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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

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. They offer a number of 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 are built in, so everyone’s phone will be protected from overcharging and overheating.

RAVPower 6-Port USB Charging Station

Del Rio Fire Pit

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a backyard or outdoor space, be sure to invest in some gear for your outside sanctuary. Tables and chairs are good, but if you really want to add something special, how about a fire pit? The Del Rio Fire Pit, from Camp Chef, for example, gives you a clean-burning fire without the need for firewood or the resulting campfire smell. The Del Rio comes with a full supply of lava rocks, which will light without matches and spread the flames and warmth evenly, so everyone stays nice and toasty. Even better: the Del Rio Fire Pit includes a set of extendable sticks for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. Now you can commiserate over your coach’s foolish play calling over a nice fire and some toasted treats.

Camp Chef Del Rio Propane Fire Pit with Lava Rocks & Roasting Sticks

Harmon Kardon Onyx Studio 2

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 Onyx Studio 2. This sleekly designed portable speaker is equipped with four drivers—two 3" woofers and two 0.75" tweeters—and two passive bass radiators that deliver enhanced audio quality with a balanced and powerful soundstage. The Onyx Studio 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 5 hours, so you can play your own soundtrack over the entire game.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Wireless Speaker

Parrot Minidrones

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: Any Parrot Minidrone. These kid-friendly RC drones come in all shapes and sizes, and range from flying devices to street tricksters to even water vehicles. Pick any one to 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 Marshall Jumping Night Minidrone

So, there you have it—the five tech add-ons that are sure to make your watch party the best on the block. And while we can't guarantee the Big Game, commercials, or even the halftime show will live up to expectations, with any of these additional gadgets, your party definitely will.

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