Purchasing a New 3D Television? Here Are Some Home Theater Design Tips

Normspellman Thanks to AVATAR, 3D televisions are the hottest home theater technology around. If you plan on buying a 3D TV one, you may not realize they can really affect your home theater design. Keep these tips in mind for the best experience.

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You see the advertisements everywhere: 3D TVs are all the rage now. About a half a dozen major TV manufacturers already have sets on the market or will soon release a 3D television. If you are thinking about purchasing one to add to your existing media room, you will need to take into account of the requirements this new format will have on your home theater design.

Size Matters

3D televisions and films use technology that has two separate images. When combined, this gives the perception of depth. In order for this technology to look good, it helps to have a larger screen. While most people with a separate media room have already considered the size of their TV in their home theater design, if you are planning on adding a 3D TV to a multi-purpose or smaller room, you will need to give more thought to how big of a screen you can accommodate.

Keep It Close

Another way to help get a better 3D viewing experience is to sit closer to the TV. Panasonic recommended sitting about three times the height of the TV away in distance. To watch the 3D movies and shows on your TV, you need to use special 3D glasses. Some 3D TVs will come with a pair of glasses or two, but separately they expect to retail for about $150. The glasses will connect to the TV with Bluetooth or similar technology, therefore, you will be limited at how far away you can sit. You should also consider how many people you will want to seat that can utilize 3D viewing. Considering the average family of four will add up to about $600 in 3D glasses alone, you may want to design your home theater seating with primary spots for 3D viewing and additional seating for viewing 2D films. Of course over time, and perhaps by the time Avatar is released on a 3D disk, costs may have come down, but the glasses will require batteries and are likely to still be somewhat expensive for some time.

Connections and Content

Plan to have a place close to the TV to connect your Blu-Ray player. Not only will you need a new 3D capable Blu-Ray player, but you’ll need to use an HDMI cable that is 3 foot or shorter for the best quality.

Serious 3D video fans will want to add Direct TV since they plan on having at least 3 channels to provide 3D content. One channel will be free, one channel a subscription and one channel on demand. Sony has said its PS3 will have two firmware updates to allow the playing of 3D Blu-ray discs and for gaming. Neither Microsoft nor Nintendo have announced plans about 3D capabilities for their respective consoles, but one can assume it’s only a matter of time before many games and consoles come with 3D technology. Make sure you consider all these potential equipment add-ons in your home theater design when calculating the space you will need for storing and easily accessing all your 3D capable components.

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