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Initial post: 1 Aug 2012 09:29:16 BDT
What is the best 3D TV available without spending too much of a fortune? I have a 46" Sony Bravia, it's a great TV with lots of features but the 3D is not so good. I would say that 3 out of 5 of the 3D movies I have are unwatchable in 3D, they hurt my eyes to watch, i get ghosting problems and are generally just irritating to watch, yet some are perfect to watch. Does anyone else have this problems with any other makes? What would be the best one to buy in future?

Posted on 1 Aug 2012 13:23:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Aug 2012 13:24:00 BDT
Cartimand says:
I'm not surprised about the eyestrain, because Sony uses 'active' 3D technology, whereby the glasses function with rapidly opening and closing shutters. Passive 3D, such as is used at the cinema or with LG, Toshiba, Philips, Technika TVs etc. is a lot easier on the eyes (and the glasses are far cheaper).

With both active or passive, you still need to view the images from within the 'sweet spot' i.e. at the right angle and distance in front of the screen, otherwise you will get ghosting effects.

I'm more than delighted with my LG passive system (coupled to a Sony 3D blu-ray system) and haven't experienced any eyestrain, even after watching the 3 hour Olympic opening ceremony.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2012 19:26:07 BDT
Panasonic TX-L42ET5B is a great passive 3d TV. Review at

Make sure you choose true cinema for all inputs (except games in which case choose game mode).

The 3d is reference level and the picture quality generally is great.

Posted on 2 Aug 2012 22:27:23 BDT
PANASONIC 3D FULL HD,, TX-P42GT30B outstanding on every level used with a PANASONIC 3D FULL HD Blu Ray player !

Posted on 5 Aug 2012 07:41:45 BDT
bobby morrow says:
Panasonic again! I have the new 55" WT50 LED TV and it's beautiful. Much better than my last plasma model. I recommend Hugo in 3D. I wasn't looking forward to it but it's an amazing 3D experience.

Posted on 6 Aug 2012 10:55:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Aug 2012 10:57:26 BDT
I am delighted with my LG 3D TV no problems with the glasses or anything else.
you can watch the 3D effect from all angles with no loss of effect. we have had 9 people
sat in a semi-circle in front of the TV and all experienced the 3D. I fully recommend the LG
system, no having to recharge glasses (my neighbour who has a Sony 3D,forgot to charge his glasses and missed the start of the Olympic opening, and on another occasion his glasses gave up half way through a film). I have 9 pairs and if I had the active glass system No way could I afford that amount. no one has suffered eye strain.

Posted on 6 Aug 2012 20:52:18 BDT
markyboy says:
Working in a TV shop i would have to recommend the Panasonic TXL**ET5. It uses passive technology instead of active so you'll find it so much more easier to watch and still get a cracking 3D images. I had the same problem with the active 3D it was to much and it ended up hurting my eyes.
Another plus point is that these Panasonic models come with 4 pair of passive 3D glasses in the box.
If you didn't want the likes of a Panasonic all you need to do is stick with the passive 3D and I promise you'll see and feel a big difference.

Posted on 6 Aug 2012 21:53:48 BDT
I've got an LG42LW650T, passive Cinema 3D telly, also does 2D to 3D conversions, x7 pairs of glasses in the box, freeview HD (dont watch it though), plenty of inputs and class for gaming. 3D on it is mint, cant fault it. Never had a problem with it and I'm a big tech/electrical person, absolutely love every second of it and I've had it for about 6 months now. This model of TV also has ultra wide viewing angles, meaning you don't have to sit directly in front of the TV to experience the best 3D picture, you can also sit at ridiculous angles to the screen and still get the full 3D effect as the person sitting directly in front.

Personally I would go down your local TV store/richer sounds/ john lewis etc etc and get a demo of as many passive 3D TV's as you can then make a decision. Stay away from active ones though as these do causes headaches and pretty bad eye strain. My mate has an active telly and I felt as if I was having a seizure half way through a movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2012 01:19:11 BDT
big guy says:
2nd that, got the 37" fantastic,
hd & 3d, comes with wireless to connect to the web as well.
on a side note, viewing angle not as good as the old samsung 32" led it replaced.
saw the olympic`s start in 3d ,100m final & looking foreward to the ending in 3d, thanks bbc.
keep an eye out for the 3d transmissions.

Posted on 7 Aug 2012 08:58:24 BDT
Cartimand says:
Agree with most of your points BillyRosewood - I'm more than happy with my LG LED 3D TV. But I still find the 3D works best if you're viewing from the 'sweet spot' directly in front of the screen. Mine only came with two pairs of 3D specs, but the ones I've kept after watching 3D movies like Prometheus at my local Vue cinema work perfectly. Agreed that active 3D is best avoided. Panasonic has changed its marketing strategy to passive 3D now and passive is outselling active by a considerable margin.

Posted on 13 Aug 2012 01:57:23 BDT
panasonic vt plasma has the best picture but the fans are audible. it's not cheap though, it's the best picture out there by far.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 01:36:08 BDT
S. Hardie says:
I brought a cheapo 47" 3D TV from currys it was a Logik for 549, it was passive 3D and came with 10 pairs of glasses and I thought it was pretty good for the 3D Until....

