Originally Posted by stevenjw
I don't get all the 3D bashing. Most new PJs and flat screens include 3D, so it's your choice to add glasses and buy the 3D BDs. Movies like Avatar and Prometheus were made for 3D. Why would you want to watch them any other way. Granted, Avatar is still not out for general release, but that will change soon. Too much money to be made to wait past this Holiday season. Prometheus will make it to BD on Oct. 9th. Tons of other good 3D material too like IMAX stuff, animation, and action flicks.
Excellent post overall. If you are going to buy a new quality TV or Projector there is quite high propability you're gonna get the 3D as a bonus; then it is up to you if you're gonna use it. There is a pile of very nice 3D content around so why not test it with open mind. Just stay our of 3D made in post-processing, I pertsonally haven't seen single one that is really that impressive.
Originally Posted by stevenjw
Most people are negative towards 3D because they haven't really experienced it done right in a home theater
. You need the right projector and glasses. They're not all the same. Some projectors do 3D better than others. There's a long shootout thread comparing the newer 3D projectors. I'd start by reading the begging section. The bottom line is that the best overall 2D/3D values are the Epson and Sony. Each has it's benefits, but I like my Epson because it produces bright 3D which is a must IMHO. The MonsterVision Max 3D glasses are also very good and lighter/more comfortable than most, which helps. I'd avoid the newer JVCs if the upgrade is just for the 3D.
I'd put a huge emphasis on the "done right" part and expand it a bit further. Creating an optimized 3D experience at home is somewhat more challenging than with 2D. I'm on my 2nd 3D equipped room; the Projector (RS40) has not changed, the room around it has.
The 1st room was light coloured living room with smallish 82 inch screen, a Stewart Greyhawk, that was watched from distance of about 2 x screen width lots of distractions (leds, reflections...) around the screen. Fixed reflections etc. around the screen are IMO the biggest killer of 3D immersion. One could get some idea of what 3D is all about in that space but real immersion and feel just was not there.
Last christmas we moved into new house where I had chance to set up a dedicated, albeit small, room that was set up with "don't break 3D with same issues that in old house" in mind. Nearly full bat cave, bigger 110 inch 16:9 Studiotek 130 screen, around 1.1 x SW viewing distance, with absolutely no distractions whasoever around the screen. Enter the whole new world of 3D enjoyment; 3D IMAX documents just take you to another place and time; I'm a diver and IMAX Under the Sea 3D gives closest feel to real diving that there can be without a wetsuit and mask. I've had maybe 50 people checking out some of the best 3D scenes I have in my 50 or so 3D BR collection and not a single one has been unimpressed and called 3D a gimmick.
Here's how my room looks (pic taken before I had finished masking away sub etc. below the screen...) Nowadays not having 3D available there would take away a significant part of my Home Theater enjoyment.