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3D Home Theater System Setup Guide

3D is the newest technology in home theater. It provides the illusion of depth for a heightened, realistic cinematic experience in the comfort of your home. As it is relatively new, you can expect it to be expensive, however if budget is not an issue and you really want to have the latest and greatest technology at all times, then investing in this technology is worth it.

What will you need to set up a 3D Home Theater System?

The first thing you will need is a 3D enabled television or video projector. It can be an LCD, plasma, or DLP television. DLP stands for Digital Light Processing and it is a type of home theater projector. Each 3D TV or projector will work with 3D standards approved for Blu-ray, cable, satellite, and broadcast transmission.

In addition to a 3D TV, you’ll also need an 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc Player. Blu-ray uses a blue-violet laser to record and play discs, delivering superior image and sound quality in comparison to a standard DVD. They work side by side with 3D Ready television and those with a 1080p set will have the highest quality.

To really get the best home 3D experience, you should upgrading your TVs and adding or upgrading to a 3D Blu-ray Disc player. However, what about home theater receiver?

If you really want to be fully 3D appropriate signal in the entire connections chain of your home theater system, you need to have a 3D-compatible receiver that has HDMI 1.4a connections, especially if you rely on your home theater receiver for video switching or processing. However, you can still use a non-3D compatible home theater receiver with a 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray Disc player. Here three ways to connect a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player to a non-3D Home Theater Receiver.

  1. Connecting a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Two HDMI Outputs to a Non-3D Compatible Home Theater Receiver

    If you have a 3D Blu-ray Disc player that has two HDMI outputs, you can connect the first HDMI output to TV for the video and second HDMI output to the non-3D compatible receiver.

    This will provide access to all available surround sound audio formats that are employed by the Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats, as well as all audio from CDs and other content.

  2. Connecting a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with 5.1/7.1 Audio Output to a Non-3D Compatible Home Theater Receiver

    If you have a 3D Blu-ray Disc player that has one HDMI output, plus a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog output, you can connect the HDMI output of the Blu-ray Disc player directly to the TV for video and connect the 5.1/7.1 channel analog output of the Blu-ray Disc player to the 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio input of the home theater receiver, as long as your home theater receiver is equipped with this feature.

    In this configuration, the Blu-ray Disc player will do all the needed audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and / or DTS-HD Master Audio Blu-ray soundtrack and pass those signals to the receiver as unompressed PCM signals. The sound quality will be the same.

  3. Connecting a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Digital Audio Output to a Non-3D Compatible Home Theater Receiver

    If you have a Blu-ray Disc Player 3D that does not has either a second HDMI output or 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio output, you can still connect the HDMI connection of the Blu-ray Disc player directly to the TV, but you would have to connect the digital coaxial output of the Blu-ray Disc player to the receiver. However, in this setup, you will only be able to access the standard Dolby Digital and DTS signals.

Adding or upgrading to a 3D compatible home theater receiver is not an immediate need for 3D home theater system as you can send the video signals directly from the Blu-ray disc player to the TV and audio from the player to home theater receiver separately, but it does an extra connection to your setup if you do not have a 3D compatible home theater receiver.

The other thing you need to complete your 3D home theater system is 3D content, whether it’s in the form of Blu-ray disc, or programs on cable or satellite. More content should become available at the same time as the new 3D TVs and Blu-ray discs player come out, or when a firmware upgrade available.

The last thing you need for your 3D home theater 3D is 3D glasses. The 3D glasses are made specially for 3D viewing. All the 3D glasses work by providing a separate image to each eye. The brain then combines the two images into a single 3D image. There are two basic types of 3D glasses available.

Passive Polarized glasses look a bit like sunglasses and are big enough to cover existing glasses. They are generally available for under $20, and the price depends on whether they are made from plastic, metal, flexible, or rigid.

The other type of 3D glasses is active shutter glasses. They are a little big because they come with batteries and a transmitter. The transmitter synchronizes rapidly moving shutter for each eye with the on-screen display. They are more expensive, ranging from $75 to $200. Type of 3D glasses you need will depend on the brand of TV or projector you have. Nowadays, most LCD, plasma, and DLP televisions require active shutter glasses.

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