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3D at CES 2010

January 17, 2010

There were a lot of 3D products at CES this year, only some of which have the potential to find there way into our house. The two most likely candidates are 3D ready plasma TVs from Samsung or Panasonic.

For our house the advantages of the Panasonic TC-PVT25 series are the following:

  • Deeper black levels than last year’s model. From the maker of the plasma TVs that almost reach Kuro quality levels last year.
  • Contrast ratios of 3,000,000:1. Up from last year’s 40,000:1.
  • Lower energy consumption.

But the smallest size these will be available in this Spring is 50 inches—and our media room only has room in its cabinet for a 42 inch TV.

The Samsung 3D Plasma TVs don’t seem quite as well regarded as the Panasonics when it comes to picture quality, but:

  • They do promise to be available in a 42” size.
  • They have a nice feature that purports to convert 2D video into 3D video. This actually worked better with the video game demo they were running (Gears of War 2–where it worked well), than with the demo loop of sports and other clips they were running (where it was ok, but would not make me run out to buy a 3D TV).

As for source material, the lack of a Blu-Ray Jukebox that does 3D is really annoying.

The net result is that I’ll probably wait until there is more 3D content before upgrading anything, but if I were to upgrade now I’d buy the Samsung TV for our Media Room and the Panasonic for the larger space in our family room TV cabinet. Of course these upgrades would require new receivers to handle the necessary HDMI 1.4 as well…

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