Buying a 3D HDTV is going to be a long-term investment for you. Though the market still has to recover completely from the past slowdown, 3D TVs are becoming very popular, thanks to many 3D movies, such as Toy Story 3 and Avatar being released of late.
While this electronic item will definitely give you a fabulous user experience, you have to know certain things before you purchase the 3D HDTV of your choice. We have put together for you, a buying guide, which will hopefully clear your mind of all doubts regarding a 3D TV.
- Size of TV
Determining the size of your 3D HDTV is very important. 3D effects would be best enjoyed on a large screen, as you would do in a cinema. So go for the largest size screen that fits into your budget.
You can find screens ranging from 42 inches to 65 inches. Remember, the bigger the screen size, the better will be your 3D experience.
Of course, you also will have to consider the size of your room and how the TV would look, placed in that particular room.
- TV color
This is an almost insignificant point, but it would definitely be a huge plus if you could match the color of your 3D HDTV to the furniture and general decor of the room you wish to install it in.
- TV features
You also need to consider resolution and other features. Would you want a 720p or 1080p resolution? Would you like smoother and sharper graphics? Do you prefer that the waterproof feature to come with your TV? The product pricing will depend on all these additional features.
- Can it convert 2D into 3D?
The commonest question asked by potential customers is whether their 3D HDTV can convert existing 2D software to 3D. Customers often feel that they should get this facility, since they are spending so much more on their 3D TV.
Many manufacturers today include a built-in 2D to 3D processing facility, which gives the user a 3D feel of normal 2D movies. But you should know that this cannot give you the actual experience of original 3D content. There is bound to be a difference here.
This technology is still only developing and so, it is expected to evolve over time. Current manufacturers supporting this conversion feature are Sony, Toshiba and Samsung.
- 3D glasses
You have to know that you will need special glasses to view 3D programs on your 3D HDTV. You have two choices of 3D glasses. Anaglyphic glasses, which are commonly used in cinemas, are great for standard definition television. But these do not support 3D TV viewing.
Active shutter 3D glasses, on the other hand, are great for you, as they support viewing on 3D HDTVs. A good pair of these glasses can cost you up to $100.
Some 3D TV sets offer you glasses along with their product, so find out if you will get a complimentary pair from the company of your choice. Some companies such as Sony offer two pairs of 3D glasses, while those like Panasonic offer only one pair.
Pricing is going to be a key issue for you to purchase your 3D HDTV. If you are on a limited budget, you could consider going for a smaller screen. If you prefer the top brands, though, you should be willing to shell out much more.
Do some research on the products available within your budget range. Read up reviews on the product of your choice. If you are ordering online, make sure to check the shipping price and additional taxes, as this may inflate the total cost of your product.
Visiting online forums is a good idea, because it will give you a good chance to compare different brands and their prices.
Once you finish this step, also go on to read the company’s fine print, such as shipping policy, return policy and so on, before actually placing your 3D HDTV order.