5 Weeks later the screen packed up, I took it back and they let me pick another for the same value off the shelf only this model had now discontinued and they had nothing in the price range that was of equal spec. After 2 days of arguing with them I walked out with a 47" Toshiba VL86 series TV with Passive 3D. Now this is why I said Until earlier, when i got it home and plugged it in the 3D was mind blowing it was 150% better than the cheap TV and I would never had known any diffence had the screen not packed up. I also kept the 10 pairs of glasses from the original tv and got 4 pairs with the new one, so now I have 14 pairs of glasses.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 07:50:40 BDT
Cartimand says:
That's the cool thing about passive 3D systems - you'll never be short of glasses! I've got 5 or 6 pairs from my local Vue cinema.

Active 3D is classic example of an over-engineered and unnecessarily expensive solution.

Posted on 22 Aug 2012 07:32:31 BDT
G. C. Lewis says:
I own 52 inch 3d full HD Panasonic and Panasonic 3d Blu Ray wonderful quality stunning 3D very happy

Posted on 22 Aug 2012 09:30:24 BDT
I have a 42" LG 3D tv and I love it. The fact that it has connected to the network in our place and we can watch anything, in any format through the connections or hard drives plugged in is just a massive bonus, the 3D, as you would imagine is totally customisable. Takes you a wee minute to tweak it, but boy when you do it is great. Four glasses free with it and no end of new movies coming out. I use a PS3 on it for the 3D movies, waiting on my first one being delivered soon. We have some movies such as meatballs one and others, they look great!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2012 12:28:03 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
None of them. When buying a TV last year I tried out a few 3D models (you couldn't get away from them). Panasonic, Sony, Samsung etc. None of them did anything for me. Flickery, grey tinged, headache inducing. Nothing like the 3D I saw at Disneyland Paris a couple of years ago. I think the technology has got a way to go yet before it becomes mainstream in the home.

Posted on 23 Aug 2012 14:02:25 BDT
Cartimand says:
When I was at Disneyland Paris a few years back I watched a short 3D spin off from Honey I Shrunk the Kids. The 3D effects were excellent and it used passive glasses. Sounds like the models you tried were all active 3D.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2012 18:53:52 BDT
S. Hardie says:
Sounds like you were trying active 3D tv's, try it again now passive is becoming more popular.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 06:17:44 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
Will do. I didn't know there were two different flavours of 3D! Also it looked like the 3D effect sank into the set (much like the 3DS effect). Whereas the Disneyland experience came out of the screen towards me. Does passive come out? Or does it still sink in?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 07:37:28 BDT
Cartimand says:
That depends more on the source material than whether your TV is passive or active. Tintin had some projection effects and I remember jerking my head back at one point as a telescope shot out of the screen! The Olympics opening ceremony on Sky 3D looked terrific too - at one point my room looked like it was full of tickertape. Films that were made in 2D then converted to 3D though (Conan, Piranha etc.) will only provide 3D in depth.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 19:26:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Sep 2012 19:36:24 BDT
I have the Panasonic p50gt30b (bought 2 years ago) and it is a marvellous 3d tv, once you have entered in the right 3d settings. But if I were loaded with money and were buying today, I would buy the P50VT50B, as it has faster motion and sharper picture quality and a new web browser function to boot.

If you want 3d, it has to be plasma, or else you'll get motion blur, and if you want plasma, it has to be 50 inches or more, or else the performance isn't quite as good. So I bought the P50GT30B, and I have not regretted it. I did look at a samsung 3d plasma, but I felt that the 3d (at the time) wasn't quite as natural and the p50gt30b won quite a few best buy/tv of the year awards that I was swayed.
The only thing I will say, is that the "OUT-OF-THE-BOX" settings need to be changed to better enhance the tv, but it's a relatively standard process and I will give you the links or copy my settings to this post, which I have already given to other buyers!
But as a film buff with 600 nasty, bloody and graphic horror films, I picked this tv as I felt that with so many advanced settings to change, it would produce the sharpest effects once calibrated and I was right.
Though I'll save you time and make your job easier by giving you my settings - should you choose mine!
And when you have saved up more money, I would then recommend buying the Panasonic DMR-BWT720 3D BLU-RAY recorder and a premium 3d HDMI lead and it improved the 3D effects even further and the quality of my dvds was improved as well!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 17:01:20 BDT
Cartimand says:
I wouldn't be tricked into paying a fortune for HDMI cables. A cheap 3-99 one such as Betron- 1.2M Gold HDMI to HDMI Cable for use with 3D, LED, Plasma, LCD TVs v1.4 Betron Cable is indistinguishable in performance from the 25 lead poor gullible me was persuaded to pay for when I bought the TV!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 18:35:42 BDT
I bought mine at a closing down sale from an electronic shop and I got a premium 1.4 hdmi cable (cost before closing down - 45) for a tenner. I just kept it by, until I got the 3D Blu-Ray Recorder, to ensure the sharpest and clearest possible picture as I read that the average 1.3 cable won't process 3d image playback as sharply as the 1.4 version (motion blur and slight pixellation), it has shielding (to avoid interference) and thicker-than-average inner wires to soak up and reproduce the image better.

Posted on 9 Sep 2012 07:34:22 BDT
Cartimand says:
At 45 no wonder they were closing down! 3.99 seems to be the going rate for high-speed 1.4 HDMI cables here on Amazon!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2012 22:13:23 GMT

Samsung 43" 3D is great value, decent 3d, good soubd abd picture.
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