As Americans, many of us believe we'll be rich one day. Seriously, many of us believe it's only a matter of time before our ship comes rolling in and we'll be jet-skiing with bikini-clad models like the best of the rich folk.
Now there's a new reason to hold out hope. Bang & Olufsen just launched the BeoVision 4-103. It's an $111,805, 584-pound, 103-inch plasma TV with a full HD resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. A TV that says to the world, "Look what a huge tool I am, that I would spend over $100K on an f*****g TV." I think that may actually be engraved somewhere on the system.
Not to say B&O isn't throwing in the bells and whistles to get the hard sell for this TV. Other than the ginormous screen, there are a couple of features included that sound really cool.
First off, this is quite possibly the first and only TV with a built-in minicamera that evaluates your television every 100 hours, then automatically adjusts the color balance.
The thought is that the adjustment compensates for the affects of plasma TV aging. According to B&O, the older a plasma TV gets, the more yellowish its picture becomes over time. So, while this does not actually slow the aging process, by constantly adjusting the color, it gives the user the illusion that it does--kind of like Botox.
Another cool, futuristic-sounding feature is that when the TV is turned on--which takes about 18 seconds--it slowly rises from its stand until reaching an optimal viewing level. The screen height and rotation can then be further adjusted using the remote control. Check out some of the other features here.
If all this sounds appealing, but you'd just like to see it in person before you start selling off your vintage collection of Star Wars figures, you won't get many chances to do so.
According to Bang & Olufsen, the BeoVision 4 will be on an exclusive media and consumer tour, going through New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. These events will be the only opportunities to see the device in person since they--not surprisingly--are made to order.
The New York and Los Angeles events will be hosted at The Audi Forum on May 6 and Aston Martin Beverly Hills on May 20, respectively. The Chicago event will be held at the Bang & Olufsen America's corporate office on June 16. Those don't exactly sound like events open to the public, but if you're interested, you might want to make some calls or try this.
If you're into this whole 103-inch TV thing, but want to save a good $40K, there's also the Panasonic TH-103PF10UK. It doesn't have all the futuristic extras, but hey, you save $40,000.