The company on Friday announced (PDF) that 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD televisions, part of its LA9700 series, are being rolled out in the United States this week. Along with 4K resolution of 8.3 million pixels per frame, the sets boast 4.1-channel surround system and support for the company's Magic Remote, which lets you control the TV by speaking.
Still, because the LA9700 series includes 4K resolution, don't expect to get … Read more
The 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 will be available for preorder by U.S. customers starting July 21, shipping in early August. They'll cost $5,499 and $7,499 respectively. That's about $500 more than Sony's 4K X900 series, which is shipping now. LG, for its part, showed smaller 4K TVs at CES, but hasn't shipped any to the U.S. yet. Update 7/15: LG's smaller 4K TVs are shipping now too.… Read more
With the slow and inevitable transition to Ultra HD 4K happening whether it's necessary or not, it's not surprising that cable manufacturers are jumping at the chance to sell new and more expensive "4K" HDMI cables.
But guess what -- you don't need 4K HDMI cables, because your current HDMI ones can probably do 4K just fine. Seriously.
Here's why.… Read more
Back in March, Microsoft's CVP of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi told Forbes that the Xbox One would support 4K gaming, saying that there was "no hardware restriction there at all".
However, some testing from AnandTech suggests that while that statement might be technically accurate, whether it's playable or not might be a different matter.
At Computex, AnnadTech's Ian Cutress got his hands on a 4K monitor and decided to run some gaming benchmarks and see what happened.
Sony's FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player will land in living rooms and on retailer shelves in two weeks, the company announced Monday.
The media player, which was unveiled in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, will play ultra-high-resolution content on 4K TVs, which have four times the number of pixels as a regular HD TV.
However, the box, which retails for $699, is compatible only with Sony 4K TVs. Sony is offering owners of its X900A sets a $200 introductory discount on the media player's price. The media player will be bundled with 10 feature films and … Read more
Sharp has announced that the 70-inch LC-70UD1 television, the first Ultra HD screen to receive THX certification, is now available in stores for $7,499, with a street price of $5,999.
The TV features a 4H/UHD resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels and the company's proprietary Revelation upscaler to upscale existing sources to the resolution of the panel.
The LC-70UD1 is the first to receive THX 4K classification, which Sharp said involved over 400 tests, and it means the TV includes two precalibrated THX Movie modes.
The UD1 is edge-lit but lacks local dimming and unlike the … Read more
All HDMI cables are the same, but that now-ubiquitous connector has limitations. Ultralong runs can be problematic and expensive and HDMI cable can't conveniently be run through walls.
That's part of the message the people from HDBaseT sent when they introduced me to their transmission protocol this week. HDBaseT is designed to allow a single Cat 5e cable -- incredibly common and incredibly cheap today -- to carry video of up to 4K resolution, audio, data (100BaseT Ethernet), power (up to 100 watts), and even other signals like USB. Runs can be as long as 100 meters (328 … Read more
Now that ESPN has announced plans to drop its 3D channel, it's pretty obvious that, despite TV manufacturers' claims to the contrary, 3D isn't going to be the Next Big Thing in home entertainment.
What will be? If you attended (or read about) this year's CES, you know that manufacturers have shifted their breathless attention to 4K Ultra HD. Of course, as with any new technology, the first models come at a premium: Sony's 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV lists for $4,999.99, effectively five times the price of your average 1080p TV of the … Read more