June 1st, 2010
Do you have questions about 3D TV? Below are answers to commonly asked questions about 3D Ready Mitsubishi HDTVs, active shutter glasses, 3D signal types and display formats, HDMI requirements and what you need to get the most out of your 3D home theater.
1. How do I watch 3D content on my Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTV?
- Watching 3D content on your Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTV requires purchasing the 3DA-1 3D Adapter Kit or the 3DC-1000 3D Starter Pack. Both 3D TV kits include the adapter and emitter necessary to receive the HDMI 1.4a signals from your Blu-ray player, cable box, satellite DVR, Sony Playstation 3 PS3 or Xbox 360 and convert them to the checkerboard format. The 3DC-1000 includes LCD active shutter glasses while the 3DA-1 kit does not.
2. What Mitsubishi TVs are compatible with the 3D Adapter Kit/Starter Package?
- DLP projection HDTVs manufactured in 2007 or later can produce 3D effects. Here is a complete list of compatible Mitsubishi TVs:
- WD-57833, WD-65833, WD-73833 (3D feature called "FX Gaming")
- WD-60735, WD-60C8, WD-65735, WD-65736, WD-65835, WD-65C8, WD-73735, WD-73736, WD-73835, WD-73C8, L65-A90
- WD-60638, WD-60C10, WD-60738, WD-65638, WD-65C10, WD-65738, WD-65838, WD-73638, WD-73C10, WD-73738, WD-73838, WD-82738, WD-82838, L75-A91
3. What is different about the new 3D TV technology, and can everyone experience it?
- The last several years have seen huge jumps in 3D technology, with numerous platforms being developed and cinemas around the world deploying 3D systems. But the biggest jump has been from the throw-away anaglyph (red/cyan) glasses to the home theater active shutter glasses. This new technology allows viewers to experience 3D content in their own home with higher contrast, higher resolution and better color than the stereoscopic glasses of old. While the vast majority of viewers can experience 3D content, some people suffer from stereo blindness, which means the added depth of 3D will appear 2D. But wearing the glasses will retain the intended appearance of the content but will lack the 3D punch available to regular-sighted viewers. And if you wear prescription glasses, the active shutter glasses are designed to fit over/in front of your normal glasses. Contact lens wearers are not affected.
4. Are 3D glasses absolutely necessary?
- Yes. When your TV is in 3D mode it displays an image that appears distorted without 3D glasses. While the images may be discernible without 3D glasses, there will be no added depth and the distortion may cause discomfort.
5. Will I have to buy all new components to get 3D content?
- If you have a standard Blu-ray Disc player then you will have to upgrade. There are models specifically designed for 3D playback and are marketed as such. It's possible that manufacturers will provide updates for older players, but it's more likely that they will stop producing non-3D players and push 3D versions instead. Both Sony PS3 and Xbox 360 have games and settings that allow 3D content to be displayed properly on your Mitsubishi HDTV. Plus, more games, movies, shows and sports are being produced in 3D, so check with your cable or satellite provider for details.
6. Can I use my existing HDMI cable or do I have to upgrade?
- If you have an HDMI category 2 high speed cable (or better) you are fine. The HDMI standards allow for varying degrees of bandwidth and features, so if you have a good cable from the last couple years it will be compatible with the 1.4a standards required by 3D. Of course upgrading your cable to an actual 1.4 version is recommended because the new cables incorporate an Ethernet channel, return audio and general improvements associated with technology and design improvements.
7. Is there 3D content available to watch or should I wait?
- Don't wait. The major motion picture companies have produced and are distributing 3D films on Blu-ray, and cable companies such as Comcast, Time Warner and Cox Communications have begun providing 3D content. Satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network are making 3D movies and sports a top priority, and ESPN plans to have major sporting events in 3D very soon. In short, 3D is here and is catching on fast - it will soon be mainstream.
8. Are Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTVs compatible with DLP Link glasses?
- Yes. All Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTVs are compatible with DLP Link glasses. Plus, the TVs have a VESA jack so non-DLP Link glasses can be synchronized.
9. Are all 3D active shutter glasses the same, and are they cross-compatible?
- No and no. Active shutter glasses have to be synchronized to the TV to work properly and create the 3D effects. But there are many types of glasses: some are infrared (IR), some use Bluetooth or radio frequency (RF), just like some are meant for DLP displays and others just for LCDs. So make sure that when you purchase your TV and 3D kit they are designed to work with each other, and if your friends want to bring their glasses be sure to make sure they will work.
10. What is the difference between a 3D signal the the 3D TV display pattern?
- The 3D signal is the information sent from the source (like a Blu-ray player) to the TV or adapter. That data is then converted into a display pattern of a certain format. Mitsubishi HDTVs use checkerboard.
- Frame Packing: super-high resolution 3D signal that requires a lot of bandwidth so is not suitable for satellite or cable systems, just Blu-ray players and gaming systems. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps or 720p/60fps.
- Side-by-Side: these 3D signals contain two frames - one for each eye - that are suitable for satellite and cable transmissions. They are also suitable for Blu-ray discs. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps, 1080p/30fps, 1080i/60fps or 720p/60fps.
- Top-Bottom: Just like the signal type above, only the frames are split in half the other way. These 3D signals contain two frames - one for each eye - that are suitable for satellite and cable transmissions. They are also suitable for Blu-ray discs. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps, 1080p/30fps, 1080i/60fps or 720p/60fps.