If you’ve decided to pick up a 4K HDR TV, then congratulations, and welcome to the world of 4K. To make the most of your 4K TV you will need to invest in some accessories. If you have a smart TV, then popular 4K streaming services will be available as apps. If you don’t have a smart TV, then you may want to consider an accessory for streaming popular 4K content. There are a number of accessories available in the market that can help you make the most of your 4K TV. Here are some of our recommendations.
Xbox One X/PS4 Pro
The Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, both are great gaming consoles. Both support Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The Xbox One X has a 4K HDR Blu-ray drive as well to cater to your 4K HDR Blu-ray collection. Apart from content streaming, both consoles have a large library of games in 4K HDR. The resolution of the games on the consoles isn’t always 3840x2160 but with some technical mumbo jumbo, they manage to look very good on 4K TVs.
Chromecast Ultra/Fire TV stick/Apple TV 4K
If you have an entry level 4K TV chances are it isn’t smart and doesn’t have popular streaming apps. The Chromecast, Fire TV Stick and Apple TV all have 4K variants of their hardware. The 4K Chromecast Ultra and 4K Fire TV Stick aren’t officially available in India but the 4K Apple TV is. You can however get your hands on the Chromecast Ultra and 4K Fire TV stick in the grey market.
If you are looking for the perfect Android TV box to sit under your TV, then you don’t need to look beyond the NVIDIA Shield. It can stream from all popular streaming services in 4K, can act as a great Plex streamer and run all android apps available on the Play Store. You can also stream your PC games to your TV using the shield.
Universal remote control
If you have a large 4K TV, a home theatre setup and multiple gadgets connected to the AV receiver, chances are you have a number of remote controls to deal with. A universal remote control is very important to ensure you control all your gadgets with a single remote control. A device like the Logitech harmony is great for such situations.
Sound bar/Speakers/Home theatre
A 4K TV is great for viewing content but most of the time, the TV’s audio is lackluster. To truly immerse yourself in the 4K viewing experience, you need a good sound bar, home theatre or bookshelf speakers depending on your taste and room size. A great sound system can make all the difference to your content viewing experience.
Wireless TV Headphones
Watching late night movies on the TV can disturb others if you decide to blast your home theatre at full volume. There are a lot of Bluetooth headphones available that are great for watching movies. If your 4K TV does not have Bluetooth, then you can pick up a pair of wireless headphones that come with a receiver that connects to the TV. A wireless pair of headphones can sometimes be the perfect solution to enjoy content on your 4K TV.
If you have too many gadgets sitting under your TV, then you may fall short of HDMI ports. If you have an AV receiver, then this problem can be catered to. However, if you do not, then you can always consider an HDMI switcher. An HDMI switcher has the capability to add about 5 HDMI ports to your TV.
The wall bracket that comes with your TV isn’t very flexible. If you want to be able to adjust the height, angle and position of your TV, you may want to invest in a good flexible wall mount
No one likes dust or fingerprints on their TV. But you can’t use household cleaning solutions to take care of that. You can however invest in a nice cleaning solution designed to ensure your TV display is dust and fingerprint free.
Watching TV in the dark isn’t good for your eyes and switching on the lights may cause glare. To solve both the problems, you need to invest in good ambient lighting. This is essentially neutral lighting which acts as a hue around the TV. It is so that your eyes don’t hurt when watching TV for long hours.
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