For many of us, getting a television to consume content on is no longer a necessity, thanks to the rise of computers, smartphones and the internet with its plethora of options to watch anytime, anywhere. However, the main benefit of a proper TV is still that it’s sized much bigger than any smartphone or laptop display will ever be, and these days often come in higher resolutions too. LG however is taking it to another level with their new line of Direct View LED (DVLED) Extreme Home Cinema TVs, featuring a gigantic 325-inch, 8K display.
It’s actually a pretty similar concept to Samsung’s The Wall, whereby millions of LED diodes are pieced together into a 16:9 display. LG’s Extreme Home Cinema TVs all come with LG’s webOS interface with its own controller. There are also functions such as onboard storage and scheduling, automatic brightness control based on ambient light and screen casting as well as AVC H/264 and HEVC H.265 video decoding for RSTP video streaming. They’re all Creston Connected certified and ought to integrate with most AV control systems out there too.
As for the display’s resolution, there’s actually three different options to choose from: 2K, 4K and 8K. Being the “lowest” resolution of the lot, the 2K models (2K here meaning FullHD) can come as small as 108-inches, which is still nine feet diagonally for those of you keeping score at home. That can get bumped up to 136-inches, 147-inches, and 196-inches, although the latter two are actually 2×81-inch and 2×108-inch, 32:9 ultrawide displays. They’re all capable of 1200nits except the 136-inch model, which only goes up to 800nits.
If you want more pixels on your display, the 4K displays come in 163-inch, 217-inch, 294-inch and 393-inch sizes, with the latter two also being 32:9 ultrawide TVs. These all come with 1200nits of brightness and the 393-inch model takes up to a ridiculous 14,336W of power to keep it running. And yet, that’s still less power than that needed to run LG’s 325-inch, 8K Extreme Home Cinema Display. This TV weighs a literal tonne at 1,007kg, requires up to 16,560W of power to run and releases a whopping 56,592BTU/hr of heat. If you’re planning to get this 8K TV, you’re gonna need your living room wall to be at least 13 feet high with 23.6 feet of empty space across.
The overkill specs and features don’t stop here by the way. LG have quite literally included ATA certified flight cases with these TVs, as a means of providing the necessary protective packaging to deliver your expensive new TV to you. There’s also 5 years of LG’s ExtendedCare premium warranty service, 3 years of LG TotalCare health checks and a 3 year subscription to the LG ConnectedCare system software. LG will even send a Field Engineer over to your house to provide on-location training on how to setup and use your TV.
Unfortunately, LG doesn’t actually list the prices for these TVs, but it’s safe to say that they will be extremely expensive. Even the installation and support fees themselves are worth USD30,000(~RM125,085). But if you are reading this with a spare couple of million ringgit in your bank account, you can check out more about LG’s Extreme Home Cinema Display on their website.
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