Originally Posted by KUJayhawk20659
Is it me or most of the people that say "fad" and I'll pass are the "senior" members?
Yes, we senior members are a cranky and cantakerous bunch, although I'm one senior member that's absolutely loving the 3D experience at home. (50" Panasonic VT25 viewed from 6-7 feet away). I find the glasses comfortably fit over my regular glasses, and I've watched for hours without fatigue. Donning glasses for the adventure of entering a virtual 3D world [insert Rod Serling Twilight Zone intro here] is no more of a chore then wearing sunglasses on a bright day...and no, you won't want to wear these things at the beach to pick up girls. They do look dorky, but so what?
Still, I wouldn't begin to suggest that anyone replace their current HDTV for the sake of 3D. It's an added feature. What's more, I have no more interest in 2D to 3D conversion then I have in "colorized" black and white, so the content choices are very limited. Still, if you're looking for a replacement display (In my case, a 20 year old bedroom Trinitron) the premium for the 3D capability isn't that outlandish, and I haven't shown the 3D off to anybody that hasn't smiled (I assume they're impressed, but maybe they just think I'm nuts).
I don't agree with the argument that the manufacturers are over-selling or "forcing" the product on unsuspecting consumers, any more then car manufacturers touting their latest and greatest advances. The obsolescence concept is a basic tenet of marketing.
In fact, 3D is a tougher sell then most products because it has to be seen, and demonstrated properly, to sell. I think that's the greatest obstacle to mass adaption if my experience in big box stores is any indication. (The bundle of 3D blu-ray player and glasses were priced quite reasonably). On the other hand, finding a store with a good, working display was another matter. One store clearly had the Samsung unit set up with 2D to 3D conversion while running regular programming. Any potential buyer would be left, at the very least, underwhelmed. I'm afraid that kind of lazy display will become the rule, rather then the exception.
Given the outrageously optimistic numbers touted by the industry, I'm not slightly surprised by the disappointing sales numbers. For all intents and purposes, 3D TV is brand new. If the technology is given a chance to mature, I'm confident that many of the naysayers here will become converts.