Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Players Support 3D DLP Displays
Mitsubishi and Samsung '3D capable' DLP owners can enjoy 3D Blu-ray without an adapter thanks to the Panasonic BDT300 and BDT350's checkerboard output.
With a Panasonic 3D Blu-ray player, 3D DLP owners can get their 3D Blu-ray going without any adapters.
May 25, 2010 by Stephen Hopkins

Owners of Mitsubishi “3D capable” DLP displays have been getting antsy waiting for the upcoming 3DC-1000 adapter to allow 3D Blu-ray playback on their TVs.  Samsung 3D DLP owners are even more upset since the announcement that said adapter will not work with their displays.  Wouldn’t it be great for both if they could enjoy some 3D Blu-Ray goodness with no more waiting?

Thanks to some digging done by the industrious folks over at AVS Forum, along with a helpful Magnolia employee, it was recently discovered that the Panasonic BDT300 (and likely the near-identical BDT350) contains a checkerboard format 3D output that jives with the Samsung and Mitsubishi displays. The process is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4:

1.) Enable 3D Mode on the Panasonic Blu-ray player.
2.) Select the “Checkerboard” output option.
3.) Enable 3D Mode on the Mitsubishi or Samsung DLP.
4.) Select “Reverse” in the 3D Viewing options.

Step 4 was apparently the key to a clear, sharp picture. The glasses used in the test were OEM Samsung glasses with their IR emitter connected to the Mitsubishi DLP’s VESA accessory port. Since these glasses are no longer available at retail you’ll have to hit up eBay or check out DLP-Link glasses (no IR emitter required) by Xpand or Viewsonic. 

While this is great news for current “3D Capable” DLP owners, it only applies to 3D Blu-ray from these Panasonic Blu-ray players. It won’t help you with 3D broadcast material like that coming soon from DirecTV, Comcast, Verizon FIOS and other providers. 

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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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