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Sony 4K XBR-84X900 TV for Sale : Price is no object

We previously (on this blog) talked about how the new 4K TVs and HDMI 1.4 would be on sale soon, and that was back in December of 2010.  Time flies, and not quite 2 years later, Sony is now offering a fantastic and very large (84″!) 4K resolution LED TV that is perhaps within the price range of a few home theater aficionados.

Sony has priced its upcoming XBR-84X900 TV (84″ 4K LED) at an initial list price of $24,999. See our prior blog (link in first paragraph) for an image showing how 4K compares to normal high-definition (1920P and/or 720P); this new image format offers an unbelievable and spectacular 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution, and with a 7-foot diagonal massive screen, those pixels are going to make your giant-sized images look nearly perfect!

Some of the modern high-definition digital films and TV shows have been produced in 4K (or higher) resolution already.  Shows like PBS’s Wallander series were shot using the awesome (USA Made) Red (brand) professional digital cinema cameras, and more content is certainly on the way.  So, with cameras like that available, you too could also shoot your own seriously professional-grade home-movies (and, perhaps even produce an independent film); plus, coupled with this new Sony XBR-84X900 TV, you will have a way to view such incredible 4KTV media in its native resolution: i.e., AWESOME! 

Sony will start taking pre-orders for the TV beginning Thursday, September 6th, but it won’t actually be available until November.  If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a home-theater facility (already, or in the planning stages) that could benefit from this professional-quality 4K ultra-high-definition technology and you want to get this type of setup in place by the end of 2012, contact your Cleveland Home Theater and Sony 4K Experts – HomeSound – to discuss getting on the waiting-list for one.

The Sony XBR-84X900 4K TV will also scale your existing 1080p content to 4K resolution.  And, this device is also full 3D with passive 3D glasses and includes a totally wild feature called “SimulView” (two-player gaming without split screens)!  This is one seriously awesome piece of technology from Sony.

Sony XBR-84X900 4K TV Features:

  • 84-inch (yes, 7 foot diagonal!), 4K LCD Panel
  • Dynamic edge lit, LED backlighting
  • Three-chip, 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine
  • 4K upscaling (from “normal” high-definition like 1080p, etc)
  • 10 Unit Live Speaker System
  • Passive Full HD 3D Capable
  • Network connectivity with the full Sony Entertainment Network services suite

Is a Sony 4K TV in your (near) future?  One way or another, this TV and technology in general is something to keep an eye on.  Sure, it is early in the 4K TV lifecycle, but with backwards compatibility and some great opportunities where you can already enjoy the full resolution capabilities of this TV (like, though filming with those awesome “Red” brand cameras), this is bound to be a TV that you could get some serious entertainment out of while you have the ultimate home theater setup anywhere near you!

4K TV and HDMI 1.4 : Future Sale Item

Looking beyond the maximum display resolutions of current mainstream HDTV 1080p sets, which feature 1080 horizontal lines of resolution with 1920 pixels per line (i.e., 1920×1080), we see the forthcoming “4K” or “4KTV” support that HDMI 1.4 offers.

With 4K support (i.e., 4000 lines wide by 2000 lines high displays), two new super-high-resolution display formats are covered: 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high and 4096 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high. This effectively QUADRUPLES the number of pixels on an HDTV screen and provides the extremely high video resolution and detail needed to high-end home theater systems roughly on a par with the state-of-the-art Digital Cinema projectors used in many commercial movie theaters.

4KTV compared to current HDTV Resolution

(image courtesy of site)

The newest HDMI 1.4 standard can now support these systems with the extremely high bandwidth connectivity they will require. Though, you will likely not see any affordable 4K TV sales any time soon, as this technology is so far relegated to the stratospheric price range (some early 4KTVs were announced with initial prices of $75,000+). But, given the way technology quickly decreases in price as supply and options increase, it should not be too long before you can buy a 4K TV or 4K projector for home use at a price similar to what early HDTVs were costing.

Should you worry about HDMI 1.4 standards when purchasing any of your home audio-visual devices now, in hopes of compatibility with a future 4K TV? Certainly if you had the option to get a device with HDMI 1.4 capability built-in, and get one for the same price as a similar device without, it may be worth considering. But, if you want HDMI 1.4 support for your a 4KTV with a price under $3,000, you may be waiting a while for that bargain 4K-TV and find yourself wanting to update components yet again before this next-generation super-TV comes along. Right now, there is no substantial source of distribution of 4K films for digital (home) cinema, so without content to exploit such displays, we do not expect any mass adoption soon.

Speaking of 4K Content: will the new format win supporters from within Hollywood movie production firms and the like? There is some ongoing debate as to whether it makes more sens to stick with the existing 2K (1920×1080) format, but with higher frame-rates (vs. 24fps – frames per second). Today’s 4K high-end movie projectors (commercial cinema types; Sony has about 5,000 in US cinemas currently) can do either 4K OR 3D, but not both simultaneously, so until there is perhaps a 4K/48fps option (which could do *both* 4K AND 3D at once), this technology may not make much headway into the market now that 3DTV is taking off.

Cleveland Home Theater : Christmas 2010

Another year has gone by and we are again busy wiith Home Theater installation and Equipment Sales during the holiday rush for Christmas 2010.  We did not have much time for blogging in 2009, but we are always available to answer your questions and help you with the latest home entertainment products that we sell and/or install for you at your business or residence.

Those “3D” televisions and Blu-Ray players we were watching during this time in 2009 are now more capable and more affordable than ever!  If you purchase a 3D-ready television for your during our 2010 Christmas sale and/or need help installing and optimizing your latest home-theater products, contact your Cleveland Home-Theater Experts!

We are familiar with all the latest audio-visual technology, like all those various LED LCD varieties like full-array and edge-lit and so on.  And now the 3D-TV factor comes into play along with ever-increasing refresh rates (like 240Hz, 480Hz, and even 600Hz 3DTV systems).  We can help you understand the pros/cons of various devices and help put together your Cleveland home-theater package that will make you feel like you are sitting at the movies while still in the comfort of your own home.

Happy Holidays!