When I was young, getting the whole “3D” experience was a mission.
First, we had to wait for a 3D movie. (The young’uns take it for granted now, but back in the 80’s, I believe exactly two 3D movies were released per year.) Then, we had to trek to the only theatre in town that was screening this type of movie. And after spending about the price of a Coach wristlet on popcorn, candy and drinks, we had to wait in line, don silly-looking glasses and pray that the movie lived up to the hype.
Today, we simply take a seat on the couch in our living room.
This year, Christmas came early with a Toshiba 55″ Passive 3D Television with LED Backlighting. I actually gushed about the quality of the picture last week in a post entitled Be a Holiday Hero: Toshiba 55″ Passive 3D Television. In it, I posted photos that were actually taken from my TV screen, rendering ridiculously high quality images. Let’s just say I’ve been spending a lot more time in the ol’ living room.
And did I mention we were also treated to a Toshiba 3D Blu-ray Player? Yup, the Blu-ray pleayer works with the Passive 3D Television to create an experience so realistic, we’re tempted to reach out and touch the air.
Mom as Holiday Hero? Oh yeah.
So essentially, on any given Sunday evening, you can find my guys lined up like 3 stooges on the couch.
Yes, this is as much fun as it looks.
Why I love the Toshiba 3d TV/Blu-ray Combo:
1. Contrary to popular belief, the television can be viewed in regular 2D. So no, we do not have to sport Men In Black-esque glasses every time we sit down to enjoy a sitcom (though I’m sure the boys would just die to watch “In the Night Garden” in 3D… bleh!). The beauty of the Toshiba 55″ Passive 3D Television is that it transforms to the most kick-a** 3D experience when we’re ready for it.
2. However, here’s a neat little trick – the Toshiba TL515 Series employs a stealth technology called TriVector 2D to 3D Conversion. Sounds complicated, but what it really means is that the television has the ability to convert 2D sources into 3D experiences! That’s right, we can enjoy all of our fave 2D TV programming, video games, Blu-ray Discs, home movies – even In the Night Garden – in full 3D. #awesome
3. Remember those crazy 3D glasses of the past? Fuggedaboutit. Unlike active 3D technology, which uses heavy, expensive glasses and may cause eye strain/headaches/OMG-turn-that-thing-off moments in some viewers, the Toshiba 55″ Passive 3D Televison utilizes the same RealD 3D technology as in cinemas around the world, providing a more natural viewing experience. In fact, the television comes equipped with four pairs of passive 3D glasses.
Both my husband and Ryder just LOVE watching movies in 3D! A favourite in my house is The Lion King, though since Star Wars Episode V was on TV tonight, they happily brought R2-D2 into our living room. I tried to capture the shot on camera (first the projected 3D image without the glasses, then with) but it didn’t turn out very well. Rest assured, it was like the little astromech droid was close enough to touch.
4. The TV is connected up the wazoo. “With built-in Wi-Fi capability, the TL515 series keeps you connected to more than just the latest television programming for an all-in-one home entertainment experience. Toshiba Enhanced Net TV1 offers personalized content with just a few clicks of the remote through Yahoo! TV Widgets. Whether you want to catch the latest releases on Netflix, engage with friends on Facebook, or explore your family’s latest content on YouTube and Flickr, Toshiba Connected TV makes thinking outside the box simple.”
5. The price. It’s really very affordable! The model that we received (55″) is currently retailing for $1,699.99, but honestly, you can grab a 42″ for under $1000. When you add up all the features, it makes Toshiba the most value for the price – by far. The Toshiba Blu-ray player retails for $169.99, making it incredibly competitive to others in the market. Package them together and put in under the tree this week – and earn official Holiday Hero status.