Sunday, 30 December 2012

Which 3D TV should I purchase?

That depends on what you want it for - and how much you can afford. First, decide why you want a 3D TV, and finalise your budget.

Is it for 3D Blu-ray movies, gaming or sport? For 3D Blu-ray movies, you'll find an Active Shutter 3D TV that can show every pixel of a 3D Full HD formatted film will best suit - and that's a plasma from either Panasonic or Samsung.
All Active Shutter 3D TVs use bulky 3D glasses that are expensive - most 3D TVs of this kind come with only one or two pairs of 3D specs. Here, it's not about saving money, but ultimate picture quality.
If you're more interested in watching Sky's 3D channel - a mix of mainly sport and movies - and you're not after high definition, demo LG's 'Cinema 3D' line-up that use Passive 3D tech, which is similar to the system used in 3D cinemas (hence the name).
LG cinema 3d
FULL GLASSES:LG's new line-up of Passive 3D TVs include a stunning seven pairs of 3D glasses with each TV
Meanwhile, broadcast 3D pictures are sent over Sky's satellites (and occasionally Virgin Media's cable network on Eurosport 3D or BBC HD) in two standard definition halves, which when sewn together by the human brain - goes the theory - creates an image that's both 3D and HD. In practice it's not as impressive a 3D effect, because it's not as convincing, but it's far cheaper. For starters, the 3D specs used on Passive 3D TVs cost £2 each.
3D gaming generally looks good on both Active Shutter and Passive 3D TVs. Normally rendered in 720p rather than Full HD 1080p, the amount of detail isn't so important and nor is the onscreen action required to mimic reality.

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