Open Channel: Show Us Your Super Bowl Setup

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The big game is coming up this Sunday, and more than any year ever before, it’s probably best enjoyed at home with comfy seating and an excellent snack spread.

Like a lot of people, being stuck inside for the better part of the last year has caused me think more about home improvement, as I try to make the places I spend the most time just a bit more cozy and enjoyable. So in addition to finally getting rid of my rolling trunk from college that had served as a makeshift coffee table and upgrading to something more adult, I decided to replace my 7-year old hand-me-down 1080p TV with a new 4K OLED set.

From there it was just a matter of adding a handful of happy plants, a baby Yoda or two, and tidying everything up. Suddenly my tired old living room felt a lot more like the home theater I’ve been wanting for years. Now I know my cable management could be better, and the lone HDMI cord hanging down kind ruins the clean lines of a wall-mounted TV, but like a lot of things (tech especially), it’s a work in progress.

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But to me, that’s kind of what it’s all about: researching and choosing the gadgets that will make a difference in your home and improve your overall well-being. So now that you’ve seen some Gizmodo staffers’ entertainment centers, I’d like to ask y’all to show us a pic of your Super Bowl setups in the comments below—no matter how humble or high-end they might be.

And if you’re not planning on watching The Big Game, that’s ok too, we just want to those beautiful TVs. 

Senior reporter at Gizmodo, formerly Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Was an archery instructor and a penguin trainer before that.

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ImALeafOnTheWind
ImALeafOnTheWind

This is just before I swap the bulb and reshift the picture (do this yearly). Everything in my setup was installed by myself. You guys have actually seen the ceiling part before when you showcased my ceiling-mounted Echo Dot on Gizmodo and Lifehacker years ago (I included in this pic which is next to one of my ceiling speakers so you see gen 1 still there and working).

My gaming rig, consoles, Yamaha 7.2 receiver are in that area where the TV normally is below and behind the motorized 144" screen. That and Epson projector are triggered via Alexa or Google voice command to HA Bridge and Harmony IR as part of “scenes from my Vera home automation controller. I am waiting for good 4K projectors and receivers with HDMI 2.1 support to come out as my next upgrades.

We sit about 10-20' away in this room when watching and the space immediately in front can be easily cleared for VR hijinks. Yes, I’ve hit the screen doing VR a bunch of times but never damaged it, lol.

Dining area is just off to the left, so I sometimes throw different video/animated wallpaper on in the background while we eat (Wallpaper Engine or Deskscapes). That is actually a looping scene of peaceful sun-drenched waves I ate lunch next to earlier.

I sometimes do my work from home in front of this monster as I remote in from the gaming PC that’s attached and hidden. You see part of my little stationary bike to the right - I throw stuff on the screen and go for virtual rides.

The best thing for football - is you can do the split screen and get 4 different games showing with each individual frame roughly the size of a 55" tv screen.