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Samsung demos 82" quad-HD panel

Samsung demos 82" quad-HD panel

The new Samsung LCD panel measures an impressive 82" and features LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate.

If you've been holding off on buying a big-screen TV in the hopes that something really impressive would come along, then you might want to look at the latest device to come from Samsung Electronics.

According to the Korea Times the troubled company has presented its latest achievement at the Society for Information Display show in Los Angeles – and it's a monster.

Measuring a whopping 82” on the diagonal, the ultra-high definition LCD display can not only muster a 120Hz screen refresh rate – double that of most models, which run at 60Hz – but has a native resolution of 3840x2160, some four times as much as a traditional 1080p display. The display is rounded off with a LED backlight that increases the contrast ratio and improves the black level when compared with a fluorescent backlight.

Kim Sang Soo, executive vice president of the corporation's LCD Technology Centre, stated that he “personally [hopes] that the next-generation ultra-high definition level in the LCD panel market will open soon, with increasing consumer demand for clear viewing in households and public spaces.” It's clear that he believes this product has a market outside the business world, but the question is – what would you use to drive it?

Putting aside the possibility of using it as a large PC monitor for the particularly well-heeled gamer, can a display running at a resolution of 3840x2160 really offer an improvement over a 1920x1080 unit when fed with the most common HD sources – 1080p Blu-Ray discs and 720p/1080i HD broadcasts via satellite? I'm not entirely convinced – but that's not to say I would refuse one for the living room, if any Samsung reps are reading this.

Also demonstrating new products at the SID show was LG Electronics, who have perfected a roll-printing technology designed to replace the traditional photolithography process used in the production of LCD panels. The technology holds the promise of reducing the quantity of nasty chemicals required in the production of LCDs and also the possibility of flexible display screens at a sensible price.

The Society for Information Display 2008 International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition will run until the 23rd May.

Anyone here fancy getting their hands on a quad-HD 82” screen, or are you still suitably impressed by standard 1080p panels? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 19th May 2008, 09:24 Quote
such a huge screen to watch por... anime!
Jordan Wise 19th May 2008, 09:29 Quote
thats just ridiculously big. It'd be ace for any RTS though, never having to use a minimap
HourBeforeDawn 19th May 2008, 09:40 Quote
oh now thats gorgeous ^_^ me wants.....
Mister_Tad 19th May 2008, 10:22 Quote
I can see that Panny's 150" 2160p plasma would benefit from the increased res, being nearly 4 times the size of this, but surely there are limited benefits to that res on a "mere" 82" display.

Aside from some pretty esoteric AV gear, nothing can output/scale to 2160p anyway.
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Putting aside the possibility of using it as a large PC monitor for the particularly well-heeled gamer

I was under the impression that 2560x1600 was the max that dual-link can accomodate, let alone the fact that even tri/quad SLI would struggle with modern games at that obscene res
samkiller42 19th May 2008, 10:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
oh now thats gorgeous ^_^ me wants.....

QFT
When you read the specs, you hope it has 10 hdmi ports, loads of scarts, a few optical in/out, dvi, display port etc, especially considering that's not a cheap piece of equipment, having said that, it's a Samsung, so it's already £1000 less than any Similar spec Sony/Panasonic.

Sam
Woodstock 19th May 2008, 10:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42


QFT
When you read the specs, you hope it has 10 hdmi ports, loads of scarts, a few optical in/out, dvi, display port etc, especially considering that's not a cheap piece of equipment, having said that, it's a Samsung, so it's already £1000 less than any Similar spec Sony/Panasonic.

Sam

if you can afford that screen im sure the 1000 pounds less wouldnt worry you at all
RotoSequence 19th May 2008, 10:35 Quote
mclean007 19th May 2008, 10:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
I can see that Panny's 150" 2160p plasma would benefit from the increased res, being nearly 4 times the size of this, but surely there are limited benefits to that res on a "mere" 82" display.

