Swank Life offers our sincere apologies to any blog reader who already owns one of the televisions on this list. We, of course, intend no disrespect by implying that you haven’t outfitted every room in the house with one of these $140,000 babies long ago, only that even the swankest of individuals sometimes chooses to spend his or her money more efficiently.
But onto the televisions. Beautiful, glorious television, sometimes referred to either lovingly or with more sinister intent as the “opiate of the masses.” While it has been recently alleged on this blog that Americans have a long-running love affair with cars and movies, that claim gives woefully short shrift to television, which, if not an out and out lover, has at least been a hot-running mistress in our culture for quite some time.
For television lovers, 1926 was a good year. That was when John Logie Baird demonstrated the first working television system. This early version would not have been impressive to the modern viewer. In fact, the 30 lines of resolution produced just enough of an image to reproduce a recognizable human face, would likely have driven today’s cable junkie into an Elvis-worthy fit of shooting at the screen and downing prodigious amounts of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Since that inauspicious start, we’ve progressed through tiny, static-filled black and white tube designs that look quite clunky by present standards, to color boxes, and now massive flat panel LCDs, plasma, and projection systems with surround sound that serve as centerpiece of almost every living room.
The question is this. When Jake Swank inadvertently blows up his television, what does he do for a replacement? Run down to Best Buy and drop a few thousand bucks on the latest mass-produced Panasonic? No disrespect to Panasonic, but hardly. Not when he could spend $140,000 (thanks to two decades of an excellent real estate investing strategy) on the Yalos Diamond. What’s the Yalos Diamond? Only the most expensive television in the world. Here’s a blurb about it.
On display for the first time at the recent IFA show in Germany and also in New York earlier this month at an exhibition promoting Italian craftsmanship was the Yalos Diamond, a EUR 100,000 (US$140,000 in round figures) television set by Neapolitan (from Naples) Keymat Industrie s.p.a. The 40 inch LCD TV has provision for 1080i and 720p high definition picture formats and is as technologically sound as is humanly possible with a picture contrast ratio of 1200:1. The really expensive bit is the workmanship, the design and the fact it’s plated in white gold and studded with 160 diamonds (4 gm) of diamonds.
Did you get that last bit they snuck in? The thing is plated in white gold and studded with 160 diamonds! Bet that jacks up the cost of production considerably. So what if you prefer to spend your hard-earned passive income stream on a unit based on the technical merits? You’re in luck. The Beovision 4-103 also goes for $140,000 but has no diamonds and gold attached, so we assume the price tag is a result of actual quality. Here’s what you need to know about the Beovision.
If you’re in the market for a television that’s priced for its technical merits, however, then you’ll want to take a look at the BeoVision 4-103. Featuring a 103”, 100 Hz plasma screen, this Bang & Olufsen television set acknowledges that size really does matter. Its substantial viewing area isn’t its only feature, though, as the BeoVision 4-103 also features a motorized stand so that you can adjust the viewing angle on the fly. Auto Color Management and Auto Picture Control make sure that you always have the best possible picture, regardless of how much ambient light is in the room or how old the color elements in the plasma screen are.
And those, dear friends, are the most expensive television sets in the world…almost.
Yes, there is another, and boy is it a gaudy piece of work. From luxury gadgeteer Stuart Hughes we have the PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition at $2.26 million dollars. Does this mean you’re getting the most technologically advanced television system in the world for your two and a quarter million bucks? Doubtful. What you are getting is a television with even more gold and diamonds than the Yalos. 28 KG of 18k rose gold, and 72 round cut, flawless 1-carat diamonds to be precise. And let’s not forget the alligator skin hand sewn into the bezel.
Now THAT’S the set on which to watch the re-boot of Dallas, that terribly soapy and insanely popular 1980’s series that details the trials and tribulations of that oil rich family from Texas, the Ewings.
The Jake Swank Team