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Old 30-09-2012, 19:35
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I'm thinking about upgrading to a new TV. Some with 3D are in my price range but would anybody recommend it? I've no interest in it and it's not exactly took off.

Would I be better just going with a 1080p Plasma?
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:56
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A few questions that will help others help you with your choice.

What's your price range. Which screen size are you looking to get. What features are you looking for in your new TV and Which makes are you willing to purchase and what do you plan to have connected to your new TV (Sat box or HD box or whatever).


As for 3D. Only you can make up your mind whether you want a 3D capable TV or not. Some people will tell you it's worth having and some will tell you it is not. I own a Samsung smart 3DTV and get most of my content from the SKY 3D channel (subscription to their world pack needed).


All I can suggest is that you go and get a demo of 3DTV before you dismiss it out off hand. You may actually like what you see. As for whether I would recommend it, then Yes I would. It makes the viewing experience so much better imo.


As you have said in your post, You have no interest in 3D then others may not bother taking the time to tell you their views on whether or not it's worth having or explaining the difference between "Active" and "Passive" 3D sets.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:30
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If any of your family wear spectacles, there isn't much point. I hate 3D as it makes you look ridiculous and it is also very uncomfortable having two pairs of glasses on, to the point where I don't bother with anything 3D.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:41
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If any of your family wear spectacles, there isn't much point. I hate 3D as it makes you look ridiculous and it is also very uncomfortable having two pairs of glasses on, to the point where I don't bother with anything 3D.
I'm not a huge fan of 3D myself, but why does it matter if you look ridiculous? If your on your own then who's going to see you in your own front room and if there's others also wearing the glasses and all watching the same thing then your all going to look as ridiculous as each other so why is it an issue?
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:42
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Sky 3D is a let down. It shows the same boring documentaries endlessly and new movies are usually pay per view.
Wearing 3D specs over glasses isn't a problem.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:50
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If any of your family wear spectacles, there isn't much point. I hate 3D as it makes you look ridiculous and it is also very uncomfortable having two pairs of glasses on, to the point where I don't bother with anything 3D.
That's your opinion and your choice though. My wife wears specs and the 3D glasses she uses fit over her specs and she's never complained about them being uncomfortable and neither do we think we look ridiculous wearing 3D glasses, although I admit to having a little chuckle when I walked in to the sitting room and found my wife and kids all sitting with their 3D glasses on watching a 3D movie lol
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Old 01-10-2012, 21:06
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If you have a passive tv then the specs are cheap and easy. Even if you wear glasses you can usually get a pair of clip on 3d glasses to go over normal glasses.

The content from sky is quite limited at the moment. I bought an LG just before the olympics as it was great at that point, but with just one channel with plenty of repeats you probably won't use it too much. Even with that said i'd still recommend 3D tv.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:44
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I'm also in the market for a new tv and, like the op, I'm not actively seeking a 3D model. As one can watch it in 2D, however, and the price can be cheaper than aHD LED Smart TV, I would consider one and watch it in 2 D. I wold suggest that Plasma is not the way to go. Just my opinion but, I think they are being phased out and even a sa;es assistant in Currys said the same thing.
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Old 03-10-2012, 15:01
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I'm upgrading from a 720p 32" tv. Just looking at some lower price 42"s seen there's some LG ones which have 1080p I think? Are they worth the upgrade?
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Old 03-10-2012, 17:05
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Old 03-10-2012, 18:57
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I bought a new Panasonic TV with passive 3D a few months ago. Not that I thought I'd actually watch very much 3D but just to have the option.

All I've watched in 3D so far is the Olympics opening ceremony, a tennis match and a blu-ray I bought specially. Sky 3D isn't worth getting in my opinion, but in future there may be a lot more 3D available.

Anyway it didn't cost much more than a standard TV and has an excellent 2D picture.
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Old 04-10-2012, 00:08
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I got a 3d Panasonic plasma. GT50

I didn't get it because it was 3d but because it was the best TV in 2012. 2D and HD is stunning. 3D is stunning too however it is a gimmick and really isn't worth it.

Remember you need to upgrade your Bluray player to a 3d one, as well as possible 3d TV service AND even your home cinema amp if you are using HDMI pass through if its not 3d ready.

The 3D is also forced on all TVs. It has issues and quickly wares off after a while. Like Avatar in the cinema the 3d wow soon wares off and you soon realise your watching a mundane scifi movie.


HD is the real picture improvement since colour, not 3d.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:05
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higher end tv's tend to just have 3d as a bonus, the qualities required tend to just be the default in the high end for 2d anyways. so even if you don't need 3d, the high end tv for 2d is the 3d model in most cases. the fast response rate and brightness required are just good basic panel properties to have.

and yea i consider 3d a rubbish feature on tvs. you don't "need" it, but as I said, the highest end 2d tv's are the 3d models. passive is lost resolution, active has its own issues, and 3d on small home displays is questionable by default, it doesnt make films more immersive, it just makes them look gimmicky. it doesn't even make your tv look bigger, it just adds a degree of separation, a barrier to immersion.
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Old 08-10-2012, 15:46
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I have a 3D TV, it was reasonably priced and a great TV, but the 3D I rarely turn on, only use it for gaming because unlike films it adds to the immersiveness.

No matter you'll buy in this day and age it's hard to not get a good tv, you'll either be with or without 3D though.

Summary - Yay for gaming, nay for tv and movies.
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