Great thread! The controversy here and what's happening at CES shows the interest in 3D is alive and well, just becoming integrated into the AV scene. Loving it or hating it, it's just two sides of 3D technology as it stands today.
My feelings after extensive research and comparisons was ... purchasing a spanking new 240HZ LG 60" passive LED screen.
1. LG LED passive (right now) has a lock on the best 3D screens IMO. They're bright, and get brighter still in 3D mode, so the slight dimming of the passive glasses is canceled out. 2013 passive LG beats any active screen I've seen (and other passives as well) hands down in picture quality. Game over this year.
2. The passive 3D glasses make viewer comfort a non issue, even wearing corrective glasses. But I do prefer no corrective glasses which for me means wearing my contacts. One set of any glasses is enough! IMO active glasses are just plain dumb in so many ways. Game over unless no-glasses at all can become a viable reality which is doubtful.
3. LG 1080P 3D capability (or close enough on BD to not care about arguing the fine point of "is it or is it not", means the 3D quality available today will only be superseded by 4K 3D. Game over for now.
4. I'm OK with a price difference for good 3D over 2D right now, but 2D should logically go away over time, just like B&W TV did when color TV took over. If it's "just there" people will more than likely buy it and use it.
1. 3D creation has a long way to go unfortunately and is the biggest impediment to the 3D success and mass adoption. Some view directors/producers get it, most don't and can't do a credible job making a good effect. This has to change, in a major way. I'm so tired of out-of-focus scenes substituting for real depth.
2. Everyone is saying is becoming mainstream and therefore 'normal'. I wish. Then we could get a far better selection of decent content than today (unless you're exclusively into animated moves / children's movies that is.)
3. The few really great 3D titles out today show the promise of greatness that can be and should be, but isn't for the most part.
4. 3D content should be the same price or a $ or two more, just like BR is over DVDs, whether bought, rented or streamed - not the major cost difference that exists today. And it 'should' be available for every title, from every content source.
As for 3D in theaters, 3D is not done well. The screens are dim, the glasses are terrible, the prices outrageous. Enough trying to ruin the 3D experience - it should be far, far better for the premium. Boycott theaters is my solution, that's the only way they'll ever understand.
One interesting thing I've noticed is that being way close to my 3D TV is really fine for 3D, terrible for 2D. So I sit literally a couple feet in front for 3D movies and so feel far more immersed in the 3D content that way. Take the glasses of, put the same 2D movie on and I want to be 10 feet away. I need theater seats on sliders or more affordable 100" 3D screens!