Although 3D TV is starting to catch on, it certainly doesn't
come without a price. Currently, Amazon.com and a few other online resellers
are selling Samsung
55-inch 3D LED HDTV television sets with a price tag of around $3,000. While
the TVs have received a lot of hype and good previews, there is a hidden cost
that you'll want to keep in mind if you're considering one of these sets.
Because the sets don't come with 3D glasses, you'll need to
buy those separately in order to view the 3D content on the Samsung screen.
Samsung's 3D active glasses (model SSG-2100AB) will cost a whopping $150 each. This
means you'll need to drop an additional $600 in order for a family of four to
enjoy 3D content on the new TV.
The glasses will be active 3D glasses, not the passive type
like what you're accustomed to seeing at the movie theater. The liquid crystal
lenses in these Active Shutter glasses change from dark to light several
hundreds of times per second while communicating wirelessly with the television
set. The glasses will also be able to communicate with Samsung-branded Blu-ray
players and a Home Theater in Box.
In addition to the cost, there are a few other potential
downfalls to Samsung's 3D TV implementation. Because of the way the content is
formatted, any user without the glasses won't be able to watch the content simultaneously
with users who have glasses. In addition, Samsung's glasses aren't currently
available in kids' sizes and they require CR2025 batteries.