Whether I should buy a 3D LED TV?

India
April 9, 2013 2:09am CST
Hi Friends, I'm planning to buy a 3D TV. First time in my life, I'm confused and bit hesitant with any electronic device. There are so many confusing factors with a 3D TV that I'm unable to decide what will be good for me. So I decided to ask your opinion on this, here are my doubts regarding this: 1. Which brand is good? (Samsung or LG or any other brand) 2. Have you used a 3D TV? (if yes, please share your experience) 3. What is active and passive 3D technologies, do I need to have different types of video files for these different types of 3D technologies? 4. What else do you think I should be concerned about while buying a 3D TV? 5. Do you think it's the right time to buy a 3D TV in India when the 3D content telecast is not available? 6. What about different types of 3D glasses? Please share your opinion on this.
9 responses
@grvdubey11 (1882)
• India
9 Apr 13
Hi bro. I would advice Sony,i have used all three brands , that is Sony, LG and Samsung.I liked Sony the most,if not Sony then go for Samsung.About 3D TV, its good but like you mentioned correctly that in current scenario, we in India are far from getting 3D telecast.You see the unfair policies of TATA Sky DTH where they are charging so much extra for normal HD channels which is not worth it.Videocon DTH is ok in that regard but once they get lot of customers its high chances that they will join other companies ,with all those policies .Anyways coming back to topic of 3D, if you are fan of 3D movies then its worth it,its just that arranging DVDs and Blue-ray is difficult ,so i normally download torrents of 3D movies,if you want help in that regard i can given you link of reliable up-loaders who provide 3D movies in good quality and small sizes.I am just trying to add to the information our other friends have given here,best wishes.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi Gaurav, I would have certainly gone with Sony if their TVs had support for different video formats. E.g. Flv, mkv etc. If I go for Sony, I can't convert a 4 GB movie in MKV format to mp4 or avi and then play it on TV, that's the main problem with Sony. With that problem with Sony, I have Samsung as the second option, now with Samsung, I'm okay if I don't even get 3D option but the screen refresh rate should be at least 400 HZ, that they are providing only with the 3D model. Now you see, it's narrowed down to Samsung model "UA32ES6200R". I've a question, have you tried this Active and Passive 3D glasses, if you have any idea, please let me know which one is better and why?
• India
10 Apr 13
To be honest, I'm going crazy with these specs, I never had a tough time like this while buying any electronics item. I found this link and now I'm more confused: http://www.avforums.com/forums/lcd-led-lcd-tvs/1568042-question-about-400hz-800hz-motion-processing-vs-native-panel-refresh-rates.html
• India
11 Apr 13
My suggestion is to go for Passive 3D glasses,they are light weight and good enough to see 3D movies also they are reasonable in price too.These are the glasses similar to the ones we get in theaters.While active 3D glasses are quite expensive,actually those glasses are battery operated and have tiny LCD screens. Some people have complained that they are not so comfortable with using those glasses.
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• India
9 Apr 13
first of all you havent mentioned about the tv size which you are going to buy. any way i will give you some general details which you should see before buying a tv. 1) 3d tv is the new technology in tv. eventhough there is not much of 3d content available in india most of the flat screen tv have incorporated 3d feature in their tv. so i would suggest you to buy a 3d tv because the overall performance of the tv will be better in case of a 3d tv. 2) as far as the 3d technology is concerned there are two active and passive. the technology varies only in the type of glass you use to watch the 3d content. i)in active 3d technology you will use a 3d glass which has a battery in it. the glass will work only if the battery has charge in it. if you put the battery in your glass ou can watch around 1000 films with it. so after that you will have to change the battery. ii)in passive 3d technology the glasses work without any power so you dont need battery in those glasses, so time and money saved in changing the battery in passive technology but if you ask me the 3d experience will be better in active glasses than the passive glasses.but it differs from person to person so i would ask you to go to the showroom and try both the glasses and see which one do you like. 3) you dont need different video formats for different 3d technologies. it actually depends upon the tv model which you buy. please go through the manual of the tv which you are going to buy to see the list of 3d formats which your tv will support. 4)but as far as the tv technology goes i would recommend a 3d plasma tv rather than a 3d led tv. because the most important feature which is required for a tv is i) motion rate: the motion rate of plasma tv is 600hz while the led tv have only about 200hz. so what it makes is that while you watch the sports cahnnel like f1, football etc. you might see the blurred picture. but the plasma tv due to high motion rate shows clear picture ii) colours: plasma tv have large number of colours as it generally uses 16 bit processing rather than the 12 bit processing of led. iii) plasma tvs have very high contrast ratio. black levels are extremely high. you can view true blacks only in a plasma tv. iv) last but not the least plasma tvs are much cheaper than led tvs and also plasma tvs have larger life span than led. 5) if you have decided to buy a 3d large screen tv i would suggest you to buy a plasma tv. and if you have decided to buy a plasma tv then i would suggest you to buy panasonic plasma tv. and if you have decided to buy a panasonic plasma tv i would suggest you to buy panasonic plasma st series. in india the price of 50 inch panasonic plasma st series is around 90 thousand. so what are you waiting for go ahead and purchase your new tv.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi vgpyogakrishna, Thanks for the detailed information on this, you've answered so many questions which I had with me. Thanks for the suggestion of Plasma TV, now I'm checking my options with these TV models also. What if I buy a plasma TV with 1024x768 resolution and 43" screen, will the video quality be good?
