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    The Giz Wiz Asks You! > Are you waiting breathlessly for 3D TV?

    At CES, most of the talk was about 3D TV. Every TV manufacturer was showing at least one model 3D TV. Some were even previewing high def 3D. It got me to thinking (no easy task) - are people ready to rush out and buy a 3D TV? For the record, 90% of them require you to wear 3D glasses. A couple of companies were showing "3D" without glasses, which I have dubbed 2.5 D. It looks pretty good, but not nearly as good as when you wear 3D glasses. Share you opinion please.

    January 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Giz Wiz

    I'm actually waiting for 4D TV. That 4th dimension would be time, and I'd like to be able to watch next week's news *now* so I know what's going to happen! (And no dorky glasses would be required.)

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott

    Not at all.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

    I'm not going to rush out and buy a 3D television...but, when the time comes to replace my existing HDTV, I would probably go with at 3D compatible set.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKEH

    Will not do 3d. The remotes are hard enoug to keep up with much less "Honey, have you seen the glasses?". I will wait for the holodeck or holograph projector tv.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    I don't see myself buying a 3D TV until they've reached the point where HDTV is now: essentially they're the "default" television. And I don't think that's going to happen for 5 or 10 years. I was eager for an HDTV, but I'm not eager for 3D in my house.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brazeal

    Nope -- considering a hdtv with my tax return, and 3d is NOT in the running. think of how much HDTV has gotten into the market? how many shows are true HDTV? -- now how long will it be before they shell out even more money to go 3d? exactly :D

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterasperante

    No 3D. Although we have big TVs we don't even have cable or sat service. We won't be wearing glasses around the house!

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT

    I have no desire to replace my TV with yet another one, nor do I care to have the expense and to keep track of five sets of 3D glasses for my family, plus extras in case guests come over.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheesehead Dave

    I checked out a few of them and I'm not terribly interested in getting 3D in my home. I, for one, am very prone to getting migraines and I could feel one starting when I was checking out a TV at the Sony booth. I also took a look at one that doesn't require 3D glasses (TCL I think was the company) and it looked decent once I got the viewing angle right but I couldn't stand the flicker - it was like looking at a really old tired CRT screen. I think it's a good gimmick for getting people into movie theaters, but I have no interest in having it in my home - especially if I have to buy multiple pairs of easily breakable $50 glasses that I have to keep charged.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Andrus

    I don't care a thing in the world about a 3D TV. I would never wear the glasses around the house and I don't get what all the fuss is about. I don't even like 3D movies in the theater! I agree with Leo. I think this is a big waste of time and money!

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

    I don't feel the need to have a 3D TV. I like my 51" HD TV and I find most 3D to be cheesy.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki B

    I still haven't replaced my standard def TV. I love the idea of 3D (like I love HD) but I won't buy a new TV until my old one is dead. It doesn't matter how cool the display is, the programming doesn't justify the expense.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerryman

    I haven't bought HDTV yet. Maybe I'll look at 3-D, but not right away.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuperchip

    Not even considering a 3D TV.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

    I don't think I'll get a 3D TV until the technology matures beyond the need for glasses.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Kelly

    Absolutely NOT. I don't see it happening at least a year and most likely more.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwoolf2k

    I'm holding out for smell-o-vision!

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich

    What!? No way!

    My wife, a self-anointed Luddite, would probably wake up one morning. She'd turn that thing on and walk right into what ever is going on in that crazy world. I mean, do we really need a 3D TV Screen. If I want 3D I just look around! The whole world is 3D!

    Seriously, I'd consider buying one if I don't need silly glasses to watch it. So, for now I will not buy one.

    In the planning are 2 sets: 1 LCD and possibly 1 Plasma. We have NO interest in 3D, contrary to Ralph Kramden's pronouncement in 1955.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen Berger

    Nope, no interest. Just bought an HDtv!

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

    No chance at all for 3D TV. I'm not a fan of 3D on the big or small screen and would rather have better image and audio quality.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarryl

    I wait till they are free on CL and only need a bulb, or tuning.I have one 2004 42" and one 2002 46"

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSCornn

    No Way My 50" Sony is only 3 yrs. old.

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Henderson

    No 3D for me. Just a bigger TV!

    January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGizWiz Fan