Beer, Wings, Football, and TV

The big game is just around the corner, and for us that means, TV TIME! Did you know that more Americans buy televisions this time of year than any other? Even more than during Black Friday. That’s right, Americans love beer, pizza, wings and FOOTBALL. If you are gearing up for the ultimate party for the big game, you need to make sure your television is the star of the show.

Unfortunately, just like pizzas, not all televisions are created the same, and not all of us have champagne budgets. You might be wondering what the top three televisions are at the low, mid and high range tiers? Well, we’ve got out picks outlined for you below.

Top 3 TVS for watching football

Top 3 TVs for Watching Football

LG UK7700 – Value Budget

The LG UK7700 comes with an IPS panel, making it a great low-budget option for those of you who enjoy having folks over to watch the big game. The IPS panel allows the picture quality to be retained from varying distances and angles from the television set.

The downside is that because it has an IPS panel, the contrast ratio is very low. Meaning, that it does not view well in dark rooms.

Sony X900F – Moderate Budget

It you have a little more cash in your wallet, the Sony X900F would be a great step up from the LG UK7700. It has an incredibly low pixel response time, which equates to smooth action with no visible trail motion. The Sony X900F also has great viewing in bright rooms, meaning its brights are brighter!

The only downside is that it does not have an IPS panel but a VA panel, which is only a problem if you enjoy having a large crowd over to watch big games. If you prefer to fly solo, this is really the best option in the mid-range price point.

LG OLED B8P – High-end Budget

If you want great viewing angles that don’t compromise superb picture quality, this is the television to choose. Among tech reviewers, the LG OLED B8P is consistently referred to as the absolute best television for watching sports.

The only arguable downside from the experts is that it does not rate among the highest when it comes to viewing in bright rooms.

Regardless of your budget, there are excellent options out there for you to find the best TV for your needs at the best possible price point. Happy viewing!

 

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Stocking Stuffers for Tech Lovers

We look forward to this post every year. Is it our love of tech gadgets? Is it the joy of stuffing the stockings of the ones we love? Or is it that these delightful, albeit sometimes quirky, gadgets are wallet friendly? We are happy to state that it is truly a mix of all those things.

If you don’t have stockings to stuff, or you prefer not to hang your socks near an open flame, the good news continue to get better. This post is still for you and your stocking-less chimney! Maybe that is why it is one of our favorite posts of the year; it can be enjoyed with or without socks. That’s right, we have scoured the internet for a list of tech gadgets that will bring a smile to anyone’s face and a sigh of relief to your budget.

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Why Black Friday Isn’t a “Good Deal”

It’s November and two things come to mind: Turkey and Black Friday shopping. A lot of folks head out Thanksgiving night and/or early Friday morning to scoop up some great deals and cross a bunch of things off their holiday shopping lists. And while we love a great deal as much as the next person, we know how important it is for electronics and smart home devices to be shopped for with a well-thought strategy.

Why Black Friday Isn't a "Good Deal"

Why Black Friday Isn’t a “Good Deal” for Electronics

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Intercom Anywhere Smart Doorbell

We are proud providers of Control4 Home Automation systems. Not just because of their top-tier technology, but because their top-tier technology offers solutions that make sense. Just like you, we believe that technology is a wonderful tool, but only when it’s working for us in a way that is convenient and smart. That’s why we we’re delighted to see the innovative team at Control4 up the ante of what a smart doorbell should be by unveiling the Intercom Anywhere system.

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Best Flat Screen TVs for Football Season

It’s September, and if you are a sports fan, that means one thing: FOOTBALL. And if you are a true football fan that means a second thing: FLATSCREEN TVS. If you are standing by your sports fanatic reputation and are in the market for a new flat screen TV in order to have the best possible football watching experience, we have some top-notch recommendations for you.

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Do you know Sonos?

High-resolution, wireless and seamless music streaming is the dream of most any homeowner. In today’s broadband driven world of wireless revolutions, many large and small brands have sound systems and single system units that promise that very dream. But if you have any experience with building a sound system or even just investment into a single unit such as a soundbar or standard Bluetooth speaker, you know that not all speakers are created equally.

Sonos One Speaker

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3 Steps to Protect the Security of your Network & Devices

Over 50% of homes in the United States are expected to fall under the umbrella of being a “smart home” by the year 2021. The smart home industry is moving at a rapid fire pace, and in turn, so are hackers. So, while homeowners are making their own lives easier with more connected devices, they are also making the lives of insidious hackers easier as well.

Thieves are no longer looking to break into your home via a smashed window. And they are no longer watching houses from unmarked vans to determine the best time for a break-in. No. Now they use inconspicuous phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords from unprepared homeowners. And the worst part is that this new kind of break-in can go undetected until severe damage has been done. Residents are no longer at risk for just losing valuable material goods; they are also at risk of losing everything. Even their identity. Continue reading

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Hybrid Home Theaters: The Ultimate Rec Room

Last month, we went through the top trends we’re seeing in 2018 for home theaters. One of the most interesting and fun trends we are watching is that of hybrid home theaters. Hybrid home theaters earned their name from folks trying to get the most bag for their buck from their home’s square footage by giving their entertainment spaces multiple purposes. Think: ping-pong table meets Xbox, meets watching the big game, meets snacks and beer.

Essentially, hybrid home theaters are just that – a hybrid of entertainment options. The combined use of space is brilliant and long overdue. However, the combined use of space means a lower overall budget that can be solely dedicated to theater purposes. I mean, how do you choose between a 4K Ultra HD TV and a vintage Iron Maiden pinball machine? It’s a tough choice that we must make when designing the ultimate hybrid home theater rec room. So let’s take a look at how to design your home’s hybrid theater space. Continue reading

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2018 Home Theater Trends

Now that we are several months into the year, it is clear to see which home theater trends are leading the charge. Several of the top trends, like sound bars and voice control automation, have been on the rise for the last few years. However, some of the trends such as social media and hybrid theaters, are just emerging. Let’s start with the old and end with the new, shall we?

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Spring Cleaning Your Outdoor Home Theater

Most people dread the thought of day-to-day household cleaning chores. But there is just something about ushering in the warmer weather that has us excited to talk about cleaning! Mainly because it is finally time to dust off our outdoor home theater systems and start grilling up some great parties. Understanding how to clean the precious gadgets that make-up your home theater requires some additional knowledge and finesse. All of which you’ll find right here in this article as we walk you through the three areas of focus when it comes to spring cleaning your outdoor theater system.

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