brentano wrote:... the 3D technology in it is active shutter makes me think I can't possibly buy it... it's the stupidest technology ever foisted upon the unwitting public...
Why? It's really a matter of choosing to have complexity in the lenses or the TV. Orthogonal polarizers force the projection/backlight system to be much brighter and compensate for the hassle of jamming active-shutter-glasses tech via doing the 3d in the TV. Red/Green is horrible. The 3d tech in the 3DS has viewability (narrow field of view, blur/parallax problems at certain distances from screen) issues.
We ended up with a 3D-capable TV and BluRay unintentionally (bought it 'cuz Panasonic Viera's have good display quality), but I ruled out $80-120 per set of 3d glasses when I looked them up. But the kids keep begging for 3D movies, and when I saw refurb/clearance active shutter glasses for $35, I bought ONE pair. It was ok, with a couple moments of 'WOW' (an interior Notre Dame shot in the 3 Musketeers). What was meh at $100 per glasses set, became $135 for the four we bought. My kids are happy and it is cheaper than a couple trips to 3D movies at the theater. Wreck-it Ralph looks good, IMHO.
And there's little to complain about in Panasonic's 2011 active shutter glasses. Hell, there are perks: light as hell, works over my prescription glasses (YMMV), 60 hour recharge, IHaveNoIdeaWhereTheyHideTheBattery, and a toggle that lets granny with vertigo watch the movie in 2D (sync'd lenses so both eyes see the same frames).
In short, rather than calling it a blight on the butt of engineering, I tried it out and it doesn't suck. I was surprised.
Having said that, I'm genuinely curious WHY you hate Active Shutter and what you recommend instead? Enquiring techies wanna know.
NOTE: MY COMMENT IS ENTIRELY OFF TOPIC AND ABOUT Active 3D glasses, **NOT*** the bluray player for sale.