Patty was exiting the local AMC with her two children, having just finished a screening of the Movie “Rio” in 3D. Her kids went on and on about how the birds in the movie almost hit them in the face, and how cool 3D movies were.
A mom at school told her about $20 3D glasses, but then explained that there was something different about those glasses, she just wasn’t sure what. So then Patty asked herself “what’s the deal with all this 3D stuff anyway?”
3D TV in the home is a fairly new concept in Home Theater in Los Angeles and almost every other major city in the U.S. This is mostly because, unless your purchased all your Home Theater components within the last year, you have to get all new equipment in order to enjoy 3D content. There is Active Shutter Lens 3D that calls for $150 glasses, lots of batteries, and a line of sight IR signal that coordinates the glasses and TV. Then there is Passive Polarization 3D, which uses a fancy version of the paper glasses you receive at your local commercial cinema showing a 3D movie.
Each of these 3D technologies has their advantages and disadvantages and choosing between them is similar to the choice between LCD and Plasma flat panel TVs. We are in the early stages of 3D content, so how best to distribute that content and in which 3D format to show it is still largely up in the air. With an equal amount of trade-offs with either 3D hardware technology and no emerging standard for how content should be distributed, Technospeak’s recommendation is all but the most Techno-savvy consumers should hold-off on entering the 3D world for now.
If you have gone through the LCD vs. Plasma debate before with your last TV purchase, then you know that which is best for you all depends on what you watch, where you watch it, and what qualities in content matter to you most. 3D will be no different, and Patty will definitely need our help for her Home Theater in Los Angeles as well others throughout the U.S.
There bigger question is, where will you go for help when the 3D hardware and software technologies do emerge?