March 15, 2010 by Stephen Hopkins
The loudest buzz-word in the industry these days is 3D. One thing that rarely comes attached to AV industry hype-trains, however, is the word cheap.
There’s almost always a very hefty early-adopter tax associated with any new bleeding-edge technology, and 3D is no different. With Panasonic’s 50” 3DTV combo pack coming in at around $2,800 and displays from Samsung sharing similar price points, the cheap 3D HDTV horizon might seem pretty far away ... especially if you want something with a bit more size than most.
That is, unless you can handle a previous year’s model that you can’t quite hang on the wall.
Dell Home currently has the Mitsubishi WD-73C9, a 73” 1080p DLP display that’s also 3D capable, for only $1,379 with free shipping. The 73C9 is compatible with the Nvidia 3D Vision system for HTPC based gaming and video, and will be compatible with 3D Blu-ray from upcoming players with the aid of an already announced converter box.
Nvidia has also announced that 3D Vision will be compatible with 3D Blu-ray via their upcoming 3DTV Play software upgrade. This is one time smart shoppers can get the biggest and newest tech for a bargain price, all at the same time.
Note: Deals are subject to change and stock availability.
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Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.
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