We were surprised by LG’s 97-inch wireless OLED TV
I’ve been covering televisions a CES for years, so it takes a lot to surprise me. I’ve seen some wild screens, the ones that roll upand some so big that they are basically video walls, but these usually come after a few rounds of prototyping, which cushions the impact. However, when I walked into LG’s suite at a Las Vegas hotel, what I saw across the room came as a shock. great surprise.
And I mean big. It’s a 97-inch OLED TV and it’s still the largest OLED TV in the world. And since OLED provides the better image quality available, it is impressive in person at that size. But that was not the surprise… LG introduced it last year. For me, what blew my mind was when the LG representative told me the beautiful and huge 4K the image was transmitted to the television without cables.
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Across the room from the TV was the wireless transmitter box. On the back of the box were standard HDMI plugs and a handful of other connections, and an HDMI cable connected to a Blu-ray player. The image on the screen was from a Blu-ray disc, sent wirelessly, and flawlessly, in my eyes, from the box to the TV. The top of the box can be rotated to point an internal antenna at the TV.
The TV itself had no video input at all, just blank metal where the TV inputs are usually on the back. The idea is to reduce the wiring, that old bug of the beautiful TV installations. You, the person who can afford a 97-inch OLED TV, hide your AV equipment inside a cabinet out of sight, along with the transmitter box that everything plugs into. That leaves just the TV’s power cord, a cord that LG cleverly hid inside one of the stand’s legs.
Sure, any number of TV stands can hold your gear, too. But wireless connectivity allows the TV to stand on its own, which looks impressive on one of LG’s easel stands (pictured above) and can greatly simplify a wall-mount installation.
LG says the box can be located up to 30 feet from the TV. I asked if the wireless connection was a potential hazard, especially if you’re sitting between the box and the TV, and the company reps told me no because it uses similar technology to standard Wi-Fi routers. They also said that it would not be affected by other Wi-Fi traffic. The signal can handle up to 4K, 120Hz resolution, which is pretty much the maximum for today’s games. It’s also the highest resolution and frame rate most TVs, including LG’s regular 4K OLED models, can handle.
The box has three HDMI inputs, which is surprising since most high-end TVs have four, but that’s not a deal breaker in my opinion. The rest of the ports are typical of a television: antenna, two USB, Ethernet and optical digital output, as well as a serial port for home automation control.
Wireless TVs have been sold in the past, and wireless technology has also appeared in projectors. You can also buy wireless HDMI extender kits for $100 or less, but they generally can’t handle such high bandwidth. This is the first time in years that I’ve seen it built into a TV. a company called scroll tv it also showed off a wireless OLED model at CES, but it’s a 55-inch battery-powered display that’s designed for portability.
In addition to the 97-inch size, LG will launch its wireless OLED, dubbed the M3 series, in 83-inch and 77-inch sizes. LG says it will arrive sometime in 2023 with pricing, like the rest of LG’s 2023 TVs, yet to be determined. For reference, LG charges $25,000 for its standard 97-inch OLED TV with cable and $2,900 for a 77-inch one, so regardless of size, the M3 won’t be cheap.
In addition to the M3, LG also introduced three other series of OLED TVs with cable at CES 2023.
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