Vizio Shuns Pricey Glasses with Passive 3D HDTV
Vizio appears to be first to announce a passive 3D HDTV, with tuner, that can be enjoyed with cheap polarized glasses.
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June 16, 2010 by Julie Jacobson

Most 3D TVs for the home market today require adding active glasses that cost $150 to $200 per pair (after the one or two pairs that may be included with your TV purchase). But Vizio plans to introduce a passive 3D HDTV display that can be enjoyed with cheap polarized specs.

JVC also offers a passive 3D monitor (our review), sold through its Pro division, but as HD Guru Gary Merson explains, “It is a pro monitor (no tuner), not an HDTV. This [Vizio] is the first passive 3D HDTV flat panel announced to be sold here.”

Here’s the teaser from Vizio:

VIZIO will showcase two 3D televisions that demonstrate Active and Passive 3D HDTV solutions. The 55” TruLED Active 3D HDTV incorporates a frame sequential display and active-shutter glasses that work together with VIZIO’s 480Hz SPS high frame rate technology for amazing FullHD 3D images. The VIZIO 65” Passive 3D HDTV produces stunning images thanks to less expensive polarized glasses, which offer greater style and comfort.

Critics argue that passive solutions can’t give you the full resolution as an Active 3D display.

For more about the differences, Merson breaks it down here.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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