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March 25, 2021

When is it best to buy your first 3D-TV?

It’s hard to ignore the buzz surrounding 3D-TVs these days.

Blame James Cameron, blame Samsung, blame whoever. But these guys are coming, and there’s no way to stop it.

And I suppose “angry” isn’t the right word, but Canadians might have reason to be a little miffed by the rapid technological progression. If you haven’t already, chances are you’ve got plans to spend a thousand bucks or more on a brand new flat panel.

You’re telling me this thing’s going to be obsolete already?!

Yet, where 3D-TV and the accompanying technology will be available en masse this year, it’s worth wondering when it’ll actually reach true mainstream status.

You can already purchase 3D-TVs – there are three listed on BestBuy.ca – and the prices aren’t actually that obscene: $2,500 for a 40-inch, $2,900 for a 46-inch, $3,700 for a 55 inch.

The TVs aren’t much good right away, but they’ll soon feature some enticing goodies for early adopters. Ahead of the Avatar  3D DVD (that’s now been pushed back to a 2011 release) networks will be unveiling 3D broadcasts which will precede the launch of full-scale, full-time three-dimensional channels as early as this year.

Though, as is customary with first-generation consumer tech, we ponder, when is the best time to jump on board?

It would be great, no doubt, to be one of the first to get your hands on one of these TVs. There may be a few kinks, but you’d be on the cutting edge of 3D broadcasts and you’d be the toast of your friends and family for at least a few months. 

Of course, there are sure to be kinks. The Internet is heavy with reports the inaugural 3D sets will be filled with problems, including the first brands of glasses – which cost up to $150 each, by the way – that have been alleged to cause headaches by at least one site.

So, when is it best to take the 3D plunge? Now? Next year? Later?

When do you see yourself buying your first 3D-TV?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...