If you own a 55-inch 3DTV, chances are you've invested in at least a cheap soundbar to match the power of the picture. You basically have to because the built-in sound on the thing is horrendous. The new 55-inch JVC Black Saphire 3DTV is more than twice as powerful as comprable TVs, and from what we just heard in a hotel room in New York, you might not need that soundbar anymore.
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The 3D feed of the Olympics is the most ambitious 3D broadcast in history. It employs 50 3D camera rigs, manned by 80 souls who are split into three teams, which scurry around London from event to event. Obviously, it's incredible to watch, but is it enough to make the effort and cost of watching in 3D worth it?
I wonder whether Samsung execs are calling LG "stupid shits" in their Korean HQ this evening, after LG announced its new flagship TV, the LW980S. It is, naturally, a passive 3DTV they claim handles 1080p.
Despite Toshiba having glasses-less 3DTVs on the market already, Samsung's spoken out about the future of 3DTV by saying "attempts to put glasses-free 3DTV to market within the next 10 years will be difficult". Uh-oh.
If you already own a 103-inch plasma from Panasonic, it's time for an upgrade! Panasonic have announced that their hulk of a TV set will support Full HD 3D from early next year.
Did you read through the post this morning on watching the World Cup in 3D and think to yourself, "But that's pointless for Australians!"? We did, which is why we've put together this handy guide to watching the matches in 3D here in Australia...
I have to admit that even though I'm not overly fussed on the whole concept of 3D in the home, I'd still like to win Sony's 3D home promotion. They're offering one family in Australia the chance to host a Sony-themed house party, where they'll kit your house out with the latest Sony 3D gear, invite celebrities and Sony Music artists to perform in your back yard and pretty much leave your house completely 3D'd.
3D is here. Whether we like it or not, the push to drive 3D capable televisions into the home has begun, and there's nothing any of us can do to stop it. But a conversation I had with Panasonic's Group Marketing Manager for Viera, Matt Pearce, at their AV launch down in Melbourne the other day may have persuaded me that despite the fact that 10 percent of people can't see 3D and the technology gives me headaches, it's actually really good for TV technology on the whole.
When Panasonic launches their new range of Blu-ray TVs, including the VT20, there'll be a few bonus things thrown in the box. Like a pair of 3D glasses. And a couple of bonus 3D Blu-ray movies.
One of the biggest hurdles for the upcoming release of 3D televisions in Australia is the lack of content. Sure, there'll be a handful of 3D Blu-ray discs, but Foxtel aren't planning on doing anything until next year, and the free to air networks are struggling enough with the concept of high definition, let alone 3D. Except that last part may not be true... According to Lara Sinclair in the Australian, SBS is looking into the possibility of broadcasting the FIFA World Cup in 3D later this year.
With rather lofty ambitions, LG has said it hopes to sell one million 3DTVs this year, securing it 25 per cent of the market. The LX9500 model was announced yesterday as going on sale May, when it could cost $US4000 if it's anywhere near a direct conversion from the Korean price. (Though a retailer has contacted me saying it's already in their system as $US3599.99.)
Best Buy is known for charging a lot of money to do very little with its setup services, but its "3D glasses syncing" seemed to bring things to a whole new level. They've responded.