Are you ready for the Big Game? Ready to take in all its glory as if you were in the stands sitting on the edge of your seat immersed in the action? Ready to impress family and friends with a jaw-dropping experience that leaves them, well…jealous?
And, no, we're not talking about your awesome Kegerator or those hot, tangy, succulent wings everyone loves. We're talking about a killer audio/video setup that not only "transports" you to the stadium but puts you on the field. A setup that let's you feel the action - the bone-crunching thuds of a goal-to-go pileup, the brutal kidney-punch of a sideline takedown, the roar of the crowd when the announcer shouts "touchdown!"
The best of today's home entertainment technology can get you closer to the game than ever before. And in some ways, a topnotch AV system can deliver an experience that's better than being there. So if you're tired of the small screen and tinny sound, it's time to time to take things to the next level with an AV setup that will serve not only sports but also movies, music, and TV.
Here's our three-step plan for upping your AV game.
1. Take a tour of AV-land.
If it's been a while since you've bought a TV or sound system, peruse CEDIA's Home Technology Blog or pick up a magazine like Sound & Vision to get a feel for what's new in AV. You'll quickly see that a lot is going on.
Then pay a visit to CEDIA's Inspiration Gallery for striking examples of professionally installed AV systems. If you're serious about taking your AV game to the next level, find a home technology professional in your area and have him walk you through options in your price range. A pro will guide you through the maze of AV gear and present ideas on how to integrate it into your room - or hide it away.
2. Go for a big screen.
And not just any screen but the biggest screen you can afford (as long as it's not too big for the room you have in mind). Take a close look at the new 4K/Ultra HD sets, the best of which deliver stunning pictures at prices that are getting lower every day. OLED TVs - known for their vibrant, lifelike color - are also worth a serious look, but there are fewer options and they tend to be quite a bit more expensive.
If you have the physical space and budget to go bigger than, say, 70 inches, consider a theater-like projection setup where screen sizes start at 100 inches. There's no better way to get in the game.
3. Don't skimp on the sound.
Forget soundbars and cheap home-theater-in-a-box systems. Go for a bona fide surround-sound audio system with a full complement of speakers and a real subwoofer. For the best experience, you'll want a 5.1 system, which means three front speakers - left, center, right - two rear surround speakers and a standalone subwoofer.
Following these few simple steps will put you on the path to an at-home game experience that you might not have imagined possible.
To learn more about home entertainment technology and options, consult a CEDIA professional. Click here for a list of CEDIA-member home technology professionals in your area.