Chinese astrologers may have 2010 pinned as the year of the tiger, but after attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we’re pretty sure it will be the year of the 3D TV. With all the major TV companies pulling veils off of brand new 3D sets at CES 2010, you can rest assured the market for stereoscopic viewing will be huge by the fall. What’s on the horizon? Take a look.
Panasonic pledged it would make 3D a reality at CES 2009, and this time around, it hasn’t failed to deliver. The company’s Viera VT25 displays are the only plasmas on our list, boasting a 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio and new phosphor technology that allegedly allows for quicker image switching – a necessity for 3D. Panasonic should be one of the first to market with 3D tech, launching five sets between 50 and 65 inches this spring. As usual, prices haven’t yet been announced.
Toshiba’s new flagship line is loaded to the gills with features, of which 3D capability is just another bullet point. The main attraction is a built-in Cell processor, which allows it to performed much more advanced image processing – including converting 2D content to 3D. It will also offer a built-in hard drive, Zira2 localized dimming (which looks even better than last year’s SV670 in head-to-head comparisons) and Net TV for access to streaming services like Vudu and Netflix. The sets will come in either 55 or 65 inches later this year.