There has been a lot of talk lately about a real 3D experience at home—not just through the red-and-blue anaglyph glasses that we’ve used for years on both DVD and Blu-ray. Several supposedly 3D-ready televisions are already on the market, but those were made before the final 3D specifications were announced and will not be able to present a 3D picture in full 1080p resolution. Sony announced that its PS3, which of course is also a Blu-ray player, will be able to be upgraded to 3D via a firmware update like some other newer BD players, but none of them will likely be able to handle a full 1080p 3D picture either.
If you are an early-adopter type (you know you are if you have a profile 1.0 Blu-ray player or HD-DVD player gathering dust in a closet), then Samsung will help you be the first kid on the block to go to Avatar’s Pandora and experience Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and more in full-HD 3D. The company began producing LED and LCD compatible panels for 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch full-HD 3D TVs using 3D Active Glasses this month. The TVs employ Samsung’s exclusive true 240Hz technology, which delivers full-HD viewing in 2D, and also smooth, natural, full-HD 3D images that can vividly capture rapid movements when paired with 3D Active Glasses.
So you’ve got the right TV and the glasses lined up to make the Na’vi jump out at you. Since money is no object for a tech pioneer like yourself, you’ll have to pick up a Blu-ray 3D player. Again, it’s Samsung to your rescue with its BD-C6900 player that was just announced only weeks ago at CES. The player is already up for preorder at Amazon with a price tag of $399.99, which is about $200 or more higher than the typical profile 2.0 player out there right now. If the full-3D HDTVs also end up costing twice as much as their non-3D counterparts, Pandora might have to wait—the only 3D effect most will experience is their eyeballs popping out of their sockets when they look at the price tags.