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What good is having people over to watch the Big Game if you’re all sandwiched awkwardly in front of a tiny TV? Upgrade your viewing experience this year by stacking up your home theater system with some of these popular picks. These units deliver bigger screens, crisper fields of vision, and wider soundscapes for way less than you think.
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One of the best times to buy a new TV is the week or two before the Super Bowl, when manufacturers offer up both new and months-old models at deep discounts. What’s more, brands are now putting soundbars, projectors and speakers on sale as well, so consumers can put together an entire home theater package for a decent price. We’ve even found great TVs starting at just $160.
“Now is a great time to invest if you are in the market for a new TV,” says John Couling, senior vice president of entertainment at Dolby. “Over the past decade, tremendous advancements in panel technology and supply chain have made getting a great TV much more affordable.”
And when it comes time to set up your new TV, the optimal distance can make your viewing experience a lot more enjoyable. “As a rule of thumb,” Couling says, “images will start to lose detail if the distance between your couch and TV is greater than three times your TV’s vertical picture height.”
If you want to get the most out of your TV’s built-in speakers, Couling explains you’ll want to “make sure your TV is placed or mounted above a table, as most new TVs have downward-facing speakers placed behind the panel.” For using a soundbar, meantime, Couling advises mounting it or setting it “on the edge of your entertainment center instead of sitting flush with the wall.”
Whether you’re watching the action on the field or just turning up the halftime show, here are some of the best electronics deals we’ve spotted (so far) in the lead up to Super Bowl 2022.
TCL 65-Inch Class 4-Series 4K UHD Smart Roku TV
TCL’s latest TV deal is almost unheard of, delivering a ton of big-screen features in a price usually reserved for much smaller units. Right now, it’s currently $200 off at Best Buy.
This set gets you a bright and vivid display with 4K Ultra HD resolution, and the convenience of Roku. All your apps are in one, easy-to-view place, and you can also activate Alexa or Google Assistant, to control settings and channels with your voice.
TCL makes some of the most reliable TVs on the market, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised as how crisp the Image quality is on this set, which is great for watching sports, movies and gaming. Images are always life-like and colorful, with little to no blurring, even when the action is fast-paced. At $499.99, this is one of the best Super Bowl TV deals we’ve seen this year, so you’ll want to take advantage of this TCL sale before the deal expires.
VIZIO V-Series 58-inch 4K LED Smart TV
Football fans will be hard-pressed to find a better deal on an excellent 4K smart TV than this 58-inch VIZIO UHD Smart TV.
The V-Series TV features 4K Ultra HD resolution and full-array backlight LEDs, which means you’re getting 8 million pixels and a bright, detailed display that everyone watching the game will appreciate. The TV also includes built-in Chromecast and SmartCast, and supports Apple AirPlay 2, so you can easily cast and stream shows and videos easily from your devices.
Integrated Dolby Vision HDR technology means you’re getting cinema-like quality for more lifelike images, from the field to the commercials. This is also one of the most affordable Dolby Vision 4K Smart TVs on the market right now.
This set comes with a VIZIO voice remote, now paired with the VIZIO IQ Active Processor for super fast response times. You also get access to VIZIO’s WatchFree+ lineup of free movies, shows and TV channels – no subscription required.
If you’re looking for a VIZIO smart TV at a great price point, you can score this V-Series 4K LED set for a deep discount at just $399.99 — a $160 savings for the Super Bowl that lasts through Feb. 14.
Insignia 50-Inch Smart 4K UHD TV
Insignia’s got a 50-inch set that will be delivered in time for the Super Bowl priced at just $359.99. (If you need a larger screen, the brand’s 65-inch Fire TV is just $539.99.)
What sets this TV apart is that it’s a Fire TV, which means you can get to apps like Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney+ in a flash. Insignia’s set comes with an Alexa remote, too, so you can find the videos you’re looking for with your voice.
The TV supports 4K and features an LED display, so you’ll be able to see the big game (and anything else) really clearly. Thanks to a technology called HDR (high dynamic range), you can expect beautiful colors, too.
Hisense 65A6G 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with Alexa
A 65-inch 4K TV for just under $500 is an almost-unheard of deal, which is why we recommend adding this Hisense Android Smart Ultra HD TV to your cart quickly. With four times the number of pixels as a full HD display, the screen is crisp and clear, delivering more realistic images with less blurring (especially great when watching fast-paced sports or action movies).
Thanks to Google’s Android operating system, you’ll be able to watch all your favorite TV shows and Movies through built-in apps instead of connecting a media streamer. It supports HDR for life-like colors, and comes with a voice remote powered by the Google Assistant. Its speakers can even simulate surround sound thanks to a technology called DTS Virtual: X.
A giant screen, a 4K ultra high-definition display, and smart streaming capabilities, make this an easy buy.
LG CX Series OLED 4K TV
If you want the best of the best, the 65-inch version of LG’s CX series OLED TV is a no-brainer.
Currently $800 off retail price, the TV uses a screen technology that makes colors look pristine. It’s a night-and-day difference compared to a traditional flat panel, and you’ll notice immediately. LG partnered with Dolby to build Atmos (surround sound audio) and ThinkIQ (automatic brightness and picture control) into the TV itself.
The result is a TV that optimizes picture quality to give you the best possible experience, regardless of what you’re watching (or playing), and the conditions of your room. This is the best-looking and best-performing TV on this list; the discount takes it down to its lowest price yet of the year so far.
Looking for a soundbar to go with your Super Bowl TV set? Roku’s Streambar lets you stream content on your TV and upgrade your home theater sound system all in one compact device. Currently 23% off on Amazon, it’s one of the best budget-friendly soundbars to get for game days and movie nights alike. It packs excellent sound thanks to the addition of Dolby Audio, but its four built-in speakers project sound right in front of your TV and to the sides of the room so you’ll feel like you’re in a theater right from your own couch. It supports Bluetooth, and it also comes with its own voice remote so you can quickly stream your favorite shows on Disney+, Netflix and more.
Sony Z9F Soundbar
If you have more space, and want even better sound, we recommend stepping up to Sony’s Z9F. The sound bar has an external subwoofer that will deliver even bigger bass, and has a sound mode that’s specifically optimized for sports.
Most importantly, this sound bar is capable of playing high resolution sound, which means what you hear will be cleaner and more accurate. The Z9F supports Dolby Atmos and DTS-X, so it can simulate surround sound, and its three speakers are all pointed in different directions to give you a better sense of space. The Z9F is currently $102 cheaper than normal, which makes right now a great time to pick one up.
Holiday Styling Store Outdoor Inflatable Projector Screen
If you’re watching the big game from a warmer place this year, host your Super Bowl party outside with this oversized outdoor projector screen. The 16-foot inflatable screen is fully portable, and it can support up to a 200-foot display. An included electric blower makes it easy to set up, and the company says it’ll take about 10 minutes to complete. Bonus: It’s currently $50 off on Amazon with an on-site coupon, and you can save an additional 15% when applying the promo code 15SBPARTY at checkout.
Pair it with a portable projector like this one from Anker, for a true Super Bowl viewing party experience.
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