3D Compatibility Guide

With the introduction of 3D TVs, a lot of confusion has been created in the minds of consumers as they have to worry about things like HDMI 1.4, new 3D formats as well as trying to understand all they can about the various 3D TV technologies such as Active vs Passive 3D.

One of the primary concerns for many consumers is the issue of device compatibility when it comes to their home-theater systems. The introduction of the HDMI 1.4 specification kick started this confusion over compatibility since HDMI 1.4 introduces a number of new features that improve upon the HDMI 1.3 framework. One of the key benefits of the HDMI 1.4 specification is that it lays down a number of standardized 3D formats so as to ensure that all HDMI 1.4 compliant 3D displays are capable of displaying 3D content from multiple sources.

However, the dilemma facing many consumers is that not all components within their Home-Theater system are HDMI 1.4 compliant and a minuscule percentage of consumers are in favor of throwing out their entire home-theater set up just to accommodate their new 3D TV.

This 3D Compatibility Guide has been written so as to help you, the consumer, understand what HDMI 1.4 is and then answer a number of common questions that face consumers when it comes to compatibility of their 3D Home-theater components. The information in this guide and the articles linked below should provide you with all the knowledge you need to troubleshoot any compatibility issues and to make better informed decisions when purchasing a new 3D TV or other components for your 3D Home Theater.

HDMI 1.4 Specification Guide – What’s new in HDMI 1.4
Be sure to read this article for a brief overview of all the new features of HDMI 1.4 and their relation to the HDMI 1.3 framework.

Difference between HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4
This is a great article outlining the various differences between HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4. The information in the article will help you understand the key differences between these two specifications and how it will affect component compatibility in your 3D Home Theater set up.

3D HDMI Cable Guide
One of the primary concerns for consumers is whether they will need to purchase a new HDMI cable for their new 3D TVs or 3D Home theater systems. Read this article to learn some surprising facts about the HDMI 1.4 specification and how you can save some money by re-using your current HDMI cables for your current 3D TV setup.

3D Home Theater Component Compatibility Guide
This is one of the most important 3D compatibility related article to read if you want a quick analysis of how each component in a 3D Home Theater setup interacts with other components and what are the “Gotchas!” that you should be vary of when putting together your 3D Home-theater set up so as to ensure component compatibility across the board.

Will my older HDMI 1.3 3D TV work with 3D Content?
This article explores the compatibility of older 3D Ready TVs that were sold in 2009 and early 2010 that do not incorporate HDMI 1.4. This will help clarify what 3D formats will work with such TVs and what components you might want to look into purchasing to ensure maximum compatibility with 3D video sources.

We hope that these 3D compatibility articles help you understand the differences between HDMI 1.3 and HDMI 1.4 and how this affects the compatibility of various components of your 3D Home Theater system. We will continue to add more articles to this section so stay tuned. Also, be sure to check our 3D TV Guide section for more informative articles about 3D TV technology. If you have any specific questions that were not answered by these articles, do leave us a note in the comments section below.