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Luxury tech gifts to splurge on

You know you're worth it, so occasionally you have to splurge on yourself. Here's some somewhat exotic gear to consider.

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David Carnoy
Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.
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LG OLEDE7P 65-inch OLED television

The LG E7 OLED TV has a beautiful thin panel with a picture-on-glass design that has the best picture we've ever tested. It may be expensive, but hey, if you're serious about your picture quality, you gotta go OLED. (If you don't care about the built-in sound bar, LG's C7 Series is the better deal).

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2 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Acer Predator 21x

A 21-inch gaming laptop with a curved screen for a whole lot of dough? Seems a little over-the-top, but admit it, you want it.

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Sony XBR-A1E series 65-inch OLED television

Sony's XBR-A1E series OLED television equals LG's OLED C7 and E7 for picture quality, but adds souped-up sound and costs a lot more. If you've got the dough, why not spend the extra grand? 

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Sony Glass Speaker

Sony's Glass Sound Speaker is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a lantern with a dimmable LED that mimics a flame. It's rather pricey, but it's also one of those products you want as soon as you see it.

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Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

Bowers & Wilkins' flagship headphone, the P9 Signature, sounds great and is also very comfortable to wear. It comes with a few different cable options, with a Lightning cable for iPhone users on the way (the company will send it to you for no additional cost if you buy the headphone now). Sure, it costs a pretty penny, but you're worth it.

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Kindle Oasis (2017)

Amazon has updated its high-end Kindle E-ink e-reader with a larger 7-inch screen, full waterproofing and a larger built-in battery. It's as sweet as it gets, as e-readers go. Alas, a protective case is no longer included, but the price has dropped a bit. 

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Beyerdynamic Xelento Wireless

Beyerdynamic's Xelento Wireless is the world's most expensive in-ear Bluetooth headphone. It's a lot to pay for a Bluetooth headphone, but it's undeniably nice.

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Focal Utopia and Elear headphones

CNET's resident Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg thinks Focal's Utopia headphone (on left in photo) is one of the best in the world. "Sure, it's expensive, but the Focal Utopia redefines what it means to be an audiophile headphone in 2016," Guttenberg wrote.

The step-down Elear (on right in photo) is another worthy option.

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Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 speakers

Bowers and Wilkins has your high-end audio lust covered with its beautiful 805 D3 speaker set, which will set you back several thousands (stands not included).

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Sound Shape

Bang & Olufsen's BeoVision Sound Shape is a wall-mounted modular wireless speaker system that can be custom designed to create different patterns on your wall. You can choose among various colors and fabrics for the tiles, which house everything from an amp to a speaker to just an empty case. 

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Ember

Ember is a high-tech smart coffee mug that keeps your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature for up to two hours on the go or or all day when used with the charging coaster. You can control temps from the mug or from a companion app for iOS and Android.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Yoga

If you've been itching to get a top-of-the-line hybrid laptop/tablet, look no farther than the ThinkPad X1 Yoga. It takes Lenovo's best hybrid and adds a stunning OLED display.

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HP Omen X Desktop

HP is taking its Omen gaming brand very seriously, breaking out new, higher-end products as Omen X. The flagship is the Omen X Desktop, which is built into a giant black metal cube, complete with multicolored lights. Like many newer gaming rigs, this one is VR-ready.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black

GoPro's flagship action cam has steadier 4K video and impressive slow-motion video. 

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15 of 22 Sarah Tew/CNET

Dell XPS 27

The update to the computer we praised in 2014 as "almost everything you could want in an all-in-one" gets an overhaul for 2017. Most notably, this year's XPS 27 (model 7760) PC boasts the most sophisticated audio system built into a PC and a UHD 4K display with a broad color gamut, making it a great home entertainment system or compact-footprint choice for audio editing.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sure, you can shoot photos and videos with your phone, but if you want superior results, a high-end point-and-shoot model is in order, and Sony's RX100 V, the company's latest enthusiast point-and-shoot is certainly tempting.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

If you've secretly harbored a desire to be a professional photographer, you can at least look the part with Canon's new EOS 5D Mark IV. Upgrades over its predecessor include a new sensor (with updated autofocus) and an updated metering system, 4K and HDR video and built-in GPS. 

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Microsoft Surface Studio

The Microsoft Surface Studio is a 28-inch all-in-one Windows PC, with a screen that folds all the way down to a low drafting table angle of 20 degrees. Its better-than-4K 4,500x3,000-pixel resolution touchscreen can display a very wide color range (Adobe sRGB or P3 color spaces). It works with the same Surface Pen that came with last year's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, but the optional wireless knob input device -- dubbed Surface Dial -- is what really makes the Surface Studio feel different.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The Phantom 4 Pro is DJI's highest-end consumer drone. 

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MSI GT83VR Titan SLI-12

This 18-inch gaming laptop has a true mechanical keyboard and dual graphics cards. It's portable -- but barely. 

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Samsung The Frame UN55LS003AF

It looks like a picture frame, complete with digital still art, but Samsung The Frame is actually a TV. If you're an art lover, maybe that's not such an extravagance.

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LG W7 wallpaper OLED TV 2017 CES-01-2

The LG W7 series TV strips television's form to the bare minimum but still delivers the world-beating picture quality of OLED.

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