Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

Summary: Remember how 1080p used to be the "next big thing"? Well tomorrow's HDTV is going to make 1080p look like a fuzzy UHF signal.

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Remember how 1080p used to be the "next big thing"? Well tomorrow's HDTV is going to make 1080p look like a fuzzy UHF signal. No, I'm not even talking about 4k, which hasn't reached the marketplace and promises double the horizontal resolution of 1080p. Instead, Sharp and Japan's NHK broadcasting company are leaping ahead to Super Hi-Vision, which promises 16 times the resolution of your current high-def set.

This week, Sharp unveiled the first direct-view display that could handle Super Hi-Vision in its 103 pixels-per-inch glory (compare to 36ppi for a 1080p big screen), an 85-inch LCD that boasts a staggering resolution of 7,680x4,320. It also features 10-bit color depth, though only a 60Hz refresh rate. Of course, NHK won't be showing any trial broadcasts in Super Hi-Vision until 2020, so there's more than just a little time to perfect this display technology further.

Those lucky enough to be in Tokyo between May 26 and May 29 will be able to see the Sharp set in action at NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories. The rest of us will have to settle for watching this video clip and imagine what HDTVs will be like in the next decade.

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  • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

    I can't help but think 'Bandwidth'... it's a frightening thought for the airways.
    radsdau@...
  • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

    Oh, sweet mystery of life at last I found you!
    MatsSvensson
  • HD screens might be getting bigger and bigger...

    ... but none of the walls in my home is.

    Does anyone have any idea what the optimal viewing distance is for an 85 inch screen?
    Zogg
    • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

      @Zogg 10 feet 7 inches to 14 feet.
      nle9@...
      • "Too far", in other words (nt)

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        Zogg
    • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

      @Zogg
      rough rule of thumb is twice the size (diagonal measurement). In this case 170 inches or ~14 ft.
      woot!
  • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

    At Last! Somebody get that it is not the resolution that is important, but the DPI!
    Zappykins
  • So what

    If you don't have the source material, you net nothing. If I take a 100x100 image then stretch it over my 2560x1600 desktop I'm not going to see a more detailed image. It's the same reason DVDs look like a** in comparison to BluRay on contemporary HDTVs. Even with upscaling on a DVD you're not going to beat a good 1080p BluRay transfer.

    -M
    betelgeuse68
  • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

    Meh... Yea, they can do it and its nice. But not enough people are going to care enough to make this viable.
    kingscoop71
    • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

      @kingscoop71 That's what I heard back in 1990 about HDTV
      nle9@...
      • Except that there's a "human" limit

        @nle9
        For example, my uncle owns a 50" TV, and even that looks ridiculously over-sized in his front room.

        This obsession with ever-larger TVs <i>must</i> ultimately end when the average consumer just thinks "But where on Earth could I possibly put it?"</i>
        Zogg
  • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

    I cannot afford to even upgrade from my '99 Sony WEGA 36" CRT analog "behemoth" in which that is due to its weight, being ~220 lbs, not its screen size, obviously. What would I do with it if I was able to purchase a HDTV anyway? I can't afford a monthy cable or satellite subscription and only have internet b/c I installed a WiFi router for my neighbor's broadband cable connection, and encrypted the signal with WPA, but that obviously means that I know the encryption password..heh!!

    Oh well, the crappy and of course, getting even crappier economy means that I have LOTS of company, and there are soo many in the US who are soo much worse off financially than I am, and many, many more millions who soon may, if not eventually WILL be joining me, on the very bottom rungs of the economic ladder, since there appears to be no slowing or stopping that gigantic job-sucking sound coming from "off-shore", which is getting LOUDER and LOUDER every year. Next year, everything I own that is an electronic transmitting/receiving/storage device (computers, CD/DVD players, digital camera) will be at LEAST a decade old, except for my cheap, pay as you go Tracfone. :-(
    damian56x
    • RE: Sharp shows off 85-inch LCD HDTV with 16 times resolution of 1080p

      @damian56x
      Obviously, Sharp has a different target audience in mind for these kind of products. While I do agree with some of your views, that still doesn't take away from the fact that there is also a continuously growing set of people with more and more money - and that's where Sharp will position these ridiculously expensive toys.
      jaykayess