The 440-pound set, which has 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, debuts in Japan for 8.5 million ¥, or about $101,000.
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Panasonic TH-P103MT2 103-Inch 3D Plasma HDTV
Panasonic, the world’s largest maker of plasma TVs, has begun accepting orders in Japan for a 103-inch 3D plasma high-definition television.
The price tag for the TH-P103MT2 is 8.5 million ¥, a little over $101,000 U.S. The TV features a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and comes with a pair of active shutter 3D glasses. It claims a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, and its dimensions are 241.2cm x 141.9cm x 14.1cm. The set weighs 440 pounds, which increases to 707 pounds when a stand is added, Panasonic said.
Not surprisingly, the set uses a whopping amount of electricity: 1,350 watts, without speakers. Panasonic is marketing the unit for commercial use rather than to consumers, according to CNET news. It comes with “high-speed driving technology” for superior high-definition viewing, Panasonic said, as well as a new engine that enhances colors.
The TH-P103MT2 is not Panasonic’s largest TV. In January, while proclaiming 2010 as “really the first year of 3D television,” the consumer electronics giant announced it had developed a 152-inch 3D TV in Japan and the U.S., making it the world’s largest 4K x2K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) full HD 3D plasma TV. The set measures 11 feet by 6 feet and has a 4,096 x 160 resolution. The electronics company also rolled out a 103-inch plasma TV in 2006, which retailed for $71,000.
Some reports claim Panasonic will send someone out to measure and make sure a prospective customer has the space to accommodate the TV.