As we first told you about during our Consumer Electronics Show wrap-up post back in January, 2010 is shaping up to be the “Year of 3D.” The mega-hit epic movie Avatar is due for home release on a 3D Blu-ray Disc version next month, which many experts believe will be the drive for many consumers to take the 3D plunge. Of course, upgrading to 3D will require the purchase of a 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player and display device, and now Panasonic and Samsung have unleashed their new 3D-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray players on the world.With Pioneer now completely out of the high-performance plasma HDTV market, Panasonic is clearly establishing itself (including hiring many Pioneer engineers and acquiring rights to the KURO technology) as the new point of reference for high-end displays. The company has emerged as a leader in the new 3D revolution, showing off its 153-inch behemoth of a 3D, 4K ultra-HD display at this year’s CES. Since few of us have the living room wall space (or the budget) to make a 153-inch TV a realistic option, Panasonic recently unveiled the VIERA VT20-series plasma HDTV and DMP-BT300 Blu-ray Disc Player. When these two components are paired with Panasonic’s Active Shutter 3D glasses, you’ll experience an immersive and engaging full HD, 3D experience right in the comfort and convenience of your own living room.Not to be outdone, Samsung also recently took the wraps off of its 2010 HDTV lineup, which unsurprisingly also includes several 3D-capable models. One difference between Panasonic and Samsung’s 3D models are that Samsung’s lineup revolves around its popular LED edge-lit LCD display technology, whereas Panasonic has continued down the plasma route. First seen at this year’s CES, the ultra-thin Samsung UN55C7000delivers a stunning, full-HD (1080p) 3D image when combined with a Samsung 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player and Samsung 3D glasses.The 2010 models from both Panasonic and Samsung are just now starting to trickle out into the wild, so we’ll be seeing more as we get closer to summer.
March 17, 2010