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Old 10-19-2010, 11:23 AM
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Browsing Costco this weekend, they had 2 different 3D home theater displays set up - one from Panasonic and one from Samsung. Each had special glasses to watch the TVs. One was showing a rock concert DVD in 3D. The definition of each of the band members was superb; looked like a live show. The drummers arm seemed to come right out of the screen when they went to close-up on him. The other one was showing some boy-robot cartoon thingie and it had great definition, too. Looked like he was flying out and away from the screen as he zoomed around

While I found the idea of 3D intriguing, I don't know that I could sit there and watch everything with the glasses on (I don't wear glasses normally). I didn't even really look at the prices. It did raise a few questions though. Has anyone here made this switch? There was no one there to answer any questions.

1) Do the DVDs and broadcasts have to be 3D, or does the TV automatically do the conversion from standard or Blu-Ray DVDs? Getting older here, I don't know that I once again want to change base technologies (like going from 8-track to cassette to CD to VHS to DVD). Just too much invested in titles on DVD right now to start collecting yet another format.

2) Do these sets play in a "standard" DVD mode as well? The picture was fuzzy without the glasses, due to the offset of the images for 3D. My Blu-Ray plays both standard and Blu-Ray DVDs, but not sure if this the case with 3D stuff. I have to imagine that it would, but don't know that for sure.

3) Passing fad or next generation technology? Are we all going to be watching the NFL and NASCAR in 3D in the next couple of years, or you think this will just fade into the woodwork as 3d has seemed to do over the years since the old blue/red glasses of the 50's and 60's?

Inquiring minds and all... ;?
Old 10-19-2010, 11:30 AM
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1) Yes. They have to be 3D titles. The player/TV will not convert a standard DVD or bluray to 3D
2) It will play standard DVD just fine. The picture shouldn't look fuzzy
3) I'm not sure. There certainly seems like a lot is being invested in 3D. I do want to say fad though..
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In order for you to watch 3D you will need: A 3D screen (LED or Plasma), a 3d Blueray player, a 3D blueray disc and the 3D glasses.(and note that glasses are not interchangeable, only the screens' brand will work). At about $120-$150 for a set of glasses, I hope your family isn't too big. Also you will get a headache after watching 1 movie...
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I think 3D will stay. It does need more content to make it worth having. I read somewhere that 3D will change and at some point you will not need special glasses - if/when that happens it will take over.
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HH Gregg has their Mitsubishi stuff on sale thru Sunday, offering 20% discounts. That makes their 82" TV and a kit with 4 sets of glasses worth about $3200...
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3D is the future. I read that networks are rushing to get it out for sports on the assumption that people will be glad to continue paying for cable or FIOS or whatever to get 3D sports. Otherwise, they are facing a dwindling audience as quite a few people are dropping cable.
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Seems like bad timing. I couldn't imagine increasing my cost of programming at a time like this. I think it's probably here to stay, but I won't be getting it anytime soon. I just upgraded to a flat panel and am still bunged about having to pay a HD fee.
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Dulcecita, I bought a 3D TV about three months ago,(1) you can watch none 3D material in the 3D mode,the action is not as dramatic but the details are greater than regular HD, my TV is a 55" Samsung (2) TV must be 3D, disc player and source material also the connection between DVD player and TV must be HDMI 1.3 or greater.
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We went 3D on 3 TVs, waiting for the price to drop for the rest of them, semi waste of money
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I'd like to go 3D, but I just replaced the foil on the rabbit ears on my black and white TV set, so it's kinda hard to justify.
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
I'd like to go 3D, but I just replaced the foil on the rabbit ears on my black and white TV set, so it's kinda hard to justify.
Yeah, that aluminum foil has gotten expensive!!

You know how I knew I was getting old? Several years back, my son was about 10, I guess. He comes into the living room complaining to me that the TV in his bedroom is broken. I get up to go see what's wrong with it. Looks fine to me, has a good picture, has sound. I ask him "So, what's wrong?" He gives me the eye roll and says "Daaaadddd!! LOOK at it!! There's no color!!!" It was an old black and white monster movie.

Yup. Made me feel pretty darned old, explaining that ALL movies and TV used to be like that!!;?
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
Yeah, that aluminum foil has gotten expensive!!

You know how I knew I was getting old? Several years back, my son was about 10, I guess. He comes into the living room complaining to me that the TV in his bedroom is broken. I get up to go see what's wrong with it. Looks fine to me, has a good picture, has sound. I ask him "So, what's wrong?" He gives me the eye roll and says "Daaaadddd!! LOOK at it!! There's no color!!!" It was an old black and white monster movie.

Yup. Made me feel pretty darned old, explaining that ALL movies and TV used to be like that!!;?
Yeah, it's amazing how far things have come. I just turned 48, but I can remember when I was a kid (maybe 6 or 7 yrs old) and some of the neighbors were getting color TV. Now there's HD, 3D, makes you wonder what we'll be seeing in years to come.

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