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The Westinghouse W47S2TCD offers 3DTV support without the premium price.

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47″ LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you’d expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The big difference is that the Westinghouse model also has 3DTV support. Not only is it 3D-capable, but it uses the same patterned retarder technology as LG and Vizio so that it uses inexpensive passive glasses. Westinghouse includes four pairs of glasses in the box.

This is a fairly stunning development, as it means that the additional cost for 3DTV support is approaching zero. Granted, there is a difference in brand value between Samsung and Westinghouse, but the passive retarder feature is state of the art.

I still don’t think that there is enough 3DTV content to warrant buying a new television, but if I were buying a new set for some other reason, prices are getting to the point where I’d probably get 3D support because I expect that I’ll want it starting in just another year or two.

Posted by Alfred Poor, June 22, 2011 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.