Saturday, April 1, 2023

The most expensive technology in the world


Today we will talk about such a sin as squandering. A phone for the price of an apartment in the center of Moscow or a speaker system that costs more than the annual budget of a small provincial town – what could be more interesting? Is it just the thoughts of a person who is ready to spend that kind of money on equipment.

Sony KD-98ZG9

The diagonal of the KD-98ZG9 is almost 2.5 m. Without a stand, its dimensions are an impressive 220 x 131 x 11 cm. A giant device weighing more than 100 kg can be installed on the floor or hung on the wall – there would be room.

The TV has a 10-bit 8K VA panel, 4000 nits of peak brightness, X-Wide Angle, HDR and 16 powerful speakers with Dolby Audio support. All this creates the atmosphere of a real cinema at home. It is not surprising that the cost of KD-98ZG9 in Russian stores reaches 6 million rubles. You can save money by buying an 85-inch model, which costs significantly less – “only” 1.6 million rubles.

Sony Crystal LED

Some time ago, Sony introduced another development – a huge modular screen without visible edges and joints. The device is a combination of many blocks with a size of 16 x 18 inches. The size and resolution of the screen depends on the number of elements. For example, 1080p requires 18 modules, 4K requires 72 modules, 8K requires 288 modules, and 16K requires 576 modules. The exhibition sample is as high as a two-story house and measures 19.2 by 5.4 meters.

Specifications include 10-bit color, 1000 nits brightness, 180-degree viewing angle, 140% sRGB color gamut, and HDR support.

Sony offers its device not only to corporate customers, but also to ordinary (well, almost ordinary) users. Already starting with 4K, the price of a TV is scary. Since one element would cost a potential buyer $10,000, the value of an assembled Sony Crystal LED could be as high as $6 million. We suspect that for this money you can buy a good tropical island.

Stuart Hughes Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition

This model is considered one of the most expensive TVs in the world, and it’s not about unsurpassed technical characteristics. The American designer Stuart Hughes, whose name is so immodestly placed in the name of the model, worked on the appearance of the device.

More than 28 kg of red gold, 72 diamonds per carat, amber, amethysts and handmade crocodile leather were used to create the 55-inch device. They say that when watching TV during the day, the sun’s rays, reflected from all this splendor, blind the eyes. The Stuart Hughes Prestige HD is valued at over $2 million.

Personal computers
Mac Pro

When it comes to the world’s most expensive PC, head over to Apple’s website and build the ultimate Mac Pro. Only the Cupertino people were able to force the mass user to give any money for any of their “revolution” without looking.

For a “simple” version of the Mac Pro, the company asks for 450 thousand rubles, but this is just the beginning. Why do we need a basic package? Let’s take the top! The maximum processor upgrade will cost 700 thousand. What about 2,500,000 (yes, zeros are correct!) for 1.5 TB of RAM? Another million (hold the author!) For a couple of Radeon Pro Vega IIs (more precisely, 1,080,000, but who will already waste time on trifles and count these pennies?). And 22 thousand for a keyboard with a mouse and 40 thousand for wheels against the general background will simply be lost. The total amount is 5,243,098 rubles. And, mind you, there is no smell of diamonds here.

Do you think that’s all? And the monitor? Only 450 thousand and Pro Display XDR with nanotexture coating is yours! And do not forget to take a leg for 80 thousand rubles.

Phew! Six million seems to have met, thanks for that too.

Seriously though, this PC can actually make money despite the indiscreet overpricing. Supporters of the company say that Apple makes quality things and that’s what we pay for. May be.

Zeus Platinum PC and Zeus Gold PC

For lovers of gold, platinum and diamonds, in 2008 the Japanese company Zeus released the Platinum PC for $740,000 and the “more affordable” Gold PC for $560,000. The manufacturer decorated his devices with a whole scattering of precious stones in the form of celestial constellations. The practical value of the hardware inside was minimal – a dual-core Intel E6850, 2 GB of DDR2 memory and a 1 TB HDD. But a case made entirely of gold or platinum is already a real investment.

Macbook Pro 16

In search of an expensive laptop, you can again turn to Apple, which will not disappoint and offer a custom MacBook for more than half a million rubles. Half the cost will be an 8 TB drive and 64 GB of RAM. However, getting a professional device with a 16-inch display weighing less than 1.5 kg is worth a lot (very expensive).

Acer Predator 21X

However, we will return to 2017, when the grass was greener and the dollar cheaper, and remember the real “power in the flesh” – Acer Predator 21X for 700,000 rubles. The laptop at the price of Hyundai Solaris is shocking even today, but there was something to see: a curved 21-inch 2K display at 120 Hz, two (!!!) full-fledged 8 GB GTX 1080 chips with G-SYNC support and 64 GB of RAM . Today, these characteristics are no longer so impressive, but then it was incredible. And what did a separate Pelican Case cost to transport such a monster!

