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While it's a thrilling experience to watch 3D movies on big screen in theatres, the best 3D TVs grant you the same experience at home. To capture this 3D experience through your eyes, 3D glasses are a must in a theatre or at home. Along with a 3D TV and 3D glasses, you must have a good quality source that sends 3D video content for you to watch it on your TV. Depending on the flat panel type used and the display size of your TV, the qualitative 3D viewing experience varies. With an ample screen size, choose a flat panel of your choice among the available types which are LED, LCD and Plasma. Having a big HD screen means a greater feeling of depth you while watching your 3D.

A normal flat panel HDTV could also be called a 2D TV because the display on which you watch the video content is along two dimensions: height and width. However, in a best 3D HDTV you could watch the same content (if it's 3D content) along three dimensions: height, width and depth.

Working: On the best 3D TV's, the 3D content displayed actually contains two separate images of the same scene: one for the left eye and the other for the right eye. In fact, you cannot notice this unless you are watching the TV with the 3D glasses on. This is because the combined image can only be seen when you watch the scene with 3D glasses, which virtually give you the feeling of depth of the scene. Remember, the depth may be inward or outward and that depends on the premises of the scene you are watching.

The 3D content you see on a TV might be from a channel that broadcasts 3D TV programs, 3D movies, or games read from blu ray players (compatible with HDMI 1.4). 3D TV's are just 2D TV's, having an extra dimension - depth. Hence, if you buy a 3D TV you could switch between the 2D and 3D modes. Some of the TV brands in the market also offer you the feature of conversion from 2D to 3D. A straight 3D video content from the source which is displayed on your TV is called native 3D, and that is preferred the most, because of the high quality it offers when compared to the lower quality content which is converted from 2D.(Some of the TV brands in the market also offer an option of converting 2D content to 3D. However the quality of converted 3D can't really compare with native 3D content even on a good 3D HDTV. Native 3D is pure 3D content from the source itself, which is then displayed by your 3D TV and is consequently of much higher quality.)

Types of 3D: Active 3D and Passive 3D are currently the two 3D TV types available in the market. The difference between these two is marked by the type of 3D glasses used to watch your 3D TV. You need Active 3D glasses and Passive 3D glasses to watch 3D content on only Active and Passive 3D TV's respectively. Passive 3D glasses are most common in 3D theatres because of their flexible and comfortable usability properties. Active and Passive 3D TV technologies have their own set of advantages and drawbacks, hence you might have to choose them precisely.

Active glasses work on batteries and use liquid crystal shutters while passive glasses use simple and inexpensive polarizing lenses.

The advantage of Active 3D glasses is that they work well with extreme viewing angles. And Active 3D glasses allow you to view full HD resolution whereas Passive 3D glasses support a resolution of just half the resolution of the same content watched in 2D. Passive 3D glasses are lighter and cheaper, wearing and using them are easier. Also, they support brighter 3D image than Active 3D glasses, infact you could see comparatively dimmer pictures through Active 3D glasses. Passive 3D glasses won't work on Plasma TV's while Active 3D glasses work on LCD, LED and Plasma TV's.

Our list below comprises the top 3D HDTVs of 2013 recommended by expert television reviewers around the web.

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Panasonic VIERA TC-P ZT60

Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV


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LG LA8600
Panasonic TC-P VT60
Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV
Samsung PN51F8500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
Panasonic TC-P65VT60 65-Inch 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
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  • For those who can afford it, the Panasonic TC-PZT60 comes closer than any TV yet to picture-quality perfection.


  • At this point, I've said a lot about this TV; however, the only thing that needs to be said is that it's the best. Is it leagues and leagues better than anything else you could buy? No - but neither is it leagues more expensive. Sure, the 65-inch model is demanding four thousand of your hard-earned greenbacks, but any home theater enthusiast would be lucky to own this grade-A plasma.

    The bottom of the line is that the ZT60's price-to-performance ratio is higher than average.


  • Finally, let's address the question of which is better: ZT60 or VT60? To answer, let's look at the three key differences between the two. The ZT60 does better in rooms affected by sunlight, while the VT60 has superior sound and comes with a camera for Skype and facial recognition. Which is better for you will depend on your priorities, but for us, the ZT60 is worth the extra $500 or so.


  • Samsung's best-performing TV ever, the PNF8500 series pushes the plasma picture quality envelope, especially in bright rooms.


  • While we can't claim that the F8500 is the new reference TV in picture quality, it looks to be one of the best 1080p televisions ever. Each screen size in this series is fairly expensive, and they should be: There is only quality here. The F8500 has royally surpassed one of the biggest drawbacks of plasma tech-their dimness when compared to LCDs-giving those with the funds to pursue it every reason to do so.


  • The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote while you're at it.


  • The midlevel price and outstanding quality of the Panasonic TC-PST60 series make it our strongest TV recommendation ever.


  • The TC-P50ST60 is one of the best value TVs for this year. At $1100 it will be a great seller and the price may get a bit better before the year is over. It's got good 3D, great blacks, a simple but effective remote control, ample Smart TV features, and pretty good looks. Samsung PN51F5500 is one competitor, though I prefer the ST60. The Samsung UN50F6400 is an LED competitor.


  • All in all, I found the new look to strike a good balance, offering more options on the screen (so less navigation is required), but presenting everything a clean, logical way.


  • Although its lovely frame is packed with well-executed features, the flagship-priced LG LA8600 series LED LCD TV has the picture of a midrange model.


  • We really enjoyed the LA8600, even with its slight color temperature issue and yawn-worthy black levels. And while we easily say this is a terrific display, its huge asking price of $2,699.99 for a 55-inch model is a bit steep. Yes, you get a beautiful TV that will make your in-laws jealous, but you can also do that with Panasonic's DT60 and Samsung's F7100 for less. If supermodel-thin bezels are your thing, definitely consider the LA8600 if you find it on sale. Otherwise, do some comparison shopping.


  • The LG LA8600 series of HDTVs offers beautiful aesthetics, sharp 2D and 3D imagery, and rich color reproduction at a premium price. You get lots of features with this series, some of which are of questionable value.


  • The Panasonic VT60 has one of the best pictures of any TV we've ever reviewed, but it's soon to face some tough competition.


  • Here is where quality and price converge and man, these top end plasmas are up there this year in price. The TC-P65VT60 is around $3399 - no bargain basement TV and $1000 more than the 55 inch version. Yes, it has best in the market black levels that rival the best ever. In a dark home theater type environment the picture quality is astounding.


Top 5 3d tv:

  1. Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ZT60 60-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma TV
  2. Samsung PN51F8500 51-In 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  3. Panasonic TC-P50ST60 50-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV
  4. LG 55LA8600 55-In 3D 1080p 240Hz LED-LCD HDTV
  5. Panasonic TC-P65VT60 65-Inch 1080p 3D Smart Plasma HDTV