If you’re in the market for a very large wall-sized video display screen, Sony’s professional/custom electronics division introduced Wednesday two new series of its “Crystal LED” screens.

Crystal LED is the company’s name for what others call “Micro-LED” display screens, although Micro-LED terminology suggests somewhat different pixel pitch characteristics.

Sony said it is splitting the displays between the “bright and rich” BH-series (ZRD-BH12D and ZRD-BH15D) models and “the immersive” CH-series (ZRD-CH12D and ZRD-CH15D).

The very-large format displays are intended for use by corporations, retailers and screening rooms, the company said.

Both new series will be available in a P1.2mm and P1.5mm pixel pitch and deliver the exceptional picture quality and accurate colors associated with Crystal LED, along with improved installation flexibility and power consumption, the company said. They are also said enable a lower cost, though they won’t be within the price range of most consumers for some time.

Sony said the primary differences between the two series are high brightness and wider color gamut coverage for the BH-series models, which the CH-series was designed for exceptional black level performance.

“Our Crystal LED displays continue to be the gold standard,” stated Rich Ventura, Vice President of Professional Display Solutions, Sony Electronics. “With the launch of the BH- and CH-series, we’ve made Crystal LED more accessible by giving our customers cost conscious options that inherit similar premium image quality, grandeur and dependability along with increased installation flexibility.”

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Sony said its Crystal LED BH-series has a high brightness of 1,700 cd/m2 (nits), which is more than double that of other high-end LED displays, while the CH-series offers 1,300 cd/m2 and a black level value that measures at approximately 1/10 of competitive LED displays.

Sony uses its X1 image processor for Crystal LED to enhance content “to ensure smooth imagery, crisp and accurate pictures and clear gradation without motion blur.”

The company said the processor is able to do this using 22-bit Super Bit Mapping, Reality Creation and Motionflow.

Sony Crystal LEDs offer a modular solution, customers can choose the size and resolution of the display. Models from both series “feature super fine LEDs and a unique coating, to achieve a wide viewing angle without unnatural color shift.”

Sony ships the new models pre-assembled and calibrated to ensure a seamless appearance. A future firmware update will enable additional uniformity through auto color adjustment, the company said.

To facilitate installation flexibility, the new cabinets are about 10% lighter and 10% thinner than the current model, for easier integration. They also use a dedicated display controller (model ZRCT-300).

Installers will find less on-site assembly of parts to reduce installation time by approximately 20% from previous models.

The new models are based on high-efficiency LED chips that reduce power consumption by roughly 25%, Sony said.

Additionally, maintenance can be done from the front of the display, allowing for use in more scenarios.

Sony said both series will be available starting in March 2023 at pricing to be announced.

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By Greg Tarr

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