Sony introduces 16K-capable modular screens for the home

Just when you thought your home theater was state-of-the-art with your new 8K TV, Sony has just announced the availability of the Crystal LED display system, with screens capable of displaying content at up to 16K in the home. So far the technology has only been available for use in commercial and entertainment venues, but Sony now offers residential configurations and installation,

The modular technology enables Crystal LED to be installed “in virtually any desired size and resolution” for varied residential spaces or applications. Sample residential configurations currently available include the following options:

Full HD Size (18 Units), 110-inch Diagonal, 8ft (W) x 4ft (H)

4K Size (72 Units), 220-inch Diagonal, 16ft (W) x 9ft (H)

8K Size (288 Units), 440-inch Diagonal, 32ft (W) x 18ft (H)

16K Size (576 Units), 790-inch Diagonal, 63ft (W) x 18ft (H)

“Scaling this technology to residential installation marks a milestone in Sony’s efforts to get closer to consumers,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer, Sony Electronics North America. “Crystal LED delivers over a million-to-one contrast ratio, the most accurate light levels, low heat emission and a picture quality that is absolutely breathtaking. By offering the display in modular configurations, consumers now have an exciting new option for the transition from home projection systems and large-screen TVs.”

As of now, the system is available from a small number of trained and certified Sony dealers, and Sony itself says it provides extra design support, installation and maintenance services for end users. Crystal LED uses micro-LEDs measuring 0.003mm², 100 times smaller than typical LEDs, which promise to deliver blur-free images with frame rates of up to 120p. Crystal LED also includes HDR with high brightness (1,000 nits), 10-bit grayscale, 140% of RGB, near 180-degree viewing angles, non-standard aspect ratios and 3D.

Not completely surprisingly there’s no pricing quoted by Sony yet, but expect to remortgage the house. More information can be found here.

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5 Comments

  1. Something like this doesn't give you the ability to place speakers behind the screen. And you can not have a large center channel locking sound onto the screen. Sure they could do what they did to my Sony A9F Oled and use what I think they call a transducer where the sound comes from the screen. But that is not going to be as good as actual dedicated speakers. I am sure the image quality will be very good and on the plus side you do not have to view it in a light controlled room.

  2. Gotta be less than half a percent of all front projector owners (which are already a tiny part of HT ownership, which is already a tiny part of the viewing public) will ever put speakers behind a screen. This argument holds no power. While there is no center channel in the pictured theater it's easy enough for most buyers to figure out how to put a dedicated center below their screen. Math.

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