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Scheduled 3D TV Model Releases for 2010 Summer

Monday, April 12th, 2010

2010 will be the year of the 3D television; the interest may seem uncertain and the costs great but there is no doubt that this is true. With a wealth of information available and several locations to test them out, the only real question that remains is “when?” Below you’ll find a list of this year’s 3D TVs and their release dates.

1. Panasonic TC-PVT25 : Panasonic’s 3D television debuted at Best Buy stores on March 10th and shortly thereafter sold out. Offered as a bundle with a compatible 3D blue ray player these TVs offer great picture, full 1080p in both eyes, access to sites like Twitter, Netflix, Pandora and FoxSports through its VIERRA CAST IPTV, SKYPE video calling, THX certification and wi-fi access.

2. Samsung 9000 Series: Samsung also released their new 3D TVs in March. Their TVs are the first LEDs to be released with the built in 3D processing unit, boast a pencil thin thickness, energy efficiency, wi-fi, 2D to 3D conversion, true 240 Hz 1080p playback, access to several apps through the Samsung app shop (this includes things like Netflix), a full color touch screen remote that allows a 2nd person to watch another channel on the remote, and comes in 46 and 55 inch models. Glasses will have to purchased separately however.

3. LG LX9500 3D TV: This model is slated for early May and comes with quite a few interesting features. With a sleek slim design (about the width of a pencil), 47 or 57 inch screen, and claims to be the first LED 3D TV and to be able to provide that 3D without the glasses. It’s also able to load 3D still shots and other items from your camera without having to convert it on a pc first.

4. Sony Bravia XBR-LX900: Sony’s 3D TV is due out in June this year. The Bravia comes with DNLA connectivity, integrated wi-fi, localized dimming, advanced protection from refracted and reflected light to prevent glare, Sony Intelligence Pr4sence Sensor (this detects if you’re still in the room and dims then shuts off the TV if you are gone for long), accessible content for the Bravia through a line to Sony’s shop, Motionflow Pro 240 Hz and Monlith Design to improve image output, and Opticontrast panel.  The Bravia comes in 40 and 60 inch screen sizes and a slim line look.

5. Vizio XVT Pro Series: These TVs already have quite the reputation for having released a solid HD television at a price that many could afford. Now this company is releasing a 3D TV in August. Their 3D TV comes with LED backlighting technology, a 480Hz refresh rate (which improves image and reduces blurring), smart dimming hardware to improve colors and the depth of blackness, built in wireless HDMI (negating the need for HDMI cables) among other options. All of which makes it an excellent option for those with a low 3D budget who still want a great TV.

Samsung 3D TV Vs. Panasonic 3D TV : A Comparison

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Plasma V/S LCD

At its heart, the comparison between Panasonic and Samsung is largely a comparison between plasma and LCD. This was true of both types when HD came out and is true once again with 3D.  What are the differences? LCD offers a focus toward richer blacks and a deeper picture while plasma offers brighter colors and a sharper picture. Inevitably this means that there are differences in the way they display 3D.

1. Processing Speed: LCD TVs and Samsung with them are still coping with issues in this area though there has been a marked increase in the slow down issue that once caused issues for the TV. Current models are able to offer 120, 240, and 480 Hz in refresh rates far better than original levels. Panasonic’s plasma TVs never really struggled on this issue and as a result have had an edge.  Plasma doesn’t deal with motion blurs or side to side panning blurs in their models and have been estimated to have a refresh rate at about 600 Hz.  This means that Panasonic offers true HD 1080p while Samsung is only able to offer 600 to 800 lines of resolution. Overall both offer a great picture and for those who aren’t 1080p purists this wont pose as much of a factor.

2. 3D Performance: Overall, the image results are similar and both offer good depth to the image on viewing but crosstalk (the effect of the twin images that make up 3D crossing each other) caused both to be a little frustrating when the effect occurs.  In the Samsung, this effect was slightly worse likely due to the slowdown issue caused by its lower refresh rate. As a result, the Panasonic model works better for a longer period such as during a full length film.

      Other Factors

      3. Glasses: One of the largest drawbacks of having a 3D TV is the glasses that are a required part of the experience. None of them are very attractive and can become uncomfortable over time this is more true with the Samsung glasses, which are heavier and weigh on you as time passes.  Panasonic’s glasses offer 3 different nose bridges and a neck strap to offer more comfort to the wearer.

      4. Cost: Again the differences in price are quite clear.  Samsung forgoes offering a set of glasses with their model while Panasonic includes a set (each pair of glasses cost about $150). This means that you’ll need to pay for any extra glasses and a blue ray player made to play 3D as well (this is about $400) unless you have a PS3 and can hold out for the update. If the average family of  four were to buy a 3D set the costs would be about $ 3350 for the Panasonic and  $3700 for the Samsung (largely due to cost of buying all the glasses needed). That’s a difference of $350.

          Pros and Cons of Buying a 3D Television in 2010

          Monday, April 12th, 2010

          Deciding whether or not to buy a 3D television this year could be a major decision in many households. This is due to the several factors both pro and con and merits some serious discussion. Here are some of the major points that could affect your decision.

          Pro: Having 3D television means getting your hands on some of the latest tech: Buying one of these 3D wonders means that you’ll be enjoying some of the best imaging, improved black and color features, excellent add-ons and features such as hand touch controls.

          Con: The viability of 3D Devices is thus far unproven: Nobody wants to be spending money on a service or device that never takes off or fails. The risks involved with investing in 3D television can be enough to give even the most tech hungry reason to pause as it is too new to predict the potential outcome.

          Pro: This isn’t your grandpa’s 3D: If you had images of Jaws 3-D in mind, you’re in for a surprise. Several new films have come out which were filmed in the 3-D format this time to great success. In fact, the new trend in 3D devices stems from the renewed interest in the medium generated by those films and the far improved image and validity of the format.  This is a potential breakthrough in media and like color and HD television before, it could be the next major and lasting change to the medium.

          Con: It still requires glasses and may still cause eye strain for some: While they’re no longer blue and red (the new glasses are in fact more like shades), yes the glasses are still a required part of the package. This is because 3D relies on tricking the eye to get the desired visual response through filming with two cameras representing the vision of each eye. This means that our eyes attempt correct any image issues such as blurring however and this causes eye strain.

          Con: The cost: There’s a great deal of money involved with getting your 3D system to work at its optimum. This means buying a TV, most likely a compatible blue ray or DVD player and almost certainly a few pairs of the glasses. While some of the companies say they’ll be including at least 2 pairs of them with each TV, this doesn’t cover guests or extra family members. If you only recently afforded your HD system, you’re also unlikely to be able to afford the upgrade.

          Pro: There are options:  The cost is high no matter what you do; it’s new tech and most 3D systems are 45-55 inches in size.  The good news is that many companies offer special package deals or in the case of Vizio’s model a reduced rate (about $2,000). Panasonic’s model is offered through Best Buy with a compatible blue ray player for instance.

          Con: Few shows, stations or other media are offered in 3D: For the moment, the options of media directly available in 3D are very limited and this can be a major drawback for those who want to have an optimum 3D setup.

          Pro: It’s on the way: While the amount of 3D media is limited, for now there are already steps being taken to remedy this. With the popularity and success of recent films such as Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, there is a lot of action being taken to produce more films and shows in the medium.

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