3D Blu-Ray Players
Any closer and you'd be in the movie
If you're hoping to turn your boring old living room into a world-class home theater movie-watching hub where 3D films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland look just as they were meant to look, you'll need to invest in a 3D television. Sadly, the spending doesn't stop there: In order to get that incredible three-dimensional picture, you will also need to consider the source connected to your new 3DTV, including your Blu-ray player or PlayStation 3. While home 3DTV remains a fairly new technology, already several tech leaders have introduced 3D Blu-ray players intended to bring the best 3D picture from the cineplex home. Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba are all ready for 3DTV in the average living room, but are you?
3DTVs for 3D Blu-ray
The first thing a home theater junkie will need in order to bring three-dimensional movies home is a 3DTV. Most of the major television manufacturers -- including Sony, Panasonic and Samsung -- have introduced their own 3D displays, ranging in size from about 40 to about 60 inches in diameter. Many of these same TV manufacturers are also producing new 3D Blu-ray players meant to read and redirect 3D Blu-ray disc signals to a 3DTV.
3DTV Requirements to Keep in Mind
Consumers should note several important details with regards to upgrading to a 3DTV and 3D Blu-ray player. For one, these devices don't just play new 3D movies -- both 3D televisions and 3D Blu-ray devices will easily project films shot in boring old 2D. In some cases, they will even mimic three-dimensional effects for these films. The impact is noticeably less impressive, but it does offer a new element to more traditional viewing experiences.
Second, home theater junkies may not just have to upgrade their Blu-ray/DVD players and televisions in order to get the most out of their new 3D home entertainment devices. Because most current audio-video receivers -- the heart of surround sound systems -- use the older HDMI 1.3 audio format, they will not work properly with new, 3D Blu-ray players, which employ HDMI 1.4. In other words, if you want a 3D Blu-ray player to send audio to your surround sound system, you will need to upgrade your receiver to one capable of HDMI 1.4.
Good News for PS3 Owners
Here's good news for Sony PlayStation 3 owners: Sony has made available a firmware update that will automatically make the game system capable of displaying three-dimensional movies, saving users the cost of upgrading to a whole new 3D Blu-ray player.