When it comes to home entertainment, bigger is always better, and you won’t find much bigger than the 262in C Seed TV, which at 262in is the largest 4K widescreen television on the market.
While a projection-based theatre system will give users the benefit of even greater sizes, they can’t quite compete with a television. That’s simply because TVs tend to offer brighter images, and can even be enjoyed in bright sunlit rooms – without any degradation in quality.
C Seed is an Austrian-based manufacturer which wanted to push the envelope as to what’s possible with a large screen television. That’s why not only is it the largest 4K TV ever created, but it also boasts a built-in 4K media server, as well as ten integrated speakers for creating a 7.1 or 9.1 cinema surround environment.
Audio is an important aspect of C Seed’s 4K TV, and while its sound system will be unlikely to rival that of a dedicated array of speakers around the room, it’s been developed in collaboration with L-Acoustics and should pack a punch.
The C Seed 4K TV is designed to be the centrepiece of any room, which is evident giving its sheer size. Despite that, it can be concealed with a motorised fabric cover, which will hide the 7m, almost bezel-less screen.
Engineering a 262in screen is not easy, although C Seed still managed to pack in a contrast ratio of 5,000:1 and a brightness of 800 nits, leading to rather impressive visuals. While it’s likely pixels will be a little more obvious on the giant screen than on a smaller model, given the pixel density of 16.95in PPI, those sitting far enough away should receive a pretty impressive image.
This isn’t C Seed’s first impressively massive TV. The company was also the manufacturer of the Red Dot ‘Best of the Best 2012’ design award after it collaborated with Porsche Design for a giant 201in outdoor LED TV. This showpiece simply pops up out of the ground and flips open, perfect for BBQs and other outdoor events.
Like that TV, prospective buyers of the company’s 262in TV should expect to drop a pretty penny in order to get one. That’s because it’s priced at €490,000 (US $549,000), without factoring in costs for the built-in media server and the standard installation price of €35,000 (US $38,500). At that price, users could buy quite a number of LG’s wallpaper thin W7 OLED TVs – which come in both 77in and 65in variants. Those opting for the 77in variant could make a video wall consisting of 27 screens, creating an almost 500in TV for the same cost. The 65in variant would create a TV upwards of 800in, due to the 68 TVs $549,000 could buy.
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