Samsung 3DTV available in stores starting tomorrow in Oz

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You can have the best gaming consoles in town but you also need a good TV to play it on. Well, it’s coming. Real soon.

Samsung’s new 3DTV flat plasma’s and LCD’s are now due for release here in Australia and will hit the retail shops gradually starting April 26th 2010.  Avaliable in sizes up to 55″ for LED baclit Series 7 LCDs, whopping 60″ for CCFL backlit Series 6 LCDs up to a monster 63″ for the Series 7 plasma.

Many other brands such as Panasonic, Sony, LG etc are also bringing 3D capable TV’s this year but currently, Samsung and Toshiba are the only ones that are capable of 2D to 3D conversion on the fly. This means that you don’t need special 3D blu-rays to get a taste of three dimensional experience. Yes, you can even watch Home and Away in 3D now. Effect won’t be as great and some sources might look worse or make you real dizzy. If so, just turn the function off and watch in regular 2D. Simple.

Active shutter glasses are needed to enjoy the 3D effect and 2 glasses come bundled as well as a full 3D version of Monsters vs Aliens Blu-ray title. But there is a catch with these 3D Blu-ray titles and it’s going to cost you as you will need to also purchase a 3D capable Blu-ray player to watch it in 3D. (It will properly display as a 2D movie in normal players however) If you have a bigger family, you can buy more glasses in various shapes and sizes also.

Much more information about the lineup and some cool videos of commercials and events can be seen from the official promo website.

It would be very interesting to hook up the Wii, XBOX360 or the PS3 and try out the 2D to 3D feature with the games. Umm, Samsung, could you send us a review sample? Please…? Now I’m starting to regret my TV purchase last year…

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  • Shane Dickson (OregonSlacker)

    I’ve got a friend who has lame eye and therefore is semi blind in one eye and has never experianced 3D up until seeing this Tv demo’d at the local electronics store (Best Buy actually).

    and I mean he’s tried all the anaglyph types (Red/Blue) and we’ve tried Steroscopic 3d with an IZ3d monitor which he could barely see, but honestly really couldn’t see the difference.. the Shuttering glasses he said worked great so well that it took quite a few seconds after removing them for the 3d not to still be apparent.
    So I highly recommend going out and trying it, even if you’ve never seen 3d before.

    MasterAbbot lol regarding having to buy a new tv, 3d Bluray players, and the movies again… its the reason why I stopped collecting DVD’s , I have one edition, then they’d release a special directors cut, then an unrated version and then a DTs 5.1 edition.. it just got to be so lame to repurchase the rights to a movie you laready own, over and over again.. No wonder why piracy is so rampant, everyone is sick of getting screwed by motion picture and music industry left and right!!

  • Jay Kim – jakiman

    The only thing which annoys me is the size. Not 2D / 3D. I bought a 58″ Series 8 plasma last year. Cost me $4400. (RRP $5999) I wanted to buy a 63″ but only was available in Series 6 and still was around $5500. (back in July last year)

    Now the 3DTV 63″ Series 7 plasma RRP is only $4499. That means it can be had as low as $3500 in the shops if you haggle well. This annoys me to bits. 58″ is just not big enough as my sofa is like 4m away. (So I actually go closer when playing games as 58″ is too small) Grr. Now I have to wait till my TV dies or at least 5 years later to buy a new one. Hopefully by that time, I can get a 70inch for around $4000.

    I do agree with you on the various “editions” of the same movie. There’s no way you can buy all of them and we shouldn’t need to.

  • frank

    i cant stand 3d i find it annoying also plasma is a complete rip off im good with my tv for now

  • Andrenekoi

    I think this 3D technology will need some time until estabilished, before that each model will be just for some competition, while we see who will won with their technology.

    In the future, yes, 3D will become “normal” even on tvs, like it’s already on the theaters.

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