I was in Best Buy yesterday and demoed the new 50" Panasonic 3D plasma TV they had on display in their Magnolia department and I was not impressed. (This Best Buy is located at 46 Gosling Rd, Newington/Portsmouth NH = 603-431-1784).
The exact model they have on display is the = Panasonic Model# 50vt20. This model is Panasonic's brand new 2D - 3D duel capability TV. The exact dimensions of their 3D Panasonic display TV = Screen size/dimensions = 50 inch, tv dimensions are 49" x approx28".
First off the picture was DIM, how dim? = about 1/4 to 1/3rd dimmer with the glasses on.
Second, while static 3D images looked fairly decent, as soon as ANY KIND OF MOVEMENT was introduced into the picture, it was all down hill from there: at best the image was very choppy and at its worst, unwatchable... like watching an ancient Edison kinescope WITH BLINDERS ON…; it gave me a headache! And this was in a heavily controlled, "best-case-scenario" setting = 600Hz plasma screen TV with shutter glasses and the image being produced directly via 3D Blu-ray! Because of the problems that exist with 3D motion, I believe lots of people are going to find that they have all sorts of health related issues watching 3D = headaches, nausea, etc… Sounds like fun… NOT!
Anyone who thinks they are going to be able to watch any kind of sports, or film content where there is any amount of movement and action smoothly in 3D, via broadcast cable, fiber optic or satellite TV using "the latest in 3D technology" is D R E A M I N G! AVS members who have any kind of issues with judder, blur, lack of image sharpness, etc, in 2D are going to go out of their minds and need to be hospitalized when they see how bad this LOW-QUALITY "high-tech" 3D technology really handles movement in the real world. If it is this bad in a heavily controlled demo room, using the best equipment they have available, just think how much worse it will be under real-life conditions. AVS members gripe about the quality of Comcast and Direct TV now... wait until they get a load of highly compressed 720p (at best) 3D!
Third; the 50" Panasonic Model# 50vt20 plasma TV they had on display at the BB was a 600Hz set... 600 hertz!... (As someone mentioned in a post below = The Panasonic 3D plasmas use 120 Hz (or an optional setting for 96Hz) refresh rate. What the 600Hz number is the "sub-pixel" refresh rate which has nothing to do with the overall display refresh rate and is just a advertising number they use on all of their plasmas, including standard 60Hz 2D models) and the picture still looked lousy when it came to any kind of movement. My point is this: If 3D is this bad in an ideal setting on a touted 600Hz set; how bad is it going to look on a 60, 120, 240... etc Hz set, using broadcast TV or even 3D Blu-ray? Answer = terrible, but 3D "fanboys" who have bought into the ad campaign hype will still delusionally proclaim how “great” it looks.
Last issue; 3D GLASSES, funny, one of the biggest hurdles to this whole 3D fad... always comes down to... GLASSES. I was told that Panasonic has their own proprietary glasses: You want to watch Panasonic 3D TV, you MUST USE Panasonic's glasses. (The TV comes with two pair but if you need more they are $150 for two. So if you want to have 10 people who want to watch your TV in 3D it is going to cost you $600 extra!) You want to watch SONY 3D TV... you got it, you HAVE TO USE SONY's 3D Glasses... this eliminates competition so their prices stay inflated. Any of you folks ever have a problem having to buy SONY, JVC, Yamaha, Denon OEM replacement parts or additional ANYTHING? You know it is always overpriced and costs a small fortune. Wait until you have to go to these guys for your 3D glasses fix!
While the Panasonic 3D demo at BB was somewhat interesting; the vast amount of perpetual real-life issues inherent with the whole 3D format make it a non-essential, unnecessary format that will remain nothing but a niche fad, in spite of all the hype and bally who.