LG’s new TV family “DVLED (Direct-View LED) Extreme Home Cinema” is aimed, according to the manufacturer, at well-heeled buyers who are looking for large TVs for wall mounting for home cinema. The top model has a display diagonal of 325 inches and shows 8K resolution (7,680 × 4,320 pixels) in 16: 9 format. The family also includes a 2K TV with an undisclosed diagonal, a dual 2K model in 32: 9 format with 196 inches and a 4K TV with 163 inches. The in-house WebOS, which runs in its own controller box, serves as the operating system.
In addition, you will look in vain for specific technical data. Otherwise, LG only mentions the number of light-emitting diodes, namely 2 to 33 million. Since this is the same as the number of pixels, it is very likely that it is micro-LEDs.
Big but rough
At first, 8K and 325 inches sound impressive, and in and of themselves, the numbers are, too. If you do a little more calculations, you will find that the combination does not promise any particular image sharpness. Because if you distribute 33 million pixels on a display with a screen diagonal of 8.25 meters, 27.1 dpi remain; the pixel pitch is 0.94 millimeters (measured from the pixel center). For comparison: a standard 24-inch display with full HD resolution achieves just under 92 dpi and 0.28 millimeters. (The calculation for the 163-inch 4K model is almost identical.)
If you adhere to the usual rule of thumb that the seat spacing should be 1.5 times the screen diagonal (in meters), you will, however, also sit a good 12 meters away from the 8K screen. The large pixels shouldn’t immediately catch the eye.
Upon request, LG announced that there are currently no plans to offer the DVLED Extreme Home Cinema series in Germany. LG is also keeping a low profile when it comes to prices. In the Press release it says succinctly that the installation by qualified personnel, the five-year warranty and the biannual maintenance, which are included in the purchase price for the first three years, are worth around 30,000 US dollars.
Such a large television should also swallow a lot of electricity. But for the targeted clientele, the expected electricity bill will probably not be a knockout criterion.