September turned out to be the flagship month for oversize TV announcements. At IFA 2022, LG unveiled its 97-inch OLED G2 OLED, followed by Samsung with the 98-inch Neo QLED 4K Neo QLED 4K TV, a high brightness model with 5,000 nits brightness. , at the demonstration of the CEDIA custom installation technique.
If you wonder about the cost of each, it is surprisingly high. LG’s price tag is £ 25,000 / £ 22,000 / $ 38,400, and while Samsung’s official price has yet to be announced, we expect it to be around $ 31,000. In both cases, the cost difference between the new kits and the best 75 inch TVs and the best 85 inch TVs Buyers tend to turn to scratch their oversized TV, it’s so dramatic that most of us will push new models out of reach.
But LG OLED and Samsung Neo QLED were only part of the big September TV frenzy. Visitors to CEDIA 2022 also had the opportunity to see the vision of the 136-inch Magnit, a 4K micro-LED “residential screen” that cost an exorbitant $ 300,000.
In order to never be overtaken at the fair, Samsung has unveiled its own 110-inch MS1A 4K micro-LED TV. It is one of the company’s “Monolith” designs, so called because it is marketed as a complete, ready-to-view unit, and not as a collection of modular tiles that professional installers fit into even larger micro-LED televisions. And at $ 150,000, Samsung seems to be a bargain for two TV giants.
Micro-LED is a relatively new TV technology that combines the high brightness of mini-LEDs with the infinitely deep blacks characteristic of OLED – something it can manage as a self-emission technology in which the pixels on the display are individually controlled.
And while micro-LED has a bright (unintentional play on words) future as a next-generation TV technology, it’s still many years away from being something ordinary buyers would ever consider a potential alternative to regular LED and OLED kits.
Samsung has previously announced plans to produce micro-LED TVs in a wide variety of configurations, the smallest of which has a diagonal of 76 inches – the typical size of a large-screen set-up. These smaller offerings have yet to materialize, although the 89-inch version is reportedly currently in production and could be rolled out as early as CES 2023.
Are micro-LED TVs new projectors?
Another product shown at CEDIA 2022 was the Sony VPL-GTZ380, a 4K projector with a luminous flux of 10,000 lumens. Considering typical low light home theater conditions, as well as a typical 100 or 120 inch home theater screen, Sony’s stunning brightness seems like an overkill – which is a good reason why its price tag is $ 80,000 / £ 74,700 / £ 122,900 USD.
This is because the Sony projector is not aimed at typical home theaters, but rather “luxury” ones with even larger screens or open, well-lit layouts.
Sparse spaces like this are the kind where LG and Samsung try to place their massive micro-LED TVs. As if wanting to bring that point home, Samsung issued a press release at CEDIA speaking of the home theater of record tycoon Clive Davis that houses The Wall’s 146-inch micro-LED TV (see photo above).
Will smaller micro-LED sets finally compete with regular LED and OLED TVs? Only time will tell. In the meantime, anyone looking to set up a really big TV would be interested in the more modest projector offerings shown at the CEDIA 2022, such as the impressive Epson EpiqVision LS800 ultra short throw projector. model previously shown at IFA the price is $ 3,499 / £ 3,080 / AU $ 5,375 ($ 4,500 with a 120-inch screen attached).
Check out our guide to the best 4K projectors for other more affordable alternative large-screen micro-LED TVs.