Over the past few years, televisions have turned into a commodity that is becoming so affordable, some are even as cheap as an iPad. You get purchase a quality TV set in any range of budget, but if you have a ton of money to blow, this $40,000 42-inch Dolby monitor might be what you’re looking for.
Do you need the Dolby PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor? Probably not. This very expensive piece of technology is capable of rendering the most accurate highlights and dark areas, offering a full dynamic range of display most digital cameras can capture. The monitor is also limited to full 1080p high definition display, contains a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate and weighs a whopping 150 pounds. That sounds… kind of average? For reference, even the new iPad that was announced this past Wednesday will be capable of displaying 2048 x 1536 pixels in just approximately 10 inches of screen space.
But what really makes the PRM-4200 cost the amount it does is the adjustable backlighting. The monitor’s 1,500 RGB LED triplets allows the user to individually control each one of those red, green, and blue lights to color-correct every single frame of an image. Imagine being able to photoshop your moving images on a single monitor. According to Dolby, this technology “extended dynamic range with the widest and most accurate color gamut available in a flat panel monitor,” but that still means the general consumer market probably won’t need or notice a big difference. Just look at the remote control: The average person won’t want to decipher what to do with all the extra fancy functions. We just want the Guide button!
But there’s a reason all these general consumer features are nowhere to be found on the remote control; Dolby did not intend this for us at all. The PRM-4200 exists as a reference monitor for film makers or video game developers to test the colors of their entertainment products. So far, industry professionals are starting to use this model of reference monitors to ensure their final product looks the way they intended, and $40,000 is fair price to pay for the ability to enhance their hard work. So even though you won’t need to use this at home, the end result of the movies, TV shows and video games you watch and play on your own, more affordable TV set might have gone through a testing from this monitor after all.
While the specs, aside from the incredible LED triplets control, are rather mediocre for the retail price, one percenters can always buy this expensive reference monitor just for kicks and adjust the colors of their entertainment content to match their preferred comfort level. Who knows, maybe the color corrections can help those who are partially color-blind see images in a slightly better manner.