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Seiki the company loves to disrupt the UHDTV market with aggressively low-priced panels. The latest offering is a radical departure in terms of size and style, with a much more refined look to it, and at 85 inches it is big enough to make it easy to see the benefits of UHD resolution.

 

The SE85UY06 sells for $8000, which is about 1/3 the cost of a similar-sized TV from Sony. Of course the Seiki Pro has far fewer features than the models offered by the major-brand manufacturers, but it still manages to deliver a rather nice-looking picture that is very accurate. As is typical with Seiki's offerings, the new 85" Pro offers no smart functions whatsoever—however that's no big deal considering how many options there are out there for adding that functionality.

 

If the 85" Seiki Pro is still too big or too expensive, the company also offers a 65-inch model for $2199. Both models have an attractive one-piece metal stand that is evocative of much more expensive TVs from the big guys, and they also feature edge-to edge glass and ultra-thin bezels, for a slick and modern look. These TVs look like they cost more than they do, both in terms of physical appearance and in terms of image quality.

 

These are not bleeding-edge TVs, and Seiki's VP of Marketing, Sung Choi, was clear that Seiki mission is not about being a margin player like LG and Samsung—Seiki is all about volume sales. If you want an attractive UHDTV with decent image quality that won;t break the bank, then the Seiki Pro is worth a look.

 

The new Seiki Pro 85" UHDTV breaks the $100/inch barrier

 

 

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Thanks for the article. Do you know of other specs that comes with this tv?

1. Does it has hdmi 2.0
2. Can it decodes H. 265 or HEVC?
3. What processor does it uses to decode and scale to 4k?
4. Max frame rate?
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Thanks for the article. Do you know of other specs that comes with this tv?

1. Does it has hdmi 2.0
2. Can it decodes H. 265 or HEVC?
3. What processor does it uses to decode and scale to 4k?
4. Max frame rate?
ect...

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Max frame rate is 30 in UHD because it is HDMI 1.4

 

No decoding—Seiki TV's are basically monitors

 

Scaling is via the new Technicolor-certified Marseille Networks processor


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Also, Pop Mech says via a firmware update it can be HDMI2.0

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/news/ces-2014-seiki-announces-new-4k-tvs-a-new-line-of-4k-upscaling-hdmi-products-16326651


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At the show, the company also clarified what makes its new Seiki Pro brand different, explaining that all of its Pro models are designed to be future-proof and fully upgradeable—in particular, you’ll be able to step up to the HDMI 2.0 standard via future firmware updates. The premium 65-inch Seiki Pro 4K HDTV boasts upgraded electronics compared to its lesser sibling, and also flaunts improved 4K video processing and upscaling abilities. The Seiki Pro 65-inch HD TV will be up for grabs by the second quarter of 2014.


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85" UHD for $8K. Holy cow that is phenominal! Kudo's to Seiki!
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"Scaling is via the new Technicolor-certified Marseille Networks Processor"...
I was hoping for so much from this new video processing chip based on specs but after reading the test report of the new Toshiba 6400 blu-ray player at www.hometheaterhifi.com , which uses the same chip, and seeing how poorly it fared overall, i am very disappointed with its performance.
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Looks like Seiki is disrupting the disrupter (Vizio.) Unless V can bring that 120" 4K in at $10,000, then this is my new target TV.
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Does it do 3d and if so is it passive?
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Does it do 3d and if so is it passive?
No, but, you can watch Piranha 3DD in 2D on it.
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"Scaling is via the new Technicolor-certified Marseille Networks Processor"...
I was hoping for so much from this new video processing chip based on specs but after reading the test report of the new Toshiba 6400 blu-ray player at www.hometheaterhifi.com , which uses the same chip, and seeing how poorly it fared overall, i am very disappointed with its performance.
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I would fall over dead if the viz 120 is under 10k. I just cant see it happening. Bravo to Seiki though for this price setting benchmark. I suspect it may be even less once it hits the street.
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I would fall over dead if the viz 120 is under 10k. I just cant see it happening. Bravo to Seiki though for this price setting benchmark. I suspect it may be even less once it hits the street.

Considering the 65 inch (non pro model) had a $2999 MSRP but it can now be bought for $1448 from amazon or the 50 inch which was originally a $1499 MSRP has gone as cheap os $624 ($649 from sears right now) I think the odds are it will be much lower in price once it comes out.
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That's an amazing price point for a 65in UHD TV. My venerable HP DLP is on its way out, so this 65in at the typical Seiki discounted price would be a no brainer IMO.

I use the Seiki 30in and 50in UHD in my dual monitor PC setup. Both are amazing for their useful desktop space and clarity.

For video content, combined with my Logitech Z2300 2.1 sound system, they are simply too gorgeous.

Japan Inc. has some serious price introspection to do on their UHD product in light of China Inc's low ball pricing.

The TV vs monitor idea is nearly completely blurred now that 4k content will assuredly be internet only.
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any recent news on these?
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There is a video with a representative from Seiki on the new Seiki Pro line and U-Vision 4K upscaling cable. Also has video of the new TVs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nVdfucjixA
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So the second quarter of 2014 starts here soon and I am anticipating the release of this set.  Originally I was willing to wait until Vizio P series releases but now that I am getting desperate for an upgrade (current set is having HDMI issues), I am strongly considering the Seiki Pro 58 inch (if the price is right).  

