The month long FIFA World Cup spectacular is almost upon us. To be held in Qatar between 20 November 2022 to 18 December 2022, this major sporting event always serves up enthralling spectacles.
For many fans like myself Qatar is a smidgen too far away to get to and out of the budget, so resorting to getting our fix from the the TV at home.
Here are some ideas to get the best image and sound for the most immersive experience possible, and bring us closer to the boys in green and gold than ever before!
Philips PicoPix Max TV | RRP $1,499 | Available at JB Hi-Fi
With the Philips PicoPix Max TV, you can supersize every World Cup game for the perfect at-home immersive viewing experience, the PicoPix Max TV is great in the home and in the backyard, and portable enough to be brought on the go. Best of all, the PicoPix Max TV allows you to ‘scale up’ for late nights of viewing without buying an actual TV – letting you pull out the big guns for big nights whenever you need it!
But watching alone is not enough, as audio is just as important (if not more important) for a complete experience. No matter the size or clarity, the onboard audio of TVs do not quite do sporting events full justice. This is where soundbars – space-saving, instant audio upgrade – come in handy. Creative Technology has a comprehensive line-up that caters to various needs across the budget range, but with a key common goal – to bring fans closer to the action.
Creative Stage 360 | AUD$299.95 (RRP $349.95) | 2.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 Experience
Tagged with an entry-level price, but which is immensely belied by the Dolby Atmos sound signature, Creative Stage 360 delivers precise positional audio and real-life atmospheric simulation, making users feel part of the on-field action. It also features near-field and far-field listening modes so that users enjoy the immersion whether they’re at the desktop or living room.
Creative Stage V2 | RRP $199.95 | 2.1 Soundbar and Subwoofer with Clear Dialog and Surround by Sound Blaster
Creative’s most affordable living room soundbar delivers price-defying sound quality through custom-tuned mid-range drivers, and deep thumping bass from the accompanying long-throw subwoofer – so that the matches on TV can come to life more.
Creative Stage Air V2 | RRP $69.95 | Compact Under-monitor USB Soundbar with Bluetooth
The Stage Air V2 is the right size and form as an under-monitor soundbar to stream matches from a decluttered desktop. Also, thanks to Bluetooth 5.3, and up to 6 hours of battery life, it excels as an audio enhancement when fans used outdoors to stream the matches from laptops, tablets or even mobile phones.
Sound Blaster Katana V2 and Sound Blaster Katana V2X | RRP $499.95 / $469.95 | Tri-amplified Multi-channel Soundbars with Super X-Fi Technology
Hailed by many as the definitive gaming soundbar, Sound Blaster Katana V2 is powered by the award-winning Xamp tri-amplified technology to deliver rich and flawless audio dynamics. But besides being the perfect solution to bring football video games to life, it is also a competent game-changer for live match enjoyment in the living room, with a sleek form factor and design to match any set-up. The Katana V2X, with a smaller footprint, is ideal for smaller gaming rights or living rooms.