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The Illustrated 3D Glasses List

This page lists 3D Glasses that are used to view high-quality 3D images on matching 3D displays. This list is a supplement to The Illustrated 3D Movie List.

In most cases the 3D glasses from a particular manufacturer can only be used with 3D displays from the same manufacturer - please do your homework.

The following White Paper discusses the similarities and differences between ten different 3D Sync IR protocols: "A Survey of 3D Sync IR Protocols"

Please note that I don't sell these 3D products. The buy links will take you to various commercial providers, including Amazon.

Andrew Woods


Recent Changes:
  - 3D Movie List is now on Twitter!   Follow our 3D updates here: http://twitter.com/3DMovieList

  - added Gunnar Optiks, RealD compatible, designer passive 3D glasses.
  - added two different kinds of LG FPG-200F Passive 3D Glasses - what were LG thinking?
  - Was your LG D2342P 3D monitor supplied with the wrong 3D glasses? We explain the differences.
  - added Zalman ZM-SG100G Passive 3D Glasses
  - added Panasonic VIERA TY-EP3D10UB Passive 3D Glasses
  - added Star Wars, Avengers and Beauty and the Beast 3D Movie glasses.
  - added Captain America, Harry Potter, Tintin and Transformers 3D Movie glasses.
  - added Optoma BG-3DRFGLASSES - ZigBee RF Sync shutter glasses.
  - added new ultra-cheap Samsung SSG-3050GB Bluetooth shutter glasses.
  - added new NVIDIA 3D VISION 2 shutter glasses.
  - added new Sony PlayStation 3D (active) glasses - Universal IR compatibility!
  - added Sony TDG-PJ1 rechargable active shutter glasses for Sony 3D projectors.
  - added Sony TDG-BR250 rechargable active shutter glasses and Narnia Blu-ray 3D starter kit.
  - Curtin University has characterised the Sharp IR protocol and it is definitely different than the Panasonic protocol.
  - added 3DTV Corp JP1 shutter glasses - compatible with Sony, Toshiba and Sharp protocols
  - added more 3D glasses FAQs.
  - added Polaroid RealD-compatible 3D cinema glasses - circularly polarised.
  - added Vizio passive 3D HDTV glasses - circularly polarised.
  - added Transformers RealD 3D Cinemasks - RealD 3D glasses in a Transformers style mask - circularly polarised.
  - added Viewsonic PGD-250 DLP-Link active shutter glasses.
  - added passive 3d glasses from RealD, LG, and Dolby.
  - added new LG AGS110 and LG AGS250 active shutter glasses.
  - added new Mitsubishi EY-3DGS-1U active shuter glasses for Mitsubishi HC9000D 3D projector.
  - added new 2011 Samsung active shutter glasses - Bluetooth sync - No IR? - does this further complicate compatibility?
  - New BenQ PRJ active shutter 3D glasses - DLP-Link compatible.




 

Jump: [ Active Glasses | Passive Glasses | FAQs ]

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  Active Shutter Glasses  
Product Image Make and Model Recharg-able Compatibility buy bundles / comments
Samsung
3DTV
IR Sync
Samsung
2011+ 3DTV
Bluetooth Sync
Panasonic
3DTV
IR Sync
Sony
3DTV
IR Sync
LG
3DTV
IR Sync
LG 2011+
active
3DTV
RF Sync
Toshiba
3DTV
IR Sync
Sharp
3DTV
IR Sync
Vizio
active
3DTV
IR Sync
NVIDIA
3D VISION
IR Sync
DLP-Link
Optical Sync
other
Universal active shutter glasses (NB: "Universal" glasses don't necessarily support all protocols)
product image XpanD Youniversal X104 Y Y Y*3 Y Y Y N Y Y/N*1 N Y N XpanD IR Sync
usa
buy
*3: Optional RF dongle required for Bluetooth compatibility.
product image Sony PlayStation 3D glasses Y Y N Y Y N N Y Y? N N N
usa
buy
 
