Are 3D TVs Worth It?

Discussion in 'Audio/Video & Home Theater' started by puffywulf, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. puffywulf

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    I'm debating on buying a new television. In terms of the new 3D televisions out right now, I'm debating on whether I should take the leap or just stick with a standard LED television without 3D. What are your experiences? Is it worth it or is it something that's going to die out like HD DVD?
     
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  3. Aharami

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    maybe when the technology matures, but I dont want to put on bulky glasses just to watch tv
     
  4. zerocool84

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    That's up to you. If you want 3D then get it. If you don't care about it then don't get it. Some people like it and some people don't. No one knows if something is going to die out. No one knew HD-DVD was going to lose.
     
  5. ProfJohn

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    I have the Sony 3d tv.

    The regular picture is amazing and the 3d is good too. But there is so little 3d content at this point that is it hard to say if it is worth it.

    At this point I wish I had saved my $2400 (tv+ps3+3d kit) and bought a nice projector for my upstairs theater instead.

    BTW think about it long term. Why buy a none 3d tv now and upgrade later? Just get the 3d one now and enjoy it. Especially when you figure that you will by watching this tv for the next 3-5 years etc.

    The other option is to just wait a while longer before getting the TV.
     
  6. chucky2

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    The best 2D TV's are also 3D TV's, so there's really no point in ruling out a 3D TV because that's going to also rule out the best 2D TV's.

    That said, OLED is coming...plant that can do 65" screen will be built in 2H 2011, maybe large screen product in very late 2012 or 2013. Now, when affordable (to the family that makes say $60k combined a year) OLED TV's will be coming, that's likely out in the 2015-2016 timeframe.

    This all sounds so far away, until you consider that "affordable" OLED is anywhere from around 4.5 years to 7 years away: That's not that long.

    Basically, unless you absolutely need "the best" and/or really have cash to burn, just get something that is going to hold you for the next 5 years or so.

    Even the 2011 TV's are still not going to have all the issues corrected with each brand. We'll be lucky in 2012 if there's a top TV that can finally match the 500M/600M Kuro's for black levels, and luckier still if it can match those during the day (instead of a dark @ss room).

    Anyone with a halfway decent TV right now would wait until the 2012 models came out, and buy that top set. Then wait the 4-5 years from then, save up, and finally buy an OLED display when they're out.

    Chuck
     
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    0roo0roo No Lifer

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    glasses are a pain, and just how many things do you really watchh in 3d.

    the proprietary nature of the glasses also makes investment in many pairs questionable.
     
  8. wuliheron

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    Supposedly its especially worthwhile for sports and video game fans rather then just the occasional movie. Video games are created in 3D to begin with and need just a bit of optimization to take advantage of the technology. As a result there is a huge push in the video game industry for 3D everything right now. For more information I recommend:

    http://www.mtbs3d.com/
     
  9. Emulex

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    3dvision from nvidia will be the best use of 3D when it works.

    CGI = 3D that works.

    but yeah active shutters = kills brian cells

    passive shutter tech requires 2x resolution and 2x brightness which sucks (2011 tech).

    so we're not there yet. so yeah 3D sucks at the moment for most everyone
     
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    Not for me... but that's not to say you won't enjoy it. To each his own!
     
  12. jjmIII

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    3D won't catch on IMO. This isn't the first try even.

    I'd get a TV with web apps. That sounds cooler to me!
     
  13. Emulex

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    i have an htpc and the webapps are pretty lame in comparison.

    put xbmc on a tv with some sort of win7 media center like recording using the qam tuner(s)/cablecards - now we're talking about saving space.
     
  14. poofyhairguy

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    After playing 3D Black Ops on my 360 for a few hours yesterday I have to say that gaming is one place that really benefits. Actually looking down a scope is awesome!
     
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    I have one and hardly ever use it. There's not enough 3d content out there, and what is out there is really expensive.
     
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    They are supose to be comiong out with Units that dont require you to wear any glasses.
    I am sure these will cast a lot, but I cant seem to figure how these will work.
     
  17. Number1

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    The 3D feature is just another option on your new TV so it's irrelevant even if the standard dies out in the near future, it doesn't effect the 2D experience.

    My only experience with a 3D TV was at the Sony store and it was like night and day after putting on the glasses. Alice in Wonderland looked superb in 3D.

    If you like the 3D experience and don't mind the glasses, go for it. It won't take anything away from the 2D experience.
     
  18. Emulex

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    yes it affects the 2D experience. the phosphor on plasma is faster. this reduces ghosting AND brightness
     
  19. lupi

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    I have one, haven't put it in 3d mode yet. Thing is that right now for most of the big brands, the 3d models are also the best for 2d viewing and if you catch one on sale it can be just a few hundred $ difference.
     
  20. simonizor

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    We've had 3D for how long now? We've been able to go to the theaters and watch 3D movies for quite some time now. If it was so great, don't you think that every movie would have it? They don't. Why not? Because it's crap. It's just another stupid marketing ploy to get people who have to have the newest tech to buy some TV that's more expensive than the rest just so they can say that they have 3D. It's not even realistic looking. I'm not buying into any 3D crap until we get holograms.
     
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    As soon as they come out with some good 3D porn I'm in! :D
     
  22. Nebor

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    That is exactly why I bought my 3d tv. I've only watched the 3d blu-ray that came with it. :oops:
     
  23. Emulex

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    who goes to the movies? haven't been in 10 years
     
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    It's all personal preference. This one guy told me it was awesome for a while then later on he really didn't care.
     
  25. zerocool84

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    I saw Alice in Wonderland in the theaters in 3D and it sucked, especially since it wasn't shot in 3D but was converted to 3D after the movie was made. there is not one 3D movie that has made me think that 3D is awesome. Avatar has been the best but there's just many things that 3D messes with the image, I hate it.
     
  26. The Boston Dangler

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    it was a money-making gimmick in the 50's and it's a money-making gimmick in 2011.