Originally Posted by Apostate
I read your posts on Ultra-D in other threads, Don Landis. I take it you give it two thumbs up. Now the $5000 question is, is Ultra-D ready for prime time? Will you buy it when it comes out?
I don't have a shred of doubt when it comes to your expertise on 3D but I wonder if you'll be unbiased when it comes to actual judging of PQ or you'll give automatic thumbs up because it's 3D.
I've given it no thumbs but did say it is ready for prime time. If you read all my posts on it I've been pretty consistent on the image quality. To repeat-
I said it does not appear to be as detailed and sharp as true LCD passive 4K TV's but better than 1080p TV's
I said it works as a glasses free 3D TV and is probably better suited for advertising panel in commercial applications. Here the ad will be an eye grabber and head turner which is what is needed in ads.
I said the main artifact continues to be a wobble of the image as you move your viewing position horizontally. The depth appears to go in and out. While there are many sweetspots for full depth, if you are off this, the depth can disappear.
The Ultra D image is better than the Dolby 3D system which has a larger "dot pitch" to the screen.
It is ready for prime time also because until this year the electronics for the signal conversion was too bulky. They reduced it to a chip and small circuit board that fits inside the TV case.
If a 50" TV size works for you and glasses free is top priority, this TV may be what satisfies if you don't mind the wobble. Getting used to a slightly softer 4K image is not difficult until you watch it side by side to a good Sony or LG 4K passive.
Will I personally buy one? Likely not. My reason is when I put a budget to a small panel, 4K TV it needs to be better than what I am now using in my edit suite. More likely that will be a passive LED 3d 4K panel that is 32 inches if they ever make one that size. I have a space limitation. I have never complained about hating wearing glasses. I only post this stuff for those who can't get to the shows and glasses free is their top priority. As for my home theater, I would install a 65" panel behind the roll down 105" screen for daytime viewing, but based on what I see today and the enjoyment of my bigger screen, I just don't want to spend the money, even for a 65" LED version. I don't like OLED due to the high reflection.
I'll be happy to answer any specific questions but I believe the above summarizes everything I'm already posted here and in the Satelliteguys CES threads.