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3D BluRay Player & Non-3D TV Compatibility

by black069 / June 3, 2010 9:56 AM PDT

Hi. I need help quickly. A relative made the kind gesture of purchasing my wife a Blu Ray player for her birthday, but I'm not sure about the compatability between our Blu Ray player (the first one we will have ever had) and our TV.

We bought a Samsung LED 55" TV (model# UN55B-8000) last year. This is obviously NOT A 3D TV.

The Blu Ray player that my wife got (in the mail today) IS A 3D Blu Ray player. Specifically, it's a Samsung BD C6900.

I know that it's a total waste of money (since the TV doesn't support 3D Blu Ray disks). In addition, we have no intention of buying a 3D TV (or another type of TV) anytime in the next several years.

So obviously the Blu Ray Player has this feature (the 3D feature) that is completely incompatible with our non-HD TV. However, if we were to take the price out of the equation (and assume they were the same price), will the 3D Blu Ray Player we just got be at least as good as the latest non-3D Blu Ray player (given the fact that our TV is non-3D), or will the fact that it has 3D capability actually hinder the performance of our TV?

In other words, should I return the 3D Blu Ray player and get a non-3D Blu Ray player, such as the Samsung BD-C6500 (again not taking the difference in cost into consideration).

I just don't want a Blu Ray player that has this added feature that not only is incompatibile with our TV, but also (b/c of possible firmware revision upgrade problems, the potential to be an energy hog, and other tech-related issues about which I have no knowledge) doesn't perform as well as a Blu Ray player without this added feature.

The reason I said to please reply quickly is because it's likely that as soon as my wife gets home from work--unless I have some user experience or expert opinion from one of you folks), then she will unpack it, set it up, and say, "Don't worry...it will be just fine." (Which it may, but if it's not, I would greatly prefer to keep it in the box as it was shipped so I can easily return for a different player).

THANKS SO MUCH, EVERYONE! And please, please HELP!

Scott

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If no one come on with concrete info,
by ahtoi / June 3, 2010 4:55 PM PDT

I would suggest getting a non-3D player instead. My understand is that 3D player uses hdmi 1.4 connector (of course there may be adapter available for that)...but why bother.

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Yes, HDMI 1.4, but so what
by Dan Filice / June 4, 2010 5:45 AM PDT

The HDMI 1.4 should be backward compatible with the Samsung TV's 1.3, shouldn't it? Other than the version of HDMI, I can't think of anything that would make that BR player incompatible with the TV.

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yes HDMI 1.4 is backwards compatible
by givemeaname / June 4, 2010 7:59 AM PDT
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Any other potential problems?
by black069 / June 4, 2010 9:10 AM PDT

Thanks for the info on the HDMI compatibility.

Does anyone have any info about other compatibility issues (as I discussed in my original post) that might hinder the performance of my non-3D TV if used with a 3D BluRay player?

Thanks again.

Scott

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Listen to your wife
by samkh / June 5, 2010 12:05 AM PDT

especially when she's right!

... she will unpack it, set it up, and say, "Don't worry...it will be just fine."

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3D Blu-ray player will work with non-3D TV's
by 3DYourTV / June 9, 2010 7:02 AM PDT

Do not worry, your 3D Blu-ray player will work with a non-3D TV. Every 3D Blu-ray player has the ability to play movies in 2D. If you ever get decide to buy a 3D-ready TV, you will not have to purchase a new Blu-ray player.

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