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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 karimtemple on 4/9/2013 9:28:22 AM , Rating: 0
Once you move far enough away from a display, the resolution of pixels becomes indistinguishable to the human brain. For something you hold about a foot away from your face, you're looking at about 300 ppi, hence the "Retina Display." For a 55'' television at 1080p, the ppi is about 40 and that viewing distance is just over 7 feet.

tl;dr -- If you sit 7 feet away from your 55'' 1080p TV, and your vision is 20/20 or less, it'll look like Sony's new 55'' 4K TV.

*(all else held equal, and provided the feed is high quality; raising the display resolution can have pretty strong antialiasing properties, depending)

The opportunity cost of technological advancement and development would've been much better spent in other areas. The usefulness of 4K begins at 63 inches. If I was a console developer, I would not target 4K. It's just wasted resources.

The camera industry already had this argument: the Great Megapixel Debate, which wasn't a debate at all because anyone who knew anything always understood that resolution was something like #12 on a list of 20 things that matter about an image.

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