Seven 3D TV Buying Tips
What features and specs should you look for in a 3D TV?
Glasses Half Full
Yes, we’re stuck with wearing glasses for TVs for at least the next five years, probably longer. But it’s important to understand that not all 3D TV glasses are alike. Some displays use passive, polarized glasses, while others, most in fact, use battery-powered glasses with active LCD shutters. Even more, the glasses for one brand of TV may not be compatible with another brand, and this year’s glasses for brand X may not be compatible with next year’s TV for band X. What does that mean to you?
“People need to understand that they’re buying into a whole system,” says Cole. If you purchase a Panasonic TV, you probably need to purchase Panasonic glasses. “If you’ve got four or five people in your family, you’re going to need four or five pairs of glasses unless you want to have a fight.”
The glasses also make a difference if you decide to upgrade to a larger screen or get a second 3D TV for another room. Make sure all your glasses are compatible. Luckily a couple of manufacturers, namely Monster and Xpand are now offering universal glasses that work with most formats and are firmware upgradeable.
Tip: If you plan on eventually buying more than one 3D TV, stick with one brand or buy universal glasses.