3D TV quality rises but 3D viewing forecasts low Panasonic, Samsung and LG impress in 3D TV tests
25 June 2011
Panasonic, Samsung and LG have set the bar high for 3D TV this year, with a clutch of stunning 3D test reports from the Which? lab. However a recent report suggests that many viewers aren't going to be watching 3D content, even if they have a 3D TV.
Fewer than half of the predicted 11 million 3D TV-ready homes in the UK by 2016, will be active and regular users of 3D TV content, according to a forecast by Informa Telecoms & Media. In comparison, it claims last year almost 90% of homes with 3D-ready sets were 'active' users.
The report suggests the change could be down to early-adopters being more likely to sign up for 3D content services. It also says as 3D becomes more of a standard feature on TVs, it will reach customers who are not particularly interested, helping to explain the fall in 'active' users.
Not sure whether 3D TV is for you? Find out everything you need to know in our essential guide to 3D TV.
Which? has put the latest 3D TVs through their paces to see how the big players are comparing in the battle for the best 3D TV experience.
Panasonic has the 3D edge
Panasonic led the pack in 2010 with its VT20 3D plasma range - the benchmark Which? now uses in its 3D viewing test. To date this year's models don't quite boast the depth of the VT20, but the absence of any crosstalk (slight overlap of left and right eye images) and smooth motion sequences are a significant step forward.
New Samsung 3D glasses set the standard
Samsung has made some significant and exciting improvements to its 3D ranges. Its new 3D TVs marry sharpness, crisp detail and a stunning 3D effect. The odd bit of crosstalk (slight overlap of left and right eye images) and a marginally uneven backlight (darker sequences can be unevenly lit) stop it from bettering Panasonic's plasma for picture, but its the new 3D glasses that set it apart.
Lightweight and comfortable, they are a world away from the active shutter glasses of its rivals. It's just a pity they don't work with older Samsung 3D tellies.
LG passive 3D TV could steal the show
LG's cinema style passive glasses could prove to be a real winner, they are far more comfortable to wear than most active-shutter type glasses. You get seven pairs with the model we tested so you can enjoy watching with friends and family too. The 3D picture quality didn't let the side down either, excellent depth and solid, vivid colour make it very easy on the eye.
See the Which? reviews of Panasonic 3D TVs, Samsung 3D TVs and LG 3D TVs to discover how the latest 3D models compare for regular 2D picture performance, usability, sound quality and internet connectivity.
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