View Full Version : For those who recently purchased an LCD/Plasma TV: Did you buy a 3D TV? Worth it?
03-19-2012, 11:43 AM
If you recently purchased an LCD/PLASMA IN THE LAST YEAR or so...
I'm curious to get your input here...
I bought a nice Samsung 46" LCD about 2 years ago, right before 3D technology really hit the stores. I had heard about the 3D and that it was coming, but didn't want to buy a first generation and spend the extra money.
I'm now in the market for another TV for my main living room. I like the idea of 3D, but in every store that I've seen them and put the glasses on, etc, I'm never blown away with the quality of the picture? The "3D" effect is very present, and very cool, but I feel like the actual image quality factors such as contrast ratio, "crispness", and color warmth are just lacking. I've viewed them in settings that were ideal for watching HDTV, and even messed with the settings on the TV to see if I could improve the picture quality.
It seems to me that if you want the 3D effect, you have to sacrifice picture quality. Now the TV's look fantastic on normal High-Def viewing, so it's not completely across the board, just apparent when you're watching it in 3D.
03-19-2012, 11:47 AM
I recently watched a Sammy 3d 46 inch. Not in 3d mode without the glasses, this picture is awesome. With the naked eye there is depth perception in the screen that a 240hz does not have. You need to pay attention to it to really notice. But really, its somewhat 3d through the naked eye. Pretty dang sharp!
03-19-2012, 12:03 PM
I recently bought an LED LCD. Didn't get 3D, just not really interested in having it.
Not much help, but you asked. I imagine the day will come in the not too distant future when it will just be standard.
03-19-2012, 12:16 PM
I bought one, the 3D works as advertised, but I don't feel it's worth it. Some Samsung ultra-flat thing--the rest of the TV is quite nice, but I'm not a fan of 3D films.
03-19-2012, 12:19 PM
I bought an LCD a couple months ago. No 3d. I got a 40" tv for 370 out the door brand new.
03-19-2012, 12:34 PM
I bought a 50" for the guest room. Didn't consider 3D. Would never consider 3D. Seems like a stupid gimmick to me. Very little 3D programming available, I wouldn't want to wear glasses, and ever if programming were available and glasses weren't necessary, I wouldn't replace any TV I currently have or pay anything extra to get it in a new set.
03-19-2012, 12:39 PM
The picture is better on a 3d TV just watching a regular HD source. There is actually a 3d depth thing going on and its very impressive. You don't need the glass or a special source, its doing it on its own. If you want the best picture, the 3d units have the best engine.
03-19-2012, 01:44 PM
Yep - Bought a Vizio 46" LED LCD 3D recently. Never planned on using the 3D portion - in fact, really don't like it. What I do like is the faster refresh rate that comes with the 3D platform. With refresh rates - more is better - whether you're in 2D or 3D.
03-19-2012, 02:07 PM
I just bought a 46 inch samsung LCD last week, I was looking at the LED and the 3D ones and I like the LCD picture better.
LED seemed too bright or computer monitorish.
I just wanted a regular TV and one that runs my X box 360 well.
I did hours of research and was conflicted the whole time, Finally I just decided it`s only a TV, I watch movies and play games, I don`t ever watch TV.
03-19-2012, 02:14 PM
To paraphrase Aziz Ansari:
"I love 3D movies, but full disclosure: I also think headaches are dope!" :D
In all seriousness, a friend of mine just bought one, and he said the 3D works like you'd expect, looked better than in the theater, and still wasn't really worth it. Personally, I hate 3D movies, as most of the ones that come out in 3D use it as a gimmick to prop up how bad the film is.
03-19-2012, 02:17 PM
i recently bought a samaung 55" 3d led lcd. Love it. Everything looks awsome on it, to me the 3d is better on the tv then the theater and i rather watch the 3d movies at home.
03-19-2012, 02:43 PM
I just added a poll...
03-19-2012, 02:51 PM
I hate 3D movies, as most of the ones that come out in 3D use it as a gimmick to prop up how bad the film is.
Like guitar effects?
03-19-2012, 03:08 PM
The in-laws have 42" and 47" LED/LCD/3D/240Hz TVs along with about 400 pairs of 3D glasses (or so it seems) as well as a 47" non-LED, non-3D LCD TV from about a year before 3D started hitting.
I personally don't care much about the 3D though I can see it being used well into the future (Hugo really opened my eyes to the useful possibilities) but to me, I'd be 100% set on getting an LED/LCD (as opposed to a non-LED LCD) TV, regardless of the 3D status. Maybe it's the individual TVs but to my eyes, the LED LCD looks tremendously better than their slightly older non-LED of the same size and from the same maker.
03-19-2012, 04:21 PM
I've got a Samsung 55inch 3D with the electronic glasses. Don't use the 3D much, but my 8 year old does for Shrek and the like. The tv itself is pretty amazing though. At the price point I was looking at, 3D was mostly standard. No remorse what so ever.
03-20-2012, 03:55 AM
I recently bought a Panasonic 42" Plasma 3D TV and although we haven't watched that many 3D films on it the ones we have are much better than in the theatre viewed with the Panasonic powered 3D glasses. The main thing for me though that others have also mentioned here is the picture quality is just excellent on the normal setting. The ordinary picture on mine is as good as the HD picture on my sons 2yr old 42" Samsung LED TV and although there is a difference between the HD and non HD channels it is not so pronounced as it is on my sons or my previous JVC tv.
03-20-2012, 04:31 AM
What sources of TV reviews are you guys using to research before buying your new TVs?
Is there a good place to read up on them?
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