DLP Link 3D shutter glasses 2014 round-up and list of faults. EStar, SainSonic, Optoma, 3DTV, Monoprice, True Depth, Xpand, Okeba, Signstek, etc... - AVS Forum
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I made this thread because all the morsels of information are all spread out in small pockets over 100-page threads and in random places here and there; so I wanted to make an organized and up-to-date list of pros, cons and price ranges of different DLP-Link glasses. 

 

Those of you who have first hand experience or previously-read knowledge, please advise on the "word around town" pertaining to the various brands. Also please feel free to add in new brands that may pop up whether they are good or bad. 

 

I recently just bought an Optoma HD25e (only 80$ more than the HD131) and am looking to get glasses. I chose DLP Link vs RF because I read the quality is based not on the format, but rather on the specific quality of the brand of glasses. So if DLP Link has PQ just as good as RF, Ill opt to save some money. 

 

 

The more popular choices:

 

Optoma BG-ZD301 - $59.99  http://amzn.com/B00BVT69U4

 

Pros:

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EStar ESG601 - $39.99  http://amzn.com/B00CRN3D98

 

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Cons:

 

 

Monoprice DLP Link - $42.99  http://tinylink.net/evyde

 

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SainSonic Rainbow - $21.99  http://amzn.com/B00BVUNZUU

 

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Lesser known choices:

 

3DTV DLP Link - $32.99  http://amzn.com/B004K6ENL2

 

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True Depth 3D Firestorm - $29.99  http://amzn.com/B00EIUDF0K

 

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Okeba Ultralight - $20.99  http://http://amzn.com/B00AASENXC

 

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Xpand X102 - $18.79  http://amzn.com/B004N9ABQM

 

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Signstek GX-30 - $27.90  http://amzn.com/B00DULY02A

 

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Like I said, feel free to add any other underground brands you may know of. Even if you already commented before, or read comments before, please participate once again so we can gather all the bits of anecdotal experience and knowledge here in an organized manner and start to see some patterns. 

 

I personally would like to stay in the 20$ range if possible but I understand those are less than ideal as far as PQ. One of my main questions among others is: are there any in that low price range that are decent? Or will it have to be 40$ and up for anything reasonable?

 

If you'd like to help, just copy and paste the template above and fill out the pros and cons. Or if you just have any informative comments to add please share. Ill do one as well with what I have gleaned from lurking so far...

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Without having first hand experience this is generally what I have noticed/read. Others will have much better insight from experience. 

 

Optoma BG-ZD301 - $59.99

 

Pros: Max quality and consistent sync. Especially since I have an Optoma. 

Cons: Most expensive price

 

 

EStar ESG601 - $39.99

 

Pros: As good as Optoma but 20$ less and supposedly even more comfortable?

Cons: Price still. Shows currently unavailable on Amazon even though they were available just two days ago. 

 

 

Monoprice DLP Link - $42.99

 

Pros: As good as Optoma but 20$ less.

Cons: Price still. 

 

 

SainSonic Rainbow - $21.99

 

Pros: Price.

Cons: PQ is less than ideal and there is color tinting. Synch issues. 

 

 

 

Lesser known choices:

 

3DTV DLP Link - $32.99

 

Pros: Decent sub $40 price. 

Cons: PQ is less than ideal and there is color tinting. Synch issues. 

 

 

True Depth 3D Firestorm - $29.99

 

Pros: Decent sub $40 price. 

Cons: PQ is less than ideal and there is color tinting. Synch issues. 

 

 

Okeba Ultralight - $20.99

 

Pros: Price for sure. 

Cons: ? Haven't read about it yet.

 

 

Xpand X102 - $18.79

 

Pros: Lowest price. Someone mentioned they are comfortable. 

Cons: ? Haven't read about it yet. 

 

 

Signstek GX-30 - $27.90

 

Pros: OK price.

Cons: ? Never even heard of this brand.

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Viewsonic PGD-150 $120 new - $50 used

Pros: Work Very Well, Side Blinders to keep out light, Common Computer Replacable Battery last over a year. Sync Switch built in.
Cons: Heavy, No longer made
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I tried out the SainSonic and wow, I must have a weird nose to eye ratio because these glasses feel like garbage. 

