3D overload... yep that's me and about a million other folks without a complete grasp of all the 3D formats... even after weeks of reading.
ok... so here i am with a year old...
1) VIVITEK H1080FD, HDMI 1.3, non 3D ready (ie no DLP-LINK chip), which outputs 1080p @ 60hz (up to 85hz)
2) Panasonic Blu ray (non 3D)
What is my best case scenerio to getting decent (relative) 3D.
Of course, since my PJ's output is 60hz... i'm in for some definite ghosting issues.
Obviously i would buy a 3D Blu ray player but sadly with everything i've read... that's SOL when it comes to my PJ.
Short of completely scrapping everything... & starting over with a new PJ (ie Epson 3010) for $1500... what are my options?
cheapest COMPLETE 3D option:
If i were starting over with a budget and looking to get active 3D.... i'd probably go with a HD66 or 5360 (approx $550)...
both are 720p/120hz, 3D-Ready, DLP-Link... along with a 3D-XL ($300) and a panasonic 3D Blu ray player ($125) - since it supposedly can do hardware conversion of 2D Blu ray to 3D. And if i wanted better 2D to 3D conversion... i'd pick up a Monoprice, V3D-Bee (costly), or chinese import.
Total Cost - $975 (non including 2D to 3D conversion boxes)
Cons - no 1080p 2D.
Alright, any option short of starting over must be $300-400 less... giving me approx a $500 budget to put a BANDAID on my current system in hopes of a 3D outcome of sorts.
Here's what i've gathered... and the hardware options (non HTPC... as i've only got a laptop)
accepts Blu ray 3D (frame-packed) and outputs (frame sequential) at 720p/120hz.
that would be great if my PJ could accept that frame sequential signal and display it. with the downfalls be it's hdmi 1.3 (as some 1.3 devices can accept this), it's also non DLP-Link and would require a IR emitter (gen2) or RF transmitter (monster vision 3D) for the VESA port.
I've looked at Vivitek's 3D ready, DLP-Link, 720p pjs... and aside from DLP-Link, they have the same output specs as mine... up to 85hz output (but of course at 720p).
So if my PJ can output 720p at the same Hz as the 3D ready 720p units... even though it doesn't have DLP-Link... i should be able to do a work around with an IR emitter or RF transmitter in the VESA port for active 3D... right?
with the big question mark being can it accept the frame sequential 720p/120hz signal sent by the 3D-XL?
Viewsonic converter - no VESA port - SOL on active 3D.
V3D-Bee - lots of questions ???.
pros - best 2D to 3D conversion short of $1000
cons - pricey ($500)
can pass a 60hz, SBS signal for 2D TV and PJ's.
no conversion of Blu ray 3D (frame packed) to frame sequential or sbs.
good hardware 2D to 3D conversion SBS for active 3D or anaglyph.
no VESA port, so... i'm limited only anaglyph. (i've heard anachrome anaglyph is passible)
Chinese imports ($60)
basically the same as the monoprice.
If I hang on to my 1080pj...
there's no use in getting a Blu ray 3D player as of yet.
no active 3D unless a miracle occurs and my PJ is able to accept frame sequential from the 3D-XL and display it... with ghosting from it low 60hz output.
and finally, i'm limited to getting 3D via 2D conversion and using anachrome analyph.
Here's to hoping the future 3DNow converter solves my 3D woes.
anyone else using a 2D pj for 3D wanna help us find the light?!