LG said it would release its 84-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160, or four times the resolution of your current HDTV) UHDTV outside Korea this month and the company confirmed shipments would be on the way during an event at CEDIA 2012 before also announcing an MSRP of $19,999. According to LG the first units will begin shipping this month, with limited availability through the usual high-end sources slated for October. Just as we’d heard, the 84LM9600 includes LG’s passive glasses Cinema 3D technology plus all the Smart TV, WiDi, dual-core L9 processor, 2.2 channel speakers and Magic Remote bells and whistles it can muster. Of course, even $20k currently doesn’t buy a large selection of publicly available 4K content, although LG was displaying the unit with standard 1080p content to demonstrate its “Resolution Upscaler Plus” capabilities. The 1080p video we watched was sharp and clear on the big LED backlit set, although there was a bit of glare from the lights in the room — not atypical for demo setups that aren’t exactly like most living rooms. In just a few weeks well-heeled consumers will be able to choose between this and the slightly pricier Sony 84-inch 4K TV, with more competition on the way soon. Also an option: a decently equipped 2013 Ford Focus. Check the press release after the break for all the details, we’ll be checking Mark Cuban’s couch cushions for spare change.
Holy crap that’s a huge TV. And a lot of money.
And the firstdownloadable 4K movie looks amazing (at 160GB).
It just goes to show how amazing technology has gotten in just the past 20 or so years. And there’s nowhere to go but forward!