MANHASSET, NY -- Consumer Reports evaluated fourteen 3-D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3-D images than LCD sets, primarily because they exhibit less ghosting, or double images that appear even when wearing 3D glasses.
Overall quality of 3-D varied quite a bit among the 14 models, according to Consumer reports test engineers. They used 3-D test patterns developed in-house, as well as 3-D Blu-ray movies and recorded 3-D sports broadcasts. All the 3-D TVs were capable of creating impressive three-dimensional depth.
Panasonic plasma sets exhibited the least ghosting of any of the 3-D TVs followed by plasma TVs from LG and Samsung.
By contrast, Sony's LCD TVs ghosting was minimal, but only when the viewer's head was kept level; ghosting became severe when the viewer's head was titled even slightly. On the LG and Samsung LCD TVs, images had satisfying three-dimensional depth, but ghosting, which was significant in a wide variety of content, was distracting when apparent. All the tested 3-D TVs, with one exception, performed very well with regular 2-D programs.
Consumer Reports found varying levels of comfort among different 3-D glasses and warns users that some people might have trouble seeing 3-D images or find that they develop headaches or eyestrain from watching 3-D.
Comparisons can be found in the annual Consumer Reports Electronics issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.