2014 – 3D TV Reviews
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What do you need to know about 3D TVs before walking into a store and buying one? We break down all the essential information in this article.
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Canstar Blue research finalised in October 2014, published in October 2014.
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Samsung rules the third dimension in our awards
Gimmick or no, there’s definitely a market for TVs that showcase 3D in all its glory. Who’s really going to pass up an opportunity for a richer viewing experience – especially when the affordability of doing so is now more reasonable than ever?
But while 3D TVs become a more familiar sight in electronics stores, the difficulty of choosing between all the different brands and models begins to increase. Let us help you choose – our latest customer satisfaction ratings can reveal that Samsung was rated 5 stars in Overall Customer Satisfaction, receiving the Canstar Blue award for 2016.
So how did each of our rated brands perform? Let’s take a closer look:
- Samsung led the pack with five stars for overall satisfaction and value for money. It received our Most Satisfied Customers Award – 3D TVs, 2014.
- LG did well with five stars for value for money, and
- Sony excelled with top ratings for picture & sound quality, ease of use, warranty / service, and ancillary functions.
The full results can be found in the table above. However, we’ve also answered some common questions about 3D TVs below.
How do 3D TVs work?
Exactly the same as any other TV, except they can overlay two different images – spaced slightly apart. When viewed through the right set of glasses that direct each image to the correct eye, it creates the illusion in our brains that we are seeing just one image in the third dimension.
Can I watch 2D content on this kind of TV?
But I look silly in those glasses…
You’ll be watching it in the safety of your own home, so the embarrassment is minimal. Besides, kids love them.
We would like to mention that there are two different kinds of glasses:
- Battery-powered glasses, which synchronise with the 3D picture via radio signals, and
- Unpowered glasses, which work similarly to cinema 3D glasses.
You should factor in the cost of any extra pairs of glasses you’ll need when comprising your TV-purchasing budget.
Do 3D TVs use more power?
CNET did some research and found that many 3D TVs do indeed use more electricity due to the brighter image required to display the third dimension. PopularMechanics.com did similar analysis and confirmed these results. Both websites stated that plasma models had the more significant disparity between 2D and 3D power usage. Is it likely to drastically affect your electricity bill? Unlikely, but it does account for one more factor for you to consider.
Is there any 3D content available to buy?
Yes! A quick Google search will show you that there are plenty of online retailers ready to sell you a variety of new release 3D movies. Typically, they’ll be sold in BluRay, but can also be found on DVD.
Are there 3D TVs that do not require you to wear glasses?
Not yet, but manufacturers are working on it.
Frequently asked questions
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 2,500 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a new flat screen TV (in which 3D functionality was a feature) in the last two years – in this case, 166 customers.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.