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LG releases 'world's largest' ultra-definition TV

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TV's will be covering the whole wall soon. You'd have to sit pretty far away from these to get the proper view.

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Korea stretches its tech lead.

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What bothers me about Japanese TV's is the speakers are weak. You have to crank them up to 11 to hear what is going on. Didn't hit me till I watched a friends LG Tv and noticed the speakers were awesome. Since then I've noticed it a lot. I guess Japanese tend to read TV (subtitles) rather than listen.

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Yes, the 84" LG would be perfect for the tiny 100 square foot unlivable room in Japan. Since most of the Japanese have bad eyes, larger clear screen would help.

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Please, Panasonic introduced 150 inch plasma 4 years ago. 84 inch, hah!

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Totally impratical ...and yes the 150 inch Panasonic is much more impressive...IMO

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Monitors and TV Korean exhaust my eyes.

My toshiba TV is much better, no thanks!

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Korea stretches its tech lead.

Yup. So much for the theory that SK is growing simply because it copies Japanese innovations. And to the posters who are saying this set is too big for the average Japanese dwelling, please re-read the article. The U.S. and Europe are the principal markets for this set. Asia, including Japan, will be secondary. And since Japanese brands are already losing ground to Samsung and LG in the U.S., this will only accelerate that trend, since it will reinforce the perception that Japan has lost its technological leadership, and they are now the ones producing "me-too" products.

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Yup. So much for the theory that SK is growing simply because it copies Japanese innovations.

Yeah right... But don't forget Japan also did the same thing way back before. They copied american and european technologies.

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The set has 8 million pixels and a 3840/2160 resolution.

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Great for immersing into video games! but how eco is it, i wonder how much juice it consumes?

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Nice. Only if you can sit 7, 8 meters away from it, with Tylenol by your side. No thank you. I still prefer my small TV.

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who buys these monster $22k tv's? oil sheiks and Wall St. crooks?

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Nothing can broadcast or record at 2160p or 4320p, you could only really look at still pictures and perhaps play PC video games, cool but not really practical at the moment.

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@gogogo For the olympics NHK did a 8K (7680 × 4320) + 22.2 sound in a world wide broadcast. Three theaters in the UK showed the broadcast as well as a couple theaters in Japan. Reviews indicated that the detail was so intense that it had an almost looked like 3D. So the 2K or 4K stuff isn't out of the realm. It may not be a broadcast media anytime soon, but it could kick start the home disc based media.

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Still... TV is flat. Invent better than this...

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Actually this is pretty interesting news. There have already been brodcasts available in UHD - most recently the Olympics Opening Ceremony (nice catch motytrah!), available to everyone in Japan via NHK!. UHD Camaras were introduced back a couple of years ago and we can probably expect the first broadcasts within 3 years or so. Remember that when regular HD and Full HD came out there weren't broadcasts either, but as sales increased so did demand and hence the cable companies followed...Just a little reading up on UHD here would be recommended, its pretty cool stuff!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_High_Definition_Television

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LG displays tend to have cheap unreliable capacitors. I wouldn't spend $20,000 on a TV that will stop working after six months when the capacitors burn out.

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Great for a 6 mat room.

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Sitting away from big screens is a thing from the past. Actually higher resolution means you can sit closer and still not be bothered by individual pixels /raster of the matrix/ Many years ago everything Korean was total failure - very short life of TV sets and often to the repair shop. Now Japanese electronics are not worse but quality of the Korean stuff is on a par and the prices usually lower that made them win US and EU markets. Still would buy Japanese brand for TV as the overall prices are really low now...

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@blackrock Plasma is ancient technology, i.e. obsolete. The current up to date technology is LED. Now regarding the price, US$22,067 is quite a lot of money for just a TV, even if the two girls are included as well.

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By the way, google $22,067 and you will find a lot more useful things anyone can buy at that price.

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1 & #2 TV makers are both Korean that should be enough to tell the "Japan Inc is better quality bunch" that Korea make TVs that people want too buy, great product at "AFFORDABLE PRICES"
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Ultra definition, I guess thats better than High definition..... I hope that doesnt become common tech cause I don't want to change my TV yet.

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There's hardly any shows yet shot in Ultra-HD, so people will still have to wait awhile for them to truly get maximum performance out of this.

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The LG 84 inch TV has a pixel density of 2160p (defined as Ultra Definition), much more than the Panasonic 150 inch TV.

Lol @ the people saying that a Panasonic 150 inch TV is "more impressive." Clearly a lot of people here don't know anything about technology and think bigger = better.

Panasonic 150 inch TV = ugly pixels

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Before you declare the death of Japanese manufacturers, ask how much of the guts of these TVs is Japanese made. From the film covering the front to the high end circuitry, it is all Japanese made. Samsung has a huge research and development center in Yokohama, where they design their thin TVs, designed by Japanese engineers, by the way.

