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Sony's 4K TVs get priced

Sony has announced the official price and availability for its new XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs. The line includes the XBR-55X900A and the XBR-65X900A, which have screen sizes of 55-inches and 65-inches respectively. While some other manufacturers have offered ultra HD television sets at prices ranging all the way up to $20,000 or more, Sony is actually offering “reasonable” prices, at least comparatively.

The 55-inch TV will sell for $4,995 with the 65-inch version going for $6,999. Both TVs will be available for pre-order on April 21, but the final shipping date is unannounced. Along with pricing and launch information for the TVs Sony is also unveiled its 4K Media Player called the FMP-X1. This device will deliver movies and video shorts in 4K resolution for $699. The media player will be available later this summer.

55" XBR-55X900A
The media streamer itself will come bundled with 10 feature-length films and users will be given access to a fee-based distribution service offering a library of titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other production studios. The films that are included with the purchase include Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

FMP-X1 4K Media Player

Sources: Sony [1], [2]

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RE: Dear computer monitors
By lagomorpha on 4/8/2013 10:45:31 AM , Rating: 0
512-bit wide memory was done many years ago so it can be done again today at a lower expense.

The cost of motherboard traces is one of those things that doesn't really advance with Moore's law...

RE: Dear computer monitors
By BRB29 on 4/8/2013 10:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
what motherboard? it was done on a Radeon GPU. Cost should be more than negated by several die shrinks.

There are people running 5760 x 1080 already and that's much higher than 4k.

There are 2 options
1. Faster memory
2. wider bus

Manufacturers will figure out which one is more cost effective. Don't worry, they've made billions off you from years of price fixing already.

RE: Dear computer monitors
By BRB29 on 4/8/2013 10:54:49 AM , Rating: 2
i was wrong. 4k HD is 3840x2360.

RE: Dear computer monitors
By karimtemple on 4/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: Dear computer monitors
By lagomorpha on 4/8/2013 11:00:47 AM , Rating: 1
Until stacked memory becomes available, making the bus wider means running more traces on the PCB which is something that does not get much cheaper as transistors get smaller.

RE: Dear computer monitors
By BRB29 on 4/8/2013 11:27:49 AM , Rating: 1
stacked memory is used for lowering cost and increasing memory density. It was not really meant to increase bandwidth. The chips are on top of each other, lowering its ability to cool itself effectively because of a lower surface area to air ratio. This is not meant for a high performance application yet.

RE: Dear computer monitors
By inighthawki on 4/8/2013 11:31:57 AM , Rating: 2
He is referring to the new feature coming on NVIDIA graphics cards in Volta. Please look it up.

RE: Dear computer monitors
By mcnabney on 4/8/2013 12:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not quite. Three 1080p monitors is a bit over 6 megapixels. 4K will push that up to over 8. Close, but not exactly the same. Now three 2560x1600 displays - that is 12 megapixels!

RE: Dear computer monitors
By zephyrprime on 4/9/2013 12:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't have anything to do with die shrinks. Traces are run on the circuit board. Costs for that tend to remain the same over time. Having more traces will require more layers on the PCB which increases costs. Really what they should do is mount the memory onto the GPU package (not die).

Most people have integrated video so they do not have enough power to handle 4K. With gpu clocks speed stuck around 1ghz, it will take quite a while before gpu's are powerful enough to run 4K.

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