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The Magic Behind 3D Television
Enjoy 3D Technology at Home With a Hi-Def 3D TV
Do you and your family enjoy the excitement of watching 3D movies in the theater like I do? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the same technology at home?
With the prices of 3D televisions coming down and the number of movies and other exciting new venues coming out in 3D format, now is a great time to get in on this home entertainment revolution.
However, there are a few basics you need to have knowledge of before diving into the 3D arena, and the aim of this article is to help you find your way through some of the challenges and questions you may have.
What's the Best Type of TV to Watch 3D Movies With?
Recent technology is bringing the 3D experience right into the home of many movie and TV buffs. Not only are more movies being shot using the latest in 3D technology, but the prices of the equipment needed are slowly coming down as well. Add to that the plans for more video games and television shows being produced in 3D, and you can see a trend beginning to appear.
To properly enjoy 3D games and movies in the comfort of your home, you will need a 3D-ready display. This can be a 3D LCD/LED/Plasma HDTV, a 3D projector, or a 3D computer monitor. These types of displays have a lot more processing power than the normal 2D display and have the capability of showing successive 3D images quickly.
You will also need a 3D capable player. This can be a Playstation 3 system enabled with 3D, a box from your cable company capable of 3D broadcasting, or a 3D DVD player (Blu-ray being recommended). Having said that, a good Blu-ray 3D DVD player will improve the quality of even your 2D DVDs, as well as have the capability to play all your old music CDs. This makes a good Blu-ray 3D player a great place to start on your 3D adventure if you can't afford a TV right at the moment.
Special HDMI cables to connect the player to the TV are also required. These high-speed cables are designed to transfer the signal from the source to the TV at speeds over 10 gigabits per second. This avoids any "bottle-necking" of data and results in great quality with no lag time.
What Else is Needed Now That Your 3D TV is Set Up
To properly watch television in 3D, most 3D HDTVs need special glasses.
There are 2 main types of 3D glasses currently being used; those with battery powered active shutter lenses and those with passive polarized lenses.
Most TV manufacturers provide 3D glasses to match the technology being used, and there are tons of aftermarket glasses that will work across many brands.
Starting Your 3D Movie Collection for Home Viewing
Last but not least, the DVDs, movies or games must be produced using 3D technology. This can vary from movie to movie, as some are shot mostly in 3D, while others may only have parts produced in 3D. Avatar is a good example of a popular movie shot mainly in 3D.
With cable and satellite providers moving into the 3D arena, as well as the gaming community jumping on board, the future of 3D home entertainment looks very promising. Technology is moving at such a rapid pace these days that there is no telling what is next on the horizon!
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