My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and one thing I love the most about Justin is early on in our marriage; he took an interest in my hobbies. For instance, I liked to cross-stitch, so he learned to crosstich. Back then, we weren’t that into watching tv; however, as we grew older, selecting shows and games we both liked became the big goal. Even this weekend, we binge-watch Riverdale.
As you adjust to the newlywed lifestyle, you’ll find that spending quality time with your partner happens less frequently. Your jobs, children, and other outside obligations, often take up a lot of your time, leaving very little to dedicate to your marriage. Be that as it may, you must find ways to keep the love alive and connect with your partner, even if it’s something as simple as watching television together.
Everywhere around the world, couples enjoy watching television. Be it drama, comedy, or even children’s shows, TVs are a prominent fixture in most homes. So how does one get the most out of their viewing experience? If you and your spouse want to up your entertainment game, here are some ways to help you do just that.
Specifications to Get You Through
Televisions have come a long way from the old square box with a handful of channels and wire antennas, so it’s important to know a little bit about the different specifications available today. How many inputs (and what kinds), the TV’s resolution capability, and refresh rate are all good to know when buying a new big screen. You’ll want to be able to simultaneously have your streaming device, cable box, and gaming console of choice connected at any given moment. Where resolution and refresh rate are concerned, aim for a set with 1080p and a minimum of 60Hz refresh rate for optimal viewing pleasure.
Sized to Suit Your Needs
Deciding on the size of TV you need for watching sports, movies, and playing games all depends on how much cash you’re willing to put down. Are you comfortable with a 46-inch screen, or do you yearn for a deluxe 70-inch? Understanding how “optimal viewing range” works should also play a part when choosing your next TV. Depending on the size you go for, you should sit anywhere from four to six feet from the screen. The bigger the screen, the farther away you should sit.
Space For Your New TV
When it comes to finding space for a television, people will go to great lengths to make space if there isn’t any. There is the traditional entertainment center mounting option, which is good for living and game rooms, or you can mount your TV onto a wall nearly anywhere you can get power. Having your unit mounted also helps save space that would otherwise be taken up by your TV stand. With the tv on the wall, you can use that newly free space for other things, maybe a nice areca palm.
Why even bother buying a big TV if you’re not going to use it properly? The wonderful era of technology has allowed the viewer to choose what they want to watch and allows them to watch it anywhere. Companies such as Roku, Amazon, and Apple have streaming devices that allow you to view whatever you want simply by using a remote to get to your favorite content.
If you want to binge-watch wedding reality shows where famous planners help couples choose everything from a lavish venue and decor to delicious food and favors like wedding bubbles, by all means, go for it!
A Sweet Gaming Console or Two
Gaming has come such a long way from pixelated squares. Obviously, we have nothing against retro gaming. However, when you’re going all out on a TV, that TV should be able to play your favorite console games without any issues. Make sure you understand how load balancing methods work when researching your next set.
Lag is a real problem, and if your current television can’t keep up with the new gaming beasts on the market, then it’s time for an upgrade. The lower the milliseconds, the better. Of course, those specs do come at a cost. So, find yourself a happy middle space, where the lag MS isn’t going to affect your gameplay, and the TV itself doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Anyone in the Mood for Music?
Another way you can elevate your big screen experience is by using your new set as a surround sound system. Units nowadays can stream music from your smartphone