Whether they feature soccer balls, meatballs, or blue aliens popping out of the screen, advertisements for 3D TVs are everywhere. At CNET we got the chance to review and directly compare three of the highest-end models from the three major manufacturers, and between ducking for cover and swapping incompatible 3D eyewear, we managed to come up with some impressions.
The best of the bunch, in our view, for both 2D and 3D content, was the Panasonic plasma. Its 3D presentation evinced the least "crosstalk" (the ghostly doubled lines around 3D objects onscreen) of the three. The Sony came in second place with less crosstalk than the Samsung, but it also showed some minor flicker in some scenes. We liked the Sony's glasses best from a comfort standpoint, and they shut out peripheral vision better than the others.
All three caused some mild disorientation when we first donned the glasses, which tended to disappeared after a few moments. Sony and Samsung have 2D-to-3D conversion engines, as well, and when we tried those our disorientation escalated to nausea at times, especially when we dialed up the 3D effect.