At 103 Inches, This HDTV Is Hard To Miss
October 10, 2007
If you have ever wondered what the sun would look like if it were sitting in your living room, heres your chance.
Head to Abt Electronics in Glenview or visit the Chicago Ridge mall this weekend where you can see whats being called the biggest TV for sale in the U.S.: A 103-inch plasma-screen monster from Panasonic.
Yes, its better if you spend your weekend eyeballing a giant T-Rex at the Field Museum than visiting a Vegas-sized video display, but a screen this size is a sight to behold.
I saw a number of like-sized TVs at Januarys Consumer Electronics Showincluding a 108-inch model from Samsungthat are simply jaw-dropping. You start to think you must have one, even if theres no room in the house possibly big enough to put one.
But people are buying this Panasonic giant. Abt has sold one (a second deal is pending) and another early buyer, I learned at CES, was prospective Chicago Cubs owner Mark Cuban.
At 103 inches, this model is twice the size of the typical high-def TVs Abt sells, said the stores Mike Abt. And for $70,000not including another $10,000 for a special stand and installationits considerably more money.
"Pop in a Blu-ray disc or an HD-DVD, and it looks incredible," he said. "If you have Comcast High-Def, youll be happy. But if you really want to impress your friends, turn on the Blu-Ray."
As for pricing, dont expect it to stay at $70,000 for long. Abt is selling "a lot" of 58-inch Panasonic models for about $4,000, down from $20,000 a few years ago.
Abt Electronics will have the TV on display for quite a while, but you can only see it this weekend at Chicago Ridge. Panasonic is bringing the TV there for a show and tell. It can be viewed Thursday though Tuesday (Oct. 16).