The incredible sliding Sony HDTV

Remember those faux mahogany cupboards people used to tuck their tellies into for keeping up appearances? Well, Sony has cottoned on to yer granny’s f

Remember those faux mahogany cupboards people used to tuck their tellies into for keeping up appearances?

Well, Sony has cottoned on to yer granny’s favourite and granted the next generation of closet telly fans a TV disguise with more seductive contours.

Sony’s slider high-def TV, the TAV-L1, comes with a top-loading CD and DVD slot, 2.1 stereo with 50w output per channel and a 100w subwoofer and can play music without dropping the cover - thus resembling nothing more than a cool and slightly freaky-looking speaker.

Prod the front with a tentative finger, however, and the touch-sensitive façade slithers down, uncovering a 32-inch Bravia LCD display.

The hi-def flat panel lurks beneath the grille like a pearl in an oyster shell. We’re not entirely sure what the grille protects the TV from, since an infant with grubby, wandering fingers could activate the slider with relative ease.

And we’re not convinced you’d want to hide it either. In truth, the TAV-L1 is not something of which you would ever be ashamed, nor could you harbour much desire to hide it, other than from thieves.

Rumours of a 40-incher are circling, but for now let the 32-inch TAV-L1 satiate your appetite.

It comes in black or white and is expected to fetch around £4000 in May. The only specs we currently have are general European ones, but when we get the full UK details we’ll let you know.

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