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Samsung to Launch a Sub-$1K 3D TV reports that Samsung will announce a 50-inch plasma television that's 3D-ready and will ship from Amazon for less than $1,000.

Samsung is reportedly set to introduce the sub-$1,000 50-inch PN50C490 3D-ready plasma HDTV .
Robert Archer · August 11, 2010

Besides the lack of content, the other major hurdle that’s preventing 3D video from mass adoption has been the high prices of the displays.

A story by indicates that Samsung is going to break the high-price ceiling of the format when it announces a 3D television for less than $1,000.

The site is reporting that Samsung will introduce a 50-inch 3D-ready high-definition television (HDTV) that consumers will be able to pre-order from for $989 with free shipping on Aug. 11. says the Samsung PN50C490 will have a resolution of 1365 x 768, and three HDMI v1.4 inputs, a single USB port, two component video inputs with left/right analog audio and a shared composite/PC (RGB) and PC audio/RF input.

The one caveat with the Energy Star-certified 3D television is that there are no active-shutter glasses included with it. With an average price of approximately $150 per set, a family of four should expect the additional cost of entry into the world of 3D to rise by about $600 before the purchase of a 3D-capable Blu-ray player.

That’s still a relative bargain.

The $989 Samsung PN50C490 50-inch 3D-ready plasma is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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