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Sony readying super-sized 84-inch 4K TV

As far we can tell, this would be the largest TV Sony has ever produced for the mass market.

An image of Sony's juggernaut 65" HX920 Bravia television sold in Japan.

Sony plans to introduce a super-sized 84-inch LCD television during IFA 2012, Europe's major consumer electronics show, a source told CNET.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to CNET that the upcoming 84-inch TV can display a massive 3,840x2,160 resolution (four times the number of pixels in a conventional 1080p set), also known in the industry as 4K. We learned that the 84-inch Sony TV features a side-lit LCD panel (think thin) and removable speakers. In terms of design, our source describes the aesthetics as a reimagined retro-style appearance with a modern twist.

Our report comes several days after a Boy Genius Report blog post describing a similar Sony television, but we could not confirm BGR's rumor of a $30,000 price tag.

Sony clearly wants to make a larger push toward 4K resolution next year, as it currently offers a 4K-compatible Blu-ray player (BDP-S790), projector, and professional cameras. In addition, over the last two years, the Japanese company teased 4K prototype televisions at major consumer electronics trade shows.

CNET contributor (and TV guru) Geoffrey Morrison believes those contemplating a massive TV may want to look toward a projector instead.

Correction: The article originally reported the Sony TV's resolution as 4,096x3,072, but the correct resolution is 3,840x2,160.