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Toshiba 55ZL2 4K LCD 3D Display

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The Toshiba 55ZL2 4K – OMG

As an industry insider, it's not often I get blindsided by display technology. This is one of these rare instances where I was truly blown away. I remember the first time I saw proper 1920 x 1080p content on a projector over a decade ago at an AVSforum party at CES. That was the second where I decided this was more than a hobby for me.

The effect of seeing a real 4K image from a 4K source in my house was a similar mind blowing experience.

Toshiba was kind enough to send me a 4K demo player. This is far from any production box. It is a simple box running a short sequence of 4K video in a loop. It is noisy and klunky and connects to the display using a proprietary "service" cable.

The images were the kind you'd expect to see at a trade show demo. They were so realistic you could walk over and grab a flower, touch the model (and get arrested), or walk into the city. The difference between what we've been thinking of as "HD" and this "Ultra HD" was phenomenal. You could see the difference from 3m away or you could watch the screen from a few inches away. The image is truly amazing.

4K content is coming with LG, Sony, and Toshiba trying to get the format out the door, using Blu-ray as early as 2013. I'm waiting with breathless anticipation. Count me in.

In my view, this is the killer feature of this screen. Forget glasses-free 3D. 4K is way more impressive.