Like it or not, 3D TVs are still with us, and many people like them. The question is, which type of glasses do you prefer?
Even though 3D seems to have come and gone in the home-theater market, it's not really gone—most manufacturers continue to make TVs with 3D capabilities (Vizio notwithstanding), many studios continue to produce 3D movies, and lots of home-theater owners enjoy 3D content. But until autostereoscopic displays become available to consumers, we're stuck with wearing glasses to watch 3D.
As you probably know, there are two types of 3D flat panels—those that quickly alternate the left and right images on the screen synchronized with active-shutter glasses, and those that use a film patterned retarder (FPR) to alternately polarize the odd and even lines on the screen, which are isolated for each eye using passive-polarized glasses. There are pros and cons with each technology.
Active-shutter glasses unequivocally provide full 1080p resolution to each eye, but they also block more light from reaching the eyes than passive glasses, so the image is typically dimmer. Also, many people complain about seeing a flickering effect with active glasses that is nonexistent with passive glasses, and active systems are more prone to crosstalk/ghosting. And don't forget that active glasses are more expensive than passive glasses, not to mention that active glasses are heavier, bulkier, and require replaceable or rechargeable batteries. On the other hand, while FPR displays often have a wider horizontal viewing angle, they have a much narrower vertical viewing angle. And they don't deliver full 1080p to each eye, though many people argue that the brain fuses the left and right images into a full-resolution 3D image.
So which 3D flat-panel technology do you prefer—active-shutter glasses or passive glasses? Or do you hate 3D in the first place, so neither option is appealing?
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