The Super Bowl is a great game, but it’s even more of a great party-in-the-making. Because wherever you go to watch, you can bet it’s going to be on a big TV: at a sports bar, your friend or in-laws house, even your own — doesn’t matter, it’s all about watching the game with as much excitement as if you were right there at the 50 yard line. To make that happen the . But with a big TV there comes problems that must be dealt with prior to everyone being able to watch and have a great time. There’s no reason to wait on finding these out on “Game Day,” so let’s tackle the job right now.
A BIG PICTURE NEEDS BIG SPACE
Most people want to sit in front of the TV as close as they can, but besides not being possible in some cases (think: Sports Bar ceiling-mounted TV), being too close spoils the view. Whether you have the or you do it yourself, one of the most important things is to have “empty space” between the TV and where the seating is, since nobody wants to be standing ALL of the time. This “empty space” has to be thought out before the is set up — for example, if everyone has to walk between you and the TV in order to get to the kitchen or bathroom, well you just know somebody is going to do it at exactly the worst possible time, blocking your view. Working out the “traffic” that the room will have before the TV gets placed will result in many happy hours of viewing, not to mention keeping one’s blood pressure from skyrocketing.
A BIG PICTURE NEEDS BIG SOUND
Having a lot of people gathered together means a lot of noise — especially when watching sports. And even more so when it’s the Super Bowl. So making sure the audio can be heard above the din is vital. One way to improve the audio is to have it playing through the speakers of your . HT speakers are obviously bigger and more dynamic than those in any of today’s flat panel TVs. It’s simple to do and doesn’t cause any harm; just connect a cable (optical or coaxial depending on the output) from the TV’s audio out to the driving the home theater.
Another alternative for increasing sound quality over the cheers or jeers is to connect the TVs audio output to a portable speaker — yes one of those most used for playing from a smartphone or tablet. In this case it’s a simple matter of plugging a long cable between the TVs output and the mini-jack input that pretty much all portable speakers provide. Then you just move the as close to the crowd as possible and turn up the volume. In some case you can even keep the volume going on the TV as well, doubling the volume and ensuring that the game will be heard.
A BIG PICTURE NEEDS PROPER LIGHTING
Movie theaters may run their films in the dark, but nobody does this when watching unless they can devote themselves entirely to the picture and nothing else (even bars aren’t totally dark!). Studies have shown that watching in the dark can cause eyestrain and headaches, mostly because unlike theater watching, watching at home requires going from light to dark areas of a room. Besides, who wants to be caught in the dark while carrying something from the kitchen? But you don’t want to go in the opposite direction and have too much light either — that can cause glare on the TV and ruin the view. And if you can, don’t have the aimed anywhere towards the kitchen where fluorescent lights rule. So experiment with having small lamps on at strategic locations so that the TV can perform at its best and people won’t be stumbling around.
Having a Super Bowl Party — or any party for that matter — can be exciting when the draws everyone together. Spending a little time beforehand to make sure the big picture will be at its best will make everyone happy. Including you.