Sony's Bravia 4K TV Could Easily Turn Me Into A Resolution Whore

Regular readers will now that I'm rarely blown away by big screens or high-definition content. But having been to the first Australian demonstration of Sony's massive 84-inch 4K television, I might just become a convert. This screen is ridiculously good looking when displaying high-resolution media.

What I really like about the 4K is that unlike earlier generations of hi-def televisions, you don't have to be sitting on the other side of a large room for the screen to look good. 4K (or ultra-definition or UDTV) runs at 3840 by 2160 pixels, which is so detailed that you can sit at a distance of around 1.5 metres and not see individual pixels. The sample footage Sony showed off was stunningly clear: indeed, they verged at times on 3D (but without making me nauseous the way proper 3D does). Both moving images and stills looked amazing.

Yes, I know: that benefit will be most obvious with content shot on 4K cameras, which isn't exactly falling off the virtual shelves right now. It's also not a cheap option. Sony hasn't finalised local pricing or release dates, but it's likely to be north of $25,000. So buying this TV would be a massive indulgence. But man, it looks so good. I'd definitely contemplate a smaller model of the same.


Comments

    Ahhhh yes... I'm sure by 2050 Australian broadcaster's might even televise programs to get the best from it...

      No no, by then we'll have broadcasts in 1080P ;)

        No-one broadcasts their daily schedule in 1080p anywhere in the world right now. So your sarcasm might actually be true by 2050. I'd be happy if the HD channels we have now were actually showing decent data rate 1080i - Seven, Nine, ABC, SBS, I'm looking at you. Channel 10 gets a pass mark, as theirs is the best.

    4K is really good for having live footage of another city being transmitted via the NBN.

    Put a 4K camera on top of a building in Hong Kong or Sydney, etc and use the TV as a virtual window showing the Hong Kong skyline...even if you live in Melbourne.

    There was a huge fad for live cams in 1999/2000.

    When I got my 50" a few years back the missus first said we didn't need it, then said it was huge and now has decided it's just not big enough - maybe this will satiate her fluid taste.

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