Last week, Sony officially unveiled the XBR-84X900, an 84-inch TV equipped with a 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel and Sony's 4K X-Reality Pro Picture Engine (with up-scaling capability to 4K). However on Wednesday during CEDIA 2012, Sony released the actual pricing and pre-order date, reporting that customers drooling over the 4KTV will be required to shell out $24,999.99 USD starting September 6, 2012. The actual wall-sized device won't hit retail floors until this November.
"The new 84-inch set, model XBR-84X900, is equipped with a 4K LCD panel that delivers an image four times the resolution of Full HD and creates an immersive viewing experience previously unavailable from a TV. The XBR 4KTV provides the most immersive picture and sound experience ever available for the home theater," Sony said on Wednesday.
As reported last week, the monster 4KTV features a 10-Unit Live Speaker system which is optimized for the large-sized screen and envelops the viewer in virtual 5.1 surround sound. The side speakers are also detachable, allowing consumers to connect to an existing home theater system. The specs reveal that the 4K TV has a 50 watt total output, and a 10-unit speaker system including a subwoofer. Other audible features include a 10 degree inward facing array, and S-Force Surround 3D.
In addition to the speaker system, the 4KTV also features network connectivity including access to the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services, dynamic edge-lit LED backlighting, and passive Full HD 3D capabilities. A tablet or smartphone can even be used as a remote (via the Media Remote App), allowing users to sit back and pull up movies, TV shows, music and other media through Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited, Netflix, Pandora, Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity and more than 50 other "popular internet entertainment providers."
The spec list also reports that the 4KTV features local dimming, Motionflow XR 960 for a fluid framerate, and support for Wi-Fi Direct, DNLA and Skype. Users can also connect their PlayStation 3 and use the console's PlayMemories Studio to view, share and edit photos in 4K. PC and tablet content can even be streamed to the 4KTV using Intelligent Connect.
Sony said it will begin taking pre-orders for the $24,999.99 USD 3D 4KTV right here starting Thursday. Currently the actual retail availability in November is unknown, but it will be "available at select Sony Stores as well as specialty electronics retailers nationwide."
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Can I also bid?Reply
I bid 1 dollar, Bob.
$25K..... New car or New tv.......Reply
This tv is for rich people.Reply
4K LCD Panel... tell me when its OLEDReply
warmon6$25K..... New car or New tv.......doubt this tv is for people who drive 25K cars.Reply
You would be suprised at the number of people who don't bat an eyelash at paying that price for a display.Reply
My wife, when she was working her way through college at Best Buy in Thousand Oaks as a cashier would routinely ring up and process sales that were 30-40k in electronics. 20k TV, 5k for speakers, 5k for a receiver, cables, stands, mounts, replacement plans, installation plans.
You would not think anyone would buy this, but their are certain markets that these sell in.
Think about all the athletes, celebs, people who have giant sums of disposable income. Sony needs to just sell 1-2,000 of these displays this year to mitigate the costs in the fabrication process.
They will become cheaper, I remember the first thin panel plasma screen I ever say. $22,000 for a pioneer 42" SDTV, and someone way buying it...
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I remembered when plasma tvs first appeared 13 years ago for $13,000 with 720p. It taken 5-7 years to be sold for less than $1000, and by that time few wanted plasmas.Reply
I'll wait until 4K becomes the new standard.....Reply