Despite the insane price in Russia, the laptop was sold out pretty quickly.


If the above-mentioned utilitarian models represent a celebration of industrial design and unsurpassed performance, then the luxury laptop from the British brand Luvaglio is designed for those who care little about the hustle and bustle of the world. The million-dollar device is custom-made, trimmed with leather, white gold and precious stones. And in place of the power button, a rare colored diamond is encrusted.

Huawei Mate X

The most expensive serial smartphone was from China. Satiated with Samsungs and iPhones, users made an extraordinary stir around the bending Huawei Mate X. The price at the start of sales of $ 2,600 was much higher than expected and simply shocked. However, the shortage and increased demand further inflated the cost, which at Chinese auctions sometimes reached a million rubles. And it was, of course, not in the characteristics, but in the WOW-effect that this smartphone gives.

Falcon SuperNova iPhone

The world’s most expensive phone, the Falcon SuperNova iPhone, was created by luxury brand Falcon based on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The incredible value is explained by the use of precious metals in the case: platinum, pink or yellow gold. The back cover of the smartphone is decorated with a huge diamond. It is on its type and size that the final cost of the product depends, which ranges from 50 to 100 million dollars. They say that unlike the original version of the iPhone 6, the model does not become obsolete with the release of the new version (but this is not certain!).


Unlike Falcon, the Russian company Caviar makes real works of jewelry art out of smartphones (and quite budget-friendly). Their most expensive device was the iPhone 11 Pro Max Universe Diamond Gold for almost 6 million rubles. At the same time, the creators do not just shower the gold case with diamonds, but use interesting thematic materials. For example, in this model there are inserts in the form of a fragment of a real spaceship, a piece of a meteorite and a particle of the Moon. All these treasures are inscribed in the miniature of the solar system. Also, the smartphone is equipped with a mechanical watch with a tourbillon. When there is a wish, the unique model will be released in a single copy.

Acustic systems
If money burns your pocket and you are looking for a way to spend a lot of money, you have a direct path to audiophiles. This audience is ready to pay 2.5 million rubles for a Nordost Odin 2 meter cable. For such an amount, the buyer should definitely get into the halls of Valhalla, or at least receive a pair of Valkyries as a gift!

Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic

And here is the answer to the question, what can be connected with a cable for 2.5 million rubles – speakers for 60 million. Master Chronosonic, made in an edition of only 70 copies, has a multi-modular design (WAMM – Wilson Audio Modular Monitor). Each speaker system consists of seven individually installed speakers, and the recommended amplifier power is 100 watts per channel. When creating the modules, patented composite materials were used. The size of the column is an impressive 214 x 53 x 95 cm.

Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure

Lovers of precious metals will appreciate the real golden acoustics, made in a single copy. The cost is 4.5 million dollars. Expensive? Then consider buying the Aural Pleasure in silver for as little as $315,000. Still expensive? Perhaps there are 63 thousand for a bronze model?

What about the sound? Those who have heard say they have great bass.

Sennheiser HE 1

The Sennheiser HE 1 is a continuation of the legendary 1991 HE90. Omitting a lot of technical intricacies, let’s say that these headphones have the lowest level of distortion among all existing audio systems in the world. At least that’s what the developers say. Sennheiser HE 1 full-sized electrostatics are capable of reproducing frequencies from 8 Hz to 100 kHz, while the human ear hears in the range from 16 Hz to 20 kHz. The rest is perceived as vibrations and sensations.

The design of the headphones contains expensive materials, but they are not used for beauty and marketing increase in the cost of the product. The thinnest platinum-coated diaphragm, gold-plated ceramic electrodes and silver-plated cables provide extraordinary sound quality. And the included own amplifier is housed in a solid block of Carrara marble to block out contact noise. From this natural stone, by the way, the great Michelangelo carved his David.

The cost of Sennheiser HE 1 is more than 4 million rubles.

Graff Diamond and Ruby Headphones

However, all technical achievements pale before the brilliance of gold and diamonds. A few months ago, a collaboration between Dr. Dre and British jeweler Graff led to the creation of a special version of Beats Pro headphones. The novelty called Graff Diamond and Ruby Headphones is sold together with autographs of the creators and ideological inspirers of the model.

The inlaid platinum headphones used a huge amount of precious stones for a total of 126.76 carats. The company logo located on the cup is lined with rubies.

Free shipping of Graff Diamond and Ruby anywhere in the world is unlikely to offset the impression of the cost of 750 thousand dollars. It is even indecent to translate such prices for headphones into rubles.


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