LG is going to be the first to release the newest HD stadard available for consumers. So if you’re one of the people who have a spare $20,000 in the bank account or just value the latest in entertainment over paying for your kids college tuition, then this may be your next purchase. What does this $20,000 exactly buy you? To start, the now officially named Ultra High Definition gives you four times the resolution of your current 1080p TV. At 3,840 x 2,160, you are getting over eight million pixels in this 84″ set compared to the two million 1080p offers. 84″ is huge, so you need a big living room so you can put enough distance between yourself and the TV to get the most out of the picture. This is a 3D TV with 240Hz “Tru Motion”, so there is a lot of potential for some eye popping images without the blur. They’re including six pairs of glasses too. LG also offers some of it’s best features in this smart TV, such as voice control to help guide you through their interface. One cool feature is the built in 2.2 sound. Two 10-watt speakers and two built in subwoofers, but if you are buying this, you must shaking your house down with Neo:X.
Other features include:
- LED Plus Technology for deeper blacks and richer colors
- 3D depth control
- Two player gaming without split screen (sounds like a cool feature, but requires glasses that sold seperately)
- 2D to 3D conversion
- Voice and hand motion controls
The big question here is going to be what type of content will be available in this new UHD. As of yet, nothing. But it will upscale your Blu-Rays for you… Most movies today are filmed in 4K resolution, that’s what you probably see at your local theater. If Hollywood wants to open up it’s vaults for you, then you could see what this tv can really do.
Maybe UHD isn’t ready for the prime time yet, but once they are able to cram all of those pixels into a smaller set that will fit the average home, and once there is enough content available, it might just catch on. For now, it may just be a bit overkill, not to say it’s not impressive. Let’s see where this new technology takes us in the future. Available as of October 30th, and so far only Video and Audio Center in Southern California has it available for purchase.