Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 marks the golden anniversary of America’s biggest annual event in the world of sports. This year’s Super Bowl event is unlike any other. Rumor has it that this year’s Super Bowl halftime show will feature performances from music giants. From Coldplay to Maroon 5 and Metallica to Adel, you just cannot go without a great home entertainment system—and, most importantly, a surround sound system.

This year, make Super Bowl Sunday a day for you, your family, and your friends to remember. Celebrate it in High Definition and Surround Sound, and you will be everyone’s newest hero.

Super Bowl 50: On the Field Experience

Do you want to feel every note played at what will be known as the year’s biggest music event? With today’s broadcast sound technology and the right surround sound system to deliver it, you will hear every detail of this year’s halftime show and Sunday’s Super Bowl game! Hear the crashing and banging of helmets and fans cheering throughout the stadium from the comfort of your living room! The broadcasting technology available today will allow you to watch the game in Ultra HD and give you the experience of being in the stadium… but only if you install the right TV and surround sound system to deliver the impact you are looking for. Consider this if you want to transmit the Super Bowl at the highest resolution possible.

What is Surround Sound?

What is surround sound? Surround sound is a type of audio output. The audio output generated by a surround sound system surrounds the listener with what feels like a 360-degree space or the sound is all around you. For example, in a football game, you might see fans cheering, coaches yelling from the sidelines, and the teams colliding, but you may not necessarily hear each element with a surround sound system. You would listen to fans cheering as background (or ambient sound) coaches yell with a sound that goes from foreground to background depending on if the camera is pointed at them for a particular reason (maybe after a play) while hearing a more giant, more impactful sound of helmets and pads crashing thus giving you an on the field experience.

How Does Surround Sound Work?

Understanding surround sound and how it works makes it easier to compare it to stereo sound. With stereo sound, there are two speakers and sometimes a subwoofer, depending on the setup. When listeners have only stereo sound, they hear music, voices, or background sounds from the same two channels.

Even if a scene includes background noise that is not intended to be the focus, it is often mixed in with the other sounds in the scene, making it difficult to fully appreciate the director’s intended effect. Surround sound, on the other hand, presents sounds from different directions and levels.

Technically Speaking

Surround sound works because multiple audio channels provide a more realistic experience. The audio from Super Bowl Sunday’s game is received through speakers positioned in different locations of the room. When a surround sound system is used to watch Sunday’s football game, your surround sound speakers will provide depth to your listening experience, enabling a multi-dimensional experience.

Sound disperses  the way the NFL intended. So you hear the right foreground and background noises at the proper levels and places. As a result, it creates a 360-degree listening experience.

Surround Sound Systems: 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 Channels

Sound systems can be a simple 5.1-channel setup with three speakers in front of you (left, right, center), two speakers behind you (right surround, left surround), and a subwoofer somewhere in the same room (for low-frequency effects). Depending on the speakers used, speaker systems can be on the wall, ceiling, or stand-alone.

6.1 Surround sound produces six channels of sound. The speakers are in similar areas, with an added level of depth produced by the extra speaker in a rear-center position. 7.1 surround sound produces seven channels of sound. Much like the other two surround sound speaker setups, the 7.1 has speakers in the same areas with two added levels of depth produced by a left rear and right rear speaker.

Speaker Placement

Speaker placement is more important than you might think! It’s crucial to actively consider speakers’ placement, including possibly hiding them if needed. Putting your newly bought speakers into a cabinet might not matter, but it does. You risk muffled sound when you put speakers or subwoofers into a cabinet. Make sure to place speakers in specific areas to produce the 360-degree sound experience.

TV Placement

The placement of your TV is critical. When mounting your TV, you don’t want to mount it so high that you have to look up, which can cause discomfort in your neck and shoulders. You want to consider the size of the TV, the size of the room, and where you will be sitting to ensure you are mounting your TV in just the right spot.

AV Receiver: Marantz NR1504

Amplify your Super Bowl Sunday with a Marantz NR1504 AV receiver. The Marantz NR1504 is a powerful 5-channel home theater receiver that uses an acoustic measurement and correction system plus high-def upscaling to deliver the highest-quality sound 4K technology has to offer. The Marantz NR1504 features a slim-line body and networking capabilities. This allows you to enjoy your favorite streaming music channels like Pandora®, Spotify®, SiriusXM™, and more.

Surround Sound Speakers: Episode® Signature Speakers 1300 Series

Expand the sound of Sunday’s game with home cinema speakers from Episode. Episode’s 1300 series speakers feature forward-set woofers to deliver a powerful punch to your bass, an adjustable silk dome tweeter that will allow you to direct sound where you want it, an elliptical tweeter to spread your frequencies to a more comprehensive range evenly, and a one-piece thin-bezel grille that keeps your speakers where they belong out of sight.

Episode® Triple 8″ Powered Subwoofer

Consider for a moment what makes a premium sports car so special. It is the engine, the transmission, the suspension, the chassis. You get the idea – the short answer is, of course, “Yes.” So, with this Triple 8 subwoofer – the woofer system, passive radiators, amplifier, power supply, and even the cabinet – all come together in concert for a fantastic performance.