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Should you buy now or wait for 3D HDTVs

Submitted by on November 19, 2011 – 12:22 amNo Comment | 1,797 views

3D TV
The new rage is for 3D HDTVs and the big question is whether one should buy one now or wait?

That answer depends on many factors which we’ll cover right here. The bottom line is that 3D HDTV is the newest and most sought after option for watching TV. The various technologies such as LED, LCD, Plasma, and Projection TVs need to realize that 3D is going to be a big part of the future of HDTV and more. It may not be ‘the’ feature people are looking for but producers of content are going to want that option available as it continues to draw in movie audiences and is now a huge part of gaming.

Example of Well Known 3D TV Brands and Models
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The 3D HDTV technology has made leaps and bounds over just a short few years. No longer encumbered by big glasses, the new technologies allow for people to sit in front of the TVs and see content in 3D. However the primary technologies for viewing 3D are going to have to be something getting used to.

Nielsen 3D TV Interest Chart

Figure 1 : Nielsen 3D TV Interest Chart

There is polarized 3D technology but that’s used in movies and some might not like it. It also isn’t supported with LCD HDTV. Frame Alternating 3D is the way to go here as the refresh rates are good up to 240 Hz. This means that the 3D HDTVs have to punch up that stream 60 hz x 2 to get that smoothness.

How does 3D TV Work

Figure 2 : How does 3D TV Work

Now here’s the kicker, any 3D HDTV you’ve got that is HDMI 1.3 will probably have to be booted out for the newer HDMI 1.4. It’s the only one capable of handling the 240 Hz rates for the Frame Sequential Display 3D.

3D TV Size

(Diagonal – inches)

Optimal Viewing Distance

720p (inches) – 2.3x

Optimal Viewing Distance

1080p (inches) 1.56x

Closest possible Viewing Distance

70 Degree FOV (inches)

42 97 66 26
50 115 78 32
55 127 86 35
60 138 94 38
65 150 101 41

Table 1 : 3D Tv Viewing Distance Recommendation

So you’ve now gotten the real deal on whether you should buy now or wait. The bottom line here is that you could buy now, but, you had better buy the latest in the technology and capability and that means asking the manufacturer and salespeople for HDMI 1.4 as a minimum. Don’t fall for lower prices, you want what will do the best job now and in the future as these devices can cost quite a good penny. That sounds good but as anyone who has studied and come into contact with technology knows you can see things change in just a matter of months. These sets can cost $1k and $2k but if they’re not ready for HDMI 1.4 you’re sunk. Also, the lack of major content and support means it might be a good idea to wait a year from now until late 2012 as the Blu-ray content will increase by then. For video gamers however, getting a 3D HDTV is something you can do now if you’re willing to kick out the costs for one and play now and hope for the best until tech support grows in the industry.

The gaming community was way ahead of the pack when it came to preparing for 3D HDTV so they would enjoy the technology now and avid gamers don’t care about cost they only want to play and win.

So overall it might be wise if you’re a family with a budget or a club, bar, disco, that uses 3D HDTV as a draw for the crowds might want to wait until the various industries are up and running to meet the demand for the new 3D HDTV technologies.

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