So you're rich and you'd rather spend on yourself than give it away to charity, or worse still, the government. No worries, there are ample legitimate things you could do to successfully splurge, and this week as you might have noticed, Tech2 is showing you how. My contribution to the party is those super large and uber cool screens that simply must hang opulently form one of your bare walls, preferably visible to jealous passers by. A killer HDTV is a sign of taste and success, as these can really cost a bundle. Below you will find a list of the some of the top high end models, which will surely blow your mind.

Samsung UA55C9000SR (3D LED) – Rs. 4,40,000 (MRP)
Released a couple of months back in India, here is a TV that does its own 2D to 3D conversion, and transmits to a pair of shutter glasses available along with the purchase. Oh and did I mention its one of the sexiest new TVs on the block and this is not only for its 3D capabilities, but also its super cool faux brushed finish, its Picture in Picture LCD screen in the remote (yeah you heard that right) and other small things that make this large TV a luxury mansion’s permanent resident.

Besides 3D there are all the other fancy features available these days, including but not limited to, Internet connectivity, USB media playback, Real 200Hz Motion Plus with 800 Clear Motion Rate, Wide Color Enhancer to name a few. The internet connectivity, besides regular YouTube, opens out a plethora of options, as one can download special apps and widgets for streaming stuff like sports and weather info, play small time games, do the Facebook thang…

Specs
Screen Size – 55-inches
Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio – 6,000,000:1
Sound Output (RMS) – 10Wx2 Stereo

Connectors
HDMI – 4
Digital Audio (Optical) – 1
PC input (D-sub) – 1
Component (Y/Pb/Pr) – 1
Composite (AV) – 1
Ethernet (LAN) – 1
RF In – Yes
USB 2.0 – 2

Sony KDL-52NX800 (LED) – Rs. 2,49,900 (MRP)
Stunning is the word to use for this flagship model by none other than the HDTV stalwart Sony. This is the highest end available, and for good reason, the model comes with the new BE 3 (Bravia Engine 3), which is Sony’s proprietary engine for souping up the image to fluid and colorful goodness. Sony’s colors and contrast have always been top notch, thus gamers and animation movie enthusiasts will love this one.

The LED lighting is edge lit, thus making a super slim bezel possible. The most important feature that this TV deserves mention for is integrated Wi-Fi. That is really efficient and convenient as it enables users to log on to YouTube, Picasa etc. using only the remote, no extra wires or USB dongles.

Specs
Screen Size – 52-inches
Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio – Infinite
Sound Output (RMS)10Wx2 Stereo

Connectors
HDMI – 4
Digital Audio (Optical) – 1
PC input (D-sub) – 1
Component (Y/Pb/Pr) – 1
Composite (AV) – 1
Ethernet (LAN) – 1
RF In – Yes
USB 2.0 – 1
Headphone Out – 1 (Side)

Panasonic VIERA TH-P54Z1N (Plasma) – Rs. 3,17,699 (MRP)
Panasonic is a brand with a serious knack of belting out some great models over the years, not only in TVs but Audio Video gadgetry as well. Their Viera range is no exception especially the higher end Z series. Now this particular model is a bare 54 inch cream of the crop with a subdued yet classy exterior. It’s got all the aesthetic features needed to spell luxury and some serious internal juice in terms of image quality.

The bezel is 24 mm thick which might not be the slimmest around, but the shape is just perfect.
Besides that in terms of specs we have a contrast ratio of 40,000:1 and this is a native reading, not dynamic contrast what those peasant LCDs talk about. This means MAD blacks, and with the right contrast setting tweaked in, one can experience some lifelike dynamism. One great feature that is touted in their TV ad is the 600 Hz sub field drive frequency algorithm which explains (not very clearly) that it has something to do with frame interpolation, thus helping

Publish date: August 3, 2010 10:14 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:34 pm

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