The Best Ways to Upgrade Your TV & Audio for Game Day
Are you ready for the biggest game of the year? Fortunately, you still have time to upgrade your TV and home audio for February 4th.
For the best and easiest ways to do so, read on to get our recommendations.
Upgrade to OLED or QLED for a crisp, clear view of the field.
Faded green fields are easy to fix with any new TV these days. But you'll also want to consider how it handles fast action, like players quickly moving around. Issues like motion lag, blur or judder (the jerkiness caused by people moving side to side across a screen) are common for sports fans enjoying the game at home, and you'll need a TV that can handle movement with ease.
The best way to improve your view of the game? Go for a new TV with an OLED or QLED display. These technologies improve things like contrast levels and brightness, so every movement, color and play is clear and smooth from any view in the room.
The primary difference between OLED and QLED TVs? The way they reproduce color. OLED televisions are designed so they can emit their own light when turned on. QLED TVs rely on an LCD display that uses an LED backlight to reproduce color. There are pros and cons to each one, but more on that later. (You can also read more about the specific differences here.)
Of course, beauty and television display quality lies in the eye of the beholder. So you'll want to go with the one that looks best to you and fits the needs of your room. (If you need help with that, let us know so we can help!)
To help guide your decision, here are a few of our top picks.
Our game day OLED TV picks.
OLED TVs currently lead the market in terms of display quality. Since they produce deeper blacks, higher contrast, and richer colors. In the end, you get a more realistic image of the action.
With the LG OLED 65" 4K Ultra High Definition Smart TV, you can ensure that no matter where anyone sits in the room, they'll have a clear view of what's happening on the field. It also supports 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, so the players look even more lifelike than ever before.
This LG OLED TV comes with a full web browser and Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can check up on player stats during commercials and show your friends.
Another OLED favorite is the Sony A1E Bravia OLED 4K Ultra High Definition High Dynamic Range TV. Here you get the same crisp images thanks to the OLED display, plus a 4K HDR processor. This means you'll get 4K HDR quality for non-HDR content. And to ensure the players move as swiftly on screen as they do on the field, Sony's Motionflow XR technology helps smooth out the picture even more.
Our game day QLED TV picks.
QLED TVs use Samsung's quantum dot technology, allowing them to produce greater brightness levels without losing saturation — which makes it ideal for rooms that get a lot of ambient or natural light.
Samsung’s The Frame TV made waves last year due to its unique design. Part art, part television, The Frame TV is a stunning QLED when turned on and a piece of artwork when it’s off. In Art Mode, the Frame TV don’t just resemble real framed artwork, it’s basically indistinguishable from real framed artwork. Choose your frame, layout and matte color and preserve your decor with what many critics are calling the most beautiful TV – ever. In TV mode, you get an ultra high definition TV and a serious 4K / high dynamic range experience that's perfect for game day.
For a more traditional style, we recommend the Samsung QLED 65" 4K Ultra High Definition HDR 4K Smart TV. You get all the same benefits of the QLED technology and HDR content support for even better contrast and brightness levels.
Create the illusion of a bigger TV with bigger sound.
When it comes to game night, everyone wants a bigger TV. But better audio might be all you need. After all, adding a subwoofer can be the difference between hearing bass and feeling the thunderous roar of the crowd around you.
The easiest way to upgrade your TV's audio is to add a sound bar. The Bose SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar, delivers a wide sound so everyone in the room can hear the ref's call. If you want even bigger bass than what you already get in the sound bar, sync it with the Acoustimass Wireless Subwoofer and add a pair of the Virtually Invisible 300 Wireless Surround Speakers to really feel and hear the crowd around you.
This wireless sound bar can even be paired with other speakers in the SoundTouch family. Add a few tabletop SoundTouch speakers throughout your home, and you'll be able to enjoy the game when you walk into the kitchen and even the bathroom (if you're into that). Or, use the Bose SoundTouch app to stream from a music service like Pandora or Spotify while waiting for kickoff.
Another great sound bar that makes upgrading your audio easy is the Sonos Playbar, which delivers rich, diverse sound from a single device. It acts as your center channel, as well as your front left and right speakers.
Now about the rest of your living room.
For more immersive surround sound, add the Sonos Sub and a pair of Sonos Play:1 speakers to feel and hear the thunderous roar of the crowd around you. Add additional Sonos tabletop streaming speakers around the house, and enjoy the game from any room. (Again... even the bathroom.)
Just like the Bose sound bar, the Playbar also serves as a standalone Sonos player, so you can play music wirelessly from your digital music library or online streaming services during commercials.
Or go with a "home theater in a box."
Interested in building a surround sound audio system? You can go with an all-in-one system or expand with separates to build your own personal home theater.
The "home theater in a box" is the classic all-in-one integrated home theater package that takes the guesswork out of a surround sound system. The Bose Lifestyle systems are the crème de la crème when it comes to this option. They're perfect for small spaces and offer a slim profile design, yet still deliver spectacular multi-dimensional sound. With the best-selling Bose Lifestyle 650, you get a center channel speaker and OmniJewel satellite speakers to deliver room-filling sound.
Just like the SoundTouch 300 sound bar, the Bose Lifestyle 650 also works with the SoundTouch app, so you can control everything directly from your phone or tablet.
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Gear up for game day.
Don't waste time waiting in line at your local sports bar to get a decent view of the game. Upgrade your TV or home audio to get an even better experience from the comfort of your own home.