Best in 3D televisions
Published Monday, November 15, 2010 3:00PM PST
Considering a 3D TV, or just curious about the new technology? Chris Olsen reviews the top performers, including ones from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.
The labs at Consumer Reports are filled with 14 of the latest 3D TVs, both plasma and LCD. The pictures on all the TV's are compelling, but testers found differences.
"Our tests showed that plasma TVs handle 3D better than the LCD TVs, primarily because there's less ghosting," Consumer Reports' tester Jim Wilcox said.
Ghosting refers to a double image that you can see even when you're wearing 3D glasses.
To test for ghosting, Consumer Reports engineers designed special test patterns. Testers switched the TV into 3D mode to look for ghosting.
"Ghosting is particularly noticeable on the LCD TVs that we tested from Samsung and LG," Wilcox said.
Another LCD TV from Sony seemed okay when observed straight on, but if you tip your head, the ghosting is severe.
For realistic 3D pictures with the least ghosting, Consumer Reports says the plasma TVs from Panasonic are a good choice -- the VT20 and VT25 series. A 50-inch screen, including a pair of glasses, costs around $3,000.
Sales of 3D TVs have been slow because of limited content. But that's changing. For example, the new video game Call of Duty is in 3D as there is a free software upgrade for the PlayStation 3 that turns it into a 3D player -- for those with a 3D TV.
Before you buy any 3D TV, you'll want to test the 3D glasses for comfort because to get the most out or your TV you'll want to wear them a lot.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Chris Olsen