Originally Posted by croikee
I see that Panny ST50 is a 3D tvs. My small amounts of reading on 3d tvs over the past 2 years led me to believe they cause headaches in a lot of people and are more gimmicky than worth it. Thoughts on this?
Also, with a 3d TV, you can turn the 3d off, correct, and just watch it normally? How is the tv in 2d mode?
Yes normal 2D mode is used on 3D TVs too.
3D mode only goes active if you watch 3D content like from a special 3D blu-ray player and 3D movie title.
The 3D capable TVs may have superior video processing and faster panel, so that can improve 2D as well.
To view in 3D mode you need a pair of compatible 3D glasses for the particular TV too.
A very small percentage (1-2%?) of the population may have issues watching 3D, but most don't.
I found initially I had to get use to adjusting my eye's focus with 3D viewing, so that needs some practice to get used to it, but no headaches.
I'd recommend the Panasonic ST50 models whether you use 3D or not, you might want to use it in the future.
The 50ST50 is a bargain priced model under $1100 from some sources.
Some events of the Summer Olympics are reportedly being broadcast in 3D on a special channel on many cable systems in the next few weeks by the way.