Originally Posted by HopefulFred
I just got back from the SonyStyle store in Atlanta (Lenox Mall). They have two of the new 3D capable displays. One is playing a 2D loop while sitting on the silver/chrome stand pictured above - looking very sexy, I might add - while the other is mounted on the wall, playing a short (2-3 min) loop of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
The salesperson stationed there helped me get some glasses and answered a few of my questions - as best she could...
The TV looked to me to be about 46 inches (I didn't ask). The salesperson couldn't give me too many details - here's what I did get: about the TV - it's LCD with LED backlight, she thinks 240Hz, should be at/under $3000, officially no model numbers yet, but she thought it was NX1 or something like that (maybe she was just confusing it with the NX800, or maybe it's a different model? I couldn't say - of course SonyStyle website shows LX900, HX800, and HX900 as 2010 models with 3D capabilities)
The PS3 was delivering the content. She told me it was streaming the video - it sounds like they don't have any physical 3D movie content on hand. I'd love to find out bit-rates and other technical information about the file. She told another customer that the video games produce a very dramatic 3D effect.
My experience with the TV was mixed. The TV itself is very nice looking, and the 2D image looks excellent. The image quality in 3D is also very good, but I'm not sold on the 3D experience for home theater just yet.
The glasses, to me, are the weakest part of the experience. They were reasonably light-weight and fit over my prescription eyeglass frames just fine. The arms were very firm and pinched the back of my head where the "flexible" rubber tips fit behind my ears (not turning down, like my regular frames, but just curving inward like a lot of sporty sunglasses). The first pair I was given were not on, and apparently you can't just turn them on and have them work, so she gave me another pair.
The 3D video was only moderately dimmer wearing the glasses and I wouldn't worry about that at all, were I in the market. What would bother me a little (other than the fit of the glasses) is the flicker. It flickers a good bit more than my Panasonic plasma playing Blu-rays at 48Hz. I couldn't say if it was a sync problem with the glasses, or a frame rate problem or a display refresh rate issue - but it was real, and interrupted the video in a way RealD 3D in the theaters does not.
The only other thing I can say about it is that bigger is better. I would want only a very large display because there's a weird immersion issue for me when only a small portion of your field of view is filled with the 3D video. That's why I hope that there'll be 21:9 front projectors that are 3D capable by the time I get my budget together for a dedicated home theater. Then I can see 3D being a great in-home experience.
Having said that - I would still like to see video games and live sports on 3D TVs - they might be really cool.