Super Bowl TV and Surround Sound System Setup Tips
Whether you’re a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan or Kansas City Chiefs supporter, chances are you’ll be tuning into the Super Bowl on February 2. With more than 100 million people watching each year and a halftime show that is always off the hook. Most Super Bowl party hosts only think about the size of their TV when brainstorming the perfect setup for their guests. But, you must also consider the food and, of course, the sound.
Choosing The Right TV
For diehard football fanatics, having a good TV not only matters, but is absolutely and utterly crucial! For this reason, it is imperative that you choose the right TV to watch the game. Although LED TVs are the popular choice due to the price point, OLED TVs are the best choice for watching sports. Response time and refresh rate are important things to consider when buying a TV optimized to watch sports. Response time refers to the time it takes for each individual pixel to change states. Faster response time, means you’ll get less motion blur and fewer artifacts (this results in a better picture). And, the faster the refresh rate, the smoother things look and the easier it is to pick out details in fast-moving content like sports.
OLED TV (Response Time, Refresh Rate)
- Response Time: because OLED pixels combine the light source and the color in a single diode, it can change states incredibly fast
- OLED TVs currently offer the fastest response time of any TV technology in use today
- Refresh Rate: OLED TVs can achieve rates of up to 1,000 times higher than LED TVs
LED TV (Response Time, Refresh Rate)
- Response Time: by contrast, LED TVs use LEDs to produce brightness, and tiny LCD “shutters” to create color
- Although LED’s brightness can be changed in an instant, LCD shutters are by their nature slower to respond to state changes
- Refresh Rate: LED TVs are much slower
Between its wires, plugs, and sharp corners, a TV that is not mounted to the wall (properly) is an accident waiting to happen. Which is why choosing the right TV mount is so important. For anyone who has ever experienced a wall mounted TV falling off the wall, it can be devastating. Between the possibility of someone getting hurt, and the chance of something breaking, this is something you never want to experience for yourself. Some of the most common reasons for TVs falling off the wall includes mounting it on dry wall alone, not using the right anchors, and using a poor quality TV mount. So, to avoid this, it is worth considering how a professional TV installation company can help.
Adding Surround Sound
Don’t settle for a just okay Super Bowl audio experience. Make sure every bit of dialogue is clean, crisp and that you practically feel every bone crunching hit. Here are three of the most popular surround sound setups:
A 5.1 surround sound setup is when three speakers are placed in front of you (left, right, center), two speakers behind you (right surround, left surround) with a subwoofer somewhere in the same room (for low frequency effects).
A 7.1 surround sound setup delivers a cinematic experience through seven speakers and a subwoofer. With two added levels of depth that is produced by a left rear and right rear speaker. These rear speakers add intensity to the audio experience by further localizing sound effects. Make sure to place them behind your seating area at an angle of 135° to 150° from the center.
The 9.1 surround sound setup delivers a cinematic experience through nine speakers and a subwoofer. Adding to the 7.1 setup, the 9.1 setup makes use of two front height channels. These front height speakers add a vertical dimension to surround sound listening. For optimal sound, place these speakers directly above the front left and right speakers (facing the listening position). And, for maximum effect, they should be at least three feet above the front speakers.