At the end of a long day of work, university or any other strenuous activity, we often find ourselves putting our feet up and plunking down in front of the TV to relax. If you are going to be spending all this time lounging around in front of the TV each night, why not upgrade your home entertainment setup and get the full experience and enjoyment out of it!
Taking the time to find the best products for your home entertainment setup is a worthy investment of your energy, and you’ll see it come back to you in an improved viewing experience, with easier access to what you want to watch, and the satisfaction that comes from enjoying all amazing content that's available today.
This article focuses on what to look for and gets specific when it needs too. So if you are feeling a bit lost on what you might need to get, worry not! We're going to take a closer look at a collection of products that all work together to create a cinematic viewing experience, that expands itself to give you more of what you'll love.
Our top picks will include key entertainment tech products that will provide you with a premier cinema-like experience all in the comfort of your home.
Nothing beats a really large TV
At the heart of your home entertainment setup is the TV, so you’ll need an awesome TV for that can provide a theatre-like viewing experience, which is why we recommend going BIG!
For a truly immersive viewing experience, this large TV really needs a picture resolution capable of hitting the 4K quality level. 4K quality allows 4x more pixels than a regular full HD TV, so even though it's likely going to be the biggest TV you've owned so far, you'll still get crisp reproduction of the details in every scene.
You'll also want to get a TV that excels when it comes to delivering a vibrant range of colours - so look for one that includes the HDR feature. This High-Dynamic Range (HDR) increases the TV’s range of light so you can enjoy an immense spectrum of colour and visual detail, making sunsets spectacular but also improving quality in the darkest of scenes.
In control with new Smart TV features
Getting a TV with a smart assistant built-in, or adding these features through a connected device, like the Chromecast or Apple TV, is a really great thing to do. Technology has come a long way in this respect and nowadays we can control a TV with just our voice, via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Siri, allowing us to adjust the volume or play our favourite shows with ease.
This really comes into to play as we add more and more smart devices to our homes, the connected IoT devices, such as the lights, can be made to dim when the movie starts, it's all so futuristic!
The Google Chromecast allows you to stream your favourite entertainment such as videos, music and live streams from your phone directly to your TV. Chromecast works with iPhone®, iPad®, Android devices, Mac®, Windows® or Chromebook, which allows universal compatibility with most devices, so everyone in your home can enjoy this handy streaming device.
By using your smartphone, it's easy to browse or control the TV from virtually anywhere in your home and while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what's playing or draining your battery. By tapping the cast button in any compatible app, you can easily enjoy all your favourite apps and media on your TV! Mirror your laptop or tablet screen to your TV as well with your Chrome web browser and easily surf the web, view photos or see your media on the big screen.
Watch content up to 1080p at 60fps from 1,000+ of your favourite mobile apps and enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more through apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Twitch, Spotify and NBA! You can even play party games like virtual bowling, Wheel of Fortune, Angry Birds, quiz games and heaps of other fun games to keep the kids busy and guests entertained!
Other than the Google Chromecast, we've got heaps of other amazing Home Media Players, including the Xiaomi 4K TV Box S, DishTV Smart Vu 4K TV Dongle and the Vodafone TV! If you've got heaps of Apple devices in your household then picking up an Apple TV is a great choice as you will benefit from being able to easily hook up your iPhone, iPad or MacBook to the Apple TV via AirPlay!
A Better Audio Experience with a Sound Bar
Large Smart TVs typically have some impressive speakers built-in too, but if you want to treat your ears a rich experience a soundbar will certainly help immerse you further into your favourite entertainment.
With a soundbar, you'll feel the crushing footsteps of a T-Rex on the screen, the roar of the crowd when the underdogs win the match and the heart-pumping, beat-stomping chorus in your favourite song.
The Bose Soundbar 700 is one of the best soundbars in the market and can provide all of this through its incredible and premium design.
Featuring an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound, this slim soundbar is packed with technologies that bring out the full power in every moment of your movies, music, sport and will make your games come to life as if you are right in the middle of it! Featuring a tempered glass top, wraparound metal grille, clean lines and an exquisite finish, the Bose Soundbar 700 is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Place the sound bar on the TV stand or mount it elegantly on the wall - either way, it's pleasing to the eye and ear.
