As you may know I recently attended the Salon Son & Image AV show in Montreal. Below I'd like to share with you my comparison of the Samsung 3D TV and the Sony 3D TV that were demonstrated at the show.
"My exploration of the show floor began with the rooms close to the CANADA HiFi booth and it just so happened that we are very close to were Samsung and Sony are demonstrating their new 3D TVs. Samsung is displaying its 55-inch LCD LED edge backlit 3D TV, model UN55C8000 which just began hitting store shelves for $3999. Providing the 3D picture is the Samsung BD-C6900 which is also now available for $399. I watched a few minutes of Monsters vs. Aliens, the first 3D Blu-ray released and currently the only one available. I must admit that the 3D picture was very immersive and entertaining – I found it to have great three-dimensional picture depth, very good overall picture sharpness and a respectable black level. I noticed only slight image ghosting in some scenes (something which all 3D displays suffer from). The only major shortcoming is the inconsistency of the LED backlight. When the TV is switched from 2D to 3D, some dozen bright hotspots appear on the screen. This is the worst backlight inconsistency I’ve ever seen. I didn’t see how severe this problem is which watching 2D material. All of Samsung’s 3D displays are capable of converting 2D content to 3D, although this was not shown during the demo. The 3D shutter glasses are light weight and actually pretty comfortable to wear. A built in battery provided about 30 hours of use after a 2 hour charge via a USB port on the Blu-ray player. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Samsung’s 3D capabilities and will definitely be considering picking up a 3D set later this year.
On display in a close by room, was Sony’s 52-inch BRAVIA LX900 3D LCD TV as well as the first Sony 3D Blu-ray player, the BDP-S470. Like the Samsung, this TV also uses an edge-lit backlight behind the screen. The demo material in this room included clips from Wheel Of Fortune, Fifa soccer footage, nature scenes and video game cut scenes (Motostorm, Wipeout HD and a baseball game). Sadly this demo wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one from Samsung. Although the picture had good three-dimensional depth, it suffered from substantial ghosting (many images appeared with a faint double next to it). I also noticed that the black level wasn’t as deep as it was on the Samsung. This TV is however still a pre-production model so hopefully these shortfalls will be addressed before the line-up begins shipping this June. To me, the most impressive aspect of this demo was the promise of 3D gaming. Cut scenes from Motostorm looked stunning – I cannot wait to play this game in 3D. Although no announcements have been made as to when we can expect to see PS3 games released in 3D, I’m hoping that we’ll see something by the end of this year. Sony’s 3D shutter glasses also very not very impressive. They are large, heavy and very uncomfortable to wear. The demo glasses used a non rechargeable battery that you typically find in a watch, which provides about 30 hours of use. Later versions of the glasses are expected to use a rechargeable battery. Overall, I wasn’t sold by Sony’s 3D quality and think that they jumped ahead of themselves showing something that isn’t ready for the market just yet."