product image XpanD X103 N Y N Y Y Y N Y Y/N*1 N N N XpanD IR Sync
usa
buy
 
product image 3DTV Corp Model JP1 Y N N N Y N N Y Y? N N N  
usa
buy
untested/unconfirmed.
Have you tested?
Coming soon: Universal shutter glasses from RealD, and "Youniversal" shutter glasses from XPAND.
Manufacturer original active shutter glasses
product image Samsung SSG-3700CR Y N Y N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
product image Samsung SSG-3300GR Y N Y N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
product image Samsung SSG-3300CR Y N Y N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
product image Samsung SSG-3100GB N N Y N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
buy
Megamind
starter
kit
product image Samsung SSG-3050GB N N Y N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
uk
buy
 
product image Samsung SSG-2200AR Y Y N N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
uk
buy
 
product image Samsung SSG-2200KR
Kids size
Y Y N N N N N N N N N N  
buy
 
product image Samsung SSG-2100AB N Y N N N N N N N N N N  
usa
buy
uk
buy
buy
MvA
starter
kit
  buy
Dragon
starter
kit
  buy
Shrek
starter
kit
product image Panasonic TY-EW3D10U
N N N Y N N N N N N N N  
buy
buy
Coraline
starter
kit
product image Panasonic TY-EW3D2LU
Large size
Y N N Y N N N N N N N N  
buy
buy
AVATAR
starter
kit
product image Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU
Medium size
Y N N Y N N N N N N N N  
buy
product image Panasonic TY-EW3D2SU
Small size
Y N N Y N N N N N N N N  
buy
product image Sony TDG-PJ1
Y N N N Y? N N N N N N N  
buy
Compatible with Sony HW30ES and VW90ES projectors
product image Sony TDG-BR250
Y N N N Y N N N N N N N  
buy
buy
Narnia
starter
kit
product image Sony TDG-BR100
N N N N Y N N N N N N N  
buy
buy
Alice
starter
kit
product image Sony TDG-BR50
Youth size
N N N N Y N N N N N N N  
buy
 
product image LG AG-S100
N N N N N Y N N N N N N  
buy
 
product image LG AG-S110
N N N N N Y N N N N N N  
buy
 
product image LG AG-S250
Y N N N N N Y** N N N N N  
buy
**NB: NOT compatible with any TVs from LG's 2010 model line. Do you know why?
product image Toshiba FPT-AG01U
N N N N N N N Y N N N N  
buy
Same sync as 'Panasonic IR Sync'?
Do you know?
product image Sharp AN3DG10R
N N N N N N N N Y N N N  
buy
 
product image VIZIO VSG102
N N N N N N N N N Y N N  
buy
 
product image NVIDIA 3D VISION 2
N N N N N N N N N N Y N  
usa
buy
 
product image NVIDIA 3D VISION
N N N N N N N N N N Y N  
usa
buy
uk
buy
 
product image Mitsubishi EY-3DGS-1U
N N N ? N N N N N N N N Mitsubishi IR Sync
Coming Soon
Emitter: EY-3D-EMT1.
Same sync as 'Panasonic IR Sync'?
Do you know?
product image Optoma BG-3DRFGLASSES
N N N N N N N N N N N N ZigBee RF Sync
buy
 
DLP-LinkTM active shutter glasses
product image ViewSonic PGD-250
N N N N N N N N N N N Y  
buy
 
product image Optoma BG-Z101
N N N N N N N N N N N Y  
buy
NB: non-foldable arms
product image ViewSonic PGD-150
N N N N N N N N N N N Y  
buy
NB: non-foldable arms
product image NEC NP01GL
N N N N N N N N N N N Y  
buy
NB: non-foldable arms
product image BenQ PRJ
N N N N N N N N N N N Y   NB: non-foldable arms
product image XPAND X102
N N N N N N N N N N N Y  
buy
 
Third-party active shutter glasses
product image NXG NX-3DG
N Y N N N N N N N N N N
usa
buy
 
Product Image Make and Model Recharg-able Compatibility buy bundles / comments
Samsung
3DTV
IR Sync
Samsung
2011+ 3DTV
Bluetooth Sync
Panasonic
3DTV
IR Sync
Sony
3DTV
IR Sync
LG
3DTV
IR Sync
LG 2011+
3DTV
RF Sync
Toshiba
3DTV
IR Sync
Sharp
3DTV
IR Sync
Vizio
3DTV
IR Sync
NVIDIA
3D VISION
IR Sync
DLP-Link
Optical Sync
other



