These days, we’re all spending more time at home than ever before: streaming endless shows, playing online games with friends and strangers, listening to podcasts recorded in lockdown. And with many social-distancing measures still in place, concerts and live performances postponed indefinitely, and movie theatres closed, we’re relying on our wireless home entertainment systems and home theatres to an unprecedented degree for both daily entertainment and cultural connections.
All this is to say: if you’ve had your flat-screen TV for almost a decade, or your speakers are too outdated to be app-controlled, now may just be the perfect time to update and reconfigure your set-up. The latest home entertainment must-haves are multi-functional, hyper-connected, and designed to blend in seamlessly with the most fashionable of interiors—no more hiding your home theatre system in the basement or dedicating precious living room real estate to a clunky “media centre.”
Improve Your Screen Time
Beyond a host of smart features and incredible leaps in image resolution—in the next year or two, technophiles will likely be tempted to upgrade from now-standard 4K resolution TVs to the brand new 8K models that are just coming to market—the newest generation of televisions are designed for the best home entertainment systems to enhance contemporary interiors, attracting just the right kind of attention.
Perched on easel-like stands, luxury TV models like The Serif by Samsung and Loewe’s bild 5 OLED are intended for artful, high-tech display. Featuring narrow edges and ultra-slim profiles, these sleek televisions offer an elevated viewing experience, even if you’re binge-watching Tiger King.
Build for Multitaskers
Used in conjunction with a wireless subwoofer or speakers, the soundbar has become a crucial component of modern wireless home entertainment systems. Of course, it should look great with your television and offer brilliant sound fidelity and quality; these days, you’ll want to find one that’s also useful even when the television is turned off.
With Sonos’ newest smart soundbar, Arc, you can play audio from your phone or laptop, stream music and podcasts, and access virtual assistants. It supports Dolby Atmos audio, can easily work in tandem with the company’s sub and wireless speakers, and is controlled by voice, app, and remote.
Opt for Aesthetic Combinations
The days when virtually every boxy, metal-and-plastic electronic looked the same—choice of black, silver, or grey?—are long over. Today, especially in the designer space, customizable features and unique materials are to be expected alongside the latest tech features.
Bang & Olufsen’s stunning Beovision Harmony television, for example, can be displayed in three different configurations and is available in either a bronze-tone aluminum with walnut combination or a brass-tone aluminum with smoked oak pairing. Similarly, Ruark Audio’s versatile R7 Mk3 high fidelity radiograph is offered in finishes like walnut veneer or grey lacquer paired with textured grey grille fabric, and Naim Audio’s Mu-so second-generation speaker features a burnished-grey aluminium casing and four grille colours.
Take the Home Theatre Outdoors
Thoughtful entertainment-tech additions are one surefire way to upgrade your outdoor spaces at home. It’s never been easier to take the party outdoors, whether you want to have a backyard home movie theatre experience with the kids or play ambient background music during your next al fresco dinner party.
Ultra-portable, high-performance products like Sonos’ battery-powered Move speaker and award-winning LG 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector make outdoor gatherings more fun. And for something more permanent, you can install weather-resistant outdoor electronics like Samsung’s just announced 4K QLED TV, The Terrace, and Bowers & Wilkins’ easy-to-install-anywhere AM-1 speakers.
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