Choosing the Right 3D Glasses For Your Home Theater

This article narrows down your search for the right 3D glasses for your home theater. Thanks to PCWorld who published this extensive review by Patrick Miller and Tim Moynihan you now have the information you need to choose the right 3D glasses for your home theater.

Choosing the right 3D glasses for your home theater will make you hungry for popcorn

“Active-shutter glasses are actually small LCD screens that alternately dim the left and right “lenses” in succession. They rely on an infrared signal emitter in the TV that tells each pair of glasses when they should dim each lens, so each eye can see the image intended for it.”

“Since active-shutter glasses are fairly complicated electronics, they’re pricey: A typical pair usually runs about $150, and works only on 3D TVs made by the same manufacturer. They depend on batteries to keep running, too. What’s more, they’re kind of heavy—especially if you’re already wearing prescription eyeglasses—which can make watching a whole movie somewhat uncomfortable.”

Our test results

“We watched two test scenes—the opening segment of Resident Evil: Afterlife and the opening segment of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs—using a Sony PlayStation 3 to play the 3D Blu-ray discs, and an HDMI splitter to send the video signal to all three TVs at once.”

“Patrick’s take: I have never been a fan of active-shutter 3D glasses because they’re simply too heavy for me to enjoy comfortably, and Sharp’s included 3D glasses were no different. After the first few minutes, I had gotten used to the feeling somewhat, but it was still annoying. Without a doubt, passive 3D glasses are lighter and cheaper, and generally make for a more pleasant overall 3D experience…”

“Tim’s take: After viewing the three 3DTVs we used in our eyeball testing, I voted for passive glasses for a number of reasons. As Patrick mentions, the glasses are definitely lighter and more comfortable, making them better options for long 3D-viewing sessions minus the nose sweat. They also don’t have the “Are these things on?” sync problems that you sometimes encounter with active-shutter glasses. Add in the fact that passive glasses are significantly cheaper and don’t need to be recharged, and they have a big advantage over active-shutter technology before you even start watching anything…” 

“What was really surprising to me is that I thought the 3D effects looked better with the passive glasses, as well. With the glasses off, I could see the individual lines of resolution on the Vizio and LG TVs in our test group, but once I put the glasses on, the images on screen looked noticeably sharper on those sets (especially on the LG) than they did on the active-shutter Sharp set. The LG passive-glasses set really impressed me.”

I think comfort is very important if your kids will be using the 3D entertainment. The lighter passive lenses seemed like the best choice to me too. Choosing the right 3D glasses for your home theater will enhance viewing performance and clarity.

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2 Responses to Choosing the Right 3D Glasses For Your Home Theater

  1. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the great info. It’s much appreciated to get an unbiased opinion

  2. Amanda says:

    Thank you for this post! It’s always great to get unbiased advice & opinions

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