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What Are the Best Speakers for Watching Sports?


Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, the NFL playoffs are in the history books for the 2021 regular season. No matter who you were pulling for, all four games delivered incredible action and went down to the final seconds, including one overtime win.

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While the picture is paramount to a great game day experience, how you hear the action is just as impactful. You need to hear the play-by-play, the play calls (“Omaha”), and, most important, the roar of the crowd. You might not have been able to shell out the cash for a ticket in the stadium or you might not live close to your favorite team. But, there are great options to deliver the gameday experience from the comfort of your own home.

We’ll run through our top picks and how they’ll expand your viewing experience to make you feel like you’re there without the hassle of finding a parking spot or paying for overpriced beer.

So, What Are the Best Speakers for Football?

Since we're discussing pigskin, we thought we'd use some football lingo to outline your options for a top-notch game day experience.

R-51M bookshelf speakers
R-51M bookshelf speakers

The Field Goal: R-51M Bookshelf Speakers

Those three points can make or break a game, as evidenced by 75% of the NFL divisional games over the weekend. A little bit can go a long way. The R-51M bookshelf speakers offer that room-filling sound for game day, even if said room is an apartment.

“Super! Clear, clean, crisp, and not too bright. Highly recommend,” says one reviewer. That crispness comes from Klipsch exclusive Linear Travel Suspension (LTS) aluminum tweeters. They minimize distortion for enhanced, detailed performances. Using Kapton®, an extremely light and rigid material, in the tweeter suspension provides high efficiency and improves resolution and detail.

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The Touchdown: Klipsch Subwoofers

Klipsch subwoofer up-close
Klipsch subwoofer up-close

Once upon a time, a certain NFL coach complained about, “crowd noise being pumped into a domed stadium.” Full disclosure: this blogger lives in Indianapolis, so I am well aware of that allegation. While proven false, this particular anecdote serves as a reminder that crowd noise can impact the game. Hearing that roar, even at home, can provide that connection to the home viewer who may not want to be in a large crowd these days. That thunder gets bigger when you add a Klipsch subwoofer. The dynamics are more compelling, the soundstage widens, and the stereo imaging becomes more accurate. A subwoofer helps produce a more vibrant, all-encompassing sound so you can do more than hear the crowd chanting - you’ll feel it.

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The Title Game: The Fives Powered Speakers

The Fives Powered Speaker Monitors next to TV
The Fives Powered Speaker Monitors next to TV

The last Sunday before the finale of the NFL season is always fraught with drama. We start learning about the four remaining teams’ unique journeys to this moment and we get to know the players and their stories.

The all-day broadcasts before both games are always a mix of commentary, stats, and stories.

With the Klipsch Fives Powered Speakers, you will experience every single story, play, hit, run, and touchdown without the need for a receiver.

With virtually endless connection possibilities, including HDMI-ARC, The Fives provide a better listening experience than a traditional sound bar with the same easy plug-and-play setup.

Award-winning acoustics, state-of-the-art DSP, and tuning alongside the discrete left and right channels, the Fives feature removable magnetic grilles, multiple finish options, and a subwoofer output.

You can plug them in just in time for all the action to wrap up yet another stellar football season.

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The Championship Game: Reference Cinema System 5.1.4 with Dolby Atmos

Reference Cinema Series 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos Home Theater System

For some, this is a national holiday. They plan for it all year, starting with creating a menu of food for hosting a big party. While the parties may not be as big these days, the big game is still one of the hardest tickets in the world to get. So, since you most likely can’t be there in person, why not have an amazing home theater system to replicate the most legendary game day experience in the world?

The all-in-one Klipsch Reference Cinema System 5.1.4 with Dolby Atmos and a 10-inch wireless sub delivers movie-theater quality, immersive home theater sound to your home. Connecting easily to your A/V receiver, this compact system is perfectly tuned for maximum impact. You’ll do more than watch the day’s festivities - you’ll get chills from the National Anthem, have a dance party at halftime, and watch the clock hit zero on what will hopefully be a thrilling finish.

Also, pro-tip: The Olympics are happening at the same time in Beijing.

Why wait? It’s a great time to upgrade and bring the power, detail, and emotion of whatever sport you love into your home.

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PS: If you are very observant, you might've noticed the cameo Klipsch speakers made in an ad during the AFC Title Game:

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