Allright got some hands on with the Panasonic 3d player this morning and this evening. First and foremost this player does not convert 2d into 3d. The player only outputs 3d when a 3d disc is inserted. I used my Samsung 3d glasses this morning as my Xpands did not arrive until late this afternoon. I am using the Samsung 67a750 as a display. I set the player to checkerboard and chose 3d mode 2 on my display and I was ready to rock. The 3d effect was very good, however I noticed ghosting. Sometimes barely noticeable and other times outright terrible. The 3d effect was very good and closeup shots revealed alot of detail. I went to work with a bad taste in my mouth not sure I was liking what I was seeing.
I got my Xpands this afternoon and had a little difficulty getting the battery to seat properly. With a little patience I got them to seat and my two new pairs of glasses are ready to go. The Xpands are extremely comfortable compared to my Samsungs, the Panasonics and the newer Samsung glasses. I fired up the machine, popped in the demo, and turned on the 3d mode to the display. And there it was again, ghosting. I am now thinking there has got to be something I could do. So I toyed with my display picture settings, tried different picture modes, and played with the picture settings in the Panasonic player. No matter what, I could not get rid of the ghosting. I was ready to resign that maybe this was a by product of doing checkerboard with native full hd 3d. Frustrating to say the least. I mean it looked good but the ghosting really stood out, even my gal was irritated. Then a light bulb turned on in my head. I pulled up the source list and I renamed the HDMI 3 input(the only input you can do 3d with) from Blu Ray to PC. Bam! All ghosting gone, playback smooth as a buttersoft leather. Everything is clean and crisp. Did an endzone dance, the whole thing. Looks spectacular to say the least.
Ok those are my findings so far. As for the Xpands, worth every penny. The black levels and color are better than the Samsungs, plain and simple. On the plus side I can still use the Samsung glasses with the emitter while I use the Xpands, so not a total loss. The comfort of wearing them is worth it alone. Oh yeah when you use the PC name on the input, it is probably a good idea to throw up an overscan pattern to make sure the image is centered when you use the wide PC picture size and all will be good. You can adjust the size, horizontal and vertical position. So there you have, excellent 3d playback on a DLP. This weekend I am going to hook the player up to my buddy's 3d DLP that is 720p and see if it works.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to look into it.