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Samsung's $120K, 105-inch TV: Better Than a Porsche?

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Samsung's 105-inch, curved LED LCD TV, with a resolution of 5120 x 2160, is the ultimate addition to your house. Unless you don't have a house, in which case you might better spend your money on a three-bedroom, two-bath in Denver. It lists for the $120,000 on real estate site Zillow.

Or if you prefer the driver's seat to the couch, you could go all in for a 2014 Porsche Carrera 4S Cabriolet, with 400 HP, a top speed of 183 mph, and 0-60 acceleration of 4.5 seconds, for about $118,000.

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The TV vs. Porsche scenario is more likely the purchase decision for prospective buyers of Samsung's flagship TV, model number UN105S9W. And both items are amazing pieces of machinery. With about 11 million pixels, the Samsung offers more resolution than almost any TV on Earth. Forget 4K TV, this is technically 5K. The set also boasts local LED dimming for higher contrast.

Not a fan of plugging in your own electronics? This luxury item comes with Samsung's Elite Service; engineers will come to your mansion to set everything up.

Ultimately, the TV would be cheaper, too. The 911's 18mpg city/26mpg highway will cost you more in gasoline than the TV will in electricity. Not to mention parking lots and parking tickets. (Though at about seven feet across, the UN105S9W could fill a parking spot, too.)

Samsung is clearly not positioning the UN105S9W as a popular product for the masses. For that audience, the company offers far less-expensive fare. If you still want super-high resolution, its new 4K (aka UHD) TVs start at a list price of $2,800 for a 55-inch screen. And if 1080p HD is enough for you, a new 55-inch smart TV can be yours for $800. Put another way, you could buy 150 of those 55-inch HD sets for the cost of Samsung's 105-inch behemoth.

Though the market for such luxury items is likely small, Samsung will have competition. Rival Korean electronics giant LG plans to sell its own 105-incher at a likely (but not confirmed) price of just $70,000 — leaving you almost enough money to also get a Porsche Boxster (MSRP $51,400).

Senior editor Sean Captain watches TV on a 32-inch screen. Follow him @seancaptain and on Google+. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

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    Godloki , July 22, 2014 12:21 PM
    If you have to choose between the two, you can't afford it.
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    Godloki , July 22, 2014 12:21 PM
    If you have to choose between the two, you can't afford it.
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    TechyInAZ , July 22, 2014 12:48 PM
    What on earth? Who's going buy that besides billionaires.
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  • 6 Hide
    Merry_Blind , July 22, 2014 12:54 PM
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    What on earth? Who's going buy that besides billionaires.


    Hum... no one else, that's pretty much the point.
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    That_Guy88 , July 22, 2014 1:05 PM
    Finally! A use for my quad-SLI Titan Z's!
  • 8 Hide
    Darkk , July 22, 2014 1:23 PM
    $120k for a TV? Does it include free shipping?
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    CaedenV , July 22, 2014 1:24 PM
    Not that I can afford anything like this, but I am surprised that the high end UHD TV sets are capping out at under 110". I mean, the image on that would be 'only' 7.6'x4'. You would think that someone would make a 140" screen that would have a 10x6' display for that projector-like experience without all of the lighting and contrast issues of a projector. I mean these people have money... and you only have to sell a few to make it worth your while.

    Personally I am waiting for a 40" UHD TV that can double as a decent computer monitor for under $1K, and a UHD projector for under $2K... it may take a while.
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    10tacle , July 22, 2014 1:25 PM
    A friend of mine ise is building a huge multi-million dollar home and putting in a home theater with a 120" 4K/3D projector screen setup. The complete finished cost, including stadium seats, ambient lights, decorations, and sound system is ~$80k. Even he's not stupid enough to waste $120k on an HDTV alone.
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    Evan Richardson , July 22, 2014 1:31 PM
    "Is the ultimate edition to your house" who the hell proof reads this? a second grader?
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    Shneiky , July 22, 2014 1:50 PM
    Anything is better than a Porsche. Even a TV. German cards are soulless.
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    tom10167 , July 22, 2014 3:19 PM
    These TVs are pretty nice I had Jeeves install a few in my Rolls Royce.
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    M0j0jojo , July 22, 2014 3:38 PM
    Why would anyone buy this when hey could buy Sony's 4k projector which is only $9000 on ebay. and can go up to 300" and is also 3D http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-VW600ES.htm

    Samsung wasted their money on making this, and are going to loose money cuz literally no one is going to buy this TV
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    skit75 , July 22, 2014 3:44 PM
    I only clicked this article to see the comments.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , July 22, 2014 4:11 PM
    Quote:
    I only clicked this article to see the comments.


    incorrect, you clicked the article to post a lame comment in a attempt to get thumb ups and feel special. =P

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    Quote:
    Why would anyone buy this when hey could buy Sony's 4k projector which is only $9000 on ebay. and can go up to 300" and is also 3D http://www.projectorcentral.com/Sony-VPL-VW600ES.htm

    the clarity and color of a lcd tv exceeds even the best projectors. So for the super rich they can now have a better than movie theater experience with something like this.

    Samsung wasted their money on making this, and are going to loose money cuz literally no one is going to buy this TV

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    oxxfatelostxxo , July 22, 2014 4:12 PM
    and I somehow tied my reply into his comment... fail on my part...
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    Zeroplanetz , July 22, 2014 4:51 PM
    Aren't movie theaters projected in 4k? I'm sure you could get an actual movie theater setup/experience for far far less with more visual space. At 120k id expect something more Imax like.
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    NegativeX , July 22, 2014 5:22 PM
    I'd like to know where you found a 3 bedroom 2 bath house for 120k in Denver... being they don't exist.
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    Brogan , July 22, 2014 6:40 PM
    Man, there is nothing like a really big TV, right?
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    universal remonster , July 22, 2014 7:59 PM
    Clearly, this is a tv for the person that already has the Porsche and the mansion, and an extra $120k that they cannot get to fit in their safe or under the mattress. Or the meth dealer that stores pallets of cash in a storage facility. Maybe it should be called the Samsung Heisenburg UHD TV.
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    mrmez , July 22, 2014 8:59 PM
    Since when can $120k buy you a house?
    At least not in Perth.
    Try $500k for a unit in the suburbs.
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    fixxxer113 , July 22, 2014 11:51 PM
    Quote:
    A friend of mine ise is building a huge multi-million dollar home and putting in a home theater with a 120" 4K/3D projector screen setup. The complete finished cost, including stadium seats, ambient lights, decorations, and sound system is ~$80k. Even he's not stupid enough to waste $120k on an HDTV alone.


    Exactly!! Why do companies keep making these ridiculous useless TVs? Why do we spend so much Energy and resources for trash? For that kind of Money you can build all that and have a guy make popcorn for you when you watch movies...

    OK, we get it, you can build a big screen! It's been going on for ages... With every new screen technology, someone has to build a huge one that ends up just being a huge ad in some big electronic store... It's useless and will offer marginally better picture than something that costs less than 1/10 of its price. Not to mention that it needs a moving crew every time you might want to change its position...
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