• India
10 Apr 13
actually samsung plasma tv only has 43 inches. all other brands has only 42 inches. recently my friend has bought a 42 inch panasonic plasma i think it is xt series. and the picture quality is awesome. you know xt model is just an entry level model in panasonic plasma. the picture quality is awesome even in that entry level model. and i have 50 inch panasonic plasma and it is st series i should say it has the best picture quality. if you want to know more just read the panasonic 50st50 plasma review in cnet. if you want the picture quality to be good make sure that you have your set top box. because without set top box you cant get clear picture quality. as far as the best brands in plasma are concerned there are three in india. my first choice is panasonic but they are a bit costly in plasma tv but the quality is the best in the industry so it is worth the extra money. if you want a bit cheaper one then go for samsung plasma. samsung also produces good plasmas. my third option will be lg plasmas.
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• India
13 Apr 13
Hi vgpyogakrishna, Thanks for your valuable suggestions, I have found a few good Plasma TVs in Samsung and the screen size that I would be going for would be 43" as of now that what I've planned, however, I still have a little bit of confusion on the screen size, let's see which one I will buy finally. Thanks again for your replies, much appreciated!
@Deepak2J (1179)
• Bhubaneswar, India
9 Apr 13
I think Samsung is good. It has better and more features and has a better sound quality according to me. But, you should check for yourself. Because everyone's choice is different. If you buy with someone's recommendations , you might not be impressed later. Go to a store .Check out all brands and features and buy whatever you like.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi Deepak, Thanks for the brand recommendation. No doubt, I will certainly visit a few stores before buying any TV and it'll be my choice. However, because there are n number of features in different TVs nowadays, it's not possible for me to get to know about all these features in a small time span, that's why I initiated this discussion so that people can share their experience and I can learn about the features and the value of the brand quality and value in general. Thanks for your response!
@Deepak2J (1179)
• Bhubaneswar, India
11 Apr 13
yes.you are right
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@eagletrek2 (5271)
• Kingston, New York
9 Apr 13
Hi does any of your friends have a 3D TV if they do .bring some food to them and watch there Tv to see if you like it .if you do.then listen to tv expert in the other comments.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi eagletrek2, Very different comment, I was not expecting something like this. Just now I've realized that I don't have a friend with whom I can go and watch a movie at his home, may be it's because of my age but anyways, it shows me a different perspective of my life. Thanks for your response, eagletrek2!
@et2705 (21)
• Singapore
9 Apr 13
I think it will be best for you to go down to the store to try it out on your own as everyone has different view and feel on the product. What I can suggest is maybe you can try to read up the specs and compare. May also go to the forum and check it out.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi et2705, That's the most practical answer, I will certainly visit a few stores before buying a TV. However, when I ask people here, they'll share their personal experience with these products over a long span of time, which is really helpful. When you hear the word TV, normally the device that comes to your mind is with a screen that can play a movie, sports or news. However, nowadays with technology improving every day, there are a lot of feature that one should be knowing and if as an Individual I've to understand everything, it'll take a lot of time, whereas, if people on myLot are sharing their experience, it'll make my job easier. Thanks for your response, et2075!
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
in terms of led screens, samsung is the best! i've red an article about the claim of samsung as best led screen producer. i also saw an article about apple was changing their led screen supplier . they decided samsung to supply led screens for apple devices.
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• India
10 Apr 13
My first preference is Samsung, now that you've added the LED screen quality as one of the plus for Samsung, I might go for it. Thanks for your response, yengnimcdo!
• Vietnam
9 Apr 13
I've never used a 3D TV but I think Samsung is good.
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• India
10 Apr 13
Hi nguyenloan, Even I'm like you and even I've the same opinion as far as a brand name is concerned, however, there are several people on myLot who can suggest me clearly what should I be buying and that's really nice. If you want to learn about this 3D technology and the available options in market, you should go through the comments in this discussion. Thanks for your response!
@aidiri (1)
9 Apr 13
you'd better go to one store and see it by yourself. if you think it suits you and you can afford it, you can buy it. if the 3D content telecast isn't available, you can buy it latter
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• India
9 Apr 13
Hi aidiri, Welcome to myLot, thanks for your response! Enjoy myLot !!!
@garson (886)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Since I am in the US, I can only give you my perspectives from TV broadcast situation here. Back in late 2010, we bought a 50 inch Samsung plasma TV. So far this has been the greatest TV viewing experience. This is also the first time I have a HUGE TV in my living room since for many years I owned a 20 something inch TV. As far as US TV channels and broadcast situation, there are still some channels that are not broadcasted in HD. For the most part, I would not be concerned with those channels, since I care less about those channels. I am still fine with watching channels in SD. Eventhough people can get mesmerized by the technology of 3D TV, I would advise people to not buy them yet. Presently, there are only few channels that are available on 3D. Therefore, it's not really worth it to buy one at the moment.
• India
30 Apr 13
Hi garson, After carefully going through the suggestions here, I bought a 43 inch Samsung plasma TV and here in India, if you buy a plasma TV, it'll have 3D you don't have a choice to exclude it. My main preference was Plasma TV and rest of the things came with it. In India we are yet to get most of the channels in HD (forget about 3D), however, as it was a gift from me to Mom. My parents are happy to have it and you know, parents are not into technical details here in India. For them it's good, may be when I'll get some time to visit them, I will experience the picture quality of this TV. Thanks for your response, garson!