78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2011
REVIEW OF PANASONIC 3D COMPATIBLE GLASSES
I've been doing a thorough comparison of all Panasonic compatible glasses since the Panasonic ones are ridiculously expensive at $130+ per pair. Panasonic knows they have competition and their prices are starting to drop. It looks like the 2011 3rd generation glasses will come in at around a competitive $70. These were due to be released August 1, 2011, so they are already late. Panasonic also announced a recent deal with Xpand partnered with Sony and Samsung to release universal glasses that will continue to make the 3D glasses prices drop.
Here are the testing criteria:
COMFORT - This is probably the most important factor to consider since you don't want temple or nose pain after wearing glasses for a 2 hour movie. I have a large head so what I feel as tight or uncomfortable, the kids and wife don't mind as much.
COLOR ACCURACY - Look through any pair of 3D glasses at a bright natural light source like a window. There's no way to not have some darkness introduced. If you think about it, your eyes are only seeing 1/2 the light they normally would when the lenses are switching back and forth.
REFLECTION - Face away from a bright natural light source while wearing the glasses and look at the light source reflected from the inside of the glasses. None of the glasses I tested were dramatically different from each other or had any sort of noticeable anti-relective coating. This is probably not an issue since most movies are watched in dark rooms, but when watching TV during the day, it can really be irritating.
Here's the summary of my findings to hopefully save you some homework and shipping back and forth. The rating is based on comfort and quality, NOT price.
Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU 3D Active Shutter Eyewear for Panasonic 3D HDTVs - Medium
(Excellent) Panasonic 2nd Gen ($130 and dropping) - I can't deny that these are the most comfortable and light-weight glasses, but they come at the most expensive price point. Introduction of the 3rd generation at $70 should be interesting if they are similar quality.
Xpand Universal X103 3D Glasses Compatible with Active 3D TV's, Black
(Very good) Xpand ($75) - These are fairly comfortable even with my big head. The color and glass quality is identical to the Panasonic and the XPAND have a bigger glass area. They come with a cloth bag versus the hard cases from all the other glasses I tested. The version I had are batteries-only which is a bit of a drawback, but not a deal killer. And speaking of deals--Xpand just made a deal with Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung to produce universal glasses. This alone should tell you that Xpand is the generic to go with.
SainSonic 3D Rechargeable Infrared Active Shutter Glasses For Panasonic 3D HDTVs
(Good) SainSonic ($60 and dropping) - Second only to Panasonic in comfort. Unfortunately, these glasses add a yellow hue to everything. I was going to keep these until I did the color test. Very obvious color distortion. On the reflection test, they were slight better with less reflection, but this also had the yellow hue, so it may just be the darker yellow coating making a darker reflection.
(Good) Blick ($99) - Largest glasses area, but I really don't see the advantage to this if you can see the whole screen with another brand. Their website (glassesunlimited.com) screams of TV-commercial which should be a warning sign. I found their glasses moderately comfortable even with the hard plastic. The color and glass quality on par with Panasonic, but not worth keeping at the $99 price. They are also the only brand to use a micro-USB connection for recharging (which is only slightly inconvenient in the sense that it's different from any other glasses you may have). I'm taking them up on their boisterous 90-day refund policy. We'll see how much of a hassle and shipping cost loss it will be. So far I've only had an automated answering machine which says they aren't available. I may be stuck with these.
Hope this helps you a little with your choice of compatible Panasonic 3D glasses!
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2010
I have a Panasonic 3D and wear normal glasses , the Panny's never seemed to fit comfortably for my tastes... These feel great , secure on my face , they seem lighter on my nose than the panny's. Wearing glasses inside these felt great because they go snug around your head.You do have to set the glasses for your tv model , for some reason I thought it would automatically do it so that was a little bummer... you have to hold down the power and cycle the button until it matches your brand... it will remember it the next time so no big deal but if you do bring them to someone else's house you will have to remember how to do this or explain it to someone who is using them. My local theater is not xpand so I cannot try the cinema part but thats another setting too! so dont lose those instructions... So if your looking to buy a second or third 3d glasses for your rig consider these for its transportability and at least a change of pace from the glasses that your tv brand forces on you.
added 11/9/10 : Just played hours of Call of Duty black ops in 3D and it looked great!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
I just recently bought a 46" Sony Bravia KDL46HX800 LED TV and opted to purchase two of these Xpand x103 glasses instead of the Sony Brand ones. I've been using them for about a week now and they are great! My girlfriend and I saw "IMAX: Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk" and couldn't believe how the images just popped off the screen for an amazing 3D effect.
