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Ikea is introducing an "all-in-one" entertainment system that includes a smart television, blu-ray player and 2.1 sound sytem all built into a single piece of furniture with an array of features (hidden cabling, extra hidden compartment behind door that allows IR) Anybody have any actual specs on the hardware (television/bluray/sound system) or whos actually building it for them?

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No specs but it looks like it will be quite a while before becoming available over here:

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It will be available as of June 2012 at Ikea stores in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Berlin and Gdansk. A few months later in autumn, the Uppleva will be sold in its Italy, France, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Portugal stores. In the spring of next year, the Uppleva is expected to be in more countries.

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Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/articl...#ixzz1sJtdTxtO
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well looks like everyone is getting into the act.

no display bigger than 46" means a lot of people on this side of the pond
will probably take a pass on this.

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well looks like everyone is getting into the act.

no display bigger than 46" means a lot of people on this side of the pond
will probably take a pass on this.

I dont think AVS crowd is the target here.

As a sidenote Uppleva is Experience in swedish.
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Yeah definitely not appealing to the crowd on here but still pretty cool none the less, I'm more interested on whos making the electrical part for them like is it a mismash of manufactors or is ikea purchasing the television, soundbar and player all off one company?
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very cool for the Ikea fans and the Mrs, which was obvious from the presenter Right on in positioning for target market!

Would be perfect if it's 3.1... always thought that makes most sense for mass market.
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I'm more interested on whos making the electrical part for them like is it a mismash of manufactors or is ikea purchasing the television, soundbar and player all off one company?

TCL makes the electronics. Makes sense that one company makes everything. Better price and easier integration between the components.

I wonder if the installation for the electronics will have the IKEA look?
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Never heard of TCL before, have yet to run into them here in canada that I'm aware, did a brief wikipedia search of em, basically turned up they were a chinese company focused on electronics, I'd be interested on hearing about their track record and quality
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Never heard of TCL before, have yet to run into them here in canada that I'm aware, did a brief wikipedia search of em, basically turned up they were a chinese company focused on electronics, I'd be interested on hearing about their track record and quality

Recently TCL presented a 4K 110 inch 3D edge-lit LED
http://www.tcl.com/en.php/news/938.html

We won't see them any time soon in West-Europe or North-Amerika (IKEA is the exception which should tell you something about the quality ).

To me IKEA is all about low quality with high quality appearance, reminds me of the TCL 4K 110 inch 3D edge-lit LED
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no display bigger than 46" means a lot of people on this side of the pond
will probably take a pass on this.


Come on mr. wally, bigger isn't always better.

But then again, there are those who feel that size does matter.


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Amazing that nobody's ever thought of this before....

http://www.tvhistory.tv/1960-Motorola-Model-23SF3.JPG

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Amazing that nobody's ever thought of this before....

http://www.tvhistory.tv/1960-Motorola-Model-23SF3.JPG



Now that's what I call an entertainment center!



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Amazing that nobody's ever thought of this before....

http://www.tvhistory.tv/1960-Motorola-Model-23SF3.JPG

Wow! I used to sell those as well as RCA Victor consoles on Saturdays in Biloxi's
only record shop then. Life of a poorly paid GI with two kids...
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I'm trying to figure out how this is better than putting a TV on a TV bench and sticking the electronics in the space provided by the bench. You could even hide the cables behind the TV base.
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I'm trying to figure out how this is better than putting a TV on a TV bench and sticking the electronics in the space provided by the bench. You could even hide the cables behind the TV base.

As it was back then, for people that wanted one piece furniture with the electronics, and no hassles with remote controls or anything else.
I can't remember back then any console featuring remote controls. Back then, we had voice command for remote...Change channels, we're missing Ed Sullivan!

Almost always, the furniture took precedence to audio performance.
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I can't remember back then any console featuring remote controls. Back then, we had voice command for remote...Change channels, we're missing Ed Sullivan!

Don't you remember the Zenith Space Command remotes? They used tuning bars. Look Mom, no battery's!





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Zenith 1962 was our first color TV. I don't remember the remote. Thanks for posting the commercial.

Ohhh, Judy and Frank...I used to worship their singing!
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Zenith 1962 was our first color TV. I don't remember the remote. Thanks for posting the commercial.

Ohhh, Judy Garland...I used to worship her singing!


So did I. We must be getting old Hugh! You should check out the new series Magic City on Stars.



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So did I. We must be getting old Hugh! You should check out the new series Magic City on Stars.



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Alright, Ian...I'll bite. What is Magic City on Stars?
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Alright, Ian...I'll bite. What is Magic City on Stars?

