Whether or not you like football, you’re probably going to end up watching the Super Bowl as the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off on Sunday, February 7. It’s one of the greatest spectacles in television from excessive press coverage, to commercials and, of course, the most important football game of the year.
Most Super Bowl party hosts only think about the size of their television when dreaming up the perfect setup for their guests. Obviously, your TV is an important component; however, it should not be your only concern. There is the seating, food and, of course, the audio to think about.
Don’t settle for the run-of-the-mill Super Bowl audio experience. You don’t want 20 of your guests leaning in to hear whether the play will be overturned or what the guy says to the adorable lost puppy in the beer commercial. Make sure every bit of dialogue is clean, crisp and that you practically feel every bone-crunching hit.
Below are some of our suggestions for the best speaker systems for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is broadcast in 5.1-surround sound; meaning that there are quite a few options you can go with.
Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofer
This is the quickest and easiest solution to upgrade your Super Bowl sound. Most soundbars provide a plug-and-play solution that is a significant upgrade over your TV’s crappy small, thin built-in speakers. Also, an included wireless subwoofer will add significant impact to your listening experience.
Thankfully, Klipsch has a variety of options depending on your price point. If you want to go all out, choose the Reference R-20B. Looking to overspend on snacks and adult beverages? Check out the uber-obtainable Reference R-4B. In between those two options is the excellent Reference R-10B.
Traditional 5.1 Speaker Systems
We’re based in Indianapolis, so we have to admit that it is a total bummer that Klipsch Brand Ambassador Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are not in the Super Bowl. Anyway, with a traditional, passive 5.1 speaker system, you’re going to have to run some wires and utilize an audio-video receiver (AVR), but your system will be the envy of all of your family and friends, including your neighbor Ron who brags about the dinky little satellite speakers he has hanging from the ceiling.
Whether it’s the Palladium, Reference Premiere or Reference series, Klipsch has plenty of kick-ass 5.1 systems to choose from that deliver room-rattling sound. Of course, if space is a concern, you may want a slimmer design like something from the flat panel Gallery series. The choice is yours.
Wireless Home Theater
OK, so Reference Premiere HD Wireless speaker aren’t available until after the big game; however, it’s going to be an excellent option for football fans across the country (and planet). Simply plug the speakers in the wall and set their positions using the one-button system on the back panel and you’re good to go. That means you can crack open a tasty beverage and it’ll still be ice cold by the time you’re finished setting up your new system. Plus, the lack of speaker wire for the surround speakers means that guests won’t potentially be tripping over any wires.
From 2.0 to 5.1 and beyond, any of the nearly endless configurations of the Reference Premiere HD Wireless system will be suitable for the big game. To get the full effect of the crowd noise, we would recommend a 5.1 system but the 2.0 setup provides a surprising amount of thump.
If you happen to have a lot of guests over, chances are they will be wandering around your place and drifting into other rooms whether you like it or not. With the upcoming Klipsch Gate and Powergate amplifiers, you can turn your existing passive or powered Klipsch speaker system into a multi-room system, so that these transient people don’t miss a second of the action.
What is your speaker setup for the Super Bowl? Let us know in the comments!