In general viewing terms, the best 3D was enjoyed two to three metres back from the screen. Closer, and the perception of depth is diminished.
Although the native brightness of any 3D TV does suffer when watching in 3D, the Ohki was able to produce images with respectable contrast when viewed behind the eyewear. Its picture also offers a wide angle of view, meaning there’s 3D for everyone on the couch and on the floor.
Crosstalk – where the image intended for the left eye overlaps the image for the right eye – was frequently apparent, however, and visible as ghosting on the displayed images. This distracts considerably from the onscreen action as it dismantles the 3D effect, and appears more pronounced with complex material, like fast moving action sequences in movies and games such as “Batman: Arkham City” in 3D on PS3.
So it is then, that to bring a 3D TV to market for $650, certain costs have to be cut, and it’s here – in the electronics that handle the complex task of processing the video signal – that these savings appear to have been made.
In 2D, performance from the Ohki is on par with other models at this price point. Colours are good, but black performance doesn’t match the deep inky levels of the premium sets, with dark areas suffering from a loss of detail.
Like most flat panel TVs, audio performance is only adequate, with the 5 watt speakers suitable only for news and casual sit-com viewing. For a proper sound experience, put away the money you’ll save on this TV on an outboard home theatre system.
Ohki’s 42 inch full HD TV provides 2D performance on par with other sets at this price, and throws 3D in as a neat entertainment bonus. That it doesn’t deliver performance as good as 3D televisions selling for 50 percent and more than its $650 price shouldn’t surprise: for value-seeking shoppers looking to fill a space in the kids’ rumpus room, it’s probably going to be good enough.