How to pump up your TV´s sound ahead of the festival season
Whether you are heading to a festival this year and want to re-live the memories at home, or you are going to be watching from the comfort of your sofa, here’s how to pump up your TV’s sound to feel as though you’re there.
The Great British festival
Despite the unpredictable weather, there are over 300 music festivals every year in the UK, covering a huge range of music.
2015 is set to be a fantastic year for festivals, with some superb acts taking to the stages for our entertainment:
Glastonbury 2015 headliners:
- Foo Fighters
- Kanye West
- Still unconfirmed! Rumours include Adele, Stone Roses and ACDC... watch this space.
Reading and Leeds 2015 headliners:
- Mumford & Sons
- The Libertines
Bestival 2015 headliners:
- The Chemical Brothers
- Duran Duran
Watching from your living room
If you can’t make it, the BBC brings the festivals to your front room with its TV and radio coverage. Presenters such as Mark Radcliffe, Lauren Laverne and Jo Whiley will bring you the best bits from the Pyriamid stage and loads more.
How to beef up your telly’s sound for the headliners
Your super-thin HD TV most likely lacks the space to accommodate serious speakers. Want to hear the choppy guitar solos of Motorhead and Foo Fighters, the pounding beats of The Chemical Brothers and the soaring vocals of Florence and the Machine? Then you need a home cinema system or soundbar.
Home cinema system
You will be slap-bang in the middle of the action with a home cinema set up.
Your living room will feel like the moshpit (though not as sweaty or smelly) with sound coming at you from different directions.
The most common home cinema system is called 5:1. The first number refers to your speakers, the second the subwoofer.
It’ll give you 1 speaker to your left, 1 to your right and 1 directly in front of you. The remaining 2 will be behind, to the left and right. And 1 subwoofer to pound out the bass.
- True surround sound - The main action comes at you in stereo from either side, atmospheric crowd noise from behind.
- Flexibility - Start with a 2.1 system and build up to 5.1, then add 2 more speakers to make it 7.1. Or go for an all-in-one that gives you everything you need at once.
- Crystal-clear dialogue - Banter from the frontman on stage, or artist interviews from BBC presenters will have improved clarity thanks to a speaker dedicated to dialogue.
One that we love: Sony BDV-E3100 home cinema system
All-in-one systems make home cinema simple. With this Sony set-up you’ll get 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer. You’ll get your cables, and a simple step-by-step guide to setting up. And you’ll get a Blu-ray player for staving off the post-Glasto blues with boxsets and movies.
Beefing up your TV’s sound is simple with a soundbar. It’s a slim, rectangular box that contains a line of speakers. This is then mounted below your TV to throw the sound around your room.
- Compact - A single device that’s slim and lightweight and takes up very little space. No separate speakers around the room, or trailing cables.
- Simple to set up - Generally a one-cable setup, and in some cases completely wireless.
- Stereo sound from the left and right, and deep bass if you choose one with an external subwoofer.
One that we love: LG NB3530 A wireless soundbar
Slender and chic, this LG soundbar will look great underneath your TV. Sound is direct and agile, and bass is deep thanks to the separate subwoofer. The subwoofer is wireless, and connects to the soundbar via Bluetooth. If you’re using it with a compatible LG TV, it connects to your telly wirelessly too. With other TVs, it’s a simple one-cable connection.