Samsung's 3D LED TV Glasses Don't Come Cheap

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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.
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3dtvuk replied on Sat, Feb 27 2010 9:50 AM

True, the glasses aren't cheap, but some manufacturers (eg Panasonic) are including two pairs with each TV, so that's something to consider. More info here.... http://www.3dtvreviewer.co.uk/

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 27 2010 12:08 PM

That makes no sense, why would I buy a 3000 dollar TV, that I also had to buy glasses for at 150 a pair. Not to mention the content availability at least to the greatest part right now is limited mainly to some Blueray movies.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Feb 27 2010 8:44 PM

Rapid you would also have to by the blueray player ;) lol, They should mind as well increase the tv price to 3500 and include 4 3d glasses to make it seem cheaper then it is now :D

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Feb 28 2010 12:36 AM

Exactly Inspector why buy a 3D TV you cannot take home by itself and set up and view. Especially for 3 grand that's ridiculous. The include them and raise the price makes more sense.

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Inspector replied on Sun, Feb 28 2010 2:16 AM

im a good marketing guy ain't i? xD LOL i don't see why they can't include some free cardboard 3d glass xD. (you know the ones u get in theaters Big Smile lol)

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That's Korea for you! They will keep gouging the American consumer because they made everyone feel so good with the cheap TV's for such a long time. Remember your purchase is also a vote for their company. If you wait for the coming flood of glasses, they will eventually be free with that special! remember all those who rushed out to buy that thousand dollar Beta max just for the quality?

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No rechargeable batteries?

Anyone else get the feeling that Samsung's first venture into the 3D is going to fail?

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 2:19 AM

I agree animatortom, as far as Samsung failing in HD TV's I am pretty sure they are if not the top within the top 3 sellers of HD TV's. So that's a big statement.

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No rechargeable batteries?

Anyone else get the feeling that Samsung's first venture into the 3D is going to fail?

 

Ot maybe they're just poised to sell lots and lots of 3D glasses batteries! The ole "give away the inhaler, sell the Albuterol" idea.

I'm trying-- really I am-- to stay out of commenting on 3D, because my physical limitations prevent me from experiencing it at all. (At least in the cheapjack method that's essentially the same as 1950s movies. I have high hopes for holographic displays.) But I have the nagging suspicion that 3D is going to be the Videophone of the 21st century-- everyone raves about the technological wonder of it, and it sells about ten units.


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I see 3d as a whole going to fail, at least as long as we have to wear glasses....

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 2:23 PM

I totally agree Der Meister, I think the display manufacturers of all types are failing in general. I want a true 3D display not a simulated 3D. So I think your totallly right the 3D thing like it is now will fail, most likely miserably.

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Ot maybe they're just poised to sell lots and lots of 3D glasses batteries! The ole "give away the inhaler, sell the Albuterol" idea.

I'm trying-- really I am-- to stay out of commenting on 3D, because my physical limitations prevent me from experiencing it at all. (At least in the cheapjack method that's essentially the same as 1950s movies. I have high hopes for holographic displays.) But I have the nagging suspicion that 3D is going to be the Videophone of the 21st century-- everyone raves about the technological wonder of it, and it sells about ten units.

 

Haha! The videophone was an good example to bring up. It ranks right between the Nintendo Power glove and the 1982 Atari's ET video game as the most overhyped stinkers of all time!

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I have worked with some displays in the past that are a true 3d that does not require glasses. the image was projected about 3" from the screen, and you could interact with it.... it was cool stuff.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Mar 3 2010 6:29 PM

I totally agree Clem though for different reasons I can see 3D fine as far as I know, but in a TV at my house? A movie screen in a huge dark room ok. The at my house thing just makes no sense, plus my 3 year old would disintegrate those 150 dollar glasses if (and she would) got ahold of them. I am and was actually commenting on the holo displays though earlier those would be absolutely awesome. 

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3dtvuk replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 3:28 PM

>No rechargeable batteries?<

Samsung's rechargable 3D glasses are available, and are even more expensive!

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Mar 7 2010 3:58 PM

Yeah 3DTV I see a lot of problems with the 3D glasses anyway. No rechargeable batteries just adds to it. While 3D is cool I see it pretty much as a gimmick at home anyway. I can see it moving up to a decent platform, but it's far from it now as far as I see it.

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You cannot have 3D without glasses other than a true hologram. It's similar principles to noise canceling. It's dependant on the viewer (or listener’s) positioning relativity to the space. You can’t have noise canceling without headphones or speakers and mics literally right next to your ears, and like noise cancelling it is only relative to you. So you’re going to have to wait for them to implant something in your head to see 3D on a 2D screen if you don’t want to use glasses. Head tracking technology is more dimensional than 3D but again it only works for one person’s perspective and it would never be practical to shoot an entire movie with head tracking because you would need hundreds of cameras filming the exact same scene from multiple vantage points, although it works with any TV… even CTR’s.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Mar 16 2010 1:20 AM

Well come on Darth get working on our holographic displays then.

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