It took me about 45seconds to configure them to be used with the BRAVIA and once in sync it just looked great. They do darken the TV's image a bit so be sure to turn up your TV's settings to extra bright in order to compensate. The x103's are pretty light and fit very comfortably. I think I've used them for 3hrs at a time (playing COD Black Ops on my PS3) and barely notice they're there. They'll leave a little red skin mark on the bridge of your nose after extended use.. but nothing serious. I didn't even notice it but my girlfriend pointed it out to me which then prompted me to notice it on her as well.
I'm pretty happy with my purchase and am glad that I didn't buy the Sony glasses. My friends are all gettting 3D TV's. With these universal glasses I can just go over and watch 3D entertainment on their Samsung, LG, Panasonic or any other manufacture brand without worrying about them having extra glasses.
As a side note, the packaging containing the glasses also includes three different comfort fit sizes (for your nose) and two additional batteries! Don't be mistaken like I did and figure these for elephant suppositories...It's just a funny plastic packaging. The glasses are also pretty easy to configure and if you enjoy First Person Shooters, GET A PS3 and pick up a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops!
Hope this helps others
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2011
Just received a pair of these for my Panasonic TCP60ST30. I don't have any 3D movies (yet), so I tested them out using the 2D to 3D conversion built into the TV (Viera tools). After figuring out how to synch to the Panasonic TV (4 blink codes), and setting the 3D depth to maximum, the 3D images popped nicely. They appear to be BEHIND the plane of the screen. The 3D-ness is more pronounced in some scenes and some objects than others.
The only drawback is that these are supplied with a couple of replacement button-type batteries. I assumed that the glasses would have a recharging station, such as the Panasonic ones. I realize the Panny ones cost 2 or 3 times what these do. It was certainly my fault for not reading the description more carefully, to see that a charging station was not included.
Since these are new to me, I can't evaluate how long battery life is, nor what the cost of replacement batteries will be over the life of the glasses. Certainly something to think about. Perhaps this "feature" should be made more apparent in the item description.
Overall, they provide a pleasant 3D viewing experiece, and are reasonably confortable to wear.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2012
These glasses work great with my Mitsubishi WD-82740 television. They have little to no flicker and no synch issues, even if you move your head. A word of caution though. If you leave the battery in them when not in use, it will drain the batteries. I bought six pairs of these and went to use a pair last night, and the battery was dead. I tried the other five, and they were all dead too. I replaced the batteries and they all worked. So now I store them without the batteries in them. That is why I gave four stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
These are a great alternative to the more expensive glasses that are brand specific. I am currently using these on a Samsung PN50C490 and they work great. I have a Panasonic VIERA TC-P42GT25 on the way and I will be using the Xpands for that when I get it. I decided to go with the Xpands over the Panasonic glasses after reading reviews and most people say they prefer the Xpands over their brand glasses for a lot of different reasons.
When I received the first pair and took it out of its egg package the first thing that happened was the battery and battery cover fell to the floor. I figured it had just jarred loose in shipment so I tried to put it back on. Every time I put the battery back in and put the cover on the battery would just fall out again. So I took a closer look and noticed that one of the small tabs that lock the battery cover into place was broken off, and didn't look like a very solid design which concerns me. Anyway I contacted Amazon and did the return process to get a new pair and shipped back the broken ones. Amazon was GREAT with the process, they shipped a new pair for free with 2 day shipping.
When I got the new pair the first thing I did was look at the battery cover and I noticed that on the new one the same tab that was broken off on the other one was bent out of shape. I decided not to try to bend it back into place for fear of this one breaking also so I just forced it into place. I am hoping that when I need to change batteries Ill be able to do so without a problem.
Other than that they seem very well made and MUCH more sturdy than the Samsungs. But along with the sturdiness comes extra weight. Which I did not notice at first, but after awhile I noticed that it was starting to bother my nose. So I tried the different nose pieces (it comes with 3 different sizes). But that didn't seem to help. But despite this I feel these are more comfortable overall because the Samsung glasses dug into my head behind the ear when I was using my headset. And the Xpands fit well even with the headset on.
The biggest and most important difference I discovered was that the Xpands rarely if at all lost sync. And if they did it was usually in a scene where there was a drastic light difference and it was maybe a millisecond and then they would recover. Even with the "tape trick" the Samsungs lost sync more, and took longer to adjust to drastic light changes in scenes.
