Whether you’re a passive fan or a die-hard Rams or Patriots supporter, chances are you’ll be tuning into the Super Bowl on February 3 in Atlanta. Not only is it one of the most-watched television programs in the world, but it is also the annual penultimate moment for football. Ad space is at premium prices. The halftime show is always off the hook. Even the National Anthem performance is not to be missed.
Most Super Bowl party hosts only think about the size of their television when brainstorming the perfect setup for their guests. But, you must also consider the seating arrangements, food and, of course, the sound.
Don’t settle for the run-of-the-mill Super Bowl audio experience. You don’t want 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.
Note: the Super Bowl is broadcast in 5.1-surround sound, meaning there are quite a few options you can go with.
Soundbar + Wireless Subwoofers
This is the quickest and easiest solution to upgrade your Super Bowl sound system. 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.
The RSB-14 is our top-of-the-line soundbar and wireless subwoofer system. The unmatched sound experience will make you feel as though you’re sitting on the 50-yard line of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
You can also opt for the RSB-11 soundbar and wireless subwoofer. The RSB-11 delivers an equally robust sound experience to the RSB-14, but with a slightly smaller price tag so you can spend more on fun snacks for game day.
If you’ve already perhaps overspent a tad on adult beverages for game day, you can still get an amazing sound system for a great price with the RSB-3. This all-in-one audio solution is plug-and-play, meaning you can enjoy top-notch audio minutes after unboxing.
TRADITIONAL 5.1 SPEAKER SYSTEMS
Now let’s dive into the “end zone” of a Super Bowl sound system. 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 sound system will be the envy of all of your family, friends, and your annoying neighbor who always complains about your party being too loud on Super Bowl Sunday.
Whether it’s the R-625FA 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos or the R-820F 5.1 Home Theater System, Klipsch has plenty of kick-ass 5.1 systems to choose from that deliver room-rattling sound to make you feel like you’re at the game (without shelling out thousands to grab tickets from a scalper).
Of course, if space or budget is a concern, you may want a more compact system like the R-41M 5.1 Home Theater System.
OUTDOOR SPEAKERS (YES, REALLY)
Admittedly, much of the country will be taking a pass on an outdoor BBQ this early in the year. But, we’ve got you covered if you happen to be one of the lucky folks living in a perpetually warm place (Rams fans - we’re looking your way).
The AWR-650-SM Outdoor Rock Speaker is an excellent option for hosts who want to bring a tailgating element to their own backyards with a good ‘ol BBQ.
While the granite or sandstone finish should blend in nicely with your landscaping, the durable, UV-resistant enclosure means you won’t have to worry about your setup if bad weather strikes, crack open a tasty beverage and rest assured you and your guests won’t miss any game-altering decisions as you grill it up for the big game.