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post #1 of 11
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Hello everyone. New here. I have been done lots and LOTS of research and reading about the latest 3D tvs. I am trying to save up for one but i lack patience lol. Aside from that though, my bigger issue is that I am SUPER picky! I really dislike that about myself. Its frustrating. Anyhow, I've read all the pros and cons on Saamsung, Panasonic, and Sony's latest. To me it seems there are more negative reviews on the samsung tvs than the other two. Not enough about the LG. And then there's all the other things about Panasonic plasmas with their fluctuating brightness and green blobs. Light bleeding and the like about LED in general. I've decided first and foremost that I do not want passive. Too many Samsung negatives, and besides they are too expensive for me. I read Plasma is the way to go for the 600hz, deeper blacks and good viewing angles, and best 3D. I had initially eliminated Sony LED and decided on the Panasonic Viera GT30. The price is right. But the more i think about how much I want to have my PC connected to the Tv at all times, the more I don't think I want to take too high of risks. Plus it seems like too much hassle to do all the work to get it working right and stuff. the burn-in period and stuff. And even though the technology has advanced, I still read reviews and comments about how people are still sometimes getting images burned in. Aside from some of them being image retention that will fade and are not permanent, it would seriously piss off my wife to spend so much money on something that has problems like that lol. She is already not happy about me wanting to buy another tv. Then if burn in does happen I read about people getting turned down by the manufacturers for any help because it would be the customers fault and the Warranty doesn't cover that problem. So that was the killer for me about plasma. Too big of a risk for my money. Would Square trade work with me on image retention stuff? Anyhow, I read lots of good things about Sony's HX series. I decided to go with the HX729. Slightly less glare, and cheaper by a bit. What scared me off with the HX820 was I read at least 2 reviews where the gorilla glass was starting to unglue from the back after just 3 months, and it was significant enough that they could see light coming out of the TV from there. I might still consider it, that I can deal with through replacement or warranty. But has any of you who might own the HX820 had this problem as well? Lastly, I could get the Sony HX729 sooner if I go with the 46". I can wait just a bit longer, but I don't know if 46" would satisfy me lol. Is it a significant enough size for 3D viewing? Well, these are my opinions, thoughts, research, and points of view sprinkled with some questions. Thanks for reading.
post #2 of 11
No, 46" is way too small for 3D. I watch 3D on my 82" DLP 10' away and am considering the Mitsubishi 92" when it becomes available soon. DLPs have no burn in and no crosstalk and the best value for the money.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the reply. I hadn't even considered DLP. I'll start doing some research. Interesting.
post #4 of 11
I would step back a bit. Ask yourself whether this is a mature technology and do you want to invest in it before it is well seasoned. I am in your position but I have decided to wait a year or two. There is really no rush here with content being so limited. And there is always the risk this technology goes the way of quadraphonic sound, 8 track tapes and laser discs. I have a big collection of those! In all seriousness, if you can wait a couple of years after introduction: 1) you can better tell whether the technology is going to stick, 2) you will benefit from lower prices, 3) you will benefit from much higher quality and 4) you will avoid getting involved with the wrong platform or technology. A prime example: HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray...
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by wessew10 View Post

I would step back a bit. Ask yourself whether this is a mature technology and do you want to invest in it before it is well seasoned. I am in your position but I have decided to wait a year or two. There is really no rush here with content being so limited. And there is always the risk this technology goes the way of quadraphonic sound, 8 track tapes and laser discs. I have a big collection of those! In all seriousness, if you can wait a couple of years after introduction: 1) you can better tell whether the technology is going to stick, 2) you will benefit from lower prices, 3) you will benefit from much higher quality and 4) you will avoid getting involved with the wrong platform or technology. A prime example: HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray...

3DTVs work, some better than others, but overall the technology is ready for consumption. Will they improve? Of course, but citing future innovation is a silly reason to reserve purchase, there will never be a sweet spot that a consumer can occupy that will always provide the latest and greatest.

