Sharp 85-Inch TV Unveiled at CES 2014

    January 7, 2014
    Brian Powell
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Early reports from CES 2014 showed that this year might be the year of the humongously-big TV, with Samsung and Vizio both unveiling TV’s topping the 100-inch milestone. Of course, both TV’s feature the newest 4k technology, allowing one to view TV as one has never viewed it before.

That was until Sharp revealed their designs for an 85-inch, 8k television during their CES press conference. This is not the first time Sharp has unveiled an 85-inch 8k television, doing so during last year’s CES. The difference this year, however, is that the model is now less of a prototype / more of a reality, and it offers glasses-free, 3D viewing.

Sharp produced the 85-inch TV alongside Phillips and Dolby. The 8k rating for the TV means that it will be able to handle resolutions measuring 7680 x 4320, which is 16 times more than current, standard HD TV’s. (1080p resolutions being 1920 x 1080.)

That being said, the 85-inch 8k offering from Sharp may be stretching a bit beyond current technological carrying capacity. Much debate has been raised over the past few years concerning whether or not the eye can discern the differences between ultra-high resolutions. Most television producers are currently focusing on furthering the development of 4k resolution televisions (3840 x 2160), a viewing quality which already faces difficulties due to the lack of channel support (due to inadequate technology) from satellite or cable companies.

As it currently stands, most experts agree that one could only notice the increase in viewing quality with an 8k TV if one views it at uncomfortably close distances. If that is the case, the one positive aspect of this offering from Sharp would be the glasses-free (autostereoscopic) 3D viewing capabilities.

Fortunately for Sharp, the company has not placed all of its eggs into one basket. During CES 2014, the company also unveiled new products in its Aquos line, the most impressive of which being the Aquos Quattron Plus, a television offering 10 million more subpixels than standard HD televisions. These extra subpixels places the Aquos Quattron Plus at the level between standard HD and 4k, making it a viable viewing option for those with less-deep pockets and being more compatible with current cable and satellite provider technologies.

Sharp Quattron Plus

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  • http://www.bestworkathomebusiness.info Lee LaCasse

    I was looking at a 60″ might have to change my mind.
    If I can afford it ???

  • James

    Sony has an 84 inch 4K HDTV for only $25,000.

    • Rodrian Roadeye

      I’ll wait until Vizio puts a cheaper one out. lol

  • edward

    sTORY LACKS ONE MAJOR PART……cost????????????????????????

    • Mr Reason

      If you’re going to write in all caps you don’t have to capitalize the first letter. It looks odd when you have a lower case first letter then the rest are caps.

  • Ron

    I think I will wait for the 100″ and pass on this one.

  • http://yahoo Kurt

    Sharp stinks

  • http://yahoo Al Taylor

    I hope there is a practical and economical way to redo and upgrade older movies to at least approach upcoming standards. Otherwise this technology is of far less value to me and would not be something I would necessarily choose to spend many thousands of dollars for. I may change my mind once I get a feel for just how good 4k is, but new technology that excludes enjoyment of yesterday’s best movies is a virtual show-stopper for me.

  • tony

    My friends Vizio 7o” tV looks great from 10 ft away without HDTV even hooked up anymore at 240hz…on Directv Satellite. I asked him whther he was going to get HDTV he says why? So I can make Directv richer… they now want to charge a premium tax of 20 per month just for HD service and 10 a month for an HD DVR as well. He says he would rather do streaming video to his TV or IPAD for only 7.99 a month and he is ready to jettison DTV..

  • http://att.net mike

    I don’t need a 7 foot TV. You could get whiplash trying to watch a tv that big. Enough already.

  • http://none@none.com joe

    The bigger the better. Think about a movie theater. Best seat is when your eyes stay within the screen. Think about the ratio of your seat and screen inside a theater. That’s what is ideal at home.

    I just called amazon to return my Vizio 70″. I was very unhappy with this TV. I bought the 120hz model. Big mistake. So now I’m back in the market.