By Caleb Denison
Let's just take a moment to drop some truth: We spend far more time and effort celebrating the Super Bowl than we do actually watching it. Because aside from the football, the halftime show, and some awesome commercials … the Super Bowl is one giant excuse.
An excuse to drink copious amounts of beer before noon; an excuse to to consume more calories in the span of five hours than any human should consume in an entire week; an excuse to spend as much effort composing a fantastic plate of nachos as some chefs spend perfecting a white truffle risotto; and, best of all, an excuse to buy a bunch of cool home entertainment gear.
According to a recent FatWallet survey, Americans buy more TVs during Super Bowl sales than they do during Black Friday sales. Not only is this proof positive that football is more popular than Jesus, but it goes to show that this game is one of the biggest occasions we celebrate in this country. ‘Merica!
It doesn't stop there, either. Since TVs are like the gateway drug to consumer electronics addiction, you can bet folks will be walking out of their local electronics retailer with more than one box on a pallet. And why not? This is actually a great time to update or upgrade a home-entertainment system. Prices are especially low this time of year, and there are many deals to be had. With that in mind, we thought we'd throw out some ideas on how to assemble a killer Super Bowl system you can love all year.
Like we said earlier: It all starts with the TV, which is why we put together a Super Bowl TV buying guide just for the occasion. Check it out before you haul off to your local TV mart to save yourself some money and frustration.
As for recommendations: We highly recommend getting a high-performance plasma TV. Plasma televisions are best for fast-moving sports, but if you want to get a really good model, you need to hurry. Panasonic has discontinued its vaunted plasma line, and the last of its amazing ST60 and VT60 series models are disappearing quickly due to understandably high demand. Pricing still remains highly competitive, though. Also consider Samsung's excellent F8500 plasma – easily one of the best TVs we tested in 2013.
If plasma isn't your bag, however, there are plenty of high-performance LED/LCD televisions available and at record-low prices. We suggest visiting our LED/LCD reviews page here to get a good start on your research.
If you're lucky enough to live in a more temperate climate, watching the game outside might be the way to go. Why not install an outdoor TV in your outdoor entertainment space? We suggest checking out Sunbrite's line of outdoor televisions. In our experience, they can take a beating all year long and provide a bright enough picture to do battle with that sun so many of us are coveting this time of year.
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