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AZORChiefFan
01-07-2008, 08:41 PM
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CES Yahoo Link (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/63717)

It's the elephant in the living room: Panasonic's 150-inch plasma has all but stolen the show here at CES 2008. When people ask you "What's the coolest thing you've seen at the show so far?" they invariably follow that up with "Except for the 150-inch TV."

And sure enough, the thing is a marvel to behold. It's so big, it's hard to take it in, really. With a viewing area that measures 11 feet by 6 1/4 feet and 8.84 million pixels of resolution, the TV (which has no model number and no date for being commercialized) is regularly thronged by crowds of slack-jawed onlookers, unable to comprehend the thing.

It's so big that all the other flat-panel companies have simply removed signage that might indicate how big (er, small) their sets are in comparison. There are obviously some big sets here from Pioneer, LG, and Sharp, but exactly how big their biggest sets are remains a mystery. Next year I will have to bring a tape measure.

Still don't think it's big? After all, maybe that woman is incredibly short, right? Wrong. Here's a picture of it next to last-year's largest, the 103-inch plasma:

With the war on screen size all but lost for 2008, a more interesting one is shaping up on thickness, with vendors battling to see just how thin they can make their displays. Virtually every vendor is offering a screen (LCD or plasma) less than 2 inches thick. LG's is 1.7 inches thick. Hitachi's plasma is 1.5 inches and its LCD is just 0.75 inch. Sharp also has a 0.8-inch-thick LCD (52 inches diagonally, too). But it's Pioneer's 0.35-inch plasma that takes the weight loss crown, even if it is a prototype.

Other TV trends continue apace: A big one is OLED, which both Sony and Samsung are moving forward impressively. Side by side, Samsung's technology demo of OLED vs. LCD is striking; the difference in color and brightness is astonishing. Meanwhile, Sony was demonstrating a 27-inch OLED set, too. (In related news, you'll finally be able to buy the 11-inch OLED here in the United States, for just $2,500.)

Also emerging: Wireless HD. While I'm not sold on the need for this technology, more and more products keep showing up with it. Will we replace HDMI cables with wireless connections? Your sense of tidiness is probably salivating over the prospect already

Coach
01-07-2008, 08:43 PM
Jesus, I wonder how much the 150" would be worth.

Probably close to a used-car pricing range...

Mr. Laz
01-07-2008, 08:59 PM
Jesus, I wonder how much the 150" would be worth.

Probably close to a used-car pricing range...
i thought a saw somewhere that it was 15,000 bucks

'Hamas' Jenkins
01-07-2008, 09:03 PM
OLED's and SED's are the wave of the future.

AZORChiefFan
01-07-2008, 09:11 PM
OLED's and SED's are the wave of the future.
State of the art!!!

DaneMcCloud
01-07-2008, 09:34 PM
i thought a saw somewhere that it was 15,000 bucks

It's probably times that much.

A Sony 70" LCD is $35k.

Scorp
01-07-2008, 09:40 PM
Holy mother of God. Imagine pron on that monster!

Guru
01-07-2008, 10:08 PM
Holy CRAP!!!!!

If only I could afford it.

ChiefFan31
01-07-2008, 10:30 PM
Mother of God. :drool:

That thing is a monster. I think at that size, and most importantly price, I would be okay with a front projector.


Damn, I would love to be at CES in Vegas this week.

ZepSinger
01-08-2008, 07:32 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but to display video of that size at it's highest quality, wouldn't you need a media with a much higher resolution than is currently available today? I mean, 1080p wouldn't look too crisp on a screen with maybe 10,000 lines of vertical resolution. I'm sure it'd look great from a distance, but up close I can't see how it would be sharp without the much higher rez media and video equipment required to be sharp.

Am I wrong in my thinking here?

Z

chasedude
01-08-2008, 07:40 AM
Now that's a movie goers dream for in home!

Swanman
01-08-2008, 09:24 AM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but to display video of that size at it's highest quality, wouldn't you need a media with a much higher resolution than is currently available today? I mean, 1080p wouldn't look too crisp on a screen with maybe 10,000 lines of vertical resolution. I'm sure it'd look great from a distance, but up close I can't see how it would be sharp without the much higher rez media and video equipment required to be sharp.

Am I wrong in my thinking here?

Z

You're right, but you can go 150" and have it still look really good on 1080p. I have a 106" screen with a 1080P projector and it looks perfect even up close.

Mr. Laz
01-08-2008, 10:08 AM
IG-SCREEN TV
NEW 150-INCH MEGATUBE WILL COST 100G
By DON KAPLAN


December 25, 2007 -- It's almost as large as many Big Apple living rooms - or even studio apartments.

To the delight of some couch potatoes, Panasonic has produced a gi-normous, 150-inch TV set that is 11 feet wide and 6 feet high.

The monster is billed as the biggest plasma high-definition TV set ever and is big enough to display a full-scale adult.

It weighs 500-plus pounds and is expected to cost about $100,000.

It will be unveiled next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Japanese Newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday.

"This could revolutionize TV viewing as we know it," said Abe Brown, a spokesman for J&R, the venerable Big Apple electronics dealer.

"It's very exciting. A 150-inch plasma television would create a lot of anticipation and demand - especially for big businesses." But Christmas shoppers hunting for last-minute items at city electronics stores gave the mega-set mixed reviews.

"It's very, very expensive. Maybe in a sports bar. I think it's bigger than my living room," said Kay Rahman, 23, who was shopping at Circuit City at the Gateway Center Mall in East New York, Brooklyn.

Chase Clark, 9, who was also at the mall, where her mother, Julie Meyer, 38, and her aunt, Joanne Taylor, 28, bought her a 40-inch flat-screen TV.

"That's going to cost too much for my mommy," Chase said of the 150-inch set. "It's bigger than me. When I become famous, it's perfect."

But Lonny Williams, 44, who was shopping at the Best Buy at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, said, "I would take it. I would make a wall to put it on."

Panasonic hopes to sell about 5,000 of the TV sets in the next year or so - mostly to companies, malls and hotels, which will not be turned off by the sky-high price tag.

The company took a similar approach last year, when it introduced a 103-inch plasma TV set - at the time the largest and most expensive - for $69,000.

The new set will probably also need its own electrical connection - just like a central air conditioner.

Additional reporting by John Doyle and Alana Casanova-Burgess

TinyEvel
01-08-2008, 11:04 PM
I have two of these.
Pretty awesome.
PBJ

Chiefmanwillcatch
01-09-2008, 01:43 PM
Buy a projector. same thing.