Some Final Words of Advice

Perhaps a few questions are due before you empty your pockets on a 3D TV. Consider these. For starters, is 3D essential to you? How often would you (and your family members) watch or game in 3D? Are you willing to pay for an AV upgrade? We have to agree that the entire 3D shebang isn't an absolute sham. Experiencing a movie in 3D can be enjoyable for some, especially for the first time. Children may also think it's fun and engaging thanks to the added depth perspective. However, whether these kids (or anyone for that matter) are able to sustain a 3D movie in its entirety is another point of contention altogether.

Importance of New Features by Country, Relative to the Other 14 Drivers of TV Replacement. (Source: DisplaySearch, June 2011)

Let's not forget about practical concerns as well. For instance, active-shutter glasses aren't cheap, and it will cost you a fair bit to cater for a larger group of family members. Also, these shuttering glasses flicker when viewed under fluorescent lighting. This won't do if you prefer to have the lights on. Eye-fatigue is another health risk. Although we've established that polarized 3D lenses cause less strain on the eyes, we cannot speak for the masses emphatically. After all, everyone embraces 3D in a different way.

As revealed in one of DisplaySearch's market research studies, it is not entirely surprising that 3D is one of the weakest drivers behind new TV replacements in various countries, with the exception of Indonesia. In fact, LED-backlit requirements are higher up on consumers' lists compared to 3D. With that note, we hope you've gained a better understanding of 3D TVs after reading this buying guide. We also hope you are now better equipped to tackle the show floor with confidence. If you've decided against a 3D TV, and is opting for a vanilla HDTV instead, well, we've another guide you could turn to.

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