Consumer-grade Sony 16K Crystal LED panels are now available

16K Sony Crystal LED tech is ready for the TV room. (Source: Sony)
16K Sony Crystal LED tech is ready for the TV room. (Source: Sony)
Sony is ready to release its Crystal LED technology to home theater systems. These next-gen panels are capable of both 8K HDR and 16K resolutions. With specs such as 140% of sRGB coverage and 120 frames per second, they are also rated for extremely high color accuracy and image quality.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Sony has announced that it is ready to offer its Crystal LED TVs to consumers and prosumers. To date, this high-end image technology has only been available at commercial scale. They are composed of micro-LEDs measuring 0.003 square millimeters, or 100 times smaller than conventional LEDs. However, the OEM can now provide it at sizes that can fit into a home-theater or similar room. They can deliver either 8K HDR - or go all the way to 16K.

Sony Crystal LED TVs are associated with a color gamut of up to 140% of sRGB. It also has 120 fps motion-reproduction, as well as HDR with 1000-nit brightness. They also offer 10-bit grayscale (whereas the average modern TV may be restricted to 8-bit) and have LEDs with a 99% black surface area for ultra-high contrast in the absence of OLED.

One of the possible advantages of Crystal LED panels is that they can be installed in the form of video tiles, and thus confer the option of non-standard aspect-ratios. On the other hand, this means that they don't exist in formal, set SKUs you can order from or in a store. They need to be installed by Sony dealers with specific certifications and training. Interested consumers may be able to see this new form of Crystal LED in person at the ongoing 2019 CEDIA Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-09-14 (Update: 2019-09-14)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.