Originally Posted by Shin CZ
Fad that is here to stay. Does that count?
Manufacturers are gonna push it to death, to where any new 'high-quality' HDTVs automatically will have 3D capability. They will cram it down our throats, even if we don't want it.
Remember looking into a Pioneer Plasma, or a 240hz LCD? 3D is the new 1080p. It will become a standard for higher end sets, but luckily the price WILL come down, and it will always be just an OPTION to use. You can have a 3D TV, and use it in 2D mode.
As much as I HATE 3D as it is now, it's here to stay.
If I upgrade, I'm getting a 3DTV because it will have the highest specs that aren't even 3D related.
Do you think I want the 72" Vizio because it's 3D? Hell no. I want it because it's 72"! I know they won't sell that size in a non-3D TV. See?
What I usually read in review and advice columns on HDTVs (as well postings in threads I follow for HD sets I own made by HD afficianados who are VERY well-versed in the technology and seem virtually obsessed about getting the "perfect" picture via calibration, etc.), is that the MORE extra processing going on with your signal, the more potential is added in for digital noise and other problems... The truth is sometimes they will, sometimes they won't. Sometimes using things like digital noise reduction or "fine motion enhanced" features will IMPROVE
the quality of your picture, and sometimes they will solve some problems, while creating others, like maybe screen lag, or jaggies, or something.
I can imagine where 3D technology might have similar drawbacks in its implementation, so if it's enabled on a TV, it's possible it could denigrate the overall picture quality or performance -- maybe just during 3D mode, or possibly even during 2D mode. Much of that remains to be seen, I think, as enough models hit the streets to put them through their paces. I think the only way we'll ever get true "A/B" comparisons of something like that is if sets like that 73" Vizio you're talking about are offered in both 3D AND 2D-only models, so some reviewer can get a sample of each and compare their 2D performance on an otherwise "equal" playing field.
Even then, so long as they still require special glasses, given the fact that it's NO SECRET
that glasses-free 3D is a technology that's not just being developed, but actually EXISTS in the laboratory, already -- I can't see anyone but those who have $$$ to burn and/or are real 3D fanatics buying these first-generation 3D sets. My guess is, assuming 3D IS here to stay (and I think it is), once the glasses-free technology gets fully ironed out, that's ALL anyone will be selling. Maybe all the sets that use glasses will still work, and those that don't will likely be top-tier prices at first, but give it 5-10 years, and those will be where 120P LCD sets are today, maybe less.