Got a few grand lying around? Treat yourself to a luxury TV
The ultra-rich are enjoying new frontiers in home entertainment. So if your tech startup IPOs, or your lottery numbers finally come up, what TV should you buy fir$$$t? Well...
This stunning 98-inch Samsung OLED
Want a big TV? Like, a really big TV? Samsung wowed us at CES 2019 with this 98-inch Q900 OLED screen. It features an 8K picture, full-array local dimming and artificial intelligence to improve textures.
Want an even better picture than you'll get from a 98-inch OLED? Then check out Samsung's new MicroLED TV tech, with a pixel size of less than 1mm. It's brighter than OLED, too, and can deliver near-perfect blacks by turning off individual pixels.
This genius LG television, slated for public release sometime in the second half of 2019, features a flexible OLED screen that rolls away when not in use. It delivers beautiful blacks, excellent contrast and wide viewing angles.
It has a great 100W Dolby Atmos sound system built in, too.
LG tested the Signature Series OLED TV R to 50,000 rolls up or down, so if you turned it on or off eight times a day, it'd last 17 years. The sample screen Katzmaier viewed at CES 2019 showed no visible signs of wrinkles or stress.
LG will begin selling a 65-inch version sometime in the latter half of 2019, likely with a five-figure price tag.
Also introduced at CES 2019, this 88-inch LG OLED television (Z9) boasts a deep-learning algorithm to improve its picture and brightness, along with 8K upscaling, HDMI 2.1 and improved noise reduction.
The 8K resolution offers four times the number of pixels as 4K (UHD). But before you splurge, know this: There's very little content available to watch in 8K, and you need to be really close to the TV to truly appreciate the detail.
Can you imagine owning a 98-inch television? The Z9G Master Series has full-array local dimming LCD backlights, 8K up-conversion powered by a unique algorithm, localized audio and a "reference quality" picture.
If you're looking for the highest-quality Sony TV you can buy right now, focus your monocle on this, the flagship A9F. It too is a "reference quality" OLED flatscreen, with Pixel Contrast Booster and a Netflix Calibrated Mode to "faithfully reproduce the creators' intent."
One of the more (relatively) affordable televisions on this list, the now-available Samsung Q9 has, per David Katzmaier, "exceedingly bright highlights, inky black levels with minimal blooming and best-in-class off-angle and bright-room performance."