Is your TV ready after a full year of home releasing major movies from Warner Bros.?
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If your Christmas Day plans include settling on your couch to watch one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2020, Wonder Woman 1984, the day it hit HBO Max (and in theaters, although they are not open in much of the world) comes out country) then you are definitely not alone. And while it was only a couple of weeks to prepare for the "neon bright sequel," as IndieWire's Kate Erbland described the film in her review, you may not have noticed by then that the announcement would hint at what Warner Bros. would do with the rest of the upcoming big budget plan: release on HBO Max the same day it hits theaters … anywhere theaters can open.
In much of the country, theaters are unlikely to be open for a while. This means you can make a few changes to your own home theater setup to make your HBO Max viewing experience as cinematic as possible. Maybe not quite theatrical enough for Christopher Nolan, but we're all doing our best here, okay? We're going to go through the options below, and make suggestions for a full overhaul or small accessory that really enhances your home theater (it's fine if it's just a part of your one-bedroom apartment. Again, we're all trying and that's what matters is!)
First of all, you need to make sure that you have a subscription to HBO Max. Click here for the latest promotion that will save you $ 20 when you sign up for six months ($ 70 for six months, instead of $ 15 a month if you sign up for the monthly plan Sign in).
Next, you need to decide which setup is best for you. Do you want to make sure that your TV has the highest HD capabilities? Then you might want to invest in a 4K Ultra HD TV. Do you have an extra room or area to go a little fancier? Then a projector / screen combination could be for you. (A Ghost Story director David Lowery chooses it – click here to find out what's included in his home theater setup.)
Read on for the best options for both.
You may have taken the opportunity to update your TV during a Black Friday sale. Otherwise there are still many offers to be found. The following options are available in different sizes and price ranges to suit your situation.
These Insignia are available in sizes 43 ", 50", 55 ", 65" and 70 ". Each option has 4K UHD with a refresh rate of 60 Hz, three HDMI ports, integrated Amazon Fire TV, voice remote control with Alexa ( and optional hands-free control in connection with an Echo device) and DTS studio sound.
This Samsung is also available in different sizes (43 ", 50", 55 ", 65", 75 "and 85"). It features 4K UDH and an ultra-fast processor with automatic 4K AI upscaling (so your resolution is improved regardless of playback), built-in Alexa, smart TV apps from Tizen and a razor-sharp crystal display with HDR.
Level up with this Sony model, equipped with the company's X1 4k HDR processor and a Triluminos display, full array LED with local dimming, game mode, HDMI 2.1 and built-in Google Assistant, and Alexa compatibility includes. It is available in 55 ", 65", 75 "and 85" models.
Do you want to be pampered? Sony's best processor (the X1 Ultimate, which also sounds like an energy drink) brings out the intense contrast of the OLED (and scales everything you're watching to 4K). It also has a game mode, a Smart TV interface with Google Assistant and compatibility with Alexa and Apple Airplay 2. You get 2.1-channel sound from the entire screen for an "impressive multi-dimensional audio experience" as well as advanced modes for Dolby Vision and IMAX all in a super slim, attractive design.
A true 4K projector will definitely set you back, but when you factor in the number of movies you and your family will be able to watch in all their glory from home in 2020, it could potentially be worth it. Here are some options.
The high brightness of this projector makes it ideal for a room that you cannot completely black out. You get an immersive 4K UHD experience with 3500 lumens that you can experience on a screen up to 300 inches in size. The high brightness is counteracted by a SuperEco mode that lights up for up to 15,000 hours. A three year limited warranty (and a one year lamp warranty) means you have a responsive customer service team at your disposal. It supports most media players, smartphones, tablets and more with its HDMI and USB inputs. It comes with a projector, power cord, VGA cable and remote control.
Okay, yeah, that's definitely a boon. However, with this top-of-the-line projector, you get true 4K Ultra HD with its six-segment color wheel that delivers precise film colors. PureMotion technology offers blurred graphics and is HDR compatible with a high contrast ratio. With more than 2000 lumens of brightness, it is ideal for home theater rooms of all sizes. A vertical lens shift of 15 percent and a 1.6x optical zoom make it easy to position anywhere in the room. Thanks to a variety of inputs, it is compatible with streaming devices, smartphones, computers, tablets, game consoles and more.
When you invest in a projector, you probably want something better than a "wall-mounted sheet" for your screen. Here are some solid, high quality options for you.
This solid screen measures 110 inches diagonally (54 "x 96") with a 160-degree viewing angle and 1.1 gain, and a 2.7-inch border of black velvet that absorbs projection overshoots for better viewing. The PVC WhiteOut surface is Active 3D-capable and 4K-friendly. Installation is easy with the included sliding wall brackets, drywall anchors and screws. You also receive a three-year guarantee when you buy.
Again, this has a 160-degree viewing angle and 1.1 gain plus a 2 3/8 inch beveled aluminum frame wrapped in black velvet material to really pop your picture. It is easily assembled with a tie rod system as well as secure mounting brackets that allow for horizontal adjustment.
SOUND BAR AND SPEAKER
Whichever display system you choose, you want to make sure you have high quality audio. This can be achieved with a soundbar attached to your beautiful new 4K TV, or with a set of speakers attached to your projector.
With this combo, you get a 40-inch 2.1 sonar with an 8-inch subwoofer, 400W peak power, and a single cable and remote control for both. It has 5.1 decoding for virtualized surround sound.
Lowery bought a set of Dolby Atmos-enabled Klipsch surround speakers to reproduce the surround sound experience of a theater, as well as a subwoofer that he runs through a Denon receiver.
STREAMING DEVICE / BLU-RAY UPGRADES
Now that you've got the rest of your technology set up, you need to have a way to see it all. If you're not using a smart TV with built-in apps, you'll need a streaming device. Also, you should make sure that you have a Blu-ray player that supports 4K.
Save $ 10 on Amazon's latest addition to the Fire TV family, bringing you everything the Fire TV interface has – easy access to apps, Alexa Voice Remote, and easy playback of 4K UHD, Dolby Vision , HDR and HDR10 + content.
This 4K Blu-ray player also has streaming functions, two HDMI outputs, an intuitive menu and user interface, high-resolution audio, WiFi and Bluetooth functions. It comes with a remote control and 4K HDMI cable so you don't have to make any extra purchases to set it up.