Sony this month started to offer its Micro LED-based displays to well-funded consumers. Officially branded as Crystal LED direct view display systems (aka CLEDIS), these ultra high-end products were previously only available for commercial installations. Designed to offer superior contrasts, brightness levels, and viewing angles, Sony’s Crystal LED TVs are designed to replace projector-enabled home theaters and will be available in 2K, 4K, 8K, and 16K versions with sizes of up to 790 inches.

Sony’s Crystal LED display systems rely on bezel-less Micro LED modules that are built using 0.003-mm² individually-controlled LEDs. The modules offer up to 1000 nits peak brightness, around 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, up to a 120 Hz refresh rate, as well as nearly 180° viewing angles. According to Sony, such a display can cover 140% of the sRGB color space or around 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Since the micro LED modules are rather large – even though they're the fraction of the size of a normal LED, the large number of micro LEDs adds up – the size of a Full-HD Crystal LED display system is around 110 inches in diagonal. Meanwhile the 4K unit doubles that, to 220 inches. Since we are dealing with devices that are designed to replace projection-powered home theaters, such sizes are well justified, but they are naturally too large for an average home.

Sony's Consumer Crystal LED Display Systems
  Full HD 4K 8K 16K
Number of CLED Modules 18 72 288 576
Diagonal 110-inches 220-inches 440-inches 790-inches
Dimensions (W×H) 8 ft × 4 ft
2.43 m × 1.22 m
16 ft × 9 ft
4.87 × 2.74
32 ft × 18 ft
9.75 × 5.48
63 ft × 18 ft
19.2 × 5.48
Approximate Price of CLEDs at $10,000 per unit $180,000 $720,000 $2,880,000 $5,760,000

Sony’s Crystal LED-based display systems for residential installation will be available through a select group of individually trained and certified Sony dealers. The devices will be supported by Sony’s technicians, who will be able to remotely monitor displays after their installations to provide ongoing service.

Sony is not publicly quoting prices for its consumer Crystal LED products, but there are estimates that each module costs around $10,000 per unit. This would mean that a Full-HD version, which consists of 18 modules, costs over $180,000, whereas a 4K system will be priced at over $720,000.

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Sources: Sony, TechHive

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  • TEAMSWITCHER - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Umm...... That's a pass for me. Reply
  • Nozuka - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Can't imagine why... Reply
  • nathanddrews - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Clearly it's the high power draw. Reply
  • close - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Obviously the resolution vs. diagonal. If half of the AT commenter population is to be believed (they'll swear by it) 16K on anything larger than 7" and closer than 30ft away and you can clearly see pixels, clear as daylight. Or something like that. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    I'm wondering if the 16k column was correctly listed on Sony's page, or if it should be 1152 modules (4x 8k) not 576? Reply
  • s10e - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    The 16K version has a different aspect ratio, which is 32:9 comparing to 16:9 on other versions. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Which is why the diagonal is not 440"x2=880" but rather 790". :) Reply
  • HollyDOL - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Hm, hard decision. 25yrs of quite luxury vacations... or screen that will likely die either by failure or by being technologically obsolete in 10yrs. There might be use cases where it is worth but it's definitely not consumer space. Reply
  • webdoctors - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    Obviously this is too rich for my blood, but been looking into large OLED TVs, but lately my son has been throwing his yoyo around the house and spinning anything he can find into a weapon.

    Hate to have fragile glass electronics that can get cracked by a 3 yr old in the room....especially something that costs more than a car
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  • JeffFlanagan - Thursday, September 19, 2019 - link

    A $1,500 4K HDR projector offers an excellent home theater experience, and with a ceiling mount, it's safe from your 3-year-old. Reply

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