NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- I will be blunt: If you're looking for practical TV advice, this column is not for you.Because the facts are the facts: As impressive as what just $600 buys you from a big TV maker such as Samsung, Sony ( SNE) or Vizio, those sets really are nothing more than links from the digital sausage factory: Black. Square. And boooooring. And what shame that is. This is your TV, for crying out loud. Watching it should be an event! Blissfully, for us better-TV aficionados, several makers are stealthfully marching under the more-is-more TV banner. They are quietly making displays that flatly reject the sausage factor. Assuming you know where to find these sets -- and where to find the money to buy them, since you can expect to drop close to six figures to get the edge of the TV frontier -- you can get a set that shows your viewing is not being taken lightly:
Believe it or not, 85K is actually cheap for mega sets such as these. Why? B&O ships this thing so it can be installed using the company's own retail sales channels, which saves a boatload over professional installation. And B&O does not scrimp: The 4 has a simply luscious plasma screen that adapts dynamically to your viewing environment using impressive electronics and a built-in light meter. You can expect excellent image performance in 3-D and traditional viewing modes Keep in mind, though, that sets of this size can present problems with reflective lights, and mounting will be an issue. The 103-inch version is close to 9 feet diagonally. That's big. But if you are looking for a big TV that is at its core plug-and-play, the BeoVision 4 is for you.
Know all those crazy bright, crazy cool, crazy big displays you see in Times Square, Shanghai or Berlin? That's basically the WindowWall -- but it goes into your house. Think of the WindowWall as a series of state-of-the-art Runco displays mounted one after the other to make as big a tiled image as you like. This array of displays is then controlled by the company's state-of-the-art signal processor and image technology, so you can watch one giant feed or put a separate signal in each set if you like. Be warned: Do not attempt this sort of installation without serious professional help. You are pushing the bounds of reflected light, weight, mounting, power distribution, inputs, control and, believe it or not, heat. But all of those are merely annoying details. Assuming you have the half-million dollars for a system such as this, just imagine what the kickoff to the Super Bowl will look like. And what you will look like after what will be the greatest football party ever. Trust me, those Giants season tickets will look pretty darn superfluous.
There is a lot to get your brain around here, so listen up. Yes, this is a 112-inch display that ... bends. Meaning you can hang a TV as you would a banner, bend it around a column, put it over a corner or otherwise drape a moving image anywhere you'd like. Atlanta-based NanoLumens is shipping this unit strictly to professional display companies, but it can be made work in your home too. There will be major issues to manage, though: You will need a professional integrator fluent in these displays. Finding a solid structural engineer who knows how to hang this set securely will also be key. It's a TV, not a flag, so if it blows around, that is bad. And your video engineers will need to be first-rate. But if you are willing to manage the installation and spend what you might on a Bugatti, you -- and the folks over at ESPN -- will probably be the only peeps in your town with a TV anything close to it. As of now, NanoLumens is the single coolest display in displays. >To submit a news tip, email: email@example.com.
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