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Topic # 60909 5-May-2010 15:15
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So I've noticed that Noel Leeming have released their Samsung 3D TV's online and are priced $3399-$5499 46"-63"

Samsung 50" FULL HD PLASMA TV  Is priced at $3499, for a 50" Full HD Plasma and I don't think that's too bad, as you get the latest features found in a Plasma/LCD/LED TV, the slim screen, internet connectivity, motion control and this particular model comes with 2 sets of 3D glasses. So there is a small premium going 3D but is it worth it?

Ignoring the fact that there is nothing to watch in 3D at the moment, the other question is are you likely to buy one in the next couple of years or have you already put an order in.

IMHO I get the impression that all the big manufactures are forcing us down this road and its just a matter of time before we adopt it in our living rooms, and the day where you don't have to wear the glasses will be the day it takes off.



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  Reply # 326941 5-May-2010 15:19
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We haven't even got half decent HD content yet, even 16:9 output seems to be a bit iffy.

3DTV.......yeah right

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  Reply # 326942 5-May-2010 15:23
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I am quite impressed by that price for a 50 inch 3D TV. I would have thought it would have been at least over 5k, if not 10.

If you are interested in a 3D TV, and (most importantly) this TV doesn't have any reduced quality when watching non 3D TV, then I'd see it as quite a good deal.

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  Reply # 326948 5-May-2010 15:39
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But of course, has the final 3DTV standard been set? I read that in DVB terms it has not.
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  Reply # 326950 5-May-2010 15:42
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Looking at some UK web sites, the same model is selling for 1,318.00 GBP which at today?s exchange rate is $2,770 NZD. So we are still getting screwed slightly, but probably not bad considering shipping to NZ and scale of economies. Another point is SkyUK are actually starting to broadcast some 3D content.

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  Reply # 326951 5-May-2010 15:45
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But SkyNZ are struggling to even broadcast HD content on anything other than Sports/Movies so can't see 3D here until about 2020

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  Reply # 327024 5-May-2010 18:37
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Saw a Samsung HD being demod at Harvey Norman last weekend. No glasses so terrible picture. A good example of how not to sell a high priced TV..



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  Reply # 327039 5-May-2010 18:53
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old3eyes: Saw a Samsung HD being demod at Hardley Normal last weekend. No glasses so terrible picture. A good example of how not to sell a high priced TV..


same experience at noel leemings too... at first i thought they had just used a crappy cable to the dvd player... until i eventually saw a little 3d sign, but no glasses.




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  Reply # 327075 5-May-2010 20:10
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Did you ask to have a look through glasses?
I'm guessing they're kept behind the counter for punters who are in deep discussions re: a new fancy tellie?

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  Reply # 327084 5-May-2010 20:27
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I was in JB hi-fi in the weekend looking at the samsung stand, watching that monsters and aliens 3d blu-ray.  the picture was good, but  not what i would cal fantastic.

Admittedly I didnt get much time with the glasses, i would like to try and watch a whole movie and then make another  judgement.

I think the prices aren't that bad, i thought they would've been a lot more than this. 

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  Reply # 327115 5-May-2010 21:27
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Was in HN chc pricing BD players when they were setting it up. (Samsung)

First impression... aaaassssss

They had a XB360 playing avatar game on it, and the screen was only able to frameshift parts of the image at a time. Not the whole thing. Text along the bottom of the screen was visibly blurry.. normal.. blurry as you read across it (no glasses)

Sure, when you you put them on there was the slightest depth added, but the text was near unreadable going in and out of phase like that.

And every few mins the shutters lost sync and turned off totaly = slightly yellow image till sync'd again.

Given tvnz etc have indicated they don't intend upgrading any hardware or purchasing 3D media for another 4-5 years.. might be silly to get one for the sake of getting one at this early stage as suggested above. Especially if they get the 'average lifespan' of 3 years label.

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  Reply # 327117 5-May-2010 21:32
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Dunnersfella: Did you ask to have a look through glasses?
I'm guessing they're kept behind the counter for punters who are in deep discussions re: a new fancy tellie?


salesman came and stood next to me - mentioned nothing about the set being 3d, and didnt offer any glasses to test with




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  Reply # 327118 5-May-2010 21:33
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i wenty to Harvey Normans in lower Hutt today for something else, and found their 3d TV. Chap came up to me and offered the glasses. Pity they also didn't have some 3d content or a 3d capable player. I was just a standard demo reel and a standard BD player. The tv was faking the 3d, to fairly average effect, but it was see-able.




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  Reply # 327121 5-May-2010 21:37
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Oooo new tvs lol. I was quite looking forward to these new samsung plasmas and no, not because of 3D. 
Be interesting to see what the black levels are like. 
I'm with zolly monsta I don't see 3D anything becoming widely available in NZ homes for quite a few years, as previously said HD is only just coming into it's own.

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I disagree, consumers have rejected 3D in homes before and with the quality of 3D being displayed at the moment I think all but the most diehard 3D fans will hold out. There are plenty of examples of heavily backed products that no one bought into because they were rubbish, though that has happened to some good products as well...




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  Reply # 327131 5-May-2010 21:53
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Oblivian: Was in HN chc pricing BD players when they were setting it up. (Samsung)

First impression... aaaassssss

They had a XB360 playing avatar game on it, and the screen was only able to frameshift parts of the image at a time. Not the whole thing. Text along the bottom of the screen was visibly blurry.. normal.. blurry as you read across it (no glasses)

Sure, when you you put them on there was the slightest depth added, but the text was near unreadable going in and out of phase like that.

And every few mins the shutters lost sync and turned off totaly = slightly yellow image till sync'd again.


Yeah that Avatar game is arse.
I saw it too... and frankly it's one of the worst looking games I've had the displeasure of looking at in a while. I do wonder if it's the game designers fault or an issue with the new hardware?

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  Reply # 327140 5-May-2010 22:11
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I have a 50" 600hz Full HD plasma screen, which could actually do 3D except that there would be no way for the glasses to sync with the picture. My understanding is that this is the only real difference with the 3D panels, they have the smarts to align the pictures with the blanking the glasses do.

Considering my panel cost $1999, and the 3G Sammy costs almost twice that, you can see the price premium on these things for what is probably an extra $10 of circuitry inside.




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