Viewing video in 3D is always going to be a more realistic, immersive experience than watching something in 2D. However, there are a few steps you can take to make your time in front of your new display even better.
As far as the display goes, bigger is better in the world of 3D, most custom electronics pros agree. “You really need a big screen in order to get the full effect of 3D,” says Shawn Hansson of Logic Integration, Denver, Colo. “It really is a better visual experience if you see nothing but the screen image in your peripheral vision.” Anything outside of the picture frame can be distracting, especially when you’re wearing 3D glasses.
Of course, 3D video projectors can produce a much larger picture than current models of flat-panel 3D TV (though companies such as Panasonic are making flat-panels up to 65 inches), but they’re much more expensive. If you can’t afford or have no room for something super-size, push your seats closer to the screen to make the image seem larger.
Lights, both artificial and natural sunlight, can cause a real problem when watching a 3D movie or TV program. “The image loses its dimensionality wherever light hits the screen,” says Gabe Montemourro of Gramophone, Timonium, Md.
Even worse, is when light from behind hits the backside of the glasses. For this reason, it’s best to watch 3D in a dark room.
Room lighting can minimize the brightness of a 3D picture, but 3D is inherently less bright than 2D. If you’re going to be using a 3D flat-panel TV, you can compensate for the light loss by boosting the brightness setting on the display. If may even be worth having a CE pro set separate levels for 2D and 3D viewing, and programming your remote so you can easily switch between the two settings. If you’ll be using a 3D projector, look for a screen with a high gain.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.