Just when you thought you bought the perfect high-definition television, three-dimensional TV becomes the newest rage. Does 3D TV mean the highest level of home entertainment? It looks like electronics makers think so, with Sony, Samsung and Mitsubishi all launching their consumer line of 3D ready, flat-screen televisions. However, Panasonic, which sold its first unit last week at Best Buy — has them beat. It’s available and in stores for a hefty $2,899.99.
Panasonic’s package includes a 50-inch Panasonic Viera VT20 3D HDTV, BDT 300 Blu-Ray disc player and one set of 3D eyewear.
All new 3D compatible TVs aren’t cheap, although Samsung had the lowest price so far, with its 3D TVs ranging from a 46-inch LCD for $1,700 to $6,800 for a 63-inch, plasma 3D TV available starting in May. Sony’s prices for 3D TV will begin around $3,875 for a 46-inch, LCD screen which comes with two pairs of 3D glasses. Sony’s models will be available in June.