Better but more expensive sorta-universal active 3D glasses
When I compared all three active specs in the first three slides, I liked these Panasonics best. Unfortunately they cost more than $50 and, like the Samsungs, only work with 2011 and 2012 Samsung TVs, or 2012 Panasonic TVs. You read that right: these glasses will not work with 2011 or earlier Panasonic 3D TVs.
The good: The glasses are much cheaper than in previous years and much more streamlined. The glasses are based on the Full HD 3D standard and will work across compatible Panasonic and Samsung TVs. Image quality and fit are noticeably better than the cheaper Samsung glasses.
The bad: These 2012 glasses won't work with 2011 or earlier Panasonic 3D TVs. Despite the build quality the lenses are still susceptible to damage and to protect your investment we'd suggest storing them away after use. The glasses are still on the pricey side with Samsung and LG producing appreciably cheaper sets.
The bottom line: The Panasonic TY-ER3D4MU are universal glasses compatible with the Full HD 3D and offer decent build quality and appreciably better picture quality than cheap glasses.
October 31, 2012 10:28 PM PDT
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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