Looking for a 50-inch high-resolution Ultra HDTV without the crazy high price? Seiki Digital has what you're looking for, killing the competition with a surprisingly low $1,499 price tag. Still think that's a bit high? Sony's 55-inch (XBR-55X900A) and 65-inch (XBR-65X900A) Ultra HDTVs launching next week will set you back at $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.
Seiki's solution, Model SE50UY04, will arrive in late April at select authorized retailers like TigerDirect, Amazon and QVC, and is the first Ultra HDTV to be introduced by the company here in the States. Seiki said it also plans to introduce a 65-inch model later this year, but did not offer pricing. Both will sport a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, twice that of current 1080p HDTVs on the market.
"The introduction of Ultra HDTV is perhaps the biggest news since the first arrival of HDTV, and Seiki is leading the charge to make the next generation of high-definition entertainment attainable for today's television buyers at an affordable price," said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president at Seiki. "At the Seiki price point, today's TV buyers can future-proof their next purchase with the latest Ultra HDTV technology, enjoy current high-definition video content, and be ready to experience 4K content as it becomes available in the near future."
Seiki didn't provide a list of specs, and the Ultra HDTV currently isn't listed on the Seiki website. However the company reports that it features a 120 Hz refresh rate and built-in digital and analog tuning. There are also multiple and video connections to support current HD video content, and the company has even thrown in an HDMI 1.4 cable to "enable resolutions beyond 1080p".
The TigerDirect listing actually provides a bit more information, revealing three HDMI ports, VGA support, Component and Composite inputs, a 5000:1 contrast ratio, a 6.5-ms response time, LED-based backlighting and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Outputs include RCA, Coaxial Digital Audio and a headphone mini-jack. There are two built-in speakers, but the wattage is unknown.
The price seems to be a little too good to be true compared to what the competition is asking. However Seiki deems itself as a value-driven HDTV maker for today's value-conscious consumers, and is aiming its latest Ultra HDTV at smart, savvy TV buyers wanting the ultimate digital entertainment experience without breaking the bank. Too bad customers can't actually see this Ultra HDTV in action before sinking $1,500.