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I have gone back and forth with this issue until I finally decided to get a 3D enabled TV last weekend.
I loved the 120Hz for HD shows and Sporting events on a 46" Sony LCD and then on a 47" LG LED, but sadly each of those sets met an untimely demise and I found myself looking for a replacement recently. While I was a big fan of the 120Hz / SOE for live material, for films I was more mixed. If I had a movie like Reservoir Dogs (a character-driven piece with little special effects or set pieces) I found it to be pretty much an enjoyable experience and a fresh take on the movie. But films like the Pirates of the Caribbean or other action/outdoor/set-piece driven movies did not seem to work as well for me. I would be wowed at the start and then gradually become very distracted by the appearance and it did not work for me.
Then I brought home the LG 47LM6200 and started messing around with 3D material utilizing the TruMotion 120Hz effect to its fullest. Pixar films like Finding Nemo 3D and Monster's, Inc. 3D were STUNNING. Its may be just the colors and saturation of those films, but whatever it was, it was enough to stop my wife - who HATES movies and technology and home theater - dead in her tracks and she sat down and watched a movie for the first time in years...
The SOE and 3D are an outstanding marriage. I also popped in Avatar 3D and was reminded why I enjoyed the 3D theater presentation of that film so much more than the Blu-Ray 2D home theater version. The level of immersion on Pandora is simply night and day different in 3D than 2D for me. I actually enjoyed the film for the first time since I initially saw it in a 3D theater presentation. I'm really looking forward to a return viewing of The Hobbit in 3D now.
Prior to actually making the leap and bringing home a 3D TV, I was not sold that it was worth it, but for me anyway, the pairing of a pronounced SOE and 3D images is the sweet spot for now.
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