With Amazon Alexa built right into the Bose Soundbar 700, you can easily sync it up to your new Smart TV and play music services, adjust volume and change channels without lifting a finger. But what good is Alexa if she can't hear you? Experience superior voice pickup from a custom-designed eight-microphone array that will still hear you, no matter how loud your music is. An ingenious light bar will help visually indicate when Alexa is listening, thinking or speaking - plus with future software updates constantly being added, you can unlock new features to heighten your home entertainment convenience and experience.
With the Bose Music app, you can easily browse through all your music in one place and seamlessly jump between stations, playlists and services – plus it's another simple way to control the Bose Soundbar 700. Setting up pre-sets with the app is easy, so the music you love is just one touch away and multiple users can each personalise their own experience and content! This Bose sound bar has reliable connectivity via a home Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth connection – plus with the recent addition of Apple Airplay 2, you can easily play all your favourite tunes from your Apple devices!
If you often have a lot of friends over or just love solo grinding out some games, picking up a gaming console can be a great investment to heighten your entertainment!
The Sony PS4 Pro PlayStation is the most powerful PlayStation ever made (so far…), that offers not only intensely vibrant gameplay but also stunningly sharp movies and incredible detail in every moment. The PS4 Pro packs leading-edge technology to deliver the fastest, sharpest, most responsive gaming experiences ever seen.
If you’ve got a 4K TV, PS4 games deliver unprecedented visual precision, such as 4K quality resolution to give remarkable clarity down to the tiniest detail. Alongside stunningly vibrant HDR colours, your adventures will burst into life with unbelievable vibrancy and crystal-clear movement. Stream the biggest movies, hottest TV shows and latest videos in up to stunning 4K resolution from Netflix, YouTube and a host of other entertainment apps - all with auto-upscaling for the sharpest picture possible!
Connect your gaming console to your Wi-Fi and you can shop through hundreds of games including heaps of party games which can be great for gatherings with friends and family, just make sure you have got enough controllers for everyone! Some of my favourite party game recommendations are The Jackbox Party Pack, Gang Beats, Overcooked and Trivial Pursuit!
Got a PS4 already? You're ready for PS VR - Just plug in and play. PS VR is powered by PlayStation 4, so you can simply connect the two and step into new experiences in seconds. All you need to start this journey is the PlayStation VR headset, your PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Camera. Then you're ready to go.
Feel like you're really there - You've played games that have made you lose track of time. But what about games that make you forget where you are? That's what PS VR will do, immersing you in the game with an unparalleled sense of presence. Go nose to nose with a great white shark, crawl through decaying space hulks, weave between oncoming traffic, survive a futuristic sport or take part in a gritty London gangster thriller.
The PS4 Console is more than just an amazing gaming console, it’s the center for all your movies, TV shows and videos, it’s fully immersive virtual reality gaming and most of all it’s your ultimate entertainment device!
Too smart? Get a Logitech Remote Control
Finishing up with the handy addition of the Logitech Harmony 350 Universal Remote Control that will provide extreme convenience for putting you in full control of your devices at all times, in a more classic way.
Although your new TV will come with a remote control, that one's just for the TV, this Logitech Universal Remote is the ultimate tool to assist with managing all your devices.
You can eliminate the inconvenience of having a bunch of remotes, combine up to eight remotes into one and control all your devices such as your TV, cable, satellite box, DVR, Blu-ray player, sound system, and heaps more. With the world’s most compatible remote, you can connect to over 270,000 devices (including the Smart TV and Bose Soundbar mentioned above), and have full control on power-on sequencing, timing, and direct input commands.
With one-touch entertainment, you can press the Watch TV button to simultaneously turn on your TV, cable, satellite box and more (with the right settings). Five convenient channel pre-sets allows you to jump to your favourite channels instantly, so you don’t have to always spend time navigating through all your channels.
With an easy and quick set-up through plugging in your Harmony 350 remote into your PC and then entering your device model numbers, you can get started in minutes and enjoy a truly universal and handy solution.
These key products work well together to create a truly amazing entertainment experience, and if you're thinking it's time for an upgrade, check out the latest and best in TV, video & audio today!