December 19, 2013 by Grant Clauser
Ultra HD TVs are extreme by sheer nature of their new technology, but LG’s new 105-inch curved 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV takes extreme to the extreme.
Aside from being really big (did I mention 105 inches?) it’s also super wide. The 105UB9 is the company’s first 21:9 aspect ratio Ultra HD TV—and it’s curved (like LG’s much smaller 55-inch OLED TV), making it the largest curved TV ever made.
Do curves matter?
The CinemaScope shape of the TV better mimics the screen shape of most theatrical movies, making it better for true home theater use than a 16:9 aspect ratio TV. Many projection-based home theaters use ultra-wide screens with masking that can move between CinemaScope shape and HDTV shape.
The extra-wide shape also means this TV has more pixels than a standard 16:9 4K TV. The 105UB9 features a resolution of 5120 x 2160
LG notes that light uniformity issues were overcome by making improvements to the thin film transistor (TFT) pixel circuit technology to help prevent color leakage and maximize viewing angle. Other curved TVs use OLED technology (this model is an LED LCD TV) which offers great viewing angles due to the fact that it doesn’t require backlighting.
There aren’t any other details on this TV, but we can assume that it includes the same smart TV features of other LG models, including the magic remote with voice and gesture control.
The TVs speakers are integrated into the base.
Can this massive TV be hung on a wall? No.
More information on the 105UB9 105-inch Ultra HD TV will be revealed at CES in January.
Earlier this fall LG showed a 77-inch curved OLED 4K TV.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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