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5 Tech Add-Ons for Your Big Game Watch Party

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Whether you're watching the Big Game with friends, family, or all by yourself, there are a couple of key essentials for having a good time: a comfortable setting, solid TV setup, and plenty of quality snacks. But if you're looking to make your watch party truly memorable, you might need to call an audible or two to go beyond merely the status quo. To help you out, we've compiled a list of tech add-ons that are sure to boost your gathering from simple to super.

Sonos PLAYBAR

We mentioned that a quality TV is paramount. And it’s true. But what makes a good TV setup even better? How about incredible sound. To that end, we suggest the Sonos PLAYBAR. This 9-speaker, 3-channel soundbar does it all: full-theater sound, Wi-Fi connectivity, streaming audio—the list goes on. With each speaker driven by Class-D amplifiers, the PLAYBAR ensures you’ll hear every glorious detail, from the roar of the crowd to the crash of shoulder pads to the senseless gibberish of QB audibles. And for a truly immersive audio experience, you can link the PLAYBAR to other Sonos devices, such as the SUB or PLAY:1, to achieve on-the-field sound quality.

Sonos PLAYBAR Wireless Soundbar

Google Home

Like the game itself, watch parties have their own hallowed traditions: the snacks, the comradery, the tireless bickering over play-calling and statistics. If you ever find yourself debating just how many yards so-and-so rushed, which player has the most rings, or what exactly is the Tuck Rule, consider a digital assistant like the Google Home. Using integrated Wi-Fi and voice recognition technology, this compact AI know-it-all can settle all your sport squabbles and trivia tiffs. It also plays music on command, checks weather and local news, and so much more. Just don’t ask what the definition of a catch is. At this point it doesn’t seem like even the league knows.

Google Home

Harmon Kardon Esquire 2 Speaker

Hall-of-Fame Coach John Madden once remarked that, “Usually the team with the most points wins the game.” If you feel you can live without that level of breathtaking insight and would prefer to listen to your own music over the game, consider a Bluetooth speaker. Better yet, consider the Harmon Kardon Esquire 2. This sleekly designed portable speaker is equipped with four professionally tuned drivers that can deliver up to 16W of audio power. The Eqsuire 2 features Bluetooth connectivity for streaming audio from all your compatible home and mobile devices, and it's equipped with an aux jack for lining-in audio from other compatible sources. Plus, its battery lasts for up to 8 hours, so you can play your own soundtrack over the game, pre-game, and excessively long halftime show.

Harman Kardon Esquire 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

RAVPower USB Charging Stations

Having multiple friends over means having multiple smartphones over means multiple times you’ll have to answer the question: “Hey, can I charge my phone somewhere?” Make it easy for everyone with a multi-port charging hub. We recommend any of the charging stations from RAVPower. The company offers several charging options for iOS and Android devices, including a 6-port hub, in case everyone needs to charge at once. All chargers utilize iSmart technology, which means devices will receive the optimal amount of power per their individual specification. Best of all, a full bevy of safety measures is built in, so everyone’s phone will be protected from overcharging and overheating.

RAVPower 6-Port USB Charging Station

Parrot Mambo Mission

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Apart from spying on opposing coaches’ signal-calling, what do drones have to do with watching football? Well, just because you’re tuned-in to the Big Game, doesn’t mean everyone else is. Especially if everyone else includes your or your friends’ kids. In the event of younger partygoers, why not have something on hand to keep them entertained? Our suggestion: the Parrot Mambo Mission quadcopter. This kid-friendly flyer comes with a toy cannon that shoots balls from its 6-round magazine and a mechanical grabber arm to pick up and transport objects through the air. These features, combined with the Mambo’s easy-to-use controls, will keep the kids distracted and entertained while you and your friends focus on the very adult task of screaming at other grown men for not being able to catch a ball.

Parrot Mambo Mission Quadcopter Kit

So, there you have it—five tech add-ons that are sure to make your watch party the best on the block. Was there anything we missed? Sound off in the Comments section, below!

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