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I remember, years ago, reading about a 40-inch CRT television set. It had a 4:3 aspect ratio, weighed several hundred pounds, and cost around $100,000. I think it was a Sony. It was completely impractical, but it got me to thinking that some day I wanted to own a TV set with a screen that size. Today I own a 46-inch flat panel, but I saw something this week that got me thinking again. Panasonic just announced its new 152-inch plasma display that should be available early next year.
Panasonic’s TH-152UX1 is a 152-inch, 4K x 2K (4096 x 2160) resolution 3D plasma display. This thing is so huge that I would need a bigger house just to fit it. I don’t know how much it will cost, but I’m sure I’ll also require a larger paycheck to be able to afford the TV—and the house.
To give you an idea of how big this display is, consider this: it’s equivalent in size to nine 50-inch screens. Its resolution is equally impressive. A 1080p display (1920 x 1080) contains over two million pixels (2,073,600, to be exact). But this 4K display contains 8,847,360 pixels, or about four times the resolution of a 1080p display. The TH-152UX1 is intended for commercial applications, but perhaps someday everyone will be able to afford a television on this grand scale. At least we can hope.