3D and 2D TVs

Is it worth getting a 3D TV?  Like it or not, 3D is here to stay.  Technology has finally met content, so we finally have movies we want to see and the ability to enjoy them.  A 3D TV can be considerably more expensive than a 2D TV, but it might be worth it to you.  Technology always gets better and cheaper with time, but you are in the market to buy a TV now.  You probably won’t buy another TV within 5 years, so maybe it’s a good investment to get the best technology on the market today, so you don’t go without it for the next five years.  I’m sure there will be another new technology out there at that time, and you will have to ask yourself the same question all over again.

Does size matter?  Yes.  The bigger the better.  There is an equation for figuring out your normal viewing distance vs. size of TV.  Throw that out if you’re serious about 3D.  When you watch 3D, the guys at THX recommend that the screen dominate your field of vision.  That means at 10′ you should have an 82″ screen.  I know that’s not possible in most homes, so the rule of thumb: get the biggest stinkin’ TV you can get.

Seriously?  I have to wear glasses?  YES, you have to wear glasses to enjoy 3D at home, and YES they are expensive, BUT many manufacturers offer bundle packages with two pairs of glasses and a 3D movie to get you started.  Will 3D ever come to our homes where we don’t need to wear glasses?  Not anytime soon.  Everyone wants it, but I don’t even see it on the horizon yet.

What else do I need to get 3D?  Obviously you need a 3D TV.  You will also need a 3D Blu-ray player, and HDMI cables.  Those three things are a given.  If you don’t have a surround sound system, you’re done- go away and enjoy your 3D movies.  If you do have a surround sound, I’m glad you stuck around, but it can get a little confusing.  If you just want to spare the run-around, go get yourself a 3D compatible receiver.  Plug everything together using HDMI cables and you’re set.  If you don’t have a 3D compatible receiver, you will need a Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs.  One will go to your receiver for the surround sound and one will go to your TV for 3D.  If you have your cables installed in the walls, and it will be difficult to install a second HDMI cable, save yourself the trouble and buy a 3D compatible receiver.

Can I get 3D from anything else?  YES!  Satellite is offering a few sporting events on 3D.  Check with your local provider for more details.  As I write this, cable TV is not capable of producing 3D content, but I’m sure they are working tirelessly on it.

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