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Friday, May 28, 2010

Samsung 3D TV has landed in Manila

Samsung has debuted their 3D TV in Manila.

3D television is a brand new technology made available to home owners, with the hopes of upgrading thier HD TV's. Supposedly, the image in 3D will be just as good as high definition, unlike the previous gimmicks of 3D applied in some dvd's or blu-rays. In order for it to work, you will need to wear the proprietary Samsung 3D glasses while viewing. Of course, the source video must have been encoded to 3D in the first place. It will not convert native 2D feeds into 3D (at least not nicely).

I was able to try out a demo of the 46" unit, and although it looked impressive, i could clearly see some aliasing and shading effects ongoing (this is a bad thing). Maybe it was just the quality of the source ( i was watching a 3D version of "Monsters vs Aliens") to blame, but who knows. Maybe we will see improvements as more 3D native media is released. On the plus side, the 3D glasses fit well, and were not uncomfortable or dizziness-inducing at all.

If you are interested in getting this new technology, you may buy it from Abenson's stores in Manila today. the 3D TV's come in 2 models: The 46" is  selling for PhP190k (US$4,200) and the 40" model sells for PhP168k (US$3,700). The Samsung rep told me that there will be cash discounts available of the retail price. Every purchase of 1 unit will come with a free pair of the 3D glasses. I did not anymore ask how much is it to buy extra pairs.
If you ask me, I'd rather wait and see first the 3D TV of Sony, coming in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

1 comment:

  1. Update: I just learned from Abenson's samsung rep that each pair of 3D glasses will cost PhP9,000...whew!