The Nonstop 3D Party
While flat-panel TVs have been riding the 3D hype train for some time, those looking for the cinematic experience that only a front-projection system can provide have been left waiting. That’s over. Nearly every projector manufacturer had a 3D model on display. JVC, which has six 3D models on the way, hit the lowest price point with its DLA-RS40 and DLA- X3 ($4,495 each). Most other manufacturers, including LG, Sony, Sharp, and Mitsubishi, have models coming at prices closer to $10,000. Digital Projection introduced its new M-Vision Cine Series, which includes a far more affordable offering ($18,000) than its previous $84,000 Titan 3D. At the high end were projectors from SIM2 and Wolf Cinema, with models selling for $80,000 and $90,000, respectively.
For me, Runco’s dual projector D-73d garnered the show’s 3D crown. This $49,995 model is the first home theater projector to license RealD’s 3D processing package, and its passive Constant Stereoscopic Video architecture was the easiest on the eyes.
To establish a benchmark performance level for 3D, THX has developed a new 3D display certification. Models earning this badge will have passed more than 400 lab tests evaluating such criteria as color accuracy, crosstalk, viewing angles, and video-processing performance for left- and right-eye images. And 3D sets will also have to meet 2D certification standards to ensure optimal performance regardless of source material. LG’s new Infinia PX950 Series plasma TVs, available now in 50- ($1,999) and 60-inch ($2,999) screen sizes, are the first sets to earn the new certification.
John Sciacca began his career as a custom installer in 1998 at Custom Theater and Audio in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where he still works. He's still trying to figure out how to get the members of his family to turn the lights off when they're actually in the house, let alone from hundreds of miles away.
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