 

I have to angle my face downward or else I am constantly looking "under" the glasses.

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The Optoma and Estar are the only glasses that have a decent contrast ratio. The others, and I've pretty much tried them all, have less contrast, but more apparent brightness. I say more apparent brightness, but really that's just because you have less contrast. I should say this comparison was done with the Optoma 131xe only.
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I would love to see someone throw the 3Active ones on the list. I have a pair of these for my Panny and much more comfy than my Xpands and alot less blinking issues with them.
They are on the higher priced side along with the Optomas, but I think worth looking into.

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I would love to see someone throw the 3Active ones on the list. I have a pair of these for my Panny and much more comfy than my Xpands and alot less blinking issues with them.
They are on the higher priced side along with the Optomas, but I think worth looking into.

Definitely worth looking into (I have these) - here ya go:



3ACTIVE 3D Glasses for 144 Hz DLP 3D Projectors - http://amzn.com/B00C2VQTE6/ (4-Glasses MultiPack)

Pros: Very consistent sync; rechargeable; nice build; extremely comfortable; bundled with individual cases (with cleaning cloths) and charging cables; charge via USB (2 x wall-plugs included in Multi-Pack)

Cons: A bit pricey even in multi-pack guise; a bit of crosstalk/color-shift when not looking through center of lenses


BenQ DLP Link 3D Glasses - http://amzn.com/B00A3TEZBI

Pros: Very consistent sync; extremely well-made; no color-shift or crosstalk; massive lenses

Cons: Big and bulky; uses a non-rechargeable (but long-lasting) battery; ear-pieces are uncomfortable; over-priced.




Ironically, I purchased the 3ACTIVE's for when I needed additional pairs but find I prefer them over the original BenQ's. Go figure...

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Thanks kreeturez!!

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I tried out the Sainsonic Rainbows and they feel terrible. Really plastic and flimsy and sit on the face wrong, tend to bend and stay on the face crooked. 

 

They seem to work OK as far as quality but I don't really know better yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmRFZtplRyg

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I have:

1. EStar ESG601
http://www.amazon.com/EStar-America-ESG601-Link-Glasses/dp/B00CRN3D98/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

2. HISHOCK VA-YDD3GP (same as 3DTV DLP Link)
http://www.amazon.com/Generation-DLP-Link-Glasses-Projectors-Mitsubishi/dp/B00E1S65EM/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396722591&sr=1-2&keywords=3DTV
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Rechargeable-Hi-Shock-dlp-link-3D-Glasses-with-144Hz-4-PCs-lot-for-optoma-BENQ1070-dlp/819322344.html



with Estar you cannot feel the shutter, like watching with passive glasses, fast movement is more fluid.
but with the Hi-shock you get better contrast. maybe active shutter technology tradeoff (blanking time).

Estar has better sync.
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Sintron 3D active shutter glasses (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161161142840 - there is a lot of these on ebay with no name)

Pros: Price, weight

Cons: Colour tinting - everything is bluish, very uncomfortable, no side blinders causes that watching is not very comfortable either, fast movement is not as smooth as with Optoma ZD201 (my original glasses)

Regarding the galsses I just added on, the colour tinting is there only when you are looking straight through the glasses. When I bent the front a little bit up, the colours start to normalise, but it is still far from optoma and they are soooooooooo uncomfortable.... It looks like there is something messed up with polarisation in the lenses.

I think to order D3D now (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111318571070 - 4-pack).
Does anybody have any experience with them?
Do you guys know where can I source EStar in Europe?
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Update?

This thread has not been updated in a while, are there any new favorites? Seems like most of the ones that are highly rated and affordable were in old posts and the glasses are no longer available.

I have the BenQ W1070 and I am thinking about getting 2 pairs of the best sub $50 glasses I can find for myself and my wife and 2-4 pairs of the best sub $30 glasses I can find for the kids and guests. Any recommendations?
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Xpand X102 Cons: Proprietary batteries.

Xpand EDUX DLP Link:, All the pros of the X102 but uses standard batteries without the proprietary casing.
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Has anyone found any good kid-sized (6-10 year olds) DLP link 144hz glasses?

It's hard to love Martin Logans and 2.35:1 CIH at the same time...
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