Do you feel like your home theater system is missing some definition? If you’re a high-resolution fan and ready to take your television viewing experience to a true-to-life level, think about making 4K resolution your next electronics purchase.
One of the newest technologies in the home theater industry, 4K resolution has CEDIA and consumers abuzz. This new resolution type will give viewers a vastly improved display image, smoother edges, virtually non-existent pixilation (regardless of how close you are to the display) and incredible depth. In fact, experts say 4k resolution could negate the need for 3D glasses while still retaining a 3D image.
In basic terms, 4K resolution refers to one of two high-definition resolutions: 3840×2160 pixels or 4096×2160 pixels. This means 4K resolution is four times the definition of a 1080p screen, which has become the consumer high-definition standard. Currently, 4K resolution is being used for commercial digital cinema projection, since more and more films are being shot or mastered in 4K.
Consumer electronics companies are preparing to bring 4K to the masses in the form of 84-inch LED televisions. In August, Sony announced an 84-inch LED with 4K resolution for a whopping $25,000. Then at the CEDIA EXPO in Indianapolis on Friday, LG announced their entrance into 4K resolution world with a 84-inch “ultra definition” 3D television that’s $5,000 less than Sony’s version. LG’s television, called the LG UD 84LM9600, will be available in October, two months before Sony’s screen hits the market.
According to the LG press release, the television will include LG’s CINEMA technology, providing a 3D experience like consumers can find in a theater, and will offer thousands of apps, premium content and built in Wi-Fi. Although native content with 4K resolution isn’t quite mainstream yet, the LG television includes a 4K scaler that takes incoming signals and processes it to a higher resolution.
The television will only be sold in select AV retailers who can install the unit, like Home Theater Solutions, and won’t be available online due to the incredible size (and cost.)