Best TV Setup: Ultimate kit to watch EURO 2012 in style
Want to build the ultimate TV setup to watch England beat Germany in the Euro 2012 final? We can't fix the football, but we can help you find the best kit to enjoy the footy this summer
We can now draw breath that England have got through their first EURO 2012 game without a sending off, a contentious goal being struck off despite it definitely crossing the line, or no points from the group opener against France.
Next up for England is Sweden, and if you are planning to round up the troops to watch the game at your place, the last thing you want them doing is mocking your 27-inch telly with a pair of PC speakers plugged in to generate some atmosphere. Thankfully, T3 has got your back with six essential pieces of tech to build the ultimate football-watching haven. Now you all have to worry about is taking care of the beers...
1. Logitech Harmony 1100
In the summer of sport you’re likely to be doing more flicking around than a Subbuteo tournament. You don’t want to be faffing with a lot of remotes, so maybe it’s time you invested in a universal one. This one supports more than 225,000 devices – why not try to buy all of them, for the most awesome home cinema setup ever?
Price: £359 | Link: Logitech
2. Apple TV
You can, at a push, control this iTV set-top with the Logitech remote, but Apple wouldn’t like that. Instead, download the remote app (free, iTunes), and make sure you have iOS 4.1 or above. You’ll be able to control via gesture controls on your iPad, and beam sporty clips of all kinds from ’pad to telly via Airplay.
Price: £99 | Link: Apple
3. B&W MT-60D
You’re not going to capture the full majesty of the Olympic/Euro 2012/Open golf/ three-day eventing from Rotherham action through speakers that sound like a bee in an envelope. Procure these bad boys instead: four M-1 loudspeakers combined with a PV1-D sub with OLED display for fine-tuning audio to suit your lounge.
Price: £1,950 | Link: Bowers & Wilkins
4. Qu Armchair
Coming direct from a Bond villain’s lair by way of Heal’s, this aniline leather swivel chair is perfect for sitting in whilst stroking a cat evilly, and dispatching minions through trapdoors into shark-infested pools. Oh, and you can use it for watching the footie with a can of lager. “No Mr Bond, I expect you to get the next round…”
Price: £1,525 | Link: Heals
5. Loewe Connect 40 3D
This summer’s action demands a suitably svelte 3D telly with web connectivity. This one has LED backlight tech, and colour reproduction that’s punchier than the Cuban Olympic boxing squad. More importantly, it looks the business. Want something with a more palatable price tag? Check the box at the top...
Price: £2,495 | Link: Loewe
6. Sagemcom Freesat+ HD 320GB
Pause, rewind and record up to 320GB – about 150 hours – of HD sporting action. You can record one channel while watching another, or record two and watch a previous recording. The simple LED front panel will tell you whether you’re currently recording.
Price: £146 | Link: Freesat