Aside from some pretty esoteric AV gear, nothing can output/scale to 2160p anyway.
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Putting aside the possibility of using it as a large PC monitor for the particularly well-heeled gamer

I was under the impression that 2560x1600 was the max that dual-link can accomodate, let alone the fact that even tri/quad SLI would struggle with modern games at that obscene res

3840x2160 is 2160p so this is the same res as the Panasonic.

A "mere" 82" with 2160p res has about the same dot pitch as a 40/42" 1080p LCD. It annoys me when people say "you'll only see the benefit of 1080p on a TV of size x or larger" - a 40" TV from 4ft has exactly the same perceived size as a 20" from 2ft or a 60" from 6ft. That is, it fills the same portion of your vision and each pixel fills the same portion so appears the same size. So you'd have to sit closer to an 82" 2160p TV to see the benefits than you would to a 150", but sitting at that (closer) distance from a 150" would be as uncomfortable as using a 50" LCD as a normal desktop monitor 18" in front of your nose - not pleasant!
Mister_Tad 19th May 2008, 11:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
3840x2160 is 2160p so this is the same res as the Panasonic.

A "mere" 82" with 2160p res has about the same dot pitch as a 40/42" 1080p LCD. It annoys me when people say "you'll only see the benefit of 1080p on a TV of size x or larger" - a 40" TV from 4ft has exactly the same perceived size as a 20" from 2ft or a 60" from 6ft. That is, it fills the same portion of your vision and each pixel fills the same portion so appears the same size. So you'd have to sit closer to an 82" 2160p TV to see the benefits than you would to a 150", but sitting at that (closer) distance from a 150" would be as uncomfortable as using a 50" LCD as a normal desktop monitor 18" in front of your nose - not pleasant!

To see the full benefits of 2160p on an 82" you're going to have to sit pretty close.
The bigger the TV, the bigger the room its likely to sit in, the further away someone is going to be sitting.

For home use, I feel that 2160p is a little bit pointless in anything but a dedicated cinema, where you're likely to have a truly mahoosive screen (ie, the 150" Panny) and sit relatively close to it, as compared to a standard TV.

What I'm saying is, the distance one is likely to be sitting from an 82" TV is unlikely to show the benefits of 2160p (not that there's any content in this res to start with), whereas you're more likely to see it on the 150" Panny, simply due to the fact that a screen like that isn't going to live anywhere but its own dedicated room.

Sitting close to a 150" watching a film is also a lot different to sitting close to a 50" using it as a monitor. I've done both, the former is heavenly, the latter is simply uncomfortable.
Bauul 19th May 2008, 13:33 Quote
So basically they got 4 normal HD screens and arranged them in a square. So it's 4 times as many pixels, but also 4 times as big, so in terms of pixels per inch it's.... exactly the same. You know, you too can replicate the feeling of watching this screen by taking your normal, old screen, and sitting 4 times as close. Voila! It's not like there's any real input that's any higher than 'full HD' anyway.

Totally pointless if you ask me.
johnnyboy700 19th May 2008, 13:39 Quote
Yep, pointless but I'd still buy it if I could afford it.
Mister_X 19th May 2008, 15:15 Quote
I loves me some display overkill... oh yeah
Primoz 19th May 2008, 15:35 Quote
What about running 4 different FullHD streams side by side at once?
Mister_Tad 19th May 2008, 15:37 Quote
That's where the pricey backend hardware comes in
Phil Rhodes 19th May 2008, 15:59 Quote
Good for productivity stuff - can't wait to get After Effects up on one of those!

Not quite as interesting as the field emission displays I saw at the NAB show in Vegas recently, which offer all the advantages of both LCD and CRT with none of the disadvantages:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_emission_display
koola 19th May 2008, 18:56 Quote
Cool, but pointless.
rls669 19th May 2008, 19:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_Tad
Sitting close to a 150" watching a film is also a lot different to sitting close to a 50" using it as a monitor. I've done both, the former is heavenly, the latter is simply uncomfortable.
I've been thinking of getting a 40-ish inch 1080p for a monitor. I usually sit back about 4-5 feet and my 24" is pretty small at that distance.
hawky84 20th May 2008, 03:26 Quote
cracking replacement for a projector if the price is right
knuck 20th May 2008, 03:54 Quote
120hz

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