Vizio unveils 2011 Theater 3D TV series; starts at $549

Summary:Vizio brought its 2011 Theater 3D TV collection to CES 2011, and now pricing has been revealed - and one of the prices might surprise you.Starting with the most expensive, the 47-inch model will cost $899.

Vizio brought its 2011 Theater 3D TV collection to CES 2011, and now pricing has been revealed - and one of the prices might surprise you.

Starting with the most expensive, the 47-inch model will cost $899.99, a 42-inch display will go for $729.99 and the 32-inch panel will only cost $549.99. Considering that many 3D HDTVs have been going for thousands of dollars over the last year, that looks to be the best bargain for a 3D TV yet. (If you've seen something better, please let us know in the TalkBack section.)

The 32-inch E3D320VX is a quality, full HD 1080p screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, SRS TruSurround HD audio, a trio of HDMI ports and a pair of 3D Vizio glasses. The machine is also 802.11n Wi-Fi-enabled for access to Vizio Internet Apps. Shipping dates haven't been disclosed yet.

If the pricing on 3D TVs continues to drop and actually become competitive with HDTVs, then this medium has a better chance to explode this year. 3D TV sales fell below expectations in 2010, but there seems to still be hope for this technology in 2011 and beyond.

For this to really work, there also needs to be much more 3D content to make worth buying a 3D TV worth the price. So far, there's a considerable amount when it comes to kid-friendly programming such as the movies Tangled and recent releases Gnomeo and Juliet and Rango. But beyond this genre and less than a handful of dedicated 3D TV channels, we have a ways to go.

[via Engadget]

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