Originally Posted by Lukasx123
So, until the format experiences a revival and the best emerging tech starts supporting it properly again, what have most people settled on as the best way to enjoy 3D using the older, more established technology?
Personally I watch my 3D content on a OLED Series 6 which I picked up after finding out LG was discontinuing 3D across their range. I'll probably move to get a 3D projector at some point as well as the technology is still supported once there's room for it.
Since projectors have been discussed already thought I'd chip some thoughts in on the others:
1) OLED 4K 3D TV's are pretty much at the top end for a TV that can do 3D. You would need a Series 6 OLED from 2016 (C, E or G series) ideally, however one has to be careful to check for Burn-In and 3D FPR film misalignments along with replacement panels that don't do 3D. So you would have quite a hunt to get one unless you were buying from another 3D enthusiast or someone who was able to extensively demo it before purchase. You definitely would want 4K as it works best with the Passive 3D systems LG used.
You can also consider getting a non-OLED LG TV as well, you wouldn't need to worry about burn-in but you would need to consider FPR film misalignments. Again, getting 4K is ideal but you would lose out on the great contrast ratios of OLED as LG uses IPS (less contrast ratio vs VA panels) and older backlight tech back then, from memory issues included the backlight lenses falling out internally which means disassembling and replacing backlights on a few models. You could probably pick up a "spare" 2014-2016 series LG pretty cheap as they included 3D even on relatively cheap 1080p models at smaller sizes, just need to know what models to keep an eye out for.
Apart from that there's always the other brands (Samsung, Sony) which would use Active 3D, I haven't had much experience with them but you'd need to source the correct Active 3D glasses (preferably with batteries, the rechargable ones typically need replacement now) to get it working. You'd aim to get a 2014-2015 year date release where possible. There was the Sony 2016 Z9D models as well, they're some of the last to be sold that supported 3D.
2) Personal Cinema/VR Headsets
Definitely not a good idea for 3D unless you're prepared to compromise a lot. They're designed for immersive VR, so the 3D Blu-Ray viewing is kind of a value add to the hardware like the PSVR. Basically you get a small windowed display (or larger distorted display) of the represented "screen" but in my experience watching it on a TV is head and shoulders better.
3) Passive or Active
To be honest you only really get Active on projectors but I'll let others discuss as I haven't had much experience with this yet. For TV's I tested Active on the Samsungs and the subtle subconscious flickering can cause headaches and eyestrain over time, particularly if you can't control your viewing light sources or spend time adjusting the TV. Passive 3D doesn't appear have those issues and the glasses are easily available (ie you could keep a Real 3D set and use that) or buy some good quality Sony's. If you get a 4K TV the whole "Passive = Half Resolution" isn't a valid argument anymore, if you get a 1080p set depending how close you sit you can get visible aliasing or other image quality issues but not overall as bad as saying it's half resolution.
These days if buying new getting a projector is the only way now at this point in time.