When Samsung announced a series of 3D-Ready plasma TVs at last year’s CES, our expectations were high, but tempered with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, it is commonly understood that plasma display technology suffers from less-than-excellent refresh. When the first sketchy reviews emerged for 3D plasmas, we were disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that ghosting was an issue.
When the Sammy plasmas started streeting at incredibly attractive prices, 3DRoundup decided to put one through its paces. Our test setup was a 42” Samsung 42A450 Plasma 720P HDTV ($689 delivered), a big honking PC with a recent nVidia card running Peter Wimmer’s excellent Stereoscopic Player (if you don’t have it, you don’t get it) and Samsung’s own SSG 1000 shutterglasses. The test images were shot through the lenses of the Samsung shutterglasses with a fixed exposure point-and-shoot digital camera.