CES is bigger than ever in 2011, so we might as well start off with a suitable display. Samsung claims it has the biggest LED 3DTV with this 75-inch Goliath, and while the TV isn't currently available for purchase, one can only dream...
Plasma's have dropped off a bit in popularity, but Samsung is one of three companies that throws plenty of weight behind the display tech. This D550 represents the middle of the road for Samsung, offering 1080p 3D goodness, but not much in the way of apps like the higher models.
The D8000 series is the crown jewel of Samsung's plasma lineup. The series features integrated WiFi, apps and Yahoo widgets, as well as a full web browser. You've probably noticed the odd screen sizes, with the D550 having a 51-inch display and this D8000 coming in at 59-inches, Thanks to the new "+1" bezel designs, this 59-inch plasma display fits into the a frame that would normally hold a 58-inch screen. The bezel's are ultra-thin from every angle.
Samsung also offers LED 3DTVs, like these Series 8 models. These silver LED TVs have all the same features as the Series 8 plasma TVs (aka the D8000), like the integrated WiFi and web browser.
Both the LED and plasma 3DTVs from Samsung use identical active shutter glasses, which were recently redesigned. The batteries, which can be charged via USB or a special wireless hub, now sit on the back of the head, making for a more comfortable wearing/viewing experience.
Sony is still pushing active shutter technology for its 3DTV lineup, but the design of its TVs is vastly different from the 2010 lineup. These new "monolith" TVs look very sharp, and have very nice displays (complete with Corning's Gorilla Glass and opti-contrast tech) to boot. This is the mid-range HX820, which will be flanked by an HX720 and the top-end XBRHX929.
While LG has no plans to release glasses-free 3DTVs in the near future, it's nice to see the company giving it the ol' college try. The popular belief is that 3DTV will not go mainstream until glasses (of any kind) are out of the equation, so the sooner this hits store shelves, the better. Based on our experience with the demo, we are still several years away from glasses-free 3DTV in the household.
Do we want glasses-free 3D? Of course! But passive 3DTV is a step in the right direction. While active shutter glasses go for $100-$150 per pair, passive 3D glasses (like the glasses you wear in a movie theater) cost under $1 to manufacture, and will sell for about the same price as a movie ticket (or cheaper). The LW6500 is a 240 Hz, edge-lit LED TV, complete with Smart TV (a new suite of apps and content). The best part? Each passive 3DTV that LG ships will include either four or six pairs of passive 3D glasses. If you need more, just steal some ReadD 3D glasses from your local movie theater!