Useful tips for 3D TV enjoyment

by | Feb 14, 2013 | Television

3D TVs are beginning to enter the mainstream as a result of performance enhancements and price drops. However, before you jump in and buy one and hook it up to your direct TV in Charlotte, here are a few helpful tips.

Find a good place for it:

You have to locate a good place to set it up. The room should be dark, actually the darker the better. If the room has windows, make sure you can still darken the room for daytime viewing.

To maximize your enjoyment, the 3D experience you have to have space between the TV and the viewer. It is recommended that an allowance of 8 feet if the set is 50-inch and 10 feet if it’s a 60-inch unit. 3D is best viewed on a large screen, but you will need the space. Regardless of what size you get, site it so that it provides a comfortable viewing experience in both 2D and 3D modes.

Make sure it fits the spot:

There is nothing quite as frustrating as getting the TV home only to find out it won’t fit in the spot you chose. Make sure the entertainment center or TV stand is compatible with the size of the TV. Before you head to the store, measure the space that you have, write the dimensions down and take a tape measure with you. Allow a couple of inches on the sides and perhaps 6 to 8 inches behind the set to make it more convenient to hook up the cables to the audio/visual components such as direct TV Charlotte, DVD players or game consoles. This extra space at the rear of the set also allows for adequate ventilation.

Which is best for 3D?

3D TVs are available in Plasma, LCD or DLP. The choice you make is yours but there are a few considerations:

1. DLP: is the top choice for screen size but as it is a projection TV, it is much bulkier than either Plasma or LCD.

2. LCD: is the most common television, including for 3D. There are differences between manufacturers so you will want to do some comparison shopping before you decide. If you have ambient light issues in the room where it will be installed, LCD is by far the best choice.

3. Plasma: If the light can be controlled, then plasma is the best of the three. Plasma has excellent response to motion, better natural blacks and contrast.

Active or Passive:

Technology will eventually solve the problem, but at the moment you must wear glasses to watch 3D TV. There are two types of glasses, and the choice is determined by the TV. Active glasses have a battery and transmitter used to synchronize with the TV; passive glasses are the least expensive, but the viewing is not quite to the same standard.

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