Originally Posted by imagic
Samsung expands upon the concept of The Wall, a micro-LED display that brings home unprecedented large-format picture quality. According to the press release, The Wall Luxury is available in configurations ranging from a 73 inch 2K option all the way up to a 292 inch 8K model.
The specifications are impressive: the LEDs are rated at a 100,000 hour lifespan and are able to achieve a peak luminance of 2000 nits as well as display 120 Hz video.
The Samsung states that it has partnered with Harman Luxury Audio and Steinway Lyngdorf to provide audio solutions for this screen, Control4, Crestron and Savant for home automation integration, as well as Domotz, Ihiji and OrvC for remote monitoring.
“Throughout the last twelve months, we’ve closely monitored interior design and technology trends to shape the product planning and development of The Wall Luxury,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We set out to create a product unlike anything else – matching the lifestyle and taste of those looking for the most exclusive and premium visual experiences in their homes.”
Presumably, the cost of a 292 inch, 8K, direct-emit LED screen could set a new record for most expensive home theater ever. Let me know if you happen to be the first to install one, LOL.
Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
The price will come down whatever it is. This will set the standard for home image presentation (would be reluctant to call it home theater with this).
Will this be at CEDIA ?
Yes, this will be at CEDIA. It's been at every trade show for a couple of years now
As it happens, in all seriousness I actually WAS intending on installing one of these into this home theater build of mine:
Wherein I have even designed, built, and tested an audio system solution to the problem with respect to having a gigantic non-acoustically-transparent highly-acoustically-reflective panel covering the most of your home theater's front wall, but with zero
compromise with respect to the audio quality. SAMSUNG themselves even flew in from Korea to audition this.
**HOWEVER** then I discovered that the price was going to be $350,000 for the 4x4 panel 4K iteration, and circa $1.4 MILLION for the 8K iteration... and the dealer pricing discount is paltry
AND I have still yet to see it truly seamless... I keep viewing the next generation demo units at the various trade shows and every time so far it has NOT been seamless. The smaller sized MicroLED TVs demoed have exactly the same problem
AND then there's the additional issues of considerable heat production that's akin to having kilowatt heaters on 24/7 within your home theater!
AND there is also the problem of the panels degrading non-uniformly with respect to eachother; wherein, you have to purchase 'spare' additional panels for swapping out the 'bad' ones now and then as a workaround with respect to this issue
This was the situation as of recently, but I know that SAMSUNG have been and are working on improving these areas
However, given the extremely high cost, and the ridiculously
low dealer margins I can't see this product taking off until SAMSUNG fixes all of these technical issues as well as the pricing
The fact of the matter is that you can buy a 98" 8K SONY ZG9/Z9G for $69,999 MSRP... And you can buy one of the new Christie 'Ultimate' Projectors for significantly less money than a SAMSUNG The Wall, which does not have the aforementioned technical performance issues that The Wall currently has, and in fact actually outperforms it in certain respects
That said, I do find the birth of modular video walls to be very exciting, but as per with respect to first generation plasma TVs, it won't be until the technical issues are ironed out and the pricing become less insane that folks will begin to buy into the technology. Wherein, the more competition the better; and the good news is that we already have the likes of both SONY and LG also releasing their own residential iterations of such modular video walls, so I am looking forward to them thrashing it out because this will drive the technology forwards and prices downwards. But this is also wherein resides another problem with respect to The Wall, because no dealer is going to spend over $1 million on a video display for their showroom which will subsequently be unsellable at a later date due to newer much less expensive models becoming available, and yes, that's about how much it would cost a dealer to install the 8K iteration into their showroom! Hence why I am NOT installing one yet!
By the way, there is not really any 'new news' here. This has always been SAMSUNG's intention and in fact was announced way back at ISE 2018 in February 2018