Whether you’ve just purchased a 3DTV, or you’re considering buying one, you may be wondering what else you will need to bring the 3D experience home.
Here are seven accessories that will complete the package:
1. IR Emitter (Sync Transmitter)
There are two types of 3DTVs: 3D Ready and 3D Capable. The former have IR emitters built into the frame or bezel of the set, while the latter require you purchase a separate IR emitter, or “sync transmitter.” If you have a 3D Capable set, check the owner’s manual or manufacturer Web site for compatible IR emitters. Consumer 3DTVs rely on battery-powered glasses to create the illusion of a third dimension. To stay synced, the TV must actively communicate with the glasses using infrared (IR) signals. They must darken and lighten the lenses in front of each eye hundreds of times a second in –perfect sync with the action on the TV screen – in order to present a three-dimensional image.
2. 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player
You will need a special 3D-capable Blu-ray disc player in order to enjoy the full 3D experience from your 3D Blu-ray discs.
You’re buying the set for the 3D experience – now you need to buy the content you want to watch. Some cable and satellite channels broadcast in 3D, e.g., (add a few here), so you may need to add to your existing subscription. You can also look for 3D content on Blu-ray discs and in video game titles.
If your 3DTV did not come bundled with active 3D glasses, you will need to purchase them before you can begin watching 3D content. Most 3DTV manufacturers sell active 3D glasses to use with their sets, plus there are universal 3D glasses that work with several brands and models. Check with the TV manufacturer’s Web site or owner’s manual to determine which 3D glasses will work with your set.
5. HDMI Cables
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connections are the only way to pass 3D content from your Blu-ray player, game console or cable/satellite box to a 3DTV set. Look specifically for HDMI cables labeled “High Speed,” as these are the only HDMI cables certified to carry full HD (1080p) and 3D content. For long cable runs (10 feet or more), you’ll want a lower gauge (thicker) cable.
6. Wireless LAN Adapter
Most 3DTVs are Internet capable, delivering streaming content, apps and more. If your set doesn’t offer built-in wireless connectivity, you’ll need a USB Wireless LAN adapter in order to connect to your wireless network. Check manufacturer Web sites and user forums for compatibility, as some wireless LAN adapters work better on some sets than others.
7. 3D-capable A/V Receiver
If you currently use an A/V Receiver to decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, or to switch among your HDMI-enabled high definition components, you will need to upgrade to a 3D-capable A/V receiver. Aside from the advantages [link to “HD Video Accessories” article Dec. 2010] of switching sources with your A/V receiver, remember that routing your HD video components through an A/V receiver is the only way to decode the high-definition surround sound formats common on 3D titles.
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