Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer Review

Posted: March 6, 2012
Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer Review

The Sony HMZ-T1 3DTV headset combines two 720P OLED screens with simulated 5.1 surround sound for the ultimate home theater experience. Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira take a look at the 3D features on this $800 device.

What You Need To Know

  • The Sony HMZ-T1 is the world's most advanced 3D headset.
  • The design features adjustable straps around the top and circumference, which feel a little flimsy.
  • When you first see them, you think this is a great gadget you can theoretically take anywhere until you see the switcher that gives the unit power.
  • The device has 2 HDMI inputs and will take most HDMI signals.
  • We did find the Sony HMZ-T1 sliding down our nose and wearing glasses with the device isn't very comfortable.
  • The headset has twin 720P OLED screens that promise the equivalent of a 150" inch from 12 feet away.
  • The picture is impressive when you wear the unit comfortable on your head.
  • You can adjust the distance between the screen to suit the distance between your own eyes.
  • Once the headset is situated, you truly get an immersive experience.
  • The HMZ-T1 will also compensate for your eyes adjusting to the dark room by gradually lowering the brightness of the screens.
  • Since there are two screens, it can deliver fairly convincing 3D with no passive or active technology.
  • It provides depth perception the same way your eyes do by compositing two slightly different images.
  • As a result, the headaches don’t come nearly as fast as they do with active lenses.
  • This is truly the best 3D experience I have seen and it really is great for gaming.
  • The HMZ-T1 promises to deliver a virtual 5.1 surround sound experience, which feel like a Walkman headset.
  • For the price, you would think they might be able to use a more durable material to cover the ears.
  • That said, the sound was great and the surround sound simulated well.
  • Things that are supposed to be happening behind you do feel like they are happening behind you.


  • $799


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The HMZ-T1 is kind of expensive for a niche product.
  • If you can get past the slight discomfort of the heavy headset, this is a great product for shutting out the outside world.

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Comments are Closed

  • theantigzus

    $800 isnt bad for the quality of video and 3D

    Posted: May 8, 2012 2:29 AM
  • theantigzus

    does anyone else hate this nerd???????????

    Posted: May 8, 2012 2:26 AM
  • ubigdummy70

    The only way 3D TV will ever truly work, is if you're watching "Deliverance" and you actually feel like you're being SODOMIZED with Ned Beatty.

    Posted: April 9, 2012 6:36 PM
  • Medium00Rare

    So.... Can I plug it into my PC?

    Posted: April 8, 2012 9:44 AM
  • vaajtswv

    I'll wait for 1080p.

    Posted: March 23, 2012 11:18 PM
  • hughJ

    150" screen at 144" distance actually sounds like quite an underwhelming field of view angle. That's actually about the same field of view that I have with my 24" computer monitor while sitting at my desk.

    Posted: March 10, 2012 2:54 PM
  • Discordance

    Here I am vaping with a headache, trying to learn about this 3d contraption by watching Matt Mira discuss using this 3d ontraption while vaping and having a headache.

    Posted: March 8, 2012 4:31 AM
  • tbogstad

    I owned the old "Virtual i-O" glasses which is basically this but not HD, old tv res which is like 320x240.
    It worked great and 3D was amazing, mine also had the headtracking add-on, MechWarrior 2 in 3d with head tracking was insane.
    I wore mine out though, broke them several times, and had them refurbished twice, but they finally just were too broke to fix.

    this is great tech if you can afford it.

    Playing GoldenEye on the N64 with my old ones was the most emersive game i ever played, i enemy would pop around a corner and shoot you in the face, and you would fall out of your chair, it was awesome.

    Posted: March 6, 2012 5:02 PM
  • Heartland

    I realize that this tech isn't just going to fall into our laps, but c'mon a production design this bad? Clearly Japanese made. You don't see production tech like this coming out from Germany. I won't buy anything like this until their sport shades.

    Posted: March 6, 2012 4:23 PM