Do You Need A 4K Resolution TV ?

It seems like overkill and over-the-top extravagance to even think of owning a 4K TV. Why can’t we just live with the 2K (1080HD) displays that just about everyone has in their home now? The extravagance with the 4K TV and in this case the 4K TV is from Sony has a  suggested retail price of S$35,999. Not something everyone is going to  pickup at the local electronics store, at least not without some serious thought.

Put that heavy thought and price tag aside for a moment and find out more about the TV unveiled yesterday at the luxurious showroom for an equally expensive property, V on Shenton.

It’s huge!

Sony unveiled its new 4K TV, the BRAVIA KD84X9000. What does 4K translate to? Well, if your current LCD TV is HD it has a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. 4K has 4-times more pixels with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. It doesn’t sound that amazing because as consumer we have been seeing this kind of pixel resolution referred to with our digital photographs.

The 4K resolution makes your digital photos look amazing

Viewing your 4K or more pixel resolution photos on a 1080HD monitor or LCD TV doesn’t do justice to the photos being captured and I proved that yesterday by loading up some of my own photos on the 4K BRAVIA. My jaw dropped seeing the resolution depicted. Even my image has of greater resolution that the 4K supported. The image viewed has a pixel resolution of 5615?×?3743. I answered my own question whether or not we all need a 4K resolution display in an instant. The answer is a resounding, YES!

No need spectacles to read the newspaper

I was blown away at all the details that I could see without having to ‘zoom’ in to the image. At 84-inches you can surely see a lot when  viewed at about 1.5 to 2 metros away. Something else about the product offering that was amazing is just how tight the pixels are packed. Most often you see the small gaps between the adjacent pixel but the Sony didn’t exhibit this unless you went pixel peeping with your nose almost up against the TV. 😉

Peeping at the pixels

I would question whether everyone needs an 84-inch 4K TV. It is amazing to see and watch but in a normal home it is overkill. If you are a real movie buff or gaming freak and can afford the S$35,999 price tag you can’t go wrong at this stage. Give it another two years and something smaller at 48, 55 or 60 inches will be affordable and also be capable of making your jaw drop. I can just imagine using a 48-inch for all my future photography and video editing or even art galleries seriously using these to showcase masterpieces or photographic exhibitions.

4 Times HD1080 Display

The closest consumer computer LCD display monitor that comes close in terms of pixel resolution is the Dell U3011 Ultrasharp. It features a display resolution of 2560 x 1600. Even at that resolution it is still shy of 4-million pixels in resolution. Earlier in the year a number of companies announced and showcased 4K monitors ranging in panel so we’ll soon see consumer 4K LCD/LED Monitors.

Screencap using digital camera

There will be some people questioning where is the 4K content to enjoy the clarity and resolution. I say there is Petabytes worth of content already available as digital photos. Anyway, what do you lose if you take the current 2K content and you upscale it.

Now I gotta figure out how to get me one of these for a week of testing. Lock me in the room with the Playstation 3 and a Quad-SLI desktop system with the latest FPS or driving simulator. By the way, this Bravia has an interesting new feature called SimulView whereby two players can race head-to-head without a split-screen view. Each user wears a passive polarised spectacle that will show the individual wearer their own view.

Some technical specifications for the geeks.

Model Code:  KD-84X9000

Screen Size: 84-inches (213.5cm)

Pixel Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)

Aspect Ration: 16 x 9

Display Device: LCD

Backlight Type: Dynamic Edge LED

Video Processing: 4K X-Reality Pro

Motionflow: Motionflow XR 800/960 (depending of country)

Network Features: Wi-Fi Direct, TrackID, Media Remove, Video Search, Sony Entertainment Network, Applications, Internet Browser, DLNA

Other Features: USB Play, BRAVIA Sync, Ethernet, RS-232C Input, HDMI PC Input, USB x2, RF x1, Composite x2, Component (Y/Pb/Pr) x1, HDMI x4, PC (DSub) x1


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