3D TVs: what televisions are on offer?

Although 3D home cinema has been a reality for a while now, it's now set to really take off following the highly anticipated launch of Sky 3D. We've hunted down the best 3D TVs around so that you don't have to and the good new is that they're all compatible with the new 3D broadcasts from Sky.  Welcome to the next dimension...


Samsung LE40C750R

Price:
£785

Screen type:
LCD
Screen size:
40 inches

3D tech:
Active






At 40 inches, this LCD set from Samsung represents the smallest screen size that is currently available for a 3D TV. It's also the cheapest model around, costing around a grand, although we found it selling online for as little as £785. It boasts PVR functionality, so that you can record programmes to any USB storage device, however, no 3D glasses are provided, so you'll have to shell out an extra £60 for each pair required.


Panasonic TX-P65VT20B

Price:
£4499

Screen type:
Plasma
Screen size:
65 inches

3D tech:
Active



Not only is the 65in plasma panel the biggest 3D TV around, it's also equipped with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners so you should be able to pick up free high-def broadcasts no matter where you are in the UK. Supplied with two pairs of Panasonic's active shutter glasses, the TX-P65VT20B also sports an Ethernet port so that you can access DLNA PCs or Panasonic's Viera Cast online platform. There's also a 50in version available.

Full review

 

Samsung UE40C7000

Price:
£1299

Screen type:
LED
Screen size:
40 inches

3D tech:
Active



Samsung's UE40C7000 was the very first 3D TV to hit the UK market back in April, providing a very solid start to 3D home cinema. This LED-backlit panel is also equipped with a built-in Freeview HD tuner, although you will need to buy your 3D specs separately as they're not supplied. Having said that, no doubt many retailers will be offering them as part of a bundle. The 7000 3D range also includes 46 and 55-inch models.

Full review

 

LG 55LX9900

Price:
£2499.99

Screen type:
LCD
Screen size:
55 inches

3D tech:
Active



Sporting a chic, partially transparent, bezel; this 55-inch, direct-lit LED panel has built-in Freeview HD and comes with two pairs of LG's active 3D glasses in the box. It also comes with LG's Magic Motion remote controller which, as the name suggests, is a motion-controlled zapper. LG also offers a 47in version, or if you'd rather opt for plasma, the brand has 50 and 60-inch 3D plasma panels available.

 

Sony KDL40HX803

Price:
£1298

Screen type:
LCD
Screen size:
40 inches

3D tech:
Active



Unlike Sony's higher-end models, this 40-inch LED 3D TV is only 3D-ready, so in order to get it up and running for three-dimensional content, you'll need to buy the TMR-BR100 3D transmitter separately for around £50. You'll also need to bag yourself some glasses which will cost you about £100 each. Any retailers that knows what they're doing will offer both the transmitter and the specs if you opt for this TV anyway. The KDL40HX803 has Freeview HD on board and also includes Sony's Bravia Internet Video which uses Wi-Fi to give you access to online content such as catch-up TV services. Also available as a 46-inch model.

Full review

 

LG 47LD950

Price:
£2199.99

Screen type:
LCD
Screen size:
47 inches

3D tech:
Passive



This 47-incher from LG is the only TV around that uses passive 3D technology, rather than the active shutter glasses. This means that the glasses are cheaper and less bulky, much like the ones that you get given at the cinema. A commercial version of this set has already been rolled out to pubs and clubs across the country for watching sports in 3D. LG has generously bundled four pairs of specs with the TV, although technically the passive system won't give you a full HD 3D as it doesn't transmit a full HD image to each eye, unlike the active glasses.

 

Samsung PS50C6900Y

Price:
£1299

Screen type:
Plasma
Screen size:
50 inches

3D tech:
Active



Korean manufacturer Samsung offers 3D capability not only on LCD and LED screens, but also on plasma models. Although it pops up in a couple of places online, this slimline 50-incher seems to be more or less exclusive to retailer John Lewis and as with most Samsung 3D panels, does not come with the glasses included. What it does include is a built-in Freeview HD tuner and you can also make recordings onto a USB storage device.

 

Please note

Sometimes manufacturer model numbers vary slightly, particularly with TVs. An extra letter on the end usually denotes a simple variation in design such as colour or a UK plug, or sometimes it's the model number assigned to that particular retailer.



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