3D TV: Passive 3D vs. Active 3D: The Format War of 2011?

By March 16, 2011Newswires

3D TV: Passive 3D vs. Active 3D: The Format War of 2011?

By Chris Boylan

Since CES 2011 and in the weeks that have followed, a line in the sand has been drawn around two different approaches to 3D TV.  In one camp, we have Panasonic, Samsung and Sony, touting the benefits of Full HD 3D TV with their active 3D glasses that deliver full high definition (1080p) images to each eye.  In the other we have VIZIO and LG waxing poetic on the benefits of a passive 3D TV solution which, though it may sacrifice detail, offers other benefits such as less flicker and lighter, less expensive 3D glasses. Which is better?  This is not a simple question to answer.  But which technology is a better choice for the consumer depends on preferences and intended use for 3D in the home.  To make an informed decision, it is helpful to understand how both technologies work.

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