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A press release from Displaybank predicts that by 2013, more than 86% of all plasma HDTVs sold will be 3D-ready. As the press release points out, it’s easier for plasma to support 3D than it is for LCD technology, because plasma has an innate advantage with its much higher switching speed. The result is that the incremental cost for 3D support should be less for plasma than LCD.

On the other hand, 3D exacerbates the plasma disadvantage of being not as bright as LCD, on average. 3D effectively cuts the light output, and you get less than half as much light as a result. This won’t be a problem for rooms where you can control the ambient lighting, but if you have a room with lots of windows, LCD may still be a better choice for you than plasma.

Posted by Alfred Poor, July 6, 2010 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.