Originally Posted by Techaholic
I was wondering if there is any way that an add on black box of tricks would enable say a Pioneer 151 to disply 3D or is that not possible?
I posted this in the official KRP-500/600M thread, but i'll duplicate here:
Unfortunately no. None of the Kuros (or any other consumer PDP for that matter) are capable of displaying the newer
forms of 3D imagery. There are basically four methods of distributing 3D into the consumers' home:
1. Anaglyph stereoscopic 3D
. Anaglyph is the oldest and poorest rendition of 3D, as color saturation and detail are sacrificed for the added depth of the 3D effect. This is what My Bloody Valentine 3D and Journey to the Center of the Earth use for the home video market. Pairs of red and blue cheap glasses are included to get the 3D effect, but color and the overall image look bland and washed out, and motion resolution plummets as well. Anaglyph techynology will work with all existing displays, but be aware that resolution and overall image quality suffers tremendously
2. Circular polarized stereoscopic
. This is the method employed for virtually all 3D presentations in theaters today (IMAX and non-IMAX cinemas), including JC's Avatar. The technique works by sending out two separate (half-resolution
) images through polarizing filters, one for each eye, and thus requires circular polarized glasses to view correctly. The important thing to be aware of is that full vertical
resolution is not maintained; the original captured/mastered resolution is halved vertically, but not horizontally. So for Blu-ray transfers, it would be 1920 x 540 x 2, and for 2K projection (like in digital theaters), 2048x1152 becomes 2048x576 for 16:9 aspect ratio imagery.
Digital FP systems are required to produce this effect (except
for 15/70 IMAX projection systems which use an advanced technique). Most non-IMAX systems installed in the US are DLP FPs, while LCoS FPs can also be used to render the effect. Samsung and JVC have announced direct-view displays for 2010 that will use CP technology.
3. Active shutter stereoscopic
. This works by requiring the display to alternate images at a rate of 60Hz. Battery-powered active shutter glasses communicate with the display via IR to sync with the on-screen image, creating the superb 3D effect. This is the most expensive approach (the glasses aren't cheap), but will also produce the highest quality, as well as the most seamless, least-fatiguing 3D viewing. Active shutter will allow the full resolution
of each frame to be maintained (1920x1080 x 2, one for each eye for Blu-ray), and this is the approach which Panasonic is pioneering. Quality is not compromised. Panasonic and Samsung have announced 2010 releases of AS direct-view displays.
4. Real-time 2D-to-3D conversion
. This approach works exactly as it sounds; 2D content is converted to 3D on-the-fly using internal processing algorithms. This will most likely be similar to MCFI processing in LCDs in the sense that some implementations will work better than others. Toshiba and Samsung are the first two mfrs. to announce this feature on 2010 sets.
As you can see, the Kuros and all other current displays are not compatible with methods 2-4. They cannot produce polarized (half-resolution) images, they cannot produce time-shifted (full 1080p) images, and they lack the 2D-3D processing. To utilize these new 3D technologies, you will need to buy a new display, along with a new Blu-ray player.There is also a possible roadbump in the home theater chain with AVRs
. The BDA has reported that some AVRs will not be able to accept the bandwidth of a full 1080p 3D BD signal from a BD player through HDMI inputs. Other methods are being discussed.