Overall I am very happy with these, and I will edit my review to add the performance of these with my Panasonic when it comes. I highly recommend these to anyone looking for an alternative to paying $150-$200 for brand specific glasses that arent any better.
Update: (1-21-2011) As promised I would update the review after trying these on the Panasonic. While I had the Panasonic they worked great, but unfortunately I didnt have the Panasonic glasses to compare with. But the XPands worked great. Rare (if any) sync loss, and the crosstalk was the same as the Samsung when I did a side by side test using the Owls movie. I ended up not liking the Panasonic as much as the Samsung so Im returning it, and I went and rebought the same Samsung through Best Buy this time. Got the TV, 2 more pairs of Samsung glasses, up to $50 worth of movies, and a free copy of Black Ops for $850.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
After using these for a brief time, I like them better than original 2nd gen Panasonic glasses. I like the larger lens area, and they fit pretty well over my regular eye glasses. They also seem to block out light better from the sides and do not suffer as much from reflections off of the inside of the frames.
They fit pretty snugly, and seem comfortable. I don't really notice any difference in clarity or brightness from the original glasses. As others have said, the "directions" enclosed with the glasses are pretty much useless. Better to check their website.
The fact that these are less than half of what the Panasonic glasses go for is just icing on the cake.
As is my usual experience, Amazon shipped quicky, and glasses were well packaged and in perfect condition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2010
I was at first disappointed with the brightness of these glasses when set up for Sony. I contacted the manufacturers tech support and found the shutters block ambient light when the shutters are closed (which the Sony glasses do not). This makes the room much darker, but the screen actually doesn't look that dark. This could be an annoyance if you are also involved in conversation with someone, but the tv looks good. You can also set the 3D glasses setting on the tv to bright. Overall I am happy with the product.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
I tried these glasses after trying to save a few bucks and buying another brand that was cheaper. These glasses worked much better. While this glasses are on the slightly larger size, the have been comfortable to wear. The lenses themselves are on the larger size, which is nice, since the smaller the lenses, the more sensitive your experience is to how your head is tilted (either too high or too low).
The programming on these glasses was dead easy. You press the button to turn them on, then you hold down the button until it goes into the programming mode. Then you cycle through the 6 different modes with the button until you get to the right one. Wait 30 seconds and it automatically goes out of programming mode. I really like how easy it is to program and the fact that these are universal. It's nice knowing I could use them at someone else's house if necessary. If nothing else, it makes these resellable if you ever decide you don't use them often enough.
The quality of the picture is good. These do a good job of staying synced, unlike the cheaper brand which would go in and out of sync. Since you dial these in to the type of TV rather than having the glasses auto detect, they are more stable in syncing. The 3D quality looked impressive depth-wise, and colors looked good.
These come with an extra battery, 3 nose pieces for different size noses (though my nose may be a little too big for the biggest nose piece, so I wear it down a little on the bridge of my nose so I can rest my head and not have to tilt my head down), and have a nice cloth bag to store them in.
There is a slightly perceptible sense of flickering, but I think that is a product of active 3D and not the glasses. There is also the slightest degree of cross talk/ghosting if you pause a movie and look at a high contrast border, such as black text on white background, but I didn't find this noticeable when not specifically looking for it. I imagine this is another product of active 3D, and I found these glasses showed less of this cross talk/ghosting than my cheaper comparison brand. Also, if you switch from 3D content to 2D content, you see the screen pulsating a bit until it re-syncs, but that may be my TV rather than these glasses. There have also been a couple times where there was a slight pulsating flicker every couple seconds, but it went away in a short while. Perhaps there was some ambient infrared signals interfering?
My only real complaint is that you can see some light reflecting off of your face into the rear of these glasses. I'm not sure how this compares with other brands, but perhaps if there were glasses that fit closer to your face and wrapped around more, this could be lessened. It was slightly annoying, but when you get immersed in watching, it isn't too noticeable. This happened even in a dark room, since the light of the TV shines on your face and reflects off the back of the lenses. However, I've seen this complaint on reviews of other 3D glasses, so this may be a common annoyance.
Overall, I am very happy with these glasses. I'd recommend them to anyone else looking for a versatile, comfortable pair of 3D glasses. Don't try to save too much money and go with the cheapest out there just because it is cheap. Find one with good reviews. I hope this review was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
Since I just got a 73 inch set from Mitsubishi the glasses were next. These work just great with this TV and produce the desired effect. Price was below most retail. I'd buy these again and would recommend them.