Preparing for the Super Bowl takes more than planning which chips and dip to serve — especially if you want the best Super Bowl party ever. For that, you'll need to do some more planning, especially with your home theater.
And if you don't have a home theater, you're already behind! Check out the five essentials you'll need to make this game day the one the neighborhood will never forget!
1. Huge Projector & Screen
The first step to a memorable Super Bowl party is a big screen — and we mean huge! While you could go with a big screen 4K UHD TV, a projector will provide a flexible screen size so everyone can see every part of the action. And for even more flexibility, an ultra-short throw projector will take up less space and still have the benefits of a huge screen. Regardless of your choice, ensure the refresh rate is 120 Hz minimum and a 4K resolution, so you can capture all that action live and in the perfect picture!
With a projector, you'll also need a screen that does the picture justice. The size is up to the size of your room, but you should definitely look for an ambient light-rejecting (ALR) projector screen. These are engineered to only reflect the light coming from an ultra-short-throw projector sitting directly below and reject other light sources.
Pro Tip: You can even make the projector screen retractable and disappear into the floor or ceiling when not in use!
2. Never Miss A Second
Don't worry about missing a single second of Super Bowl Sunday just because you had to leave the room — just use video distribution. Similar to what you'd see in an electronics store, you need a video switch that shares a single video source between multiple screens to show the same picture simultaneously.
This will help minimize your need for multiple sources (and all those cables and wires!). And if you add video distribution to your smart home, you can effortlessly turn on and keep track of every display with your smart device. So, if you want to add a screen to your kitchen or bathroom, why not?
Pro Tip: Setting up video distribution can be tricky; as your local custom integrators to set it up for you!
3. Smart Shades
Nobody wants Super Bowl Sunday to be plagued by random street noises or sun glare — that's why it's a good idea to invest in smart shades for your home theater. These smart shades pull tight over window frames to keep out any unwanted light and sound from outside so you can focus on enjoying the game day atmosphere!
That way, your home theater will look even more like an actual movie theater, which is perfect for the big game!
Pro Tip: Smart shades come in various styles and patterns to match your current design style! Some of your existing shades can even be retrofitted to motorized shades, but ask your local integrators for more information!
4. Smart Lighting
With lighting, you need just enough to see your snacks and where to go but not too much that it ruins the picture. That's why you should invest in smart lighting, so you can have the flexibility to dim or brighten the lights according to your Super Bowl needs.
You can even get creative and set smaller lights to dim with your teams' colors or automate it so that the lights flash in your colors whenever your team scores! And you can bring the game day fun to the outside of your house with landscape lighting that also features your favorite team colors!
5. Wham! Did You Hear That Tackle?
Half the fun of a Super Bowl party is watching the game, and the other half is hearing it! The standard speakers with your TV or projector won't be enough to capture every hit or commentary from the announcers. Instead, look for a surround sound system with Dolby Atmos technology, which will provide three-dimensional sound that makes it feel like you're on the field.
And if you don't want any visible speakers taking up space in your home theater, consider installing drywall speakers instead! You'll still get the unmistakable sound you want and the style to make your neighbors green with envy!
It's never too early to start making your home theater game-day-ready. And that's where Automation Design & Entertainment comes in! Our experts will help you set up the ultimate game day haven that is the talk of the neighborhood. Everyone will always want to come to see the action at your house!
So, if you're ready to get started, contact us today! We'll set you up with a consultation appointment to review your options!