Samsung – Plasma to LCD
Samsung now sell mainly LCD TVs having overcome the initial issues relating to the rate at which an LCD screen could refresh.
Crosstalk occurs when the TV doesn’t refresh quick enough to keep up with the refresh rate of the glasses that is needed to fool the brain. If you put the refreshrate too low though there will be a visible flickering on pictures; some of Samsung’s early LCD TVS did have this problem where viewers would be aware of a flickering as the active shutter technology worked.
LCD 3D Advantages over Plasma 3D
LCD TVs have a couple of advantages over Plasma though. For starters the fact that a LED boost can be added making pictures brighter: which was a problem for early 3D TVs where much of the light was lost by the time it got to the viewers eyes.
With a brighter TV you can watch 3D TV with the lights up in your room rather than having to do it in complete darkness: as long as the lightdoesn’t interfere with the signal going between the glasses and the TV that is.
LCD TVs are also generally accepted by buyers as being better quality than plasma and longer lasting, this hasn’t been the case for some time but it is still a generally held misconception.
Glassless 3D TV – Auto 3D
Samsung like others is working on a glassesless 3D TV (known as Auto 3D), this should see people take it up who aren’t happy to have to wear glasses currently or at least put off by the idea.
Many people think that the focus of manufacturers to be first to market with a practical glassesless 3D will stop them developing existing TVs, but Samsung have worked hard to come up with one of the best systems for upscaling 2D content to 3D content.
Upscaling may be vital for the uptake of 3D TV which has a very limited amount of content available. While with HD most movies were originally shot on film, which is high definition meaning HD versions could easily be created, films not shot originally in 3D need to have 3D added afterwards using software.
The results of upscaling 2D to 3D have been mixed but Samsung have it seems won plaudits for the job they have done. This it has to be said of course is something Samsung can work on and still use the technology for with Auto 3D.
Samsung’s 3D glasses have been a bugbear for many reviewers as they don’t have the ability to be recharged as other manufacturers’ do, usually via USB:this means with Samsung for every 100 or so hours of viewing you will have to fork out for a new battery.