JVC, LG, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and others offer some mighty fine 4K Ultra HD displays around 84 inches. But to my knowledge, none of them gives you what Planar (NASDAQ: PLNR) does: hi-def tiling.
Planar doesn’t just offer built-in processors for tiling straight from its 84-inch “UltraRes” displays. It delivers full 1080p resolutions for each of four tiles.
Sure, you can tile with other displays using a third-party processor, but you still won’t get native 1080p resolutions on the individual streams.
Instead, the best they can give you is four simultaneous pictures at 960 x 540 each, upscaled to 1080p. Yawn.
In the past, Planar like everyone else has demonstrated tiling with multiple 4K displays, which may be fine for digital signage but isn’t so appealing in residential settings. Imagine watching four sports programs at once on one big TV.
During the recent West Coast Technology and Business Summit, sponsored by 14 area manufacturers’ reps, Planar impressed dealers with its 1080p tiling in an 84-inch display that costs roughly the same as the same-sized Sony set and less than Samsung’s.
Planar’s ultra-bright UR8450-MX display (perfect for multipurpose media rooms) retails for $24,900 and the UR8450-LX version sells for $21,900.
The LED-lit LCD panels feature selectable dynamic contrast and local dimming for enhanced contrast. They also support a full 60Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color. The energy-efficient UltraRes displays boast quiet, fanless designs and can automatically switch to standby mode when no source is detected. Less than 0.5 watts of power are consumed in standby mode.
Although the product is being pitched for residential installations, you won’t see it under Planar’s consumer brand Runco.
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Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.