A 3DTV can cost as little as £450, but what you’re getting isn’t very good.
Depending on what type of 3D you go for, there’s double-imaging going on or, just as bad, a standard definition picture. Yuck.
Achieving the last word in 3D isn’t cheap; it’s necessary to spend over a grand – and, generally speaking, pick a plasma, as our round-up of the famous five clearly shows:
Samsung PS64D8000 3D plasma TV £2,400
It used to be that £2,500 got you’re a top-of-the-range 3D plasma TV. It still does – except the in 2011 it’s get you 10-or-so extra inches.
As well as being suited to 3D better than LCD panels, plasma tech is at home being huge and far better value than its rival; on this 64-incher you’ll see find a great all-round performance worthy of its own home cinema.
As well as providing clean and 3D, this one-of-a-kind size plasma is equipped with Samsung’s Smart Hub, which means apps for Twitter, Facebook and Google Maps are joined by the full BBC iPlayer service – and even a live feed of the BBC News channel.
Panasonic TX-P55VT30B 3D plasma TV £2,700
Our top choice for the home, this pricey plasma is the finest active 3DTV around – and not just because its polished performance with the third dimension.
There’s none so clean and vibrant as a Panasonic plasmas when it comes to 3D; sublime detail with deep blacks and shadow detail is the form here, with not a jot of crosstalk, double imaging or blur.
It comes with two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, as well as Viera Connect – a new online content platform that provides VOD from Acetrax alongside BBC iPlayer.
Samsung UE55D8000 3D LED TV £2,500
OK, so its slim profile makes this 55-inch LED-backlit LCD makes this the most attractive 3DTV here (and probably the most sought-after, to), but 3D performance is a little behind the benchmark Panasonic – though only a bit.
Its 3D glasses are the lightest, most stylish (relatively speaking, of course) around while the silver ‘one design’ sees a super-slim bezel that makes the whole thing look more like a picture frame than a TV.
It’s also got Smart Hub apps and media streaming, but it’s that cracking design that makes the 3D flatscreen for fashionistas.
Sharp LC-46LE831E 3D LED TV £1,350
Japan’s biggest TV brand is still relatively niche in the UK, but its LCD panels are behind the likes Sony Bravia – and plenty of others – here in the UK.
This 46-inch 3DTV from its Aquos line-up offers something the others here do not; a fourth pixel.
As well as being based around an LED-backlit LCD panel, its Quattron tech adds a yellow sub-pixel to the typical trio of red, green and blue to create noticeably brighter and more colourful pictures. That really helps 3D, which can be dull when seen through 3D specs.
A mere 34mm in depth, but thick with serious TV tech, the LC-46LE831E uses its super-quick 200Hz panel and Quattron to help produce finely detailed and clean 3D.
It’s a slightly processed look that won’t please all, but it belongs firmly in the upper echelon of 3DTVs despite a relatively affordable price tag.
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85 3D plasma TV £66,000
Likely to be found on a super-yacht or mansion that in a two-up, two-down, this no-holds-barred 85-inch effort at 3D is luxury defined.
The few hours I was allowed to spend with this monster were among the happiest since 3DTV came into my life; think luscious, inky black pictures, pin-sharp detail, smooth, deep 3D effects, and a slight feeling of guilt as the ‘digital curtains’ part onscreen.
Shouldn’t it be illegal to spend this kind of money on a TV? Probably, though the BeoVision 4-85’s motorised stand (it sinks to the floor when not being used, making it ‘slightly’ less dominating), touchscreen remote and powerful BeoLab surround sound speakers constitute a package that’s strictly built-to-order.
A £100,000+ 103-inch version will follow, we’re told.