You do need a mix though. At a bare mimimum you need to add a 3D capable Blu-ray player and a pair of active-shutter glasses. In my case I’ve also tried the P33 with a couple of the showcase 3D games (Wipeout and Motorstorm). But yep, when you get it all plumbed together, it actually works.
More than a gimmick? I’m not entirely sure. The glasses preclude any casual dimension shifting, and at $200 a pair, the kids will be going to bed early on movie night. Also, I couldn’t stand to use the 3D technology during the day. It might just be my situation, but unless you have a windowless home cinema, you’ll notice significant distracting flickering – not from the TV, but from any nearby windows. This isn’t an issue at night.
But, the effect is amazing enough that – had I the readies – I’d like to own of these devices for the odd occasion that I had a fresh baked 3D movie to watch. Just not when lying down on the couch. Why do they use polarised light? Surely the active shutter does everything required to have separate left and right images?
Elsewhere, the Samsung UA46C7000 is rather brilliant. It’s more computer than TV, with a full operating system, applications, and even a built-in PVR (just add storage). Connect the tellie to your network so you can check Twitter. Add an optional webcam (my common-or-garden USB webcam didn’t work), and you can skype your auntie.
The display quality leaves my n-year-old V-series Sony for dead, with all the good cliches like “blacker blacks” coming rapidly to mind. It’s maddening how quickly display technology moves along.
You can have one of these for a measly 4,800 shekels (plus the other bits you need for full 3D). Full tech specs are here.
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