03.03.2010 12:00 PM
3DTVs Hit the Market
UN55C7000MULTIPLE LOCATIONS: 3DTV sets are hitting the U.S. market. Samsung started taking preorders last month at Amazon.com. Panasonics are set to go on sale at Best Buy big boxes March 10.

Samsung beat the rest when it started offering the UN46C7000 and the UN55C7000 LED edge-lit, 1080p sets at the online retailer. The 46-inch model was priced at $2,600; the 55-inch set, $3,300. Chris Weiss of Gadgetcrave.com said the price of the larger display was the same as that of Samsung’s similar non-3D model. The same models are also now available at Crutchfield, which shows the 46-incher at $2,400, and at BuyersEdge.com, for $2,300. Sears also has the model for $2,600. All three outlets say the TV is in stock.

The 55-inch model is being shown for pre-order at Crutchfield for $3,060; OneCall.com for $3,400; and Abt Electronics for $3,300. Sears shows it in stock for $3,300.

UN557000sideiOnly Crutchfield is clear about the active-shutter glasses necessary for viewing material in 3D. Crutchfield is selling the shutter glasses separately for $150. Neither Abt nor OneCall.com mentioned glasses; Amazon simply states that active-shutter glasses are required for viewing 3D content. They are not listed among the included features, along with Internet connectivity, Skype, Energy Star rating, a depth of one inch, and weight of less than 50 pounds for the larger set and 37 for the smaller one.

Sony has been taking pre-orders for its new 3D-enabled XBR-52LX900 Bravia sets since February, when it started demonstrating the TVs in 42 Sony Style stores. (The model does not show up in a search at SonyStyle.com.) Sony is selling glasses separately. J&R is also taking pre-orders for the 52-inch Bravia for $2,969; glasses are not specified.
When Panasonic 3DTV sets hit Best Buy, it will mark the advent of the technology becoming available in U.S. brick-and-mortars. The retailer is hosting a media event in New York a week from today to feature the first retail availability of a Panasonic 3D home theater system. The systems will be sold through Best Buy’s Magnolia specialty stores. Specifics, including price, were not disclosed.

Samsung is said to be hosting a press conference March 9, the day before the Panasonic-Best Buy event. Several reports indicate the company will provide more details about its 3DTV sales strategy. -- Deborah D. McAdams

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 03-03-2010 03:52 PM Report Comment
So what are we watching on these again?
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 03-03-2010 04:06 PM Report Comment
@"So what are we watching on these again?" "Chris Weiss of Gadgetcrave.com said the price of the larger display was the same as that of Samsung’s similar non-3D model." You got a better plan to roll out 3D?
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Wed, 03-03-2010 04:41 PM Report Comment
There won't be any 3D content regularly available for months after these TVs are introduced.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 03-04-2010 02:23 PM Report Comment
I predict a backlash of disappointed people.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 03-04-2010 11:24 AM Report Comment
I cant see myself putting on my television viewing goggles every time I want to watch TV. Hell, I can barely find the remote half the time, let alone go searching for where my electronic sunglasses went to. I also am not about to trade in my large flat panel TV for a large flat panel TV, Well maybe if it had an integrated wifi capable computer for browsing. I'm all for a 3 dimensional viewing experience but I think were moving sideways rather then forward, I think we should be concentrating more in the holographic area which has been making some large strides.

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