LG’s 84in Ultra HD TV goes on sale in the US

LG's 84in Ultra HD TV goes on sale in the US

LG has officially launched its first Ultra Definition TV (Ultra HD TV) in the US – an 84in monster boasting roughly four times the picture resolution of a Full HD 1080p TV.

Formerly known as 4K Resolution, before beingrebranded to Ultra High-Definitionby the Consumer Electronics Association, the latest standard requires that at least one input on the set supports receiving video data at a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 – providing four times the detail of a 1,920 x 1,080 HDTV set.

Proudly wearing the Ultra HD tag, LG’s 84in UDTV launched late last night ahead of planned sets from rival companies including Sony. Currently a US exclusive, the set is limited to a single retailer in California – the Video & Audio Centre in Lawndale – where consumers can try out the device for the first time.

Although Ultra HD sets are quick to impress, they do suffer from a lack of compatible content. While capable of upscaling Blu-ray, games console and other non-Ultra HD content to fill the screen, such tricks – commonly seen in the early days of HDTVs with upscaling DVD players providing a means of bridging the gap until Blu-ray prices dropped – fail to make the best use of the set.

For that, consumers need true Ultra HD content – and that is thin on the ground. Many broadcasters in the US are only just making the move to progressive HD from the lower-quality interlaced format, and with Ultra HD requiring four times the bandwidth a move to Ultra HD is potentially years away.

The final problem for LG’s launch is pricing: the set is being sold at an eye-watering $16,999.99 (around £10,553 excluding taxes) meaning that only the most well-heeled audiovisual fan will be able to even consider a purchase.

That price may change once there is competition in the market, with Sony’s rival Ultra HD TV expect to appear towards the end of the year.

Author:Gareth Halfacree

Source: www.expertreviews.co.uk

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One Comment to “LG’s 84in Ultra HD TV goes on sale in the US”

  1. Hunter 29 October 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks for the article. I wish this was the TV I have been looking for. I just upgraded to a Hopper home DVR on Saturday. It can connect ever TV in my house to the DVR in HD. I still have a few old Tube sets around the house, and it is time to replace them with HD. I don’t know much about TVs and I am kind of impulsive, so there is a good chance that I might come home with a monster like this. Thankfully, I have a coworker at DISH who knows a ton about TVs; she is going to help me get in and out without getting more than I need, or spending more than I have. Of course, I will be watching for the price to come down on this behemoth.

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