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@gokai designed by Japanese engineers with nearly all the profits going back Samsung and the Korean economy, all the high tech stuff can be all designed in Japan if it makes them feel better, at the end of the day it comes down to the production line where all the jobs are created and the money ends up, the more Korean manufacturers take market share from the Japanese means more Japanese job going to Korea you can see it now with Sharp Sony Panasonic, make that the majority of Japan Inc

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lol at gokai. Samsung has design centers all over the world, not just in Japan, but also Russia, US, Europe, and Korea. Korea also invites Indians to do research and design. This is why Koreans are beating the pants off the Japanese. Korean companies are using the global talents and resources, while the Japanese toil away in their galapasgo minds.

By the way, do LG sell their stuff in Japan? I thought they couldn't sell anything in Japan so they left Japan, same with all the other Korean brands in Japan. Japan is probably the only country in the world where Koreans can't sell any of their brands. Everywhere else in the world, people love Korean consumer electronics like the Galaxy smartphones.

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LOL at people saying plasma is ancient. To-date high-end plasma still produces better images than high-end LCD/LED, period. The drawbacks of plasma are using more power and heavier. And that 150 incher, 4K x 2K, was produced 4 YEARS AGO. What's the hype about this LG thing?

One more thing, people tend to judge the book by its cover. Same thing here. Korean products have flashy exterior/interior, take Hyundai cars or these TVs for examples, but quality and functionality wise, time will tell / has told.

And for the Japanese/Korean technologies debate, Japan still controls core techs in electronics. Korean firms stretch their lead, I wonder in what imaginary world? The fact that they don't PR, doesn't mean Jap firms don't have good tech. Ah, I missed the good old mess of shoddy code written by Chinese/Korean /s

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@Westerner: better think before writing. Not any sane person would sit close to that big boy to see a single pixel. From a suitable viewing distance, you couldn't discern any pixelation. Cramping more pixels into the panel is not the best way to produce better viewing experience, image processing tech is.

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Japanese manufacturers as a trend are moving out of consumer electronics because there is little profit, and letting Korea and Taiwan companies do that. They are moving to high end circuitry, materials, etc. that only they can produce because it is very profitable. IBM has been doing the same thing for a decade. It is a natural process. I wouldn't be surprised if Japanese comsumer brands dissapear in the next decade. The the guts, which are very profitable, will still be Japanese made.

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@wakarimasen:

what tech lead are you talking about?

UHDTV is a Japanese tech invention. Panasonic JVC has the lead.

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"Japanese manufacturers as a trend are moving out of consumer electronics because there is little profit"

I hope not! Then where are the Japanese people going to get their TV's, smartphones, and computers from? They will become totally blacked out of the communication!!

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chucky, don't worry! We'll buy them from Korea or China or the US (if they still make things).

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1 & #2 TV makers are both Korean that should be enough to tell the "Japan Inc is better quality bunch" that Korea make TVs that people want too buy, great product at "AFFORDABLE PRICES"

This is no longer true in the United States. VIZIO is now the top LCD HDTV seller. Sumsung has fallen to number two and is down 5.3%. LG is at number three and has lost 2.0%. Look to see Samsung and LG lose more of their market share as an increasing number of low cost manufacturers enter the market. An 84-inch TV selling at $20,000 is not going to reverse this trend.

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my 50" LG was a real sweet deal, no other screen got even close at that price but i'm guessing this one will be a bit out of budget for the first two years : /

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I live in a very large house with some very large rooms but I could never have one of these huge screens. My TV is in fact, 23" and on top of that I would never paid the price for those screens.

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I have been looking for more news on this. LG is making waves.

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WesternerJapan87Aug. 23, 2012 - 09:16PM JST

The LG 84 inch TV has a pixel density of 2160p (defined as Ultra Definition), much more than the Panasonic 150 inch TV.

Lol @ the people saying that a Panasonic 150 inch TV is "more impressive." Clearly a lot of people here don't know anything about technology and think bigger = better.

Panasonic 150 inch TV = ugly pixels

2160p is a RESOLUTION, and the Panasonic has the same 2160p resolution. Because of that, the pixel density is about 30pixel/inch rather than 60 pixel/inch.

When it comes to resolutions above 1080p, you normally have to be closer than the optimal viewing distance to even see a difference. For a 151" screen the optimum viewing distance is 4.5m (assuming 40 degree field of view, max in THX specification), and at that distance the normal human eye has a linear resolution of just 5mm. The panasonic delivers a linear resolution of about 0.8mm, so more than five times more linear resolution than your eye can even see. Saying it is ugly pixels is being ignorant of the science on top of never actually having seen such a display.

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