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Sony: ‘2012 is the tipping point for 4K TV’

This was the opinion at yesterday's global launch of the company's 84in 4K LCD TV – the BRAVIA KD-84X9005.

Sony yesterday launched its 84in 4K LCD TV at an impressive demo at London’s Bulgari Hotel. The company announced a phased launch of the BRAVIA LCD TV, the KD-84×9005, in all global regions from the end of the year.

The new BRAVIA features a 4K (3820 x 2160) LCD panel in the 84in class and incorporates Sony’s 4K X-Reality Pro super-resolution high picture quality engine.

The TV also comes with a 4K LCD panel comprising around 8.29MP and is capable of reproducing a variety of content with different resolutions, including HD digital broadcasts and Blu-ray Disc content with 4K resolution.

The aluminium frame speakers mounted either side of the screen aim to address the problem of poor sound associated with flatplanel screens. The three-way 10-speaker system, which has a total output of 50W, is optimised for large-screen TVs, with tweeters located at the centre point of the screen to provide immersive sound. Such high-quality audio could also make the display suitable for professional applications, such as in airports, according to Sony.

Finally, the TV has 3D capaibility, with the company opting for a passive solution, rather than its usual active system. Due to the high resolution, the passive system allows users to view 3D content in picture quality that exceeds Full HD resolution in both eyes.