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3D Survey Results

The 3D Survey we've run the last couple weeks has generated some fascinating results....

Since we have a strong contingent of home theater enthusiasts among our readers, we wanted to know just how important 3D technology is right now in selecting a new home theater projector. With about 3500 respondents, we find that 30% of readers view 3D capability as vital or very important in their choice of a new projector. But just about the same number, 33%, say 3D is of little or no interest at all. About 20% responded by saying they like the idea of 3D, but that the technology is not mature and they'd prefer to wait for later generations of products before jumping into it. The remaining 17% took a more neutral position, indicating that 3D was interesting, but just one of a number of factors they would consider in their next purchase.

The survey has good news for just about ever vendor. Those coming to market soon with 3D enabled home theater projectors will find a solid segment of the buying public anxious to get their hands on those products. But those who will be coming to market with new products that are not 3D enabled, but have other key features like LED light sources, will also find a huge audience ready to embrace those models as well.

We will run this survey again this fall and see how reader impressions of 3D may have changed as a result of the fall product release cycle.

Meanwhile, we cannot say this often enough or loud enough...just because a product is touted as being "3D Ready" does not mean it is compatible with the source you might want to use. Many so-called "3D Ready" projectors are compatible with computer sources, but not with the Playstation 3 or Blu-ray 3D players. Make sure you consult your dealer on these issues before buying.

Evan Powell

Reader Comments(7 comments)

Posted Aug 4, 2010 4:10 AM PST

By Juni-of-SANYO

if i'm not going to wear a googles while watching 3D video then I will be in favor of 3D technology.

Posted Aug 5, 2010 4:14 AM PST

By babu

First of all i would like to thank you for the survey article, At the end of the article what you say is truly a fact which has to be seriously debated upon, I also feel it is very necessary that one should make it a point to check with the dealer if the specs as claimed by the manufacturer(s) is really worth the workability with all sources and especially in terms of 3D projectors. I shall appreciate if you could confirm Optomo HD66's compatibility with 3D DVD's and Blue Ray Discs.

Posted Aug 5, 2010 8:43 AM PST

By Matt

I'm looking to buy a projector this fall. If I'm going to drop 3-4K on a projector (which I only am going to do every 5+ years or so) it's GOT to do 3D. From most reviews here 3D doesn't detract from anything and the cost premium (for the 720p models) is almost non existent. So why not get 3D?

Posted Aug 13, 2010 9:42 AM PST

By PatB

The problem with today's Home Theater is that there are two technologies on the horizon and they conflict. I want a 3D projector but I also want an LED projector. 3D needs lots of lumens but bright LEDs for a reasonable price remain out of reach.

Posted Aug 16, 2010 11:41 AM PST

By Warren

To Matt, What if you buy a 3D projector this year only to find that in 3 years you picked the wrong 3D tech & there is virtually no 3D content available (nor in the future) that will work with your system? There's far too much still up in the air about 3D implementation. Of course, companies like Stewart would love to sell you 2 screens (or even 3) so you can do various versions of 3D and non-3D and keep your options open.

Posted Aug 17, 2010 2:56 AM PST

By Sam Samuelian

I learned, and Evan confirmed (thanks Evan), that the Optima HD66 will not be able to show DVDs. It is only suitable for games and computer content.

That being said, we will have to wait and see what happens and what becomes available in 3D projection. In the meantime, I strongly urge anyone to see the new crop of 3D televisions. Many, like the excellent Samsung 63 inch plasma, produce excellent viewing. Best of all, they can upconvert standard DVDs or broadcasts to near 3D quality. My vast DVD collection now has renewed interest! Prices will drop rapidly, so you might want to wait before investing. Already, though, package prices which include four pairs of glasses, blu ray player, etc., are enticing.

Posted Aug 19, 2010 9:17 AM PST

By Matt

I suppose that is a risk. I am going to have to rely on Projector Central to steer me in the right direction. My only point was that I am going to get a new projector anyway so if the premium isn't too much I don't see any reason to NOT get a 3D projector. The 3D projectors are going to become available very soon so we'll see how things turn out.

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