3-D TVs; Worth The Price Tag Or Just Hype?

By Eric Clabaugh

November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 6:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (Indiana's NewsCenter)-Black Friday is right around the corner, most of the adds are out, and like every other year, TV sales are the focus of many bargain shoppers. 3-D TVs are getting a lot of attention this year, but are they worth the hype?

Let's begin by ex planing how 3-D TV works. Without getting too technical, the best way to explain how the images get their 3-dimensional look is to say that the developers are tricking your eyes. There are two images projected onto the screen, one for the left eye and the other for the right. They are projected in quick succession and the glasses that you must wear then help filter those images into a 3-dimensional picture.

Most of your 3-D TV sets give depth to the picture, making the image look life like through the back of the scree, but there are some that will make the images pop out of the screen, kind of like the theater experience.

Experts say if you are thinking about purchasing a 3-D TV, before you buy, it's good to do a little homework. Things like room size, angle of TV, lighting and more, can affect the overall quality of your 3-D experience.

The price tag is also something to consider. Ed Bouwsma from Stucky Bros. says starter models are about $1,000 and high end models can be $5,000 or more.

Personally, I really like the 3-D TVs but there is no continuity among the manufacturers, a big red flag to me. And there is still a lack of programming available for 3-D fans. But, the TVs themselves still have your standard and high definition capabilities so if the program you are watching isn't 3-D, you can still watch it in high definition.

Industry leaders also point out that manufacturers are focusing more on the Web-Component capable TVs and that 3-D will get renewed attention when the Web-TV craze dies down a little.

If you're thinking about making that *BIG* purchase, I hope this helps a little. Again, make sure you do your homework because there are a lot of variables that can enhance or hurt your 3-D experience.

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