Money can't buy happiness or love or basic human decency, but it can buy one of the next best things: an eye-popping TV. Here are the perfect new sets, assuming you're set for cash.
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...
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.
We know that a 65-inch Q900 TV will run you $5,000, the 75-inch costs $7,000, the 82-inch is priced at $10,000 and the 85-incher is $15,000.
There's no price attached to the 98-inch screen yet, but CNET's own David Katzmaier estimates it'll retail for around $50,000.
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.
One of the coolest features of MicroLED tech is that it's scalable and modular. Look at these unusual TV shapes!
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.
Though LG has not announced pricing, CNET's David Katzmaier estimates that this 8K TV will retail for about $45,000.
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.
Sony's 2019 TVs will work with Apple AirPlay 2 and can be included in HomeKit scenes and automations.
Says David Katzmaier about the price: "No pricing was announced, but for reference, Samsung's current 85-inch 8K TV costs 15 grand. 'Nuff said."
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."
You can get this 65-inch Bravia for $4,498.00 on Amazon.
In addition to a stunning picture, the Sony XBR-A9F series projects audio from the screen itself via a feature called Acoustic Surface Audio+.
Hailed by David Katzmaier as "the best performing TV we've tested to date," the LG C8 OLED has "perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a great bright-room picture."
The 77-inch model sells for $6,996.99 on Amazon. The smaller, 65-inch version is a relatively more affordable $2,696.99.
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."
You can get a 65-inch version for $2,797.99 on Amazon, and the 75-inch version is $4,497.99.
One of the coolest features of the Samsung Q9 is that all its connections are housed in the separate One Connect box, which connects to the TV by a single fiber-optic strand.