 

Any ideas when these sets will hit the online shelves?  Any reason (besides FALD) why I should wait for the P series instead?


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As we're now well into Q2, has anyone seen anything yet about a release date for the Pro models?

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Hmmm... well I just popped in here for the same reason. Since we are now in the second quarter I was also wondered if I might find any updated info on Seiki Pro's release. Does anyone out there have any inside info. Been Anxiously waiting.

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if I were a betting man (and I am) we wont see these Q2... or maybe ever
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You could be right. I've seen it happen before. I hate it when they do that! frown.gif

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Q2 is almost to a close and no new sets. I am thinking vaporware. And with new sets (samsung 85 under 10k) Seiki is gonna start to feel some real pressure. I am rooting for it to happen but getting less convinced this will ever see the market
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Could be right there. Not a peep out of Seiki yet. A few folks have asked them about the Pro series release on Facebook, but there's been no reply from any company reps.

I wonder whether they hadn't expected sets from the big name manufacturers to be available at price points as low as we've seeing, making it more difficult for them to carve a niche by releasing a quality product at much lower prices.

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Could be right there. Not a peep out of Seiki yet. A few folks have asked them about the Pro series release on Facebook, but there's been no reply from any company reps.

I wonder whether they hadn't expected sets from the big name manufacturers to be available at price points as low as we've seeing, making it more difficult for them to carve a niche by releasing a quality product at much lower prices.
well were now into Q3 and not a peep. Sadly I am going to put this in the vaporware category officially
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I wouldn't buy a 4k set that didn't have HDMI 2.0 out of the box. "Promised" upgrades, especially from 3rd tier manufacturers, don't cut it.
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There haven't been any posts to this thread for over 8 months. It's my understanding Seiki was forced to wait until productions quantities of HDMI 2.0 chips, supporting the full 18 Gbps data rate allowed by HDMI 2.0 and with HDCP 2.2 support, become available. Silicon Image began shipping such chips to manufacturers around the beginning of Nov. 2014 and the first UHDTVs and UHD monitors using these chips should be coming to market very soon. The most recent update I saw from Seiki was they expected the pro series to begin shipping by early 2015 (or with luck within the next couple of months). FYI the web site the Seiki Pro UHD TVs is at the following link:


http://www.seiki.com/products/seikiPro4k/


There will also be a new line of 4K/UHD computer monitors in sizes of 28", 32" and 40" with both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.3. Below is the link to the June 25, 2014 press release that indicated a 1st quarter 2015 availability, but some more recent unofficial info says their introduction may slip to 2nd quarter 2015.


http://www.seiki.com/company/news/20...lay-Launch.php

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Anymore updates on Seiki Pro 65? If this is available when I go to buy a new tv in April, it will be a consideration.


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There haven't been any posts to this thread for over 8 months. It's my understanding Seiki was forced to wait until productions quantities of HDMI 2.0 chips, supporting the full 18 Gbps data rate allowed by HDMI 2.0 and with HDCP 2.2 support, become available. Silicon Image began shipping such chips to manufacturers around the beginning of Nov. 2014 and the first UHDTVs and UHD monitors using these chips should be coming to market very soon. The most recent update I saw from Seiki was they expected the pro series to begin shipping by early 2015 (or with luck within the next couple of months). FYI the web site the Seiki Pro UHD TVs is at the following link:


http://www.seiki.com/products/seikiPro4k/


There will also be a new line of 4K/UHD computer monitors in sizes of 28", 32" and 40" with both HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.3. Below is the link to the June 25, 2014 press release that indicated a 1st quarter 2015 availability, but some more recent unofficial info says their introduction may slip to 2nd quarter 2015.


http://www.seiki.com/company/news/20...lay-Launch.php
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old thread but some updates. Seiki put out an unboxing for the 40 inch 4k monitor on Facebook yesterday. Lots of questions and I pushed them about the pro line. Stated it will be out the late summer with sizes up to 65. The 80 seems to be gone and will not materialize which is a bloody shame
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^^^nice!

How does the 40 inch monitor look? I wonder if it will have input lag as some other 4k tv's have had. I have the 40 inch in my amazon shopping cart.
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old thread but some updates. Seiki put out an unboxing for the 40 inch 4k monitor on Facebook yesterday. Lots of questions and I pushed them about the pro line. Stated it will be out the late summer with sizes up to 65. The 80 seems to be gone and will not materialize which is a bloody shame
Seiki is just not well know in the USA. I say skip them for now.
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old thread but some updates. Seiki put out an unboxing for the 40 inch 4k monitor on Facebook yesterday. Lots of questions and I pushed them about the pro line. Stated it will be out the late summer with sizes up to 65. The 80 seems to be gone and will not materialize which is a bloody shame
It seems that HDMI 2.0 has been completely dropped. Is that true? If so, they are going to be in for a rude awakening at the 1k price point.
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