2D to 3D

twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Print Edition: December 2011

It's inevitable that your first big-screen 3D experience at a theatre will leave you thirsting for more. Perhaps you then contemplated buying a 3D TV, but realised that with the paucity of 3D content , you'd be better off instead bringing home a cheaper Smart TV that would link you to the Internet. Hold on. The difference in the prices of similarly sized Smart LED (40/42 inches) and 3D televisions isn't more than Rs 10,000.

So before you junk the idea of your own 3D movie miniplex at home, just find out if your heart's desire can covert 2D into 3D. The new technology being adopted by TV makers allows the regular 2D pictures to get a degree of the depth effect. It may not be true 3D, but your TV is being put to some gainful use. Also, you get settings to play around with, like increasing the level of depth to suit your taste. Taking the 40/42 incher as the base model with smart functionalities, including Internet access and 3D features, we tell you how three of these TVs score.

Depth Machines

LG LW 4500
Price: Rs 79,990

Screen: 42 inches LED; Viewing angle: 178 degree horizontally, 26 degree vertically; 3D depth adjustment: Yes (0 to 20 level); 2D to 3D content upscale: Live TV, videos played from USB port, online videos from YouTube, Facebook and also still images; Settings in 2D to 3D content upscale: Depth adjustment (0 to 20); View point adjustment (-10 to + 10); Motion Rate: 400 Hz

Bottom line: The set comes with free lightweight 3D glasses. An extra pair will cost you ` 1,000. Cinema 3D effect offers the same 3D experience from any viewing angle within range. With the 26-degrees vertical viewing angle, you will have to ensure the screen is correctly placed at eye level.

SONY EX 720
Price: Rs 79,900

Screen: 40 inches LED; Viewing Angle: 120 degree horizontally and vertically; 3D Depth adjustment: Yes (-2 to +2); 2D to 3D content upscale: Live TV, videos played from USB port, online videos from YouTube, Facebook and still images; Settings in 2D to 3D content upscale: Stimulated 3D, High, medium and low; Motion Rate: 200 Hz

Bottom line: Heavy, battery-run glasses and not so great 3D settings in comparison with the competitors. Also, as soon as your neck turn a bit towards the shoulders, the 3D effect is lost. The active-shutter are expensive; an extra pair costs ` 6,000. Also higher the motion rate, better the moving picture.

SAMSUNG UA40D6600WR

Price: Rs 99,990

Screen: 40 inches LED; Viewing angle: 178 degree horizontally and vertically; 3D depth adjustment: No; 2D to 3D content upscale: Live TV, videos played from USB port; Settings in 2D to 3D content upscale: Depth adjustment (-10 to +10), perspective adjustment (-5 to +5). Motion rate: 400 Hz.

Bottom line: The viewing experience was great on this product, but the heavy Bluetooth glasses run on batteries and need frequent recharge. Glasses are paired by bringing them near the TV. An additional pair costs Rs 15,000. Also, you cannot adjust the original 3D content depth, a feature that is available in the competitors. Most expensive of the three.

Courtesy:Gadgets and Gizmos

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