Originally Posted by knobe
The 3D is at it's infancy stage. I refer to Vizio's 2011 3D offerings where regular cheap movie theater glasses will be used to view content, not the heavy expensive electronic ones required now. They are transitioning away from today's technology very soon. Finally, I can tell you that the high gloss screen on the 554 to me is very annoying as I do have a curtained window and table lamps in the tv room. My eyes are always picking up on the reflections. Matte, IMO, is better.
Regarding the "transition," I might suggest reading the review posted last week on CNET after testing and comparing one of the new Vizio passive 3D sets with current active 3D sets (which require the electronic glasses). As the review makes clear, when it comes to picture quality, passive 3D isn't there yet. The active sets remain much better.
As far as the reflective screen, before I bought my 554 several days ago (replacing my 473), I was looking at a 554 next to a 55" LG set, checking the reflection on the screens of the overhead florescent lights at the Sam's where I was. They both reflected, of course, but the reflection was more muted on the Vizio. The LG screen appeared noticably more reflective.
One reason I got the 554 was because of the new, clearer screen. My viewing room is fairly dark, with only one window, which helps, of course. But there have been comments about the clearer screen providing more contrast, and that makes sense to me.
I presume Vizio had a good reason for deciding to change screens. Also, most of the other HDTV sets out there have clear screens; I don't think they all would, unless there were some advantage to it. It stands to reason that a matte screen is going to diffuse, and dim, the light coming through it more than a clear screen will.
When I have a light on next to the couch were I sit, that light is only noticable on the screen if I try to focus on it. When watching a program, I don't notice it at all, and if I try to see it, it takes a bit of time to change the focus of my eyes to be able to see it on the screen. The screen is not like a mirror when you're watching it - the reflection is much more muted than that when the TV is on. As I said, I don't even notice it at all. It's really not a factor.