LG Unveils Pricing, Availability On `Super UHD’ 4K HDR LCD TVs
LG Electronics Thursday revealed pricing and availability for its 2016 “LG Super UHD TV” class of premium 4K UHD LED LCD TVs.
The Super UHD TVs are offered in three series, all with advanced picture quality features and support for high dynamic range (HDR) in both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision flavors.
The Super UHD TV models begin shipping this month and comprise three series — UH9500 (pictured at top), UH8500, and UH7700 — with nine models in 55- to 86-inch class screen sizes. Beginning later this month, 55-, 60- and 65-inch class models from the new UH8500 and UH7700 series will be available for purchase at retail stores nationwide, LG said.
Additional models, including a 75-inch class model from the UH8500 series and the entire UH9500 series 86- and 65-inch class models, will be available later this spring.
Read more on the LG Super UHD 4K LED LCD TV line up after the jump:
All Super UHD models feature circuitry that LG calls “Billion Rich Colors,” using “10-bit processing power” in some models and 10-bit-like processing in others to render more than one billion possible colors for a more realistic looking image. All Super UHD models this year are edge-lit LEDs. None of the models offer full-array LED in 2016, LG said.
All Super UHD models also offer enhanced color reproduction from LG’s Color Prime Plus technology that creates vivid images with greater depth and realism by magnifying the range of colors that can be displayed on the screen, LG said. The sets will produce a wider color gamut that matches to better than 90 percent of the Digital Cinema Initiative’s P3 standard for professional digital movie theaters. They will also accept content produced with up to a Rec. 2020 color gamut and map it (not fully display it) using 3D color mapping to the capabilities of the screen.
All LG Super UHD TVs also include LG’s newly updated webOS 3.0 smart TV platform that is said to help make finding and switching between LG’s expanding content options (including streaming HDR content) easier to find and select. The system also enhances mobile connectivity, while providing more remote features and content options.
LG Super UHD models also incorporate a newly advanced In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, called IPS 4K Quantum, with True Black Panel and Contrast Maximizer technology for improved contrast, black level and a wider viewing angle performance. True Black is a proprietary technology that minimizes reflections and enhances contrast ratio for a more comfortable viewing experience while Contrast Maximizer delivers more depth and contrast by separating objects from their backgrounds.
“The viewing angle through (traditional) IPS offers two-times better off-angle color accuracy (60 degrees), and a contrast ratio that will maintain more brightness and black level even at wider viewing angles,” said Tim Alessi, LG new product development director. “That’s with our current IPS. We make some improvements on that with the new IPS system from LG Display with a new double layer of anti-glare and low-reflection film. On two of our higher-end series, the UH7500 to UH8500 Series will have these double layers that will reduce reflection and glare by about 45%. The 9500 series will use triple layers for even better black levels and wider viewing angles.”
In total, black level will be improved on several fronts, he said. One is in the new IPS system; another is the combination of local dimming and some detail-enhancing algorithms and a third uses a dynamic contrast circuit that analyzes the TV in three dimensions, looking at depth and improving the contrast appropriately, so there is more of a sense of reality, Alessi explained.
Similar to its 2016 LG OLED TVs, LG teamed up with premium audio manufacturer harman/kardon to give the LG Super UHD TV a deep, rich sound system.
Top-end models feature LG’s new ultra-thin UniScreen design, that combines with a nearly invisible bezel to make the TV appear to be floating on air. The 65-inch class 65UH9500 model measures 6.6 millimeters (about a quarter of an inch) at its thinnest point.
The TV class features Super HDR technology, enabling the sets to show HDR content that’s been specially mastered to present brighter peak brightness and darker blacks with greater shadow detail. Super HDR combines LG’s Ultra Luminance technology to boost peak brightness and improve black level performance along with LG Color Prime Plus technology to heighten HDR performance. It also supports Dolby Vision technology, making the sets compatible with all announced HDR formats.
Dolby Vision combines HDR and wide color gamut for brighter highlights, more light-to-dark contrast, and a range of colors previously not presentable on TV screens.
“At minimum the LG TV models will all be able to decode the PQ curve — this is HDR 10 (or open HDR),” said Alessi. The company also announced Dolby Vision support at CES 2016.
“Ultra Luminance is one of things that Super UHD will employ for an up to 30 percent boost in brightness just where it’s needed, and there isn’t any appreciable boost in power consumption either,” Alessi explained. “It will even have some good circuitry to get the most out of even SDR content.”
LG’ Super UHD TV models include the following:
The UH9500 models feature a new thin-design concept that reduces the gaps between the panel and back cover chassis. The Billion Rich Colors system in the 9500 series uses a true 10-bit panel. Other features include an Ultra Luminance brightness boost, and 240 effective Motion Rate (120Hz native refresh rate). The screen measures just 6.6mm (.22 inches) deep and features a nearly invisible bezel, for a floating-on-air appearance, LG said.
The Cinema Screen design uses a four-sided even-formed bezel frame. The models also offer a built-in sound system developed in conjunction with audio pioneer harman/kardon that enhances the depth of audio. A new LG Magic Sound Tuning function measures and analyzes the viewer’s environment and makes adjustments to customize the sound to the room’s specific conditions. The TVs are 3D capable with passive 3D glasses.
Models include the following:
• The 86-inch 86UH9500: $9,999
• The 65-inch class 65UH9500: $3,999
The UH8500 series includes the new Color Prime Pro wide color gamut, Billion Rich Colors using a new 10-bit dithering technique for “close to true 10-bit panel results,” Ultra Luminance circuitry, 240 effective Motion Rate (120Hz native refresh rate), ultra-slim panel and new Cinema Screen cosmetic with three-sided thin-bezel frame. The TVs are 3D capable and ship with two pair of passive 3D glasses.
LG said the Color Prime Pro found in the UH8500 and UH9500 series, goes up to about 125% of the Rec. 709 color gamut standard for HDTV and about 91% of the DCI-P3 color recommendation used for professional digital theaters. By comparison, 2016 OLED TVs will be just shy of 100% of DCI-P3.
• The 75-inch 75UH8500: $4,999
The UH7700 series features an IPS LCD panel, Color Prime, a Billion Rich Colors using a new 10-bit dithering technique for “close to true 10-bit results,” Ultra Luminance, 240 effective Motion Rate (120Hz native refresh rate), and an ultra-slim cabinet design. The UH7700 models do not support 3D.
• The 65-inch 65UH7700: $2,799
• The 60-inch 60UH7700: $2,099
• The 55-inch 55UH7700: $1,799
By Greg Tarr
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