It's about the hotel business and organized crime in Miami back in 1959. It's filmed on location, including at the Fountain Blue, where Sinatra performed regularly on New Years Eve.


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Thanks,
I'll check it out.
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Recently TCL presented a 4K 110 inch 3D edge-lit LED
http://www.tcl.com/en.php/news/938.html

We won't see them any time soon in West-Europe or North-Amerika (IKEA is the exception which should tell you something about the quality ).

To me IKEA is all about low quality with high quality appearance, reminds me of the TCL 4K 110 inch 3D edge-lit LED

5 years warranty
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Don't you remember the Zenith Space Command remotes? They used tuning bars. Look Mom, no battery's!





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Actually Tesla invented the remote contol http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/ll_robots.html


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5 years warranty

''IKEA is offering a five year guarantee'' for which you probably have to pay extra money. I would not buy that stuff even if they give me a ten year guarantee...for free

''IKEA is offering a five year guarantee, which at least addresses reliability concerns''
http://www.displaysearchblog.com/201...-the-industry/

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Don't you remember the Zenith Space Command remotes? They used tuning bars. Look Mom, no battery's!





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Some even earlier remotes:

http://www.earlytelevision.org/remotes.html

Zenith later marketed a couple of interesting remotes, one of which was actually pneumatic. It was attached to the set with a hose and squeezing a bulb at your end changed the channel. If you've ever seen the movie "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLaine there's a scene featuring this thing. Later they used a flashlight kinda thingy that you aimed at one of the upper corners of screen bezel to change channels, the other upper corner for on/off volume.

Ultrasonic remotes came into use in the 70s and some people still call the remote a "clicker" becuase of the sound they made when you mashed the buttons. I had a set with one of these and if the remote was misplaced I could change channels by jiggling my keyring.

Remote control was very rare up into the 70s, if you had a kid in the house you didn't need one.

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Some even earlier remotes:

http://www.earlytelevision.org/remotes.html

Zenith later marketed a couple of interesting remotes, one of which was actually pneumatic. It was attached to the set with a hose and squeezing a bulb at your end changed the channel. If you've ever seen the movie "The Apartment" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLaine there's a scene featuring this thing. Later they used a flashlight kinda thingy that you aimed at one of the upper corners of screen bezel to change channels, the other upper corner for on/off volume.

Ultrasonic remotes came into use in the 70s and some people still call the remote a "clicker" becuase of the sound they made when you mashed the buttons. I had a set with one of these and if the remote was misplaced I could change channels by jiggling my keyring.

Remote control was very rare up into the 70s, if you had a kid in the house you didn't need one.


We always had a remote, starting in the early 60's when my DAD bought his first Zenith.


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i remember our first remote. it was connected to the tv via a wire which always got in the way of things.
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i remember our first remote. it was connected to the tv via a wire which always got in the way of things.
lol

Reminds me of a book I have that that describes growing up in the 80s. It list 3 cool stuff your dad could have.

1 Carphone
2 Digital speedometer (anything digital was cool)
3 Remote control (Wire connected was OK)
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i remember our first remote. it was connected to the tv via a wire which always got in the way of things.
lol

After we returned from a two year tour in Iceland in the 70's, I purchased our very first VCR. Just like your TV, it had a wired remote control. I can't remember the brand, maybe Toshiba, but it was licensed by Sony. It was also the beginning of stereo capable vcr's. Problem was, we only had very few tv stations capable of stereo broadcast and even fewer stereo shows...THOSE WERE THE DAYYSSSS!
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After we returned from a two year tour in Iceland in the 70's, I purchased our very first VCR. Just like your TV, it had a wired remote control. I can't remember the brand, maybe Toshiba, but it was licensed by Sony. It was also the beginning of stereo capable vcr's. Problem was, we only had very few tv stations capable of stereo broadcast and even fewer stereo shows...THOSE WERE THE DAYYSSSS!


I bought my Dad an RCA top load VCR in the early 80's and I now recall it had a wired remote!


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I bought my Dad an RCA top load VCR in the early 80's and I now recall it had a wired remote!


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I had one of those, purchased in the Spring of '80. Mine was an RCA but you could buy the same machine under the Panasonic or Quasar nameplate--all were built by Matsushita, Panasonic's parent company. The wired remote was just a pause button, no other functions. Mine cost $799. For another 3 hundred you got the upscale model with wireless remote which added ff, rw, and channel changer.

I took mine apart once in the late 80s just for fun--that thing was built like a tank with a cast metal framework inside to which all the components were mounted with machine screws.

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