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question of the day: Would you buy a TV from Ikea?

Uppleva Ikea TV

Soon, Ikea will be your one-stop shop for candles, meatballs, and home electronics. From TG Daily:

In addition to boasting multiple screen sizes, none of which are specified by IKEA, the furniture will also include integrated sound systems and Blu-ray players. The units will be available with extra space to store other things items including game consoles and cable boxes. The systems will include 2.1 audio with a wireless subwoofer that can be placed anywhere in the room.

The Uppleva systems will be modular in design, and prospective buyers can choose a small system with a standard TV or a much larger system that covers an entire wall space for music, movies and video games. Prices for the line will start at the equivalent of $960 for the most basic system and smallish screen.

Watch this:

At YouTube, Ikea tells us:

You will find UPPLEVA in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Gdansk and Berlin in June 2012. During autumn 2012 UPPLEVA is available in all of the stores in Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Portugal , and during spring 2013 in even more countries.

Would you buy a TV from Ikea?

The only thing that gives me pause is the built-in blu-ray player. What if you want to upgrade? Will you be stuck with an outdated piece of equipment, or is it easily swappable? (On the other hand, there doesn’t seem to be a new home-video format on the horizon: the next thing will be streaming. So perhaps this isn’t an issue.)

What do you think?

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