The 10 most outrageous TVs of CES 2016

You’re not going to buy these TVs anyway, so you might as well admire them from afar. Here are most intriguing TVs we’ve found at the show.

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LG Signature OLED TVs

OLED has long been the TV industry’s white whale, promising the inkiest blacks and juiciest colors in thinner designs than what’s possible with LCD/LED sets, but remaining too costly to mass produce in large screen sizes. Undeterred, LG plans to launch “Signature” OLED TVs in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch configurations. And just so you know they are a high-dollar item, each comes with a built-in directional soundbar and glass on both sides of the panel. Pricing for the Signature series has yet to be revealed, but it’s probably best not to ask.

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Samsung modular TVs

At Samsung’s booth, the TV giant was showing off a modular display system, in which multiple panels joined together to create much larger displays. The seams between each panel were just barely perceptible, to the point that it was hard to notice without knowing where to look. Aside from making a neat demo, Samsung says it could be useful for automatically switching from 16:9 to a movie-like 21:9 aspect ratio without any letterboxing. But this is all just theory, as we’re unlikely to see this system on the market anytime soon, if ever.

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LG Display 65-inch concave TV

Curved TVs might just be a gimmick, but it’s hard not to get a little giddy when the curve is great enough to wrap completely around your face. This concave 65-inch panel from LG Display has a 500R radius, which made a demo of first-person shooter Titanfall feel exhilarating and nauseating at the same time. For that reason, the odds of LG selling this display in a commercial TV product seem slim.

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HiSense Laser Cast TV

Instead of mounting on a ceiling, HiSense’s Laser Cast projector can sit on a TV stand and throw a 100-inch image up against the wall. The idea is that users can give themselves a TV screen anywhere, one that consumes 40 percent less power than a conventional screen. Convenience doesn’t come cheap though, as the 1080p Laser Cast system—which also includes speakers, a soundbar, a subwoofer, and a projection panel—will cost $7000 when it launches in the second quarter. A 4K version, coming in the fourth quarter, will cost $5000 more.

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Samsung 8K SUHD TV

Now that 4K resolution is everywhere, TV makers are turning to 8K for trade show bragging rights. Samsung’s 98-inch panel was the largest we saw at the show, yet individual pixels were still tough to make out in close scrutiny. As you might expect, Samsung has no plans to sell this monstrosity anytime soon.

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Letv Max65 Blade

How is this 65-inch LED/LCD TV so thin? The secret is in the soundbar, which houses the processor and other components. This not only allows for a slimmer panels, but could also let users upgrade their smart TV components down the road without replacing the entire TV. For now, Letv won’t say whether this TV is coming stateside, or how much it’ll cost.

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Samsung “Dignity” Series

One of the best things about Samsung’s flagship KS9500 LED/LCD TV is how it caters to neat freaks. The power cables and HDMI inputs get hidden behind a cover panel, and can snake alongside the display’s frame before reaching a TV stand. From the front, it looks almost as if the TV is floating, and it’s not an abomination to look at from the back either.

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LG Display’s transparent OLED

Transparent screens (which are translucent in reality) are nothing new at CES, but LG says its use of OLED allows for greater clarity. The display achieves 40 percent transparency, compared to around 15 percent for LCD. Digital signage seems like the most likely use case, but if it ever becomes cheap enough for the home, you could imagine a TV that’s viewable from either side.

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Letv uMax120

This TV has the distinction of being the largest we found on the CES show floor that’s actually on the market. The 4K LED/LCD panel measures 120 inches diagonally, and throws in active 3D (which long ago become the ugly duckling of TV tech) for good measure. It launched in China last October, though you may want to sit down for the price of roughly $77,000.

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TCL X1 Series with Swarovski Crystal

What do you do when your TV doesn’t stand out from the crowd? You stud it with a handful of Swarovski crystals, of course. In fairness, TCL’s 65-inch X1 Series seems promising enough without the bling, thanks to its quantum dot technology and HDR support. If the price is right, TCL shouldn’t need jewelry to make itself look good.