This Sunday, jerseys will be donned, beer will be chilled, nacho trays will be assembled, and the world's football fans will crowd around their living room TVs to take in Super Bowl 47. Admittedly, the focus will be on the epic showdown between the 49ers and the Ravens and not your screen resolution, but the better the tech, the closer you'll feel to the action. Whether it's a whole new TV, a new set of killer speakers, or a boost of Wi-Fi, there's a way to take your home theatre to the big leagues — no matter your budget.
For those desperate to stay connected, a smart TV will be just the ticket (especially since that ticket isn't to the Super Bowl). LG's LM6400 47-inch model would make a solid choice for those dipping a toe into the world of smarter screens. In addition to the 1080p full HD resolution and 3D technology (it can even up-convert your 2D media), it also features LED edge-lit technology designed to create deeper black hues and richer colours on your screen. Another bonus: The motion-sensing Magic Motion control, which has just five buttons and relies on motion sensors to control the TV's many features. A feature that might prove perfect for major TV events, though, might be the Social Center feature, which lets you connect with friends through Twitter and Facebook through your TV without ever taking your eyes off the action. Find it for $1199.99 at Best Buy stores or Bestbuy.ca.
What better screen to capture the biggest game in sports than the biggest TV on the market? This might be one for the fantasy man cave: Sharp is going for the home theatre world's top spot with the world's largest LED TV. The LE745 stands 90 inches tall — the equivalent space of five 40-inch TV screens — and comes with all the luxury-TV extras, including 3D capability, full 1080p HD resolution, and wireless connectivity. It's available for $9999.99 at Bestbuy.ca.
Here's something on the smaller side: California-based speaker company Orb Audio is known for their namesake speakers, which pack great sound into gleaming metal globes just a few inches tall. The latest innovation in the Orb family is no less compact: The Booster integrated amplifier does the job of a bulky receiver while occupying a footprint only a few inches square. The Booster is available for $164 or with two Orb speakers for $396 at Orbaudio.com.
For those without the budget for a whole new flatscreen, it's possible to make your existing TV smarter. SmartStick provides web interface in the form of a USB-key-like dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on your tube. The interface comes preloaded with a built-in web browser and Android apps, giving you easy access to streaming video and audio. The 4 GB version is $49.99 US and the 8GB iteration is $79.99 US at Favientertainment.com.