Best Buy Wednesday officially began selling Panasonic’s new Full HD 3D home entertainment system, after the first such system was sold during a press event at the Union Square Best Buy location in New York.
The retail giant is carrying the product suite exclusively, through its Magnolia Home Theater division.
“Television has successfully moved from black and white, to color, to High Definition. But immersive, totally realistic 3D imagery has been the final frontier and beginning today, Panasonic has conquered that as well,” Bob Perry, Senior Vice President of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, said as part of the announcement. “Best Buy has been a proactive and important partner in bringing 3D into the living rooms of America and we are happy to share this milestone with them.”
The full system will be sold for $2,899.99, with individual components also available separately. These include the Panasonic VIERA VT20 Plasma 3D HDTV ($2,499.95), and the Panasonic BDT300 3D Blu-ray Disc Player ($399.95). One pair of Panasonic’s Active Shutter Lens Eyewear comes with the system, but additional pairs retail for $149.95.
The system will also later be available with 54″, 58″ and 65″ TVs.
“The demand for 3D technology in the home is just beginning for consumers,” Michael Vitelli, Best Buy’s President, Americas, said in the announcement. “Best Buy is uniquely positioned to bring this experience to life for our customers through our Blue Shirts and Geek Squad Agents. We are thrilled to partner with Panasonic as it allows us to be the first retailer to offer this complete 3D home theater solution and underscores our promise to always deliver on the latest and greatest technology.”