The library of available 3D movies is exploding right now. Content isn't so limited anymore. Take a look for yourself.

3D isn't going the way of the dodo bird. And there is not format war. If you go to BB, pick up a 3DTV and a BD, it will play any 3d bluray, PS3 game, or cable/sat broadcasts aka 3net, espn3d etc. That's not much warring. If by format war you meant passive or active then... plasma vs LCD is a better comparison than HD-DVD vs Bluray. And that's been about consumer options, not a format.

Prices are falling quicker than I do when on ice-skating. You can build a HT with a giant 3D screen for less than 1k, you can purchase a reg 3DTV for $600-$700. And let us keep in mind that owning a near holographic movie experience is an absolute luxury. There is nothing unreasonable about the current prices. In fact, I feel a slight pain when I think about what I paid.

Anyways OP : good luck.
post #6 of 11
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Thank you all for your answers and opinions. After much more research I have decided to go with a 3D projector instead. I think I will be happy with my decision. I'm going with the Acer H5360. Seems to have the best support for 3D Vision and has native 16:9. It will be mostly for 3D use. I'm only unsure of the type and length of the HDMI cable. Would it still work with a 1.4 720p@120hz? And lastly, I see on amazon some RF glasses and emitter that is supposed to work with Nvidia 3D Vision desktops. Not DLP link version. Just wondering if anyone has used these before?
post #7 of 11
A projector delivers the most impressive and immersive 3d view. I'm glad you found this option, as it promises far more satisfaction than a smaller plasma while saving a lot of Money to boot. That said, new projectors are coming soon, so if you can wait 2-3 months you might find and even better projector for your money.
post #8 of 11
Brighter is better.

The best 3D TV is LCD/LED.

They are the brightest, and have the least crosstalk.

While I like my non-3d projector, I can't imagine how dark the picture would look with 3d active shutter glasses on. The only way to overcome that is a high gain screen, which you won't be able to use in 2d since it will hotspot like crazy, and give you very poor contrast. No thanks.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by David_B View Post
Brighter is better.

The best 3D TV is LCD/LED.

They are the brightest, and have the least crosstalk.

While I like my non-3d projector, I can't imagine how dark the picture would look with 3d active shutter glasses on. The only way to overcome that is a high gain screen, which you won't be able to use in 2d since it will hotspot like crazy, and give you very poor contrast. No thanks.
What are you talking about, really? LCD best 3D? Brighter is better ? As if plasma or PJ are irreparably dark? Ya know, I happen to own both a plasma and PJ and based on my experience I have to ask - do you even know what you're talking about?
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by David_B
Brighter is better.

The best 3D TV is LCD/LED.

They are the brightest, and have the least crosstalk.

While I like my non-3d projector, I can't imagine how dark the picture would look with 3d active shutter glasses on. The only way to overcome that is a high gain screen, which you won't be able to use in 2d since it will hotspot like crazy, and give you very poor contrast. No thanks.
Are you high? Best for crosstalk?
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Well folks, it appears that I may not have a choice but to wait on getting a projector or anything for that matter. See, I sold my laptop on amazon for just over $1000, and almost immediate after the sale amazon sends me another email and tells me my account is under review and my funds from the sale on hold. I sold that laptop specifically to buy my 3D goodies lol. Well, I am frustrated. I submitted whatever information they asked for to help expedite my review. Of course it didn't help. I will give them the benefit of the doubt. But after 30 days if they send me another email saying they are going to hold my money for another 90 days that's when I'll not be able to hold my anger in. I haven't bombarded them with emails or been rude to them in any way. I was doing a search on google about this and boy, so many people have gone through this. They seem to get their seller accounts suspended or blocked and their money held hostage. I don't know...I sold my laptop to a soldier in kuwait, paid for insurance and delivery confirmation, so after amazon takes their commission the rest of the money is rightfully mine isn't it? I told my wife about this and she was not happy at all. It looks like my jump in to 3D is put on hold for now. *sigh*
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