So, to help you out a little, here are the best home entertainment systems for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The age of the widescreen 32-inch television is over. Sure, 32-inches is fine for a bedroom, but in 2012 you should really be sporting a big TV for the living room. Anything 40-inches and above will do the trick and, especially in high-definition, you’ll be able to watch Dwain Chambers – if he makes the squad ñ run considerably slower than Usain Bolt. If you’re worried about taking up space in the room then wall mount it! That way, you could even get something like a 62-inch TV just because you can. Bigger is always better. If you can afford the £1,700 Samsung D7000 (UE46D7000) then go for it. It’s won plenty of fans and has pretty much every feature ever put on to any television. And if that type of money is a bit out of reach, then the £800 Samsung D6530 (UE40D6530) will do the trick.
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Bored of your TV speakers giving you rubbish treble and bass? Well, upgrade it! Buy yourself a stand-alone surround sound system and bask in all of the Olympic glory. 5.1 Systems, which have six speakers, will do the job just fine, but if you fancy going seriously hardcore there is the 7.1 systems, but be careful on how much you spend – as they do get quite expensive. One of the most rated surround sound systems is the Boston Acoustics SoundWare XS Special Edition, as the speakers are not only small and powerful, but the design is modern and simple. Oh, and it’s also one of the cheapest systems you can buy which will still turn your home into a mini-Cinema. Panasonic also offers the fantastic SC-BTT370 system which is a 5.1 set-up and 1000W. It’s a serious bit of kit, too.
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If you’ve got a new TV, it probably comes 3D-ready, this basically means, if you pay a bit extra every month, you can watch 3D television at home. The BBC is taking care of the Olympics coverage and they do have a dedicated 3D channel, so this technology could well give you a different perspective of the games. One of the best 3D TVs has to be the Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20. Itís Panasonicís flagship 3D TV and costs a cool £2300, but it does offer some of the best 3D detailing you can buy. Samsungís £3000 UE46C9000 may be biblically expensive, but itís one of the most stylish 3D TVs you can buy.
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So you’ve got your TV, you’ve got your sound sorted, but now you need to concentrate on your bottom. If you’re going to be spending hour after hour watching men jump over bars and women jumping about on apparatus then you’re going to want a big comfy chair. Thankfully, if you’re a guy, there are plenty of dedicated chairs for such an occasion. LazyBoy is one of the most well-known chairs companyís, and if you go for one of theirs you’ll be cocooned in a big leather hug with a reclining foot-rest and plenty of comfort. The XZipit La-Z-Boy is perfect for sports events as you can buy interchangeable team logos to zip into your actual recliner.
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If you haven’t enjoyed the brilliance of HD television yet, where have you been? Watching football, tennis or anything really in HD is just so much better than standard definition, so if you’re with Sky, Freeview or Virgin, spend a bit of money and get a HD package. You won’t regret it. Who wouldn’t want to see Jessica Ennis in high definition? Samsungís latest Smart TV range has been seriously popular, as they’re probably the best looking TVs ever made and the picture they produce is ridiculous ñ especially in full HD. The 40î ES6900 Series 6 is affordable at £1,149.99 and will be perfect for the football. If you’re feeling flush, the £2,499.99, 55î ES8000 Series 8 will dazzle your friends, neighbours and even the pets with its clarity and sheer beauty.
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