More 3D TVs with expensive glasses. Fail.
Vizio has quickly become the best selling and most popular brands of HDTVs in America thanks to low prices and nice features compared to more established brands. I have been waiting for the company to offer more 3D sets and I had been hoping that Vizio would offer its sets with 3D glasses that were reasonably priced.
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Vizio has trotted out three new 3D TVs that are price decently enough and have lots of nice features. The new sets are offered in 42", 47", and 55" sizes and all share many of the same features. They all have 1080p HD resolution and support for Vizio Apps. The sets are web connected and have 802.11n WiFi integrated. The TVs also all have multiple HDMI inputs and 480Hz refresh rates. The only differences other than screen size are that the two larger sets use TruLED tech with automatically dimming backlights.
The smaller screen set uses Razor LED technology. All of the sets need Vizio Active 3D glasses. Apparently none of them ship with glasses. Each pair of the glasses sell for $199. That means you will spend another $800 on top of the cost of the TV to get glasses for a family of four. This is one of the big reasons people just aren’t adopting 3D TV like manufacturers had hoped.
TV makers are doing it to themselves too. We have all watched 3D films in theaters and every one of the consumers interested in 3D understands that you do not have to use active 3D glasses. TV makers are doing this to make money on the glasses. The sets should at least ship with two pair of glasses and the glasses should be no more than $50. I think that is the point where even if you have to wear glasses people will become interested.
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Really, if I have to wear glasses, I want them to be passive. That way I can keep the glasses I use at the theater, so if I have more people over I have enough without having to spend hundreds of dollars for more. The reality is that most of us will hold off on 3D until we don’t need glasses at all. Of all the TV makers I really thought Vizio would be the one that was reasonable on its glasses, I was wrong.