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3-D Television Cost


How Much Does a 3-D Television Cost?

 
average costPlasma 3-D TV: $800-$5,000+high costLCD-LED 3-D TV: $900-$6,000

A 3-D television has a special chip that converts the video signal into alternating frames and images that are then transmitted to 3-D glasses. Like normal and regular 2-D flat panel television sets, 3-D televisions also come in either LCD-LED or plasma viewing technology. In general, plasma sets offer better black contrast levels, viewing angles and are less expensive for the same size than their LCD-LED counterparts. LCD-LED panels present better brightness levels and are better suited for large screen 3-D TV monitors for computing and gaming.

Typical costs:

  • A plasma 3-D television typically costs about $800 for a 42" screen to $5,000 or more for a 65" screen. Panasonic[1] , for example, has plasma 3-D television models ranging from the 42" Viera TC-P42GT25[2] for $950-$1,700 to the 65" Viera TC-P65VT25[3] for about $7,000. Samsung[4] has plasma 3-D television sets ranging from $1,100 for the 50" PN50C490B3D[5] to $3,500 for the 63" PN63C7000YF[6] .
  • An LCD-LED 3-D television typically costs about $900 for a 32" screen size to about $6,000 for screens up to 65". For example, Sony's Bravia Series 3-D HDTV models[7] come in screen sizes of 32-60" and cost from $900 for the 32" Bravia EX720[8] to $4,500 for the 60" Bravia LX900[9] . Samsung[10] offers LCD-LED models in 40", 46" and 55" screen sizes. The 40" UN40C7000WF[11] costs $1,800-$2,100; the 46" UN46C7000WF[12] costs about $2,300-$2,600. The largest in the series, the 55" UN55C7000WF[13] , is available for about $3,000.
Related articles: 3-D Glasses, 3-D DVD Movie, 3-D Home Theater

What should be included:
  • The television sets typically include a tabletop stand, power cord, remote control with batteries and owner's manual.
  • The Sony 3-D television sets do not include any 3-D active shutter glasses. Those, along with a transmitter, must be purchased separately. A pair of Sony 3-D glasses[14] costs $150 each.
  • The Samsung models all come with two pairs of battery operated 3-D shutter glasses.
  • Panasonic includes one pair of 3-D glasses.
Additional costs:
  • Depending on the 3-D television set and model, additional 3-D glasses may need to purchased for about $150.
  • The 3-D television set may also require an infrared transmitter for the 3-D images as well. For example, the Sony 3-D Sync Transmitter[15] costs $50 and is needed to be used in conjunction with their 3-D television sets.
  • 3-D Blu-ray movie discs cost $14-$50 each. A 3-D Blu-ray player is also necessary to play these discs as well.
  • A fully equipped 3-D Home Theater system would cost $2,000-$4,000 or more.
Discounts:
  • Occasionally, "3-D Starter Packages" may also be included as a promotion with the purchase of a 3-D television set. These packages often include additional 3-D glasses and exclusive 3-D Blu-ray movies. For the most part, buying a starter package includes two pairs of 3-D glasses and several movies. In almost all cases, the cost is basically buying two pairs of 3-D glasses and getting the movies for free.
  • Samsung's Shrek Starter Kit includes two pairs of 3-D active shutter glasses and all of the Shrek movies in 3-D for $200.
  • Panasonic has an Essential Pack Combo[16] that includes 2 pairs of 3-D glasses and the 3-D movies of "Coralline" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" for $315. Panasonic also offers the 3-D Ultimate Pack, which includes two pairs of rechargeable 3-D glasses and the 3-D movie "Avatar" for about $360.
  • Sony's 3-D Deluxe Starter Kit[17] includes two pairs of 3-D active glasses, the 3-D sync transmitter for their 3-D televisions, a high speed HDMI audio and video cable and a copy of the "Alice in Wonderland" 3-D Blu-ray disc. The cost for this bundle is $400.
Shopping for a 3-d television:
  • National retailers including Best Buy[18] , Sears[19] and CompUSA[20] carry 3-D television sets .
  • Online retailers such as Amazon [21] and Newegg.com[22] also sell 3-D televisions and starter packages.
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External Resources:
  1.  shop.panasonic.com
  2.  reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-viera-tc-p42gt25/4014-6482_7-34148197.ht...
  3.  reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-viera-tc-p65vt25/4505-6482_7-33941231.ht...
  4.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/
  5.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/PN50C490B3DXZA
  6.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/PN63C7000YFXZA
  7.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=1...
  8.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10...
  9.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10...
  10.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/
  11.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN40C7000WFXZA-buy
  12.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN46C7000WFXZA-buy
  13.  www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55C7000WFXZA-buy
  14.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10...
  15.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10...
  16.  shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TY-EW3D10MK1
  17.  store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10...
  18.  www.bestbuy.com/site/Televisions/3D-TVs/pcmcat205800050000.c?id=pcmcat205800050000
  19.  www.sears.com/tvs-electronics-televisions/c-1231470962?rdc=y
  20.  www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=5472
  21.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=amb_link_354636862_3?rh=n%3A172659&ie=UTF8
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