I found my next TV this past weekend.
Actually to call this find a mere TV is to do it an injustice. It would be like calling The Pope a Catholic. Of course he is that, but he is also The Number One Catholic On The Planet.
And I'm convinced that this television has to be The Number One TV On The Planet and just possibly, the known Universe.
I wasn't planning on TV shopping this past weekend. The existing TVs in our house do an adequate job and show no signs of dying. Shopping for a new television was about the last thing on my mind when my wife and I went to St. Louis on Sunday to see the rock group Bon Jovi in concert at the Scottrade Center. But when we got into the sold-out arena, the TV that dangled from the ceiling above the stage immediately captured my attention.
For any A/V geeks reading this, The TV technically wasn't a single television, but a series of identical smaller displays that formed one monstrous screen. It's known as a video wall and they've become quite common at arenas and stadiums.
But even though they're not as unique as they once were, this one was still pretty large for a video wall. And its size was nothing compared to the other features it showed off once the concert started.
The wall that appeared to be one giant TV, would split apart into smaller TVs throughout the show. Sometimes there were 4 junior video walls suspended from the roof. At other times the entire wall would divide into 96 individual TVs each showing a different image.
Can you imagine? I could watch every single channel I get on cable at the exact same time without once having to channel surf. What a time saver!
The computerized rigging that held the TVs together was the brain behind the whole operation. I don't know what geniuses dreamed up this device, but not only would it split the TVs apart, it would fly them around the airspace above the stage at will. It would raise them. Lower them. Spin them. It was a mesmerizing video ballet.
A second video wall was almost as impressive. Its sections could form one large screen, 5 smaller ones or create horizontal stair steps that allowed Jon Bon Jovi to walk up while singing a song. I don't remember what song it was, but it certainly went well with those fantastic TVs.
I was simply mesmerized by those televisions for the entire two and half-hour concert. In a word, they were awesome. Well worth the price of admission.
Oh, and Bon Jovi wasn't too bad either.