Design trends: TVs for Olympics watching

For the TV event of the year, nay the decade, go for gold and catch every bit of the Olympic action with the latest high-definition and 3D TV sets
For the TV event of the year, nay the decade, go for gold and catch every bit of the Olympic action with the latest high-definition and 3D TV sets.

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1. Catch up with the day's highlights in style. The NEOD Mirror TV is perfect for the bedroom because it looks like a stylish mirror when it's not in use. Choose from a range of leather, wood, aluminium and glitter frames. Inside is a top-quality Loewe screen with full high definition and 3D. From £6,000 (neod.org).
2. At this price, it's hard to resist buying a state-of-the-art TV to get into the action. The LG 50PZ250T's huge 50-inch screen is "1080p full high definition", which is said to offer a pinsharp picture — ie you'll see every bead of sweat on Usain Bolt. Plus it's 3Dready. Just be sure to buy extra pairs of active shutter glasses because it only comes with one pair. Costs £499.95 (richersounds.com).
3. According to research by Sky, we're a multiscreen nation. Over half of us use a tablet or laptop while we watch TV and 39 per cent of us update our social media status while we watch sport. Tablets such as the iPad are perfect for Twitter and Facebook. And with apps such as BBC iPlayer and Sky Sports you can stream live TV to your tablet, too. From £329 (apple.com/uk/ipad).
4. If you want to immerse yourself in the action, add this full high-definition compact projector to your system. Close the curtains and point the InFocus ScreenPlay 8600 at a screen or even a plain white wall for a stunning picture that fills the room — up to 7.6m wide. It's great for home cinema and gaming, too. From £650 (infocus.com).
5. Building a dream home cinema ready for the Rio Olympics in 2016 doesn't have to cost a fortune. Olive AV (oliveav.co.uk) transformed this awkward-shaped Fulham basement for around £12,000. It boasts discreet speakers, technology hidden in custom cabinets and a two-metre projection screen that disappears when not in use. To find a local custom installer, contact CEDIA (cedia.co.uk).
6. The owners of this cinema room in north-west London can choose from two different screens for their Olympics enjoyment. There's a 65-inch plasma TV (pictured) for everyday viewing but a much bigger projection screen that drops down in front for the 100m finals. The room was custom designed and built by Grahams Hi-Fi (grahams.co.uk) using a budget of about £100,000. To find a local custom television installer, contact CEDIA (cedia.co.uk).

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