Panasonic pushes home cinema to the outer limit

Panasonic pushes home cinema to the outer limit

The 152 inch 3D display from Panasonic brings the future of televised entertainment into sharp focus, today
Panasonic 152in 3D TV
Big enough for you? At this size does it even matter how many dimensions are on show.

You may think your shiny new high-end TV set is an impressive whopper, but take a look at Panasonic’s latest: A home cinema that takes up almost 13 feet of screen real estate.

The Osaka firm’s new TH-152UX1 plasma display measures a colossal 152 inches across the diagonal, allowing the engineers to pack in 8.84 million pixels, four times the high-definition standard, AKA the legendary 4K. 

On top of those numbers, the new display is also a 3D rock star, incorporating the same ‘crosstalk reduction technology’ used in Panasonic’s Viera range of home TV sets. We’ve seen the smaller models in action and they are impressively sharp. 

You’ll still need to wear those infernal 3D glasses to get the benefit, but the fact that the screen is big enough and bright enough to project humans at life-size could make for some fun Star Wars cantina moments.

Admittedly, the new range of plasma displays -- there are also 85- and 103-inch models -- is aimed at professional users, but we can see a few sets making it into specially enlarged residential dens across the world.

Anyone able to afford the estimated $100,000-plus asking price for the 152-incher might also want to reinforce their abode. The daddy of the family can be mounted on either a wall bracket or a floor pedestal but, at 590kg, we’d like to see them try.

As for delivery time, Panasonic is taking orders from July for fall delivery in the US and Japan. Shame it’s not a little sooner. These screens would have made for some spectacular World Cup nights.

Former Europe, Japan and Australasia Editor Mark Hiratsuka is an Irish-British journalist with a background in sports, technology, travel and science writing, occasionally all on the same page.

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