Anyone that paid attention to this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) you would have been once again impressed with the continued advances in technology. You would have seen things like bendable glass to a twenty inch tablet running a full version of Windows 8 with UltraHighDefinition (4K) resolution.
Not familiar with 4K resolution? Higher end videography equipment have recorded 4K content for quite some time now, and it was only natural that we would start to see display technology catch up. So what is 4K? It refers to the horizontal resolution of a captured video, or a display device. Simply put, around 4,000 pixels are recorded or displayed on the horizontal axis of a 4K device. In comparison a TV with a 1080p resolution has around 1,080 pixels on its horizontal axis. This means a 4K display would have approximately four times the resolution than a similar 1080p unit.
There were a number of 4K TVs announced at CES, and in fact prior to this show Sony already had their flagship TV, the 84 inch 4K TV model XBR-84X900, on the market. This TV is simply amazing, and if you ever have a chance to check it out take it. Not only is this TVs screen the most realistic screen to date, this TV has a feature set that will certainly impress anyone.
This TV is of course a smart TV, and being a Sony can connect to Sony’s Entertainment Network. The TV also comes with two speakers that mount to the side. Each speaker provides a simulated 5.1 surround sound experience powered by 50 watts of power. The XBR-84X900 is a 3D capable TV using passive glasses, and with 4K resolution 3D becomes more amazing than ever. If you’re a gamer this TV is SimulView compatible, allowing you to play multiplayer games where each player has their own full screen experience, rather than the traditional split-screen format.
So I have to admit when I first read about 4K TVs I was skeptical given I wasn’t aware of any existing 4K content. Sony has taken this into consideration. They have a collection of ten movies that have been mastered to 4K resolution. In addition, with the help of the XCA8-4K chip, the Sony XBR-84X900 TV will convert HD and lower resolution content to 4K resolution.
I think the biggest obstacle for the average consumer will be the $24,999 price tag of this TV, but as with any new technology you pay for getting the latest and greatest. Once again this TV is simply breathtaking, and if you can afford it go for it. Magnolia Home Theater is currently selling the Sony XBR-84X900, and if you want to see a TV that will truly impress your friends and family come check it out.
As I said before, there were a number of 4K TVs announced at CES, and I fully expect this resolution to slowly work its way into being the next resolution in display technology. There should be many new options to come, and I would anticipate that available 4K content will catch up as more 4K display devices are put to the market.