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  Passive 3D Glasses  
Product Image Make and Model Details linear axis orientation *2 buy comments
Circularly polarised 3D glasses for 3D Cinema
product image RealD 3D cinema glasses circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
Linearly polarised 3D glasses for 3D Cinema
product image IMAX 3D cinema glasses linear 0°/90°
Most IMAX theatres use linear polarised glasses with 0°/90° linear orientation, but there are some variations in style of glasses and 3D technique from theatre to theatre.
product image Theme Park 3D cinema glasses linear +45°/-45°   *3
Many theme parks (e.g. Disney, Universal) use linear polarised 3D glasses with +45°/-45° linear orientation, but there are considerable variations in glasses styles - and some theme parks use other 3D methods.
Designer Circularly polarised 3D glasses for 3D Cinema
product image GUNNAR Premium 3D Eyewear (RealD Compatible) Midnight Onyx Frame circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image GUNNAR Premium 3D Eyewear (RealD Compatible) Gliff Onyx Frame circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image GUNNAR Premium 3D Eyewear (RealD Compatible) Phenom Graphite Frame circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image Polaroid PDN8103A RealD 3D cinema glasses circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image Polaroid PDN8102A RealD 3D cinema glasses circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
Circularly polarised 3D glasses for 3D HDTVs and 3D Monitors
product image LG AG-F200 3D cinema glasses circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image LG FPG-200F Cinema 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2   BEWARE: LG used the same model number for different sets of circular 3D glasses - Naughty Naughty! One is for their 3DHDTVs (with 0/0 orientation) and another for their 3D monitors (with 135/135 orientation). See Note *2. The only way to tell the difference is to look for the text "Cinema 3D" vs "3D Monitor" written on the box and the glasses wings. See: More info and larger picture.
product image LG FPG-200F 3D Monitor glasses circular 135°/135°   *2  
product image Panasonic VIERA TY-EP3D10UB Passive Polarized 3D Eyewear circular Do you know? usa
buy
 
product image Vizio XPG202 3D HDTV glasses circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image Zalman ZM-SG100G Polarized Stereoscopic 3D Glasses circular 135°/135°   *2 usa
buy
Please Note: These glasses use the 135/135 orientation *2 to provide optimum 3D performance on Zalman 3D monitors. RealD format glasses will not provide optimum performance on Zalman 3D monitors.
Special Release Customised 3D Movie Style RealD Circular Polarised 3D Glasses
product image Transformers RealD 3D CineMask - Bumblebee circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image Transformers RealD 3D CineMask - Optimus Prime circular 0°/0°   *2
usa
buy
 
product image Avengers RealD 3D glasses (Iron Man) circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Avengers RealD 3D glasses (Hulk) circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Avengers RealD 3D glasses (Captain America) circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Avengers RealD 3D glasses (Thor) circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Oakley TINTIN RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Oakley Transformers RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2 usa
buy
 
product image Harry Potter RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2 usa
buy
 
product image Star Wars Anakin Skywalker RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2 usa
buy
 
product image Star Wars Episode I RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Beauty and the Beast RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2    
product image Captain America RealD 3D glasses circular 0°/0°   *2    
Interference Filter 3D glasses
product image Dolby 3D cinema glasses interference filter wavelength division multiplexed n/a    

A study of 10 different active shutter glasses signalling protocols was recently completed by Curtin University. The white paper is available here: A Survey of 3D Sync IR Protocols. If you have further information to contribute, please let us know.

If you know of any other 3D glasses that have been missed from this list, please drop us a line.


Notes:

*1: Although the X103 and X104 glasses do lock to the Sharp 3D Sync IR protocol, their timing (phase) is incorrect by approximately 1ms. This 1ms timing error is very noticable with the Sharp XV-Z17000 3D DLP projector (the colour accuracy of the image is affected giving a notable magenta tint, and greyscales are sometimes solarised. We therefore do not recommend the use of these glasses with the Sharp XV-Z17000 3D projector. We are told that the timing error does not produce any noticable visual effect when the glasses are used to view the Sharp 3D HDTVs, although we have not tested this ourselves. This timing error does not affect any of the any other protocols. We hope that a future firmware upgrade of the X103 glasses will correct this timing error. Xpand have promised a firmware update for the X104 glasses to address this issue and we'll be glad to update this page when that occurs.

