2011 Super Bowl XLV: Tech guide

2011 super bowl xlv tech guide

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Whether you’ve participated in fantasy leagues, filled in brackets, and laid a week’s salary on your team, or just plan to make snarky comments about the commercials to your friends on Twitter, watching the Super Bowl come February 6 is a necessity. But no mortal should have to soldier through it perched on an La-Z-Boy plastered in cat hair, with a wooden spool for a tablet, picking it up through bunny ears on a 1987 Trinitron. Which is exactly why we’ve put together a gear list to turn your scrappy shag-carpet man cave into the place to watch the game. Here are some great ideas for transforming your space into your own private box at the stadium.

The Big Picture

With today’s high definition and 3D broadcast technology, watching the game at home can be more visually exciting than ever, before but you’ll need a big, crisp display to do it. As it turns out, 3D TVs make the best 2D TVs too. Check out these top-rated 3D-capable models:

Sony XBR-60LX900

Sony’s 60-inch Bravia LX900 comes with two pair of active 3D glasses, built-in Wi-Fi, Internet apps and stunning picture quality.


Panasonic TC-P50VT25

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A plasma panel’s high-speed refresh rates make it perfect for fast-action sports like football, and Panasonic’s Infinite Black Pro panel is one of best on the market, delivering rich, deep blacks. The same bright colors and contrast that make it look phenomenal for ordinary TV also make it a performer when you switch it to 3D, where a fluid, stutter-free image will have you glued to the screen.


Want to go even bigger? Consider these projectors and a motorized screen for a big-screen experience that beats the pants off your local sports bar’s.

Sony Model: VPL-HW15

Sony’s SXRD Bravia Projector offers the kind of features normally found in much more expensive models. Full 1080p HD picture with outstanding color and brightness make this projector an easy choice.


Optoma Model: HD180

Optoma’s 1080p HD projector offers excellent performance at an incredibly low price. Get ready to take movies and gaming to the next level.


Elite Screen

These projection screens from Elite are available in multiple sizes and styles sure to match your décor.

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