Does Every Home Theater Need a 3-D TV?
Looking to watch Avatar on DVD as it was meant to be seen? We test new 3-D TV models from Panasonic and Samsung.
The first 3-D TVs are rolling out this spring and summer, along with 3-D content from CBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports on DirecTV. We tested two sets to find out how watching 3-D in your living room stacks up against the big-screen experience.
|PANASONIC TC-P50VT20||SAMSUNG UN55C7000|
|IMAGE QUALITY||Tiger Woods seemed to be standing right in front of us during a 3-D broadcast of the Masters tournament on this crisp 50-inch plasma-screen TV.||We nearly jumped to avoid volleyball players diving out of the Samsung's 55-inch LCD screen, though the image was less vibrant than the Panasonic's.|
|GOGGLES||The set comes with one pair of 3-D battery-powered goggles that look like oversize aviator glasses. Extra pairs cost $149 each.||You will pony up $149 for each pair of this set's large goggles, which are a bit geeky looking. Kid-size goggles are available for $179 a pair.|
|WEB APPS||Accessing online content on the TV is easy, thanks to preloaded apps for sites such as Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand.||The Samsung has a bigger selection of Internet apps than the Panasonic. Another plus: It can convert any standard 2-D content into 3-D.|
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