Full 3D HDTV vs. 3D Ready HDTV vs. Capable 3D. The Difference
Know The Difference Between Full 3D and 3D Ready
Before a 3D TV purchase you would want to know what you are buying – full 3D TV or 3D ready TV because of additional 3D accessories you might need attached to the 3D ready TVs to experience amazing full 3D.
Typically it’s said that the additional 3D accessories are optional, but don’t get fooled here as without them you won’t be capable to view 3D. They are must have devices, without this it’s just a regular 2D television.
There are several types of TV display technologies currently in the marketplace that are considered 3DTV and 3D Ready. These current TV display technologies include
- and LCD.
The first commercially available types of 2010 3DTVs used active shutter glasses for viewing 3D and since some time around the last year (2011), some 3D TV brands use also another technology – a passive shutter 3D glasses, like LG (for some Infinia 3D TV models) and Toshiba (Natural 3D) for their new 3D TVs of 2011.
The manufacturers also have announced that some of their 3D ready or full 3D HDTVs can convert 2D to 3D. Converting standard 2D DVDs into a 3D viewing experience can be done using advanced 2D to 3D conversion software built-in a television. Conversion happens in real time as you play the movie, so you can experience your favorite movies with enhanced 3D effects without having to wait.
No 3D Glasses Anymore?
3D TV displays that use glasses free or auto-stereoscopic approaches are available but are several years away from being commercially viable. For example, Toshiba, secretly had announced that they had been producing that kind of “no 3D glasses required” 3D TVs already at the end of 2010. If one doesn’t feel comfortable wearing 3D glasses, wait probably for a year or two, hopefully it isn’t just rumors. But the old stock needs to get sold anyway prior the new technologies come into place.
Full 3D TV
3D HD TVs that are capable of displaying 3D out of the box are called full 3D TVs. 3D TVs manufactured after March 2010 are new 3D format TVs and specified 3D glasses are required to view the content in 3D.
The newest 3D technology utilizes special format (side-by-side or top-bottom panels) for delivering 3D content. For proper 3D display you should have up-to-date and compatible consumer electronics and 3D glasses. Since no industry standards on glasses have been adopted, you will need to purchase 3D glasses that the manufacturer specifies, likely the same brand as your 3D HDTV.
3D Ready TV
3D-ready TV purchased before March of 2010 will likely not be compatible with this newer 3D format and therefore may not work. However some manufacturers have created an adapter for some of their previous 3D ready HDTVs. Just be aware that there are adapters also available for other purposes in the market like wireless internet, for example.
With a 3D-ready HDTV you will need to buy an add-on, a 3D adapter, to get your HDTV displaying 3D content. 3D ready TV plays in 2D only unless you get the stuff with it.
Quite often 3D ready TVs are listed as “Full 3D Ready HD 1080p” meaning Full HD and 3D Ready. So, look before you leap! Always read descriptions.
3D Capable TV
Often “3D capable” or “3D enabled” can stand for a 3D display that is either 3D full or 3D ready. Anyway, make sure you get what you want, or you will spend more than you planned initially.
Sometimes people make inquiries about 3D TV compatibility, I guess it’s wrong expression here to the “capability” because compatibility means that all devices connected for the 3D effect are of the same brand and work in a unity due to the same technology.
3D Ready HDTVs
Manufacturers of 3D Ready TVs have their own requirements on how to watch their 3D Ready TVs, what devices you’ll need and how to put together all the stuff.
To enjoy 3D-Ready HDTVs you are required to buy compatible accessories for your 3D ready TV to get your 3D going. Without the accessories your HDTV will display great 2D pictures, but you will not be able to watch anything in 3D, like
- Mitsubishi has several great older 3D ready DLP HD TVs that require Mitsubishi 3D adapter
- older Sony 3D ready TVs need 3D Sync Transmitter
Note, the 3D adapter, or whatever its name could be, can be purchased separately or might also be included in a compatible 3D starter kit, but there are just few starter kits only that do include the necessary device, for example Mitsubishi Starter Kit and Sony Deluxe Starter Kit both do have the 3D accessory in the box. With 3D starter kits manufactures have made it simple for consumers to enjoy 3D programming.
If you tune to 3D programming your non-3D TV or 3D ready TV without the adapter, you’ll see a double image on that channel:
- side-by-side panels create double image side by side,
- top-bottom panels create double image with one panle stacked on top of the other panel.
HD vs. 3D
It is possible to experience 3D also if you have a high-resolution regular 2D display:
- HD 2D TV
- or HD computer display.
If you are not tech, probably you’d prefer getting just full 3D TV with compatible 3D glasses and 3D Blu-ray player to experience 3D. Otherwise you’re encouraged to explore more complicate 2D to 3D conversion possibilities available for your PC.