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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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By Shadowself on 4/8/2013 11:00:00 AM , Rating: 4
I hate how so many people have bought into the "you can't see any difference in anything better than one arc minute" crap.

This concept assumes the only thing that goes into resolution is the angular resolution of the individual rods and cones of the human eye and assumes the standard "20/20" vision concept. It takes into account NONE of the other things that goes into true vision and what people can perceive in their sight.

There have been countless studies over the years that have shown there are many, many things that go into vision acuity ranging from edge effects (you can see a long straight line that is much, much narrower than one line of rods/cones could possibly see using the "one arc minute rule") to vernier effects (you can see the offset in two lines that are offset by much less than the "one arc minute rule" allows) to angular effects (you can see the difference in rotations of regular objects to a much finer degree than the "one arc minute rule" would allow). The list of additional things that go into the full range of perceived visual acuity is quite long.

Some studies have shown that reproducible, perceived resolution is more than 10 times better than that dumb one arc minute rule.

So if you want to pay for a display that you cannot distinguish from a form of continuous media (e.g., a painting) then even an 8K display is likely not high enough resolution.

The only real question is, "What resolution is worth it to you?" If you do not care about resolutions above 720p (and don't think you, personally, can see anything better than 720p) then don't bother buying 1080p displays or anything higher. If you're like a friend of mine with 20/10 vision and who can actually see the flicker in a standard TV set, a higher resolution and higher refresh rate is definitely worth it.

However, just don't be so naive as to run around telling the world that anything better than one arc minute cannot be seen. It's just not fact.

Also, just as an aside, I hope people really stop misusing the "4K" nomenclature. The term 4K is a Digital Cinema standard. It is 4096x2160. This is quite different from Ultra HD which is 3840x2160.

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