Its a Wonderful Life. Miracle on 34th Street. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Elf. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The list of classic holiday movies and shows goes on and on, and with many of Hollywoods latest blockbusters available for streaming at home at the same time theyre released in theaters, its the ultimate season to hunker down with the family for some quality time.
Speaking of quality, its a fact that youll enjoy all your favorite movies, TV shows, sports and music even more when you upgrade your home theater system. Here are some easy and cost-effective ways to do that
1. Get a bigger, better TV
No one ever says, Gosh, I wish Id bought a smaller TV. The bigger the screen, the closer you can get to that movie theater experience at home. And with todays 4K and 8K models, you can sit even closer to the screen without noticing the pixel structure, so you can really fill up your field of vision.
Todays TVs are not only bigger, they just keep getting better, and the 75-inch Sony XR-75X95J is a prime example. As part of Sonys top 4K LED series, it offers the revolutionary Cognitive Processor XR, which understands how humans see and hear to provide a whole new experience that immerses you completely in the scene and feels just like the world around us. Hundreds of thousands of individual on-screen elements are processed and remastered in the blink of an eye, boosting color, contrast, and clarity, bringing astounding realism to all your content. Full Array LED plus XR Contrast Booster 10 create brighter bright areas and darker dark areas no more details overwhelmed by shadow or lost in blown-out highlights.
With Chromecast built-in and support for Apple AirPlay 2, you can easily stream content from your compatible computer or mobile device. Also includes the Apple TV streaming app which lets you access Apples video library without needing a separate device.
Sony X95J review: As close as you get to an OLED TV, plus a few welcome extras. TechWeek
Check out this informative video about Sonys X95J series:
2. Revitalize your system with new speakers
Speakers are the most important part of your audio system, because they actually produce the sound. So the easiest, most noticeable way to upgrade your system is by upgrading your speakers.
In terms of big-time bang for your buck, the Klipsch Reference Premiere series really delivers. Klipsch speakers are known for their high efficiency, which means you dont need a huge amount of power to make them play LOUD! Klipschs proprietary Tractrix horn loading technology ensures high-frequency energy is aimed directly at the listener and reduces unwanted, artificial reverb caused by indirect sound bouncing off walls, for the clearest, most detailed and lifelike sound possible. Titanium tweeter diaphragms are light weight yet rigid and exceed the performance of aluminum, polymer or silk tweeters. Klipsch Proprietary Cerametallic woofers are the Reference Premiere series signature statement for both sound and aesthetics. This extremely light, rigid material holds its shape while being able to deliver lower frequencies with maximum efficiency.
Mix and match among Reference Premiere floorstanding, bookshelf, center channel and surround speakers and subwoofers to create your perfect system.
Here's a video about Klipsch's Reference Premiere speakers:
3. Givers and receivers
The AV receiver is the Swiss Army knife of your system, providing the amplification for your speakers, decoding for all the surround, stereo and Hi-Res sound formats, and acting as the switching/control center for the whole shebang.
The Denon AVR-X4700H 9.2-channel 8K AV receiver with 125 watts per channel fully supports immersive 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D. Comes equipped with the latest in HDMI specifications such as 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through, VRR, ALLM, Dynamic HDR and HDR10+ for the best video possible, plus eARC support for convenient one-cable hookup to your TV.
Supply chain issues have made a lot of receivers hard to find right now, but weve got plenty of these in stock!
For the best home theater experience, we highly recommend a full surround sound system with speakers placed throughout your listening area. However, in situations where thats not possible, a soundbar can fill in nicely.
With dedicated left, center, right, and surround channels driven by nine discrete transducers and amplifiers, the Definitive Technology 5.1-channel Studio Advance sound bar features DSP-enhanced sound decoding of multichannel audio for precise imaging and a wide soundstage. You can control the voice levels in the center channel to hear dialogue from TV shows and movies with the utmost clarity. The included 8-inch wireless subwoofer reproduces deep bass and extends the overall sonic range. Feel the rumble of an action scene or full-range soundtrack with tight, accurate bass and room-filling sound. Studio Advance is also a high-resolution stereo system that brings beautiful music into your life. With Google Chromecast built in, you can access millions of available songs, including thousands of Hi-Res audio tracks, as well as your own digital library.
The Denon DHT-S516H sound bar with wireless subwoofer is built to handle any content. Two bi-amplified mid-woofers, two tweeters and a powerful wireless subwoofer add depth, power and dimension to your favorite movies, music and games. Dolby Digital, Dolby DigitaI Plus and DTS decoding deliver an immersive surround sound experience, and with built-in HEOS and Bluetooth technology plus Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility, you can easily stream music from all your favorite services even in hi-res! The HDMI input and output features Audio Return Channel (ARC) for single cable connection from the sound bar to your TV.
To truly feel the visceral impact of movie soundtracks and music, you need the kind of accurate, authoritative deep bass that only a subwoofer can provide. But what if you dont want to take up too much floor space with a big, clunky box?
Heres the ideal solution. The Definitive Technology SuperCube 2000 gives you huge base performance from an ulta-compact enclosure just 10.9 x 10.3 x 10.8 inches. An exclusive 7.5-inch high-tech woofer pressure-coupled to two matching 7.5-inch Ultra Low Bass Radiators delivers powerful bass with amazing speed, musicality and control all within an impossibly tiny enclosure easily tucked away from sight. A 650-watt digital amplifier provides massive power, and a single LFE input makes setup with multi-channel receivers quick and easy.
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