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Planar Brings 4K 4x1080p "Tiling" To the Table

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Here's something practical, especially for businesses or even bars. Planar's new LED-backlit UR8450-MX 84" UHD display can show four different 1080p signals (up to 10-bit @ 60 Hz max) in a tiled fashion. This is the first major manufacturer to offer such a technology natively built in. There is 3rd party hardware capable of doing 4x4 tiling on a UHD display, but it's maxed out at 960x540 per signal, and then each is upscaled to 1080p. We all know that a decent amount of 2160p content is still far off, so a feature like this can give these UHD displays something to do until the real content actually arrives.

These displays are being targeted for business, hospitals, and other specialty uses, with a price tag to match ($24,900), but I do hope that a feature like this will be made available down the road on future consumer-grade 2160p displays. This would be a cool feature to have for NFL ticket or March Madness. Most displays that offer PiP typically only allow the other video stream to be displayed at a very small size with far too little resolution to discern much of what's going on in the picture.


Source: CEPro
Edited by Seegs108 - 5/30/13 at 1:07pm
post #2 of 24
Seems like it's a dream screen for 4-way video-game play. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

Seems like it's a dream screen for 4-way video-game play. biggrin.gif

Absolutely. What I was wondering is if you wouldn't be better off simply buying 4 x VT60 Panny's, cheaper than buying this 84incher...no?

I guess it all depends on the application.
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Absolutely. What I was wondering is if you wouldn't be better off simply buying 4 x VT60 Panny's, cheaper than buying this 84incher...no?

I guess it all depends on the application.

Yeah, but having 4 tvs is going to take up more space and be a nightmare to control individually.
post #5 of 24
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Yeah, but having 4 tvs is going to take up more space and be a nightmare to control individually.

Plus, a panel like this can already handle 2160/60p 10-bit input from a properly-equipped PC, which is insane. eek.gif
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Absolutely. What I was wondering is if you wouldn't be better off simply buying 4 x VT60 Panny's, cheaper than buying this 84incher...no?

I guess it all depends on the application.

that's exactly my thought.

it's cool, but it's a FEATURE, nothing more. this should not be the reason to buy a UHD tv.

having 4 displays might not be as sleek, but it's infinitely more versatile. if you really want this for some kind of lan party, screen watching becomes a concern. being able to separate the displays is appealing.

it's just fancy PIP. somebody who wants two full displays isn't going to pay 4x as much for PIP. when the price of this is less than the cost of 4 independent displays of equal quality, it'll make more sense. for now, yes it's something i'd like to see other 4k/UHD TV's have, but it's only a plus compared to other 4k/UHD TV's.
post #7 of 24
I think it really comes down to the application. It certainly is cool and can't imagine it would be too difficult to implement.
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Seems like it's a dream screen for 4-way video-game play. biggrin.gif

+1
post #9 of 24
For that high-end sports bar owner who really wants to show off. ;-)
post #10 of 24
I don't really care about the display panel itself but the tiling feature is a good way to get around bandwidth limitations of the input ports. I looked up the datasheet and the 3D model supports 120Hz input. A single HDMI connection can only carry up to 1080p 120Hz if it supports 3Ghz signalling and even a displayport connection can only handle 2160p 60Hz.

This screen comes with both 4 displayport and 4 HDMI inputs. if you have enough outputs on your computer you can run your desktop and games at 3840x2160 120Hz with this TV. And that is a first as far as I know.

http://www.planar.com/products/large-format-displays/ultrares/
post #11 of 24
We all know that a decent amount of 2160p content is still far off, so a feature like this can give these UHD displays something to do until the real content actually arrives.

$24,900 cart before the horse.
post #12 of 24
The content is already here if you count gaming and not just movies. I am one of those people with an eyefinity setup on their desk. 3840 pixels wide would actually be a step backwards for me.
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The content is already here if you count gaming and not just movies. I am one of those people with an eyefinity setup on their desk. 3840 pixels wide would actually be a step backwards for me.

Exactly, 3840 would be a step backwards for you, since we already have eyefinity for those like you who want to game at higher resolutions. I can't imagine a gamer being the target customer for a nearly $25,000 display. Additionally, most eyefinity setups aim for more horizontal resolution, not more vertical resolution.
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I do agree with you, I am not part of the target market when it has a $25000 price tag on it. But extra screen height would be welcome for gaming too, you end up with a horizontal bezel in the middle if you stack 2 arrays of screens on top of each other. This TV fixes that problem.
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At least Back to the Future 2 got something right:



An affordable 6-tile big screen set by 10/21/2015? Sounds about right. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by JD NC View Post

At least Back to the Future 2 got something right:



An affordable 6-tile big screen set by 10/21/2015? Sounds about right. smile.gif
Maybe - but we still won't have hoverboards...
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by VTOLfreak View Post

I do agree with you, I am not part of the target market when it has a $25000 price tag on it. But extra screen height would be welcome for gaming too, you end up with a horizontal bezel in the middle if you stack 2 arrays of screens on top of each other. This TV fixes that problem.

I suppose it would be great for flight sims, and judging by your user name, you might know a thing or two about that. cool.gif
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Seems like it's a dream screen for 4-way video-game play. biggrin.gif

Right!!!! Exactly what I was thinking!
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Originally Posted by JD NC View Post

At least Back to the Future 2 got something right:



An affordable 6-tile big screen set by 10/21/2015? Sounds about right. smile.gif

LOL nice man.
post #20 of 24
There is immediate application of this technology in the surveillance camera area. 1080p surveillance cameras are common now and the current trend are cameras which output non-compressed video via HD SDI links. Highly detailed images are very valuable and having them from 4 cameras on a single screen would be very comfortable and useful.
post #21 of 24
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Seems like it's a dream screen for 4-way video-game play. biggrin.gif

Not exactly. I already saw the dream screen for that. They had one at the Samsung both at CES. A 480Hz LCD that could display 2 different simultaneous 1080p 3D images at once. A difference image for each viewer controlled through the glasses. Should be possible to do 4 60Hz signals at once in 2D with a panel that fast.

This way there is no screen-watching in the game biggrin.gif
post #22 of 24

Help!  Am really having a hard time deciding between the Planar 84" and the Sony 84" 4K sets.  Pros and and cons are obvious.  Which would you take if you had the choice?

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Help!  Am really having a hard time deciding between the Planar 84" and the Sony 84" 4K sets.  Pros and and cons are obvious.  Which would you take if you had the choice?

i'm just saying but...

if i were spending that much money i'd only do it if i KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt what display i wanted and why, or i was so loaded it didn't really matter what display i got because i'd be buying the next best thing in 6months when it comes out anyway.

if you're serious, for that much money i'd be getting really friendly with the local a/v shop. make sure they are knowledgeable and willing to work with you. you may not be able to get a return policy due to the nature of the product, but this is one purchase where i'd be willing to spend extra if they did.
post #24 of 24

I bit the bullet and went with the Planar.  I hope I don't regret not getting the Sony!  

 

PROS:


- Planar has better picture and video processing

- Four 1080p video wall

- Runco 


CONS:

 

- Sony has 4K media server

- Sony is back-lit, Planar is edge-lit

- Sony is a smart TV, Planar is not

- Sony has 3D, the Planar LX model does not


Pics and testimonial to follow...

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