Originally Posted by indept
Is your Samsung 3D?
I have 2 other Vizios, e series 70" and a M420SL both are great. I know some don't like Vizio but so far I'm impressed. Before the M3D550KDE I had a 47" LG which wuldn't have sound half the times I turned it on & a 47 LG 3D which had a washed looking picture no matter what I did. I wated to try more wth it but I was busy & I bought it at BJ's club which only has a 30 day return policy so I just returned it.
Yes, my Samsung has 3D, but its active rather than the passive on the Vizio. My experiences over the past year, with 3 Vizios and 2 Samsungs, have been:
- Vizio's passive 3D definitely has less depth. It looks as if the 3D image extends from the screen's surface backwards (or into/behind the TV), if that makes sense. On the Samsungs, the image appears to extend from the screen's surface forward (from the TV toward me).
- Vizio's passive 3D halves the resolution, which is why edges seem jagged to you. Its not 1080p.
- Vizio doesn't have 2D to 3D conversion. I really don't care about this. But when using the conversion, the Samsung 3D looks just like the Vizio's; less depth and extending backwards into the TV rather than outward toward me as when using actual 3D source content.
- Vizio's glasses are much better. They're like a normal pair of sunglasses. They fit well over my normal glasses, I can't see the frames when looking forward, and they block more light from the sides. You quickly forget you're wearing them, even over prescription glasses. Easy to use and comfortable, but sturdy and can be folded up like normal glasses when not in use.
- Samsung's glasses suck. They're light, but they're awkward, flimsy, fragile and too narrow. They don't block peripheral light at all, and the frames are right in your forward field of vision. If you have to wear them over prescription glasses, they very much obstruct your field of view. Once assembled, they can't be folded and will quickly and easily be destroyed if left on your end-table or within reach of your kids. Also, they require a battery, which means when they die, I'll never use them again. I shouldn't have to keep paying to use a feature on a $1400+ TV...and even if I didn't care about that, I'm too lazy to be bothered replacing batteries for a poorly-implemented gimmick I won't use much anyway.
- Samsung's definitely has more depth, and is full 1080p (so no jagged edges), but because the glasses are complete crap and don't block any light, you'll see flickering and maybe even get a headache. You can't use them for long, and immersion is absolutely impossible. Yes you don't have to press a special button on the remote to turn it on as with Vizio, but you have to turn on and sync the glasses, etc. So don't believe the hype that they're easier to use. They suck.
The end result is: Samsung's 3D is better as far as resolution, depth and objects "coming at you". But its such a hassle and visually annoying that I'll rarely use it. The Vizio on the other hand isn't as deep or sharp, but since its virtually transparent to the user and flicker/headache/hassle-free, I'd use it A LOT more. Put the glasses on, push one button, and forget you're wearing them...vs. Samsung, which is turn on the glasses, try as hard as you can to ignore the frames right in front of your eyeballs, turn off all the lights in your house or deal with flicker and headaches, etc. I very much prefer Vizio's 3D to Samsung's.
And one more thing: the Samsung 3D demo at Best Buy looks amazing. But look carefully at the glasses; they aren't the ones that come with your TV.