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Eyes-on: LG's First Ultra HD TV Set; On Sale Now for $17,000

By , Marcus Yam - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments

Tom's Hardware went Eyes On for the U.S. launch of LG's first Ultra High-definition 3D TV set, which combines LG Smart TV technology with a massive 84-inch display.

The LG Ultra HD Cinema 3D Smart TV boasts has an impressive resolution of 3840 x 2160, which is four times greater than standard full HD displays. Needless to say, the display was exceptionally vivid, minor details were enhanced, and the scale was simply immersing. From the demo material, colors popped, perhaps boosted by LG's Triple XD Engine Dynamic Color Enhancer. Other features include a Resolution Upscaler which enhances lower resolution content (basically everything available right now) as well as the increasingly common TruMotion 240Hz technology.

                                           



While we weren't personally able to view the sets in 3D, the TV features LG's Cinema 3D technology and includes six pairs of 3D glasses. LG's Cinema 3D includes a Depth Controller, 3D Sound Zooming, and 2D to 3D Conversion. At such a high resolution, though, we found the clarity itself to be immersive enough without the need for 3D.

                   




LG didn't focus all its efforts into picture quality, though. The new Ultra HD Smart TV features a 3-way 10 Speaker system with dual sub woofers, Infinite Surround Sound and LG's Clear Voice II technology. Being a Smart TV, the set provides users with features like App Store, Web Browsing and is Skype Ready with Built-in WiFi Connectivity. The set also includes various inputs and outputs including USB 2.0 and HDMI input.
                   

The set carries an MSRP of $19,999, but at the launch in LA, the street price on the sticker was $16,999. For more information and images of this beautiful display visit the LG Ultra HD Smart TV product page.

 

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    LukeCWM , October 30, 2012 2:50 PM
    Absurdly expensive, but I don't care. I'm just happy these are coming to market. As volume grows and competition increases, prices will come down so I can someday own a 4k TV. And I can't wait! :) 
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    slabbo , October 30, 2012 2:58 PM
    man, i need to make more money. these rich man toys make me drool!!!
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    wiyosaya , October 30, 2012 3:07 PM
    I wonder if this is the reason that they are not releasing their 55" OLED set. Too bad, IMHO, the OLED would have sold better.
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    falchard , October 30, 2012 3:18 PM
    Or you can take 4 42" TV and stack them up to get the same pixel depth.
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    SneakySnake , October 30, 2012 3:24 PM
    Absolutely useless tech in a TV, there's hardly any 1080p content outside of Blu-Ray these days, let alone 4K.

    Give me a 27" or 32" 4K monitor for my computer and I'll be pleased not a freaking 84" TV that has to upscale everything to look decent. An 84" 1080p TV would look identical in quality to this if your both watching a blu-ray
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    dimar , October 30, 2012 3:24 PM
    If the panel could really support 240Hz refresh rate, it could be nice for gaming using Quad SLI or similar setup. But it's probably one of those fake motion tech...
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    jaquith , October 30, 2012 3:24 PM
    Wow 3D Vision or Eyefinity for $51K + cost of PC. So for now 4K (Ultra High-Definition) with nothing to watch, no media, and by the time 4K is available in the US you'll need a new TV (or two). Not to mention WiFi for 4K streams?? Currently 1080p just made its way and still finding all HD content is tough enough; Verizon FiOS is capped at 1080i. Further, comparing an up-sampled DVD vs Blu-Ray still looks bad, so I assume it'll be the same up-sampling Blu-Ray (1080p) to 4K.

    So IMO this is for those with more money than common sense.
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    casperstouch , October 30, 2012 3:34 PM
    Here is the link to LG's site:
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    clownbaby , October 30, 2012 3:52 PM
    Can't wait for a ultra high def version of Baraka to come out and watch on one of these
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    jacobdrj , October 30, 2012 4:00 PM
    My guess is that 4K is being pushed by George Lucas, so he can sell us the Star Wars Trilogies yet again on hyper HD BluRays...

    Because, while computer geeks have been wanting this for years, it takes Hollywood and Apple to push higher resolution technology.

    Makes me feel dirty inside...
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    fil1p , October 30, 2012 4:01 PM
    Wow the price is really high. I agree though, competition will bring it down eventually. Imagine if someone bought one and it had a dead pixel... :o 
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    acadia11 , October 30, 2012 4:06 PM
    Computer bring up the andromeda galaxy, zoom in on nebula ND8675309.
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    acadia11 , October 30, 2012 4:08 PM
    Here goes man creating technology looking for a problem.
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    jacobdrj , October 30, 2012 4:18 PM
    acadia11Here goes man creating technology looking for a problem.

    The problem is legit: 1080p may be fine for the masses, but there is a very real niche who wants more...
    I. Want. More.

    Price will come down in due time. Give it, oh say, 7 years...
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    wemakeourfuture , October 30, 2012 4:23 PM
    SneakySnakeAbsolutely useless tech in a TV, there's hardly any 1080p content outside of Blu-Ray these days, let alone 4K. Give me a 27" or 32" 4K monitor for my computer and I'll be pleased not a freaking 84" TV that has to upscale everything to look decent. An 84" 1080p TV would look identical in quality to this if your both watching a blu-ray


    Cameras have already come out with 2K4K video recording. Most HD tv channels are 720p or 1080i. Not much are 1080p. I suspect TV will skip 1080p and go straight to 2K4K when the hardware is cheap, which will be a huge difference from 720p channels.

    An 84" on 720p is three times less ppi then an 84" on 2K4K.
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    Vorador2 , October 30, 2012 4:30 PM
    Come on, if Samsung can cram 2560x1600 pixels on a 10" panel for a powerful tablet and ask 400$ for the entire thing, where is my 4K 24~27" TV for a reasonable asking price?
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    ushyperion , October 30, 2012 5:11 PM
    Quote:
    impressive resolution of 3840 x 2160, which is four times greater than standard full HD displays


    How is this 4 times greater?
    FULL HD = 1920x1080
    1920 x 4 = 7680
    1080 x 4 = 4320

    however
    1920 x 2 = 3840
    1080 x 2 = 2160

    So it is 2 times greater, not 4!!!!
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    LukeCWM , October 30, 2012 5:17 PM
    1920x1080=2,073,600 pixels
    3840x2160=8,294,400 pixels
    8,294,400/2,073,600=4

    So yes, think of it as 4x the size.

    If the width is x2 and the height is x2, that makes it x4 the size.

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    jee_are , October 30, 2012 5:17 PM
    Can you imagine streaming 4K on Netflix? Hope your bandwidth isn't capped ;) 
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    noblerabbit , October 30, 2012 5:19 PM
    people forget that the first plasma 480i 42" was also 18K in every Futureshop some close to a dozen years ago.
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