Originally Posted by AVTrauma
I did not purposefully go looking for a 3D panel 18 months ago, I was looking for the best LED panel in the biggest size I could afford. 3D was something I wouldn't mind (future proofing?) but certainly not a deal breaker in any way if it wasn't included. My luck got me a great "3D capable" set, at a great price, with the emitter, glasses and Blu ray player included. I might have eventually
purchased the optional equipment necessary to view 3D, but as they say, "Free is a very good price". I have enjoyed the 3D experiences making my entertainment experience more emmersive.
I imagine those who are in the market for a new TV have some sort of "minimum requirements" (screen size, refresh rate, or the latest ethernet connected "smart TV").
3D may or may not be something that makes the list, but if it is included at a negligable cost point... I think many, if not most/all would not hesitate making the purchase. In these economic times, it is no suprise sets of all types are not flying out the doors of retailers. I don't think sales figures at this point definitively signal acceptance or rejection of this form of media... it's going to take a few years of sales to see how strongly consumers are willing to adopt 3D
Well, I just did a quick browse at Best Buy. Let's say the average consumer was looking for a name brand large screen TV (not the biggest one, either) and nothing really more.
A 55 inch Sony 3D edition goes for $1,900. A 55 inch Sony without 3D goes for $1,200.
He or she could also find a 55 inch Toshiba LCD without 3D for $1,000.
A Samsung 3D model goes for just $1,250 but is only 46 inches. For $1,500 Samsung has a 3D set at 51 inches. LG has a model for $1,600 which is 47 inches.
Now there is a Panasonic Plasma 55 inch 3D television for $1,200 - the same price as the Sony without 3D. But then Panasonic also has a 50 inch Plasma screen without 3D for $680. That's $520 more for a slightly bigger screen with 3D.
Whatever the decision, if screen size is the number one priority there are a lot of options for the average consumer just based on this little experimental shopping spree. They can get a 50 inch plasma for just $680. If they want to stay away from plasma they can get a 55 inch LCD for $1,000. An inexpensive brand-name large screen model with 3D would be $1,500 for the Samsung 51 inch model. So they could spend $500 more for the Samsung 51 inch 3D model compared to the 55 inch Toshiba model without 3D
So for those not particularly interested in the 3D feature and cost is a factor, it is doubtful they will find a set where the additional cost for 3D is negligible - at least this year.