Quality 3D HDTV for the Masses

November 28, 2011, By George Lang

The fact that we are still forced to put the anachronistic adjective HD before the letters TV is a constant reminder of how long it takes technology to transform from one popular iteration to the next; 3D TV is another.

While relatively new in the marketplace, 3D TVs are becoming much more pervasive, creative content for them more prevalent, and the experience more satisfying. Not only are there far more quality movies being made available, but 3D games and 3D camcorders have been added to the fun and versatility of the mix. For us at DeviceMag, these factors are making a 3D TV purchase almost a must for the complete home entertainment center.

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As with all popular technologies before it, the prices have come way down for 3D TV—almost to the level of 2D models. By the way, the new “3-D TVs have the best 2-D pictures” (Merson & Morrison). Click here for CNET’s quality list of the best HDTVs available this holiday season.

There are two basic types of 3D technology you should be aware of before making your purchasing decision. The FIRST (and best) is Active 3D which uses a high-speed interactive communication between the powered glasses and the TV. The glasses cost around $40 a pair (for those who might be interested in inviting the neighborhood over to watch a 3D movie). The TVs are also more expensive. The SECOND is Passive 3D and uses unpowered glasses.

Television (TV) has come a long way since it became commercially available in the 1920s. 3D is just the latest in a long line of rich innovation that is making our lives so much more exciting (assuming you know how to avoid certain commercial programming). “Knowing” is the key to purchasing wisely and getting the most out of it. Here at Device Magazine, we take great pride in doing our best to help you along the complex path to knowing your technology better.

We leave you with a CNET video that describes one of the better HDTVs on the market today, the Sony Bravia XBR-55HX929.

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