Do you have about $8,000 to spend on a brand new Ultra HD television set? Rest assured, you’ve got plenty of options, as LG has just launched its newest 4K televisions in the U.S.

LG’s 4K Ultra HD TVs are part of the LA9700 series and are available in 55-inch and 65-inch screen models. For the time being, they can only be purchased in southern California, but are expected to roll out nationwide very soon. The 55-inch Ultra HD set retails for $5,999, while the 65-inch model sells for $7,999.

LG’s 4k Ultra HD TVs Available in the U.S.

Granted, the two models are more expensive than the 55- and 65- inch Ultra HD television sets manufactured by LG’s main rival, Samsung. But LG has the upper hand in that it started retailing its products on the U.S. market one month in advance.

Samsung’s 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD TVs were recently unveiled in South Korea and will arrive in the United States in August. They will retail for $5,500 and $7,500, respectively. The $500 difference may not be much when you’re spending thousands, but it’s still worth noting.

LG’s 4K Ultra HD TVs, as expected, pack an impressive number of features, one of the most interesting being the 4.1 channel speaker bar that slides out of view and back depending on whether the TV is being used. The speaker system, which includes an also hidden subwoofer for low bass frequencies, can be programmed to stay hidden even when the television set is playing.

Both sets have an altogether elegant look, with a silver stand and a very narrow bezel. They are equipped with LG’s special nano LED backlight technology and what is commonly described as 4K technology. 4K means that the screen resolution (3840×2160) has about four times more pixels than the standard 1080p television sets.

The TVs are also equipped with a Tru-Ultra HD engine which can upscale content through a four-step process and a built-in HEVC decoder that can send high quality content without needing more bandwidth and will make the set compatible with new image resolution standards that are expected to be implemented on a wide scale in the future.

What do you think of LG’s 4K Ultra HD TV technology? Is it worth the price tag? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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