As a techie/nerd I always try to stay on top of the newest technology, but sometimes even I throw in the towel and give my pockets a rest. As you all have seen and heard, 3D technology is the newest fad in home theater (thanks to the popularity of Avatar), along with a need to keep raping our pockets. Initially, the need for cutting-edge hardware was based on the need for 1080p, 1080i, and 720p, then came along the 60mhz, 120mhz and the newest 240mhz – now of course its 3D. Well, get ready for something new to blow your mind – and that my friends is “quad TV “. The NAB (National Association of Broadcasting) was demonstrating these new TV’s which boast a resolution of 3840 x 2120 and up, which classifies them as ultra-high def. So these new tv’s will produce roughly 4X the pixels of current 1080p pictures.
These new tv’s will debut in Korea first, but I am sure we will be seeing this technology shortly after the 3D buzz dies down. CES has already shown us some 4K technology from Panasonic which debuted their 152-inch plasma which is capable of 3D and boasts a 4096 x 2160 resolution and a 17:9 aspect ratio.
While I am all for new technology, it really is getting fucking ridiculous! 3D, while innovative, is really not as awesome as it’s hyped up to be. (Read Handel’s impressions) I think that if broadcast TV is at 480p & 720p then the next step is 1080p and then 3D. We aren't even at 1080p and networks are all ready to hop on the 3D bandwagon. It’s going to be sensory overload, and in the end, our pockets will be empty and our eyes will be burned out.