*2: Not all circularly polarised 3D glasses are the same.
To understand the difference, it's first necessary to understand the construction of a circular polariser.
Circular polarisers are constructed using two layers - firstly a linear polariser and secondly a quarter wave retarder. The retarding axis of the quarter wave retarder is oriented either 45° or -45° to the orientation of the linear polariser in order to create/decode the left-handed or right-handed orientations of circular polarisation. You might think that a circular polariser can be rotated at any angle since it is a circular polariser, however even though the optical properties are fairly good at all angles, you will notice some colour changes (and a drop in extinction) when you rotate a circular polariser as compared to another circular polariser. The way this is usually explained is that a circular polariser is not perfectly circular, but slightly eliptical. The best performance (in terms of colour accuracy and maximum extinction) is when the linear polariser axis of the circular polariser in the glasses matches the linear polarisation axis of the circular polariser in the display or projector. All RealD theatres output circular polarisation with the orientation of the linear axis 0° (i.e. horizontal) in both eyes. Some 3DTVs output circular polarisation using this same convention, but some computer monitors use a different linear axis orientation and therefore RealD glasses do not provide optimal performance if used with these displays (e.g. some LG passive 3D monitors, Zalman ZM-M190 & ZM-M220W, Hyundai W220S & W240S and Miracube G240M).
If you view a passive 3D Monitor or HDTV with the wrongly circular passive 3D glasses, the 3D image will likely have more crosstalk (ghosting) than normal, and the image may have a strange colour cast (perhaps a purple-ish colour).

*3: +45°/-45° is equivalent to 45°/135°.


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FAQs:

permalinkCan I use my Panasonic 3D glasses with my friend's Sony 3DTV?
Unfortunately No... Different brands of active shutter glasses and 3DTVs use different signaling protocols.

permalinkWhat signaling protocols do these glasses use?
The following document summarises a selection of different protocols: "A Survey of 3D Sync IR Protocols". There are a few protocols not covered in this document.

permalinkWhat 3D glasses should I buy?
You'll need to buy the 3D glasses that are compatible with your TV.
If your TV uses the active 3D method (frame-sequential 3D), a pair of universal glasses would be a sensible buy (but make sure they work with your TV). see list
If your TV uses the passive 3D method, most passive 3D monitors and HDTVs follow the RealD circular polarised format (0/0 rear polariser axis), but there are some notable exceptions.

permalinkWhat are LCD shutter glasses?
This term is often used to refer to active shutter glasses (also known at shutter glasses, Liquid Crystal Shutter glasses, and LCS 3D glasses). The 'LCD shutter glasses' is actually an incorrectly used term. LCD is short for Liquid Crystal Display, and it is important to point out that shutter glasses are not Displays themselves - they are looked through to see an actual HDTV display. Shutter glasses almost exclusively use Liquid Crystal for the shutters, so the "LC" is correct, but there is no Display in the glasses, so the "D" is incorrect. A more correct term is LCS 3D glasses (short for "Liquid Crystal Shutter") but a more common term these days is "Active Shutter Glasses" or just "Shutter Glasses".

permalinkI brought home some 3D glasses from a 3D cinema, can I use them with my home TV to see 3D?
Yes and no - it depends...
If you brought home a pair of RealD 3D glasses, _and_ you have a HDTV which specifically supports passive circularly-polarised 3D technology (such as the LG, Vizio, Westinghouse 3D models - see list) the answer will be Yes.
BUT... otherwise the answer will be No. Your TV must specifically support a 3D display technology _and_ the 3D glasses that you brought home must support the same 3D technique.


Many thanks to those who have helped provide information for this list, including Lurisk and many more. Sorry if I've missed anyone.


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See also:
* The Illustrated 3D Movie List
* The Illustrated Blu-ray 3D and 3D DVD List
* 3D HDTVs and 3D Monitors
* Blu-ray 3D Players
* 3D Cameras
* 3D Glasses
* 3D Laptops
* 3D Phones
* 3D Projectors
* Contact

* 3D Gallery
* 3D Video Equipment
* 3D Movie Reviews
* Andrew Woods' Home page: conference papers, software, other 3D stuff
* Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference

Maintained by: Andrew Woods
Last Revised: 1 June, 2014.