3D TV Buyers Guide For 2012
Ever since the 3D TV became available in the market 3 years ago it has been struggling to get the attention of consumers. One of the main reasons why it didn’t click is that people don’t like the idea of wearing flimsy cardboard glasses with colored filters to watch their favorite shows. When you factor in its higher price when compared to a regular flat screen LCD or LED TV then you will have a product that’s definitely not going to sell well.
The good news today is that 3D TV models have undergone a change that will make them more appealing to consumers. Newer models today have ditched the flimsy glasses and now give you a viewing experience with the same quality as theatrical 3D movie releases. You will still need to wear glasses though but they are cooler this time around and require batteries to work.
What is a 3D TV?
A 3D TV is actually an LCD or LED TV that is capable of displaying 3D content. This is possible if the viewer has the right accessories such as a 3D source and 3D glasses. This type of TV can still function as a 2D TV and in fact are quite great in displaying 2D high definition content. This means that the 3D mode is only a feature that you will be able to enjoy if you have the correct accessories in place.
What is needed to view 3D content?
Unlike the regular 2D content that you are used to viewing, 3D content requires additional accessories as explained previously. You are going to need 3D glasses first and foremost. You need a 3D copy of the movie you want to watch which will normally be a 3D Blu-Ray disc. You will also need a Blu-Ray player capable of processing 3D content.
What types of 3D TV are available in the market?
There are two types available right now which are the Active and the Passive. Active models were first introduced in the market in 2010 while Passive models came in a year after in 2011. The difference between the two is that Active models use glasses that use liquid crystals and are powered by batteries while Passive models use simple glasses which are similar to what you use in theaters. In terms of picture quality the Active models have a slight edge over Passive models.
Where do I find 3D content?
Your main source of 3D content will have to be your 3D Blu-Ray player. Although some cable companies have specific channels that are being broadcasted in 3D, it is actually doing so in half resolution. This makes the picture have a non-high definition look to it. As of the moment there are no plans for cable companies to broadcast in full definition.
Should you buy a 3D TV?
If you are worried that your regular 2D TV will become obsolete then don’t since it’s not happening anytime soon. 3D TV has a long way to go before it will become popular with the ordinary consumer. It’s limited content and high price are often seen as the reasons why it hasn’t taken a large slice of the consumer market yet. However if you have the budget then you will definitely enjoy owning a 3D TV.by