Originally Posted by PLB
The good news is that many of the expensive parts of a 3D system you already have. The single most expensive part of a Home Theater is usually the room and the furnishings.
For the most part, I have to humbly disagree. I cannot account for the room itself, as pretty much all buildings cost more than 3d gear. And, I realize that in some high end home theaters there are multiple rows of $3000 seats and such, but having spent thousands of dollars on 3D systems (and often getting the parts much cheaper than retail) I can honestly say that any of the 3D systems I have built/owned have cost much more than most people spend on furniture.
A low level 120hz 3d projector of any capacity is going cost at least $500, but most proper ones will be in the thousands. Th new LG at CES, for example, is slated for 10K. While it is considered to be the (consumer level) creme de la creme, it's not outrageously expensive for that type of equipment. In a double stacked passive PJ setup, you can get cheaper PJs, but now you need 2 of them. By itself, I can say the PJs cost more than most people spend on the furniture.
And even then, that it is only one of the 3d puzzle pieces.
Quality circular polarizing filters for dual PJ will cost a couple hundo.
An active polarizing ZScreen is a couple thousand.
A decent HT size good quality silver screen will run the better part of a thousand at least.
The glasses are the only thing that's cheap.
The projector: I'll mention it again, because you generally need even higher end for 'true' active (non-checkerboard) 3D pj. The sky is the limit, but the bottom line is still a few $K.
A theater-quality emitter retails over $500.
Theater FOV glasses (Nuvision, Crystaleyes, etc.) retail over $500/pair
...admittedly, I need a cheaper hobby, but I couldn't imagine spending as much on the furniture.
Luckily, The consumer level equipment that will be forthcoming will be many degrees less expensive than the currently available pro offerings. I do, however, wonder how the quality of it will be. I am spoiled to the stupidly expensive stuff....