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Building a home theater can be a daunting task especially if you will use a projector setup. But to get a good large screen experience, one can consider a large TV and a soundbar setup to give you an immersive content consuming experience. The advantage a TV has over a projector is that you don't need to have a dark room to consume content, don't need to worry about placing a projector or mounting it on the ceiling and don't need to worry about the lamp life. So if you are looking to build an immersive theater-like experience on a budget and are ok with a large screen TV, then here is a setup for you to consider based on products available on Amazon. We have reviewed some of the devices, and the others are here based on their specifications and features.
This TV from Shinco brings with it a 65-inch screen size and a resolution of 4K. You can wall-mount the TV or place it on a tabletop stand, based on your needs. It has a 60Hz refresh rate and also boasts of 178-degree viewing angles. For connectivity, it has 3 HDMI ports. You can connect it to the internet using WiFi or ethernet and it has 20W front-facing speakers that are decently loud if you don't want to invest in a soundbar simultaneously. The TV has its own UI over Android (AOSP) called UniWall. The smart TV experience may not be the best for apps like Netflix and Prime Videos, but it works well for apps like Hotstar and some others.
If you are looking to get the best smart TV experience from a budget TV like the Shinco, then you can consider the Fire TV Stick 4K. Not only does it come with a voice-enabled remote control that supports Alexa, but you also get access to all streaming services including Apple TV +. The Fire TV Stick can also be your first step to a smart home as the Fire TV Stick can be used to control Alexa enabled devices. In addition to 4K Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR, HDR-10, HLG, and HDR-10 +. The remote control that comes with the Fire TV Stick can be used to switch on / off the TV and also control the volume of the TV.
What's the point of a big-screen experience when the audio is underwhelming? One of the biggest disadvantages of slim TVs is the audio they produce. This has given birth to a new category called Soundbars. The one we are recommending here is the JBL Bar 2.1. It won't break the bank, is easy to set up and also has a wireless subwoofer so you're not limited by wires. It supports HDMI ARC and also has one pass-through port, so if you use the HDMI connection on your TV, know that you aren't losing out on one port. The JBL bar 2.1 has 300W of power and when connected via ARC, can be controlled using the TVs remote control, if you don't want the clutter of too many remotes.
If you will connect a lot of devices to your TV like a gaming console, set-top box, streaming device, DVD or Blu-ray player, then know that you may run out of ports on your TV rather quickly. In such a situation, you may want to resort to a dedicated HDMI switcher. The one we are recommending here today has 3 HDMI ports, to connect 3 devices and also supports a resolution of 4K. It also comes with remote control, so you can switch the source from the comfort of your couch. There is also an LED indicator on the device to show you which input is currently active.
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