As technology changes, so do televisions. And perhaps one of the biggest and costliest now on the market is featured at Glenview-based Abt Electronics and Appliances.
The Samsung ultra high-definition LED TV, which is 110 inches and 3-D enabled is on display at Abt. It has built-in Wi-Fi, a full web browser and a slim design. Even though it's thin, it weighs 304 pounds.
And despite a price tag of $150,000, one has already been sold.
"It's enormous. I'm not sure it would fit in most people's homes," Abt Co-president Jon Abt said of the TV, which measures more than 9 feet diagonally across the screen.
But apparently it fits in somebody's home. "I didn't think we'd sell any, but we did sell one," Abt said.
Samsung apparently chose Abt to display the TV because of its long-standing relationship with the retailer and the marketplace, he said.
The TV premiered in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, a trade show in Las Vegas. It will be available and on display for about six months at the Glenview store. It's also available for sale online at abt.com.
Featuring unique products is par for the course at Abt, Abt said. In May 2013, the retailer unveiled the Samsung S9 TV with an 85-inch screen with high-quality hidden speakers that cost $40,000. The latest Samsung at 110 inches puts the S9 in the shadow.
But the "wow" factor is what draws people to see such products. If they don't buy the massive TV, they might choose something smaller, Abt said.
"It just has such a beautiful picture, about four times better than the HD," he added.
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