LG touts Super UHD LED TVs with HDR Plus at CES 2016, teases 8K panel launch

posted on Monday, 4th January 2016 by Steve May

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LG has announced a new line of premium tech HDR-compatible 4K UHD TVs at CES 2016. Heading up the company’s IPS TV offerings for 2016 will be the 65-inch UH9500 and 86-inch UH9550, supported from the SUPER UHD TV 65-inch UH8500 and 75-inch UH8550.

The UH9500 and UH9550 are heralded as the brand's most advanced IPS displays, and boast a host of descriptive picture processing technologies, such as True Black Panel and Contrast Maximizer. The former is a proprietary process to minimise reflections and enhance contrast ratio, while Contrast Maximizer promises greater depth by separating objects from their backgrounds.   Both UH9500 and UH9550 also boast HDR Plus, along with an SDR-to-HDR conversation engine, for near-HDR content from any standard dynamic range source.  

To enhance colour reproduction, LG says its ColourPrime Plus processing “magnifies the range of colours that can be displayed on the screen. The technology utilizes a broadened colour spectrum to render a wider range of hues and shades, creating images with greater depth and realism.” The UH9500 and UH9550 are10-bit panels and have support for the BT.2020 colour space.   The UH9500 is a super slim 6.6mm, made possible by reducing the gaps between the panel and back cover chassis. The sound system on the screen has been developed in conjunction with harman/kardon. A Magic Sound Tuning function measures and analyses the listening environment and makes adjustments to customize the sound to the room’s specific conditions.  

The UH8500 and UH8550 also feature ColourPrime Plus, Billion Rich Colours, ULTRA Luminance and Contrast Maximizer in a slightly different cosmetic design. LG is also using CES to tout what it describes as “its first production-ready 98-inch 8K SUPER UHD TV” which it says it will begin shipping in the second half of 2016. Of course, beyond digital signage application, this would seem to be one screen that has go good reason to be on sale.  “We’re confident our newest HDR-enabled SUPER UHD TVs in 2016 will generate much excitement not in the industry, but also with consumers in general,” says Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “We are the only company with a dual strategy focused on both OLED and IPS TV technologies and this is proof that we are not prioritising one display over the other.”  

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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