IKEA integrates HDTV, Blu-ray and speakers into single furniture piece

By on April 17, 2012, 4:30 PM

The world of consumer electronics saw an unlikely player enter the market this week, as Swedish furniture specialist IKEA announced a new all-in-one appliance that integrates an LED TV, a 2.1 sound system with wireless bass speakers, Internet capabilities, a range of ports and a Blu-ray player into a single device.

Dubbed Uppleva, which is the Swedish word for experience, the new piece of furniture aims to solve the challenge of living room clutter, hiding cords and combining all the controls into a single remote, while following Ikea's usual low-price, simple design strategy.

The TV and the other electronics are made by Chinese manufacturer TCL -- which sells products under the brands TCL, ROWA, Thomson and RCA -- and are available in four different sizes, from 24 to 46 inches, and a range of colors. Other specifics aren't mentioned, unfortunately.

The furniture built around the audio and video components also comes in a variety of designs and, like most IKEA furniture, everything will ship in a flat-pack ready for assembly at home.

The Uppleva comes with a 5-year warranty and will be sold in Sweden, France, Poland, Germany and Italy starting in June, with a few more markets due to launch in the second half of the year. By the first half of next year, it will be available worldwide, with the cheapest unit costing about 6,500 Swedish kronor ($955).




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1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That looks like a 60's retro piece of furniture.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

That's a little frightening.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

uhhhh... no thanks!

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

I don't think its that bad, its a decent concept and it looks like Apple is trying to do an all in one TV... It makes a lot of sense for people who want an all in one solution. 2.1 surround is a bit disappointing - what if they made it with a center channel and 2 more wireless rear surrounds, that would work. Sort of pointless to have an HDTV with a bluray player and then rely on stereo sound.

Although, $955 for a 24" TV with internet capabilities does sound bad.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

"60's retro piece of furniture" that sounds cool to me

killeriii said:

I like it. Very retro.

Would be good for non-tech savvy people.

howzz1854 said:

that is retarded. not unless if the components are upgradable.

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Steve Steve said:

that is retarded. not unless if the components are upgradable.

Most people buy a TV, speakers (if they even bother) and a player of some kind and it stays that way for many many years so the fact that most of it cannot be upgraded is no big deal.

I made the mistake of reading the comments first and then watched the video. I actually thought the design looked quite modern, I must be living in the past Anyway I didn't mind it, looks clean.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Better still, it comes in three colors - cyan, purple and pink - chose one you like!!!!

avoidz avoidz said:

She's really cute.

I think it's not a bad idea at all; I know many people who would benefit from this set up.

1 person liked this | tengeta tengeta said:

for some reason, this clip from futurama comes to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwzbHJNkwg\

Arris Arris said:

Sony did a stand/piece of furniture with built in 5.1 speakers and whatnot ages ago ( Sony-RHT-G800-Bravia ). And other manufacturers have done similar stand/speaker/furniture units. Cables aren't so bad if you use spiral cable tidy stuff and sort it out nicely. I'm sure many "non-tech savvy" people might like this.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

for some reason, this clip from futurama comes to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwzbHJNkwg\

Liked the Futurama mention.

Sony did a stand/piece of furniture with built in 5.1 speakers and whatnot ages ago ( Sony-RHT-G800-Bravia ). And other manufacturers have done similar stand/speaker/furniture units. Cables aren't so bad if you use spiral cable tidy stuff and sort it out nicely. I'm sure many "non-tech savvy" people might like this.

Right, I think its a decent idea. But like I said, they need 5.1 surround since they are offering an HDTV and Bluray support. Plus $955 for a 24" is crazy expensive. I doubt even Apple would even have the balls to release this (internet tv, 2.1, stand) for that kind of money.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That looks like a 60's retro piece of furniture.

Spot on. So unless this this piece has a lid you can lift to reveal a crappy record changer, with a crappy ceramic cartridge, they can keep it.

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