 2-D to 3-D conversion. You still need to come up with the $200 for each pair of glasses in order to enjoy the unit. It has integrated WiFi and light sensor for perfect image quality that match the lighting condition of any room. Other clever "eco" features include a "presence sensor" that detects if you've stepped away from your TV and automatically turns the picture off. Sony's Motionflow is one of the most sophisticated and effective motion processing solutions. This 240Hz version quadruples the video frame rate by inserting three entirely new frames for each original frame. The system creates seamlessly smooth, sharp pictures by analyzing the motion of specific on-screen objects as well as overall movement.

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