Panasonic has started accepting preorders in Japan for a herculean 103-inch 3D-capable plasma HDTV.
The droolworthy TH-P103MT2 costs 8.5 million yen (about $101,767) and features full 1080p, 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio, and shorter decay time in the plasma display for less 3D cross talk. It weighs in at 706 pounds (and even tried out for "The Biggest Loser" once). With its weight, plus measurements of about 7.9 feet by 4.6 feet, you have to wonder how much shipping will cost. Just don't drop it.
Panasonic isn't really trying to pitch this TV to consumers, but instead is aiming it for commercial use. The company has been selling 103-inch plasma TVs for years. This 103-incher is merely a sibling to the 152-inch, 4K-capable plasma TV the company announced earlier this year that costs around $500,000.
Several months ago during the CEDIA Expo, I was able to spend about five minutes watching "Avatar" on a giant Panasonic TV in 3D and it was nothing short of spectacular. I was nearly about to climb into the screen and hang out with the Na'vi in the trees of Pandora. Large plasma screens seem to truly shine in 3D, and in some cases have provided a better experience for me than 3D-capable LCD TVs/projectors.
Panasonic is kind enough to throw in one pair of active shutter 3D glasses and a very simple remote with the purchase of the TH-P103MT2. Seems anti-climatic. For $100K, I would hope my 103-inch TV came with a remote that appeared to be from the future and at least five 3D glasses.