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Powerful Gadgets: Game Day Gear

The 56th Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13. The Big Game provides a great excuse to upgrade your home entertainment system.


Adding a sound bar or full-fledged speaker system to your TV makes sporting events more exciting. For about $100, you can get a soundbar with Bluetooth streaming audio and HDMI, the basics for better sound. The Roku Streambar ($100) delivers value by combining excellent sound with a streaming device, advise reviewers at

To hear every bone-crunching moment, shop for a home theater sound system that has Dolby Atmos decoding. Systems start around $1,000.


If you’re hosting a watch party, up your viewing game with a video projector that can deliver a huge screen size. These compact devices make it possible to watch sports, movies and TV shows simply by hooking up your laptop or streaming device and projecting the picture onto a screen or blank wall. The tech experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute choose the Epson Home Cinema 2150 ($1,577) as the best overall home projector. However, there are some very capable projectors available for around $550.