Originally Posted by AZRED85001
We wont have to wait much longer. The Toshiba Cell TV will be 2k by 4k and should be comming out later this year.
It has already been released in Japan, and has ditched the 4K resolution in favor of 1080p. They have however kept the internal 3TB HDD with the ability of recording 8 programs simultaneously and the built in BD Drive, aswell as 760 dimming zones and a 1000nitz brightness, but cost wise the 4K panel was just too far out of reach. The 1080p 55inch that did come to market at Toshibas highest end has a price that comes out to around $10k in US currency.
I've seen 4K panels from Sharp, Samsung, and Panasonic in person, showing still photography slideshows. Of course every display was over the 70inch mark, but the difference was pretty staggering compared to 1080p panels of the exact same size. And of course Barco, Christie, JVC, Sony, and Meridian all have 4K projectors, plus there will be even more 4K projectors available as the 4K DLP chips come out. They exist now, and more will come to market, especially for consumers.
I think 3D display will delay the arrival of 4K to the LCD market, as now we have a major marketing and sales draw that does not need to be overshadowed, but as Plasma quality improves and OLED reaches the market, especially with LCD's generally poor performance in the low and mid range products, I think the 4K resolution will arrive to consumers within the next three years.
Of course content wise it is no where close to being a reasonable option. 4K projectors tend to have ridiculously high end scalers like the one used in the Meridian 810 Reference projector system that upscales 1080p sources, but that type of scaling won't be available in consumer displays, as well as 4K resolution will not fit on current BD titles nor is it included in the BD spec, or readable by players. Content is going to be the biggest drawback of 4K consumer displays, sense there really isn't a point to have them without high end scalers or available content to take advantage of that resolution gain. I mean you can reduce SDE on larger displays, but that's about it.
The article stated facts about the HDMI 1.4 spec, just because it came from a cable manufacturer does not mean it is not fact. If a head engineer at Porche educates me about cars, i'm going to listen. It's his field of expertise allowing him to have the best information. It's a good thing it's coming from a cable manufacturer and not someone who is not in the industry and has no idea what they're talking about.
It's like not listening to a doctors recommendation because you will have to buy medicine he prescribes you, pretty stupid to count off this article as an advertisement to say the least.