IT’S probably fair to say that 3D is a technology that’s still finding its feet. Hollywood is finding that its efforts to release more and more of its biggest films in 3D are no longer being received so enthusiastically by audiences, though it would help if it didn’t insist on using the technology in such mind-numbing, CGI-enhanced ways. Films like auteur director Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which took us in 3D into the Chauvet Caves, home to the earliest known cave paintings, can be spellbinding in completely new ways.
A more exciting prospect at the moment is sports broadcasting – the BBC broadcast Wimbledon in 3D for the first time, and London 2012 is set to be the first Olympic Games to be seen in three dimensions by people who aren’t actually at events.
There are plenty of 3D TVs on the market now, but some are rather more worthwhile investments than others.
One of the newest and most impressive so far is the Individual Compose 3D from Loewe – the richness, depth and smoothness of its 3D visualisation is pretty superb. Loewe may be later to the party than some companies, but it’s clearly been spending the time getting the best out of its R&D team.
The German company has been producing top-notch tellies forever and a day (well, since 1923, to be precise), these days with a speciality in noticeably sleek, minimalist designs.
Speaking of which, one of the cool aspects of the Individual Compose is that you can customise its look to suit your room. Its chrome silver inlay comes as standard, but you can swap this for high-gloss black, ebony, light oak and other options for a little extra cost.
The TV comes in 32 inch, 40 inch, 46 inch and 55 inch versions, at prices between £2,650 and £4,800.