January 9, 2007

The $70,000 TV screen.

It's 108 inches. You know, save some money. You can make any TV larger just by sitting closer! The only limit on your total control of the size of the screen as it appears in your visual field is the number of people you're sharing the screen with. How many people do you have there at home watching the same show? There! I just saved you $70,000.

28 comments:

Mike said...

"There! I just saved you $70,000."

Wow, that was close! And to think I almost bought one. Thanks, Ann!

Sloanasaurus said...

I agree. What is the point of owning a BMW. Drive a Chevy Cavalier instead.

MadisonMan said...

You have to factor is the savings you realize by not having to paint the wall behind this thing ever again.

SteveR said...

Thanks. I was getting anxious about pulling that off.

I'm already saturated with sight and sound, 108 would cause me to short out. Besides how much closer to we need to get most folks on TV.

vbspurs said...

There! I just saved you $70,000.

Ooh, I really have to find a new girlfriend to take out shopping.

Cheers,
Victoria

Ken Stalter said...

So what are you all going to buy with the extra $70,000 Ann saved you? I'm going to pay down law school debt!

Anonymous said...

Well, in fairness, it's not just TV one watches on these things, and I daresay most people buy the big things mostly for watching movies.

And sports.

Sayeth he who has but a 20" CRT. . . .

Dave said...

Porn on a 108" TV!

Hello, Jenna Jameson!

vbspurs said...

Porn on a 108" TV!

Hello, Jenna Jameson!


Great.

We've come full circle when dirty old men with macs covering their laps gathered around in seedy, sticky-floored downtown cinemahouses.

Same big ass screen. Same big ass.

Cheers,
Victoria

Revenant said...

Ooh, I really have to find a new girlfriend to take out shopping.

Yeah, somehow I don't see "yes dear, I know the diamond in your engagement ring is tiny, but just hold it closer to people's faces when you show it off" as a winning argument.

Christy said...

The formulas run from 2.5 to 5 times the diagonal for sitting distance. CNET suggests, for a 16:9 ratio, that one get 3 to 4 times the distance. That's 27 to 36 feet away from a 108 inch screen. Not a very cosy livable space imho. But then again, the ball room does sit unused for 360 days a year.

Dave said...

"Great.

We've come full circle when dirty old men with macs covering their laps gathered around in seedy, sticky-floored downtown cinemahouses."

I'll have you know I'm neither old nor dirty. I'm hale and hearty and just took a shower!

Slim999 said...

Crap.

I'm quite sure the IRS is going to consider the $70K you just saved me income and want their 39% cut.

Sheesh. Thanks.

You just cost me $27,300.

Goesh said...

Assuming you could get it through the front door, it would save on paint..

Kirk Parker said...

"There! I just saved you $70,000."

Thanks, but I worry about the fine print: what's your fee for this service?

downtownlad said...

I bought my Sony High Definition 70 inch tv over 3 1/2 years ago and it was only $3500. This is a ripoff.

Anonymous said...

I tried having dates come sit on stools really, really close to my 13 inch B&W TV. I even put red cellophane over the screen so it would be "color." Somehow they were not impressed.

The television show, "How I Met Your Mother" has showed what it is like to have a date over to watch these monster screens:

(paraphrased)
Lilly: You don't have a TV?
Barney: See that wall? That's the TV. Biggest one they make.
Lilly: Wow!
Barney turns on the TV. The room is flood with light as thought the sun just went super nova. Both are squinting and shading their eyes.
Lilly: It's so bright! It kinda hurts my eyes.
Barney: Yeah, that never really goes away.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Sloanasaurus, Anthony, Revenant [and others]: So what you're saying is that size does matter.

Tibore said...

"You can make any TV larger just by sitting closer!"

Tiny physics-based quibble: The TV itself doesn't grow any larger. It just takes up more of your field-of-vision.

:)

(*Gives smart-assed grin, then runs like hell before the Professor can throw a shoe at him...*)

Revenant said...

Sloanasaurus, Anthony, Revenant [and others]: So what you're saying is that size does matter.

You can't churn butter with a toothpick.

vbspurs said...

"yes dear, I know the diamond in your engagement ring is tiny, but just hold it closer to people's faces when you show it off"

Quite so, Revenant.

I once had a friend whose husband sold his Lexus to buy her the engagement ring. True story.

Cheers,
Victoria

Anonymous said...

Anthony (5:47):

Well, in fairness, it's not just TV one watches on these things, and I daresay most people buy the big things mostly for watching movies.

And sports.


Then, GO TO THE MOVIE!

And the game.

AST said...

This is why I've always wanted a virtual reality helmet for television, rather than a bigger screen and surround sound. My own private little viewing space.

I was given some video goggles to wear at a dentist's office once, and I thought they were great. But I'll bet they cost more than the price of an HD led 32" screen. Maybe we could buy six of those and sync them to show one big picture.

kettle said...

I think you've mixed up the models. The 103 incher from Panasonic is 70k. The 108 incher Sharp is about to start selling still hasn't been priced, according to the article.

R2K said...

Oh man do I want it.

Slocum said...

My personal experience is that it isn't just field of view that matters -- your brain (or mine anyway) seems to detect absolute distance and size. So when we project a movie on a 120" screen on the wall, it feels quite different -- much more immersive -- than watching it on a laptop sized screen a couple feet away. For us, it is much closer to the experience of watching in a theater.

But, you can do that for just the cost of a DLP projector and a screen (we spent about $1000).

Mike said...

Slocum got a point. The display on this thing is 4.4 feet tall. Your pathetic little 32" TV is never going to feel this big no matter how close you sit to it.

Tibore said...

"I tried having dates come sit on stools really, really close to my 13 inch B&W TV. I even put red cellophane over the screen so it would be "color.""

I tried doing something for my dates other than have them watch TV...

;)

OOOOOOO! SNAP! Gerald's gonna kick my ass now... and I can't say I didn't have it coming... :)



"I once had a friend whose husband sold his Lexus to buy her the engagement ring. True story."

And I know someone who let her fiancé off the hook for the engagement ring so as to get a super ridiculous home theater setup. Also true story. Played many a Halo match on that big honkin' TV.

Course, they never did end up getting married... gee, who'd'a thunk that?



"Your pathetic little 32" TV is never going to feel this big no matter how close you sit to it."

Not to mention that, especially with 480i resolution, but even on the newest hi-def models, sitting too close really messes up your experience. You see all the pixels, the motion artifacts, etc. On the other hand, with a lil 13-incher, you couldn't sit close enough to ever make out the pixels. Hell, you can barely sit close enough to make out the actors. But yeah, otherwise, point taken.