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LG Confirms First Passive 3D TV (Read: 50p paper glasses)

Gordon Kelly


LG Confirms First Passive 3D TV (Read: 50p paper glasses)

One of the aspects which seems to have fuelled scepticism about the potential success of 3D TV is the need for circa £100 a pair glasses. Add to that the fact these glasses only work with the brand of their maker and here comes something many will likely cheer...

LG has broken ranks to become the first TV manufacturer to announce a 'passive' 3D model for consumers after initially suggesting it would only sell televisions with this tech to pubs and commercial establishments. The primary benefit of passive TV is it works with cheap paper/plastic glasses - much as you see in movie theatres - but on the downside critics claim the quality of the 3D image isn't as high as with 'active' 3D which requires the glasses to process the image.

So what is this model? LG calls it the 'LD950' and it will come in a 47in form factor, be fully compatible with Sky 3D and Virgin 3D, sport a Full HD resolution, 4x HDMI 1.4 connectivity so it plays nicely with Blu-ray 3D, there's a USB 2.0 port and DivX, Mp3 and Jpeg codec support), plus 200Hz TruMotion to reduce motion blur and comes with four bundled pairs of polarised 3D glasses.

The LD950 will land in May, but sadly LG hasn't given away the price. This is something of a shame since passive technology is cheaper to produce than active, so it could prove the first (relatively) affordable 3D set. Of course that might be negated by lower production volumes, but at least you won't be shelling out an additional £400/500 to kit out the family only to watch your hair go white every time a pair is left on the floor...

Update: I'm hearing the LG950 will be in the £1,500 to £2,000 bracket which means it is indeed relatively affordable for a first generation 3D TV. How much are active 3D TVs? Considerably north of £2k, plus the cost of the glasses.


via Metro

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