3D is the big buzzword in home theater, and depending on who you talk to, 3D TV and 3D home theater is either the greatest thing since sliced bread or the biggest consumer electronics folly ever. Obviously, the real truth is somewhere in-between, as 3D TVs and other 3D-enabled devices are selling -- just not as fast as some manufacturers may have hoped. I'll bring you all the details on how consumers can bring 3D home.
There's a lot of confusion regarding the introduction of 3D in the home theater. What do you need to watch 3D? How much do you need to spend? Is watching 3D TV bad for your health? If you're just getting started learning about 3D TV and still want to understand the fundamentals, check out these FAQs about 3D home theater and 3D TV.
Maybe 3D appeals to you, but you're just not sure you're ready to take the leap. The good news is, 3D TV can provide an immersive experience for movies, sports, and games, and more, and some 3D TVs perform real-time 2D to 3D conversion. However, you're looking at spending quite a bit more of money on home theater gear, and you might be disappointed in the amount of content available at this point. For help weighing the options, learn all about the pros and cons of 3D TV.
One of the big questions on everyone's minds is whether it's necessary to wear 3D glasses at home. Currently, all 3D TV viewing available for consumers has to be done by wearing 3D glasses. However, there are technologies in various stages of development that can enable you to see a 3D image on a TV or other type of video display device without glasses. We can help you get a better sense of where the technology is and what the hold-ups are to watching 3D without glasses.
With their decreasing price points and performance improvements, 3D TVs are beginning to gain a foothold. However, they are still far from mainstream purchases. That means it's up to you to really do your homework before you jump into the 3D TV experience. We have lots useful tips to help you make all the big decisions, from choosing the location and size of your new television, to evaluating the different types of glasses. Plus, don't miss our lists of the best 3D TVs:
The good news if that in the audio area surround sound formats will not change (for the time being) with the introduction of 3D into a home theater setup. However, depending on what home theater receiver you have determines how you might make the physical audio connections between a 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player and the home theater receiver.
In other words, if you really want to be fully 3D signal compliant across the entire connection chain of your home theater system, you need to have a receiver that is 3D compliant by having HDMI 1.4a connections, especially if you rely on your home theater receiver for video switching or processing.
However, you can avoid this additional costly upgrade by planning ahead. Find out three ways you can still use a non-3D compliant home theater receiver with a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc player.
If you have a way to view 3D content, then why not make your own? There's a new breed of camcorders that enable you do just that. For the details, check out the About.com Camcorder Site's Guide to 3D Camcorders.
If you own a 3D TV, what has been your experience with it so far? Share your opinion with the rest of the readers at About.com Home Theater, and help others make smart purchase decisions.