updated 06:33 am EDT, Fri October 26, 2012
LG’s 84-inch 84LM9600 TV has gone on sale in the US for $19,999. The new television features the newly defined Ultra High Defintion resolution, which was previously known as 4K. At four times the resolution of 1080p TVs, the new LG TV features a 3840x2160 amounting to a panel that contains 8 million pixels – six million more than previously.
As there is no professional content that is currently available in the new super high-resolution format, LG has incorporated an up-conversion engine that improves the detail from current HD and SD external sources. The LG 84LM9600 also uses LG’s latest 3D technology that utilizes passive lightweight 3D glasses, while it remains capable of converting 2D content into 3D. Six of the flicker-free glasses are included with the set.
One of the advantages of the new LG display for gamers is its ability to utilize the additional pixels so that it can deliver two-player gaming without the need to split the TV screen (although special glasses sold separately are required to enable this capability). The LG 84LM9600 also includes a 50-Watt audio system built into it, arranged in a 2.2 format.
Although LG is first to the US market with the Ultra High Definition technology, Sony will also soon join it with its own model, although it will carry a $5,000 premium with it when it arrives.