LG

May 23rd, 2013 at 6:35 pm by David Farrar

had a little expo down at Chaffers Wharf yesterday. I popped in for a bit, to see what they were promoting. I knew I’d be interested in the TVs, but to my surprise also found myself interested in one of their washing machines.

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Yes that is a washing machine balanced on four wine glasses, and yes they demonstrated in action on a spin cycle, and it didn’t move at all. Whomever came up with the idea of demonstrating its lack of movement and vibrations with balancing it on wine glasses did well.

LG use a direct drive motor in their washing machines, and it really does make them both very quiet and also relatively still. I felt the machine as it was working, and you really just pick up minor vibrations from it – way different to most washers.

What I was really there to see though was this:

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Ignore the reflection that makes this a bad photo, and try to concentrate on the colour. This is their 84 inch ultra high definition TV.

The picture quality is an incredible eight million pixels, four times the normal high resolution. And trust me you can tell the difference. The quality is superb. The resolution is 3840 x 2160.

It also does 3D television. We watched a few minutes of Life of Pi, and it really was just as good as watching it in the cinema.

The TVs are $25,000 so really for pubs and bars or commercial offices. They will be rolling out a 55 inch model later this year, and are pricing it up at the moment.

The 84 inch TV is 2.8 times the area of an 50 inch TV. Not one for a small apartment!

All the TVs there now come with an ethernet port and built in WIFI. Clearly the future is TVs running programmes off the Internet or local computers. My only worry is what many GB would a one hour TV show be at ultra high resolution – can anyone do the sums?

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22 Responses to “LG”

  1. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Its just four 1080p 42-inch TV’s stuck together.

    How good does your eye-sight have to be to see any difference between it and 1080p from 12 feet away?

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  2. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    About 100GB

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  3. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    >but to my surprise also found myself interested in one of their washing machines.

    For anyone to admit to being interested in a washing machine, ever, on any basis or occasion, certainly needs to be qualified by ‘to my surprise’.
    ;-)

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  4. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    “It should be noted that The Amazing Spider-Man was listed as a 56.4GB file”, so about 25Gb an hour

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  5. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    Miele washing machine is the go. If you can put your washing machine on wine glasses, it’s not heavy enough. Miele has concrete in the bottom of it to hold it down. It’s not the motor that causes the vibration, it’s the misbalanced loads.

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  6. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    That’s a terrible deal, I’d say go for one of these instead, much better value for money:

    http://i.imgur.com/JLA6ekL.jpg

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  7. dime (9,977 comments) says:

    Netflix streams at 1080p i think. they use compression.

    cant wait to roll with a tv this size :D

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  8. dime (9,977 comments) says:

    Netflix Super HD uses 2.7gig an hour. 3d uses 5 gig (must be SBS)

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  9. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Jimmy S… That’s $3398 for 10MB. So a 3TB disk would contain a touch over $1billion worth of storage. As opposed to the $250 or so that it’ll cost you down at Dick Smith.

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  10. Griff (7,791 comments) says:

    Pointless tat

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  11. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    I bet it catches fire a year after you buy it, like other oriental washing machines. :)

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  12. GTP (42 comments) says:

    Did oh have a load of washing in it?

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  13. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    The TV has an “upscaling engine” which will try to bring the best out of the content. The Life of Pi segment that you watched was only 1080p. I have also tried playing a dvd through it, and close up shots fared very well, though long shots did suffer.

    YouTube comes through quite well, if the source is loaded at good quality. The recent trailer for Man of Steel was stunning, but proper 4K content is jaw droppingly good.

    Harvey Norman in Tory Street has one and the staff are more than happy to show you what it can do..

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  14. Yvette (2,822 comments) says:

    Johnboy – when most people do the sheep skin in the washing machine they do not still have the sheep wearing it. :-)

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  15. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    They should Yvette for it shrinks it and makes it much tighter. :)

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  16. Yvette (2,822 comments) says:

    Johnboy, that was not what people meant when they said a shrink could benefit you :-)

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  17. Andrew (84 comments) says:

    Bought us a new 47″ LG a few weeks ago. Couldn’t be more happy with it – the 3D is outstanding so far. But then, we have stepped up from a 15 year old 29″ CRT Samsung, so anything would be better by comparison.

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  18. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Kimble (3,696) Says:
    May 23rd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    “Its just four 1080p 42-inch TV’s stuck together.”

    Actually it’s just 4 x 42″ LCD’s that were never cut apart in the first place.

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  19. helmut (1 comment) says:

    Strange. No comment at all in this site about the suspension of the Bill of Rights Act as part of post Budget legislation.

    Either you are missing a trick that everyone else is talking about, or you are conveniently ignoring it.

    [DPF: Next time demerits for off topic. As it happens you are wrong. I did a blog post on the use of urgency for the Budget legislation]

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  20. Fentex (986 comments) says:

    y only worry is what many GB would a one hour TV show be at ultra high resolution

    A Bluray reads about 30 Mbps of data for HD content (so 20GB for 90 minutes) and can run at higher rates if it chooses. Broadcast HD is sent at about 16 Mbps over the airwaves.

    Both of those are compressed streams of information that are unpacked by decoders before being shown on the screen.

    The same compression ratios would imply ultra-HD would send/require four times as much, but the technology is accompanied by new compression technologies as well that provide better data compression.

    If one assumes double the compression ratio then quality ultra-HD requires twice the data rate/storage (I’m not certain this is a safe assumption, compression is already pretty good in video streams).

    I think Bluray can store up to 50GB, so with new compression tech that could maybe hold 112 minutes of ultra-HD content or if one accepts a slightly lower quality comparable to broadcast HD’s lower quality than Bluray about 32Mbps to stream over the net.

    Doable by modern broadband, trivial for fibre, and consuming about 24GB of traffic ~ with lots of caveats and leeway for different numbers.

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  21. Nigel (516 comments) says:

    H.265 was invented for the bandwidth issue. 4k is ok, NHK 8k now that is mind blowing. The problem with 4k is its not that much higher than a retina MacBook Pro.
    Seiki are doing $1500 usd 50″ 4k tvs, Sony is 5kusd for 55″4k as well.

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  22. RRM (9,932 comments) says:

    I remember watching tv. Then I had kids…

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