Consumer Reports tests 3D TV sets

LOS ANGELES 3D TVs are in stores and people are buzzing. /*Consumer Reports*/ has been busy testing the first 3D TVs such as, Panasonic's 50-inch plasma, the 46-inch LCD from Samsung and the soon-to-be-released Samsung 8000 series.

"Both the Samsung and Panasonic 3D sets do an impressive job at delivering compelling three-dimensional images, but our testers are starting to see some differences," said Jim Wilcox, Consumer Reports.

With the Panasonic, when you put the glasses on you get crisp, clean images. But with the Samsung, even with glasses you still see ghosting around some of the images. Of course both TVs also serve as conventional 2D sets and testers found some performance differences there, too.

"With the Samsung the black levels weren't quite as deep and we did see some cloudiness in areas that should be black," said Wilcox.

The Samsung TVs come with a feature that converts 2D images to 3D, but the effect wasn't as compelling as true 3D. At this point, testers say the Panasonic comes out on top, but stay tuned. Consumer Reports will be testing more 3D TVs as they go on sale.

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