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Five 3D TV Myths

- 3D technology is becoming the next big thing in TV technology, but few people are very clear when it comes to the requirements and facts of what it takes to jump into the third dimension. If you read on you’ll find 6 myths and an explanation for each one.

1. 3D TVs are much more expensive than the normal TVs just because they are 3D.

FALSE

Though 3D TVs are currently more expensive than the flat counterparts this is not due to 3D technology per se. Currently, television manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic offer 3D technology only in their high-end models, which have many other improvements compared to the low end models. If you compare the current 3D TVs with similar normal non-3D models from 2009, they have more or less the same price.

2. 3D TVs do not have the same image quality as normal TVs.

TRUE (more or less)

Although 3D TVs offer a two-dimensional image quality comparable to any other TV, when you activate the 3D feature things change a bit. You may have already noticed this in 3D movies, when you put on the obligatory glasses, the brightness of the image diminishes. You can compensate this decrease by adjusting the screen settings, there is no real way to completely compensate for it.

3. A new generation of 3D TVs is coming soon and you will not need glasses.

FALSE

Even though many people have read news regarding new technology that will offer 3D TV without the glasses, as was announced by Sony and Toshiba, it’s a work in progress, to expect this technology appearing at your local BestBuy any time soon is being over optimistic. It’ll be years before it appears in consumer products at an accessible price.

4. All 3D TV glasses are the same.

FALSE

There are a number of technologies that help achieve a 3D effect, each of them requires specific glasses. TVs uses a different technology from that used in cinemas, but even within each niche technology the 3D glasses vary. While manufacturers generally use the same technology to achieve the 3D effect, how they implement it in each 3D TV set can cause incompatibilities between them.

The way most of them work requires that the lenses of the 3D glasses are perfectly synchronized with the TV. Since the method of synchronization varies between manufacturers, compatibility issues are common between different brands.

5. All HD content can be viewed in 3D.

FALSE

This last myth is perhaps the most exaggerated. Some electronic stores tell customers that if they purchase a 3D TV, everything you formerly saw in HD will magically appear in three dimensions. This statement is not only incorrect, it is dishonest.

If you want a true 3D experience, content needs to be created specifically for 3D equipment. And cross your fingers that you are not stereoscopically blind, one of the 5 to 10% of the population that can’t see depth in images on screens, some can have this corrected using glasses, others may never enjoy a 3D film at the movies or on a TV.