September turned out to be the month of TV announcements, and LG first released its 97-inch G2 OLED at IFA 2022 followed by Samsung with the 98-inch QN100B Neo QLED 4K TV, a high brightness model that can 5,000 nits. , at the CEDIA show for custom installations.
If you’re wondering about the cost per item, it’s surprisingly high. The LG costs $25,000 / £22,000 / AU$38,400, and while Samsung’s official price has yet to be announced, we expect it to be in the $31,000 range. In both cases, the cost gap between the new sets and the best 75-inch TVs and best 85-inch TVs consumers who turn around and start itching for their outdated televisions are amazing enough to push new models out of reach for most of us.
But LG OLED and Samsung Neo QLED were only part of September’s big TV news. Visitors to CEDIA 2022 were also treated to a glimpse of LG’s 136-inch Magnit, a 4K micro-LED “living display” priced at a sky-high $300,000.
Never one to be outdone at a trade show, Samsung had its MS1A 110-inch 4K small LED TV on display. This is one of the designs of the company “Monolith”, which is said to be sold as a complete unit, which is suitable for viewing the area rather than a collection of modular tiles that are assembled by professional installers for large-sized LED TVs. And at $150,000, Samsung looks like a bargain for two TV behemoths.
Micro-LED is a new TV technology that combines the high brightness of mini-LED with the infinite black characteristics of OLED – something that can be controlled as a self-emitting technology where the pixels on the display are individually controlled.
And while micro-LED has a bright (unspecified) future as the next TV technology, it’s still years away from being something consumers can consider as a viable alternative to conventional LED and OLED sets.
Samsung had already announced plans to produce micro-LED TVs in a wide range of configurations, with the smallest being 76 inches – the standard size of a large screen. This smaller offering has yet to appear, although an 89-inch display is said to be in production and could be introduced as early as CES 2023.
Are small LED TVs the new projectors?
Another product shown at CEDIA 2022 was Sony’s VPL-GTZ380, a 4K projector capable of a light output of 10,000 lumens. Given the lighting conditions typical of a home theater, and a 100- or 120-inch home screen, the Sony’s amazing light will look a bit overwhelming – which is a good reason why it costs $80,000/74,700/AU$122,900.
That’s because the Sony projector is not aimed at ordinary home theaters, but rather at “luxury” ones with large or open, well-lit screens.
Those proven places are the kind that LG and Samsung want to put their big LED TVs in. As if to drive that point home, Samsung released a press release about CEDIA time talking to home theater record mogul Clive Davis, who said. The company houses 146-inch The Wall micro-LED TV (see image above).
Will micro-LED sets finally compete with traditional LED and OLED TVs? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, anyone looking for a really big-screen TV setup will be interested in a modest projector shown at CEDIA 2022 such as Epson’s impressive EpiqVision LS800 short-throw projector, model previously shown at IFA that price at $3,499 / £3,080 / AU $5,375 ($4,500 and 120-inch screen included).
Check out our guide on the best 4K projectors in some more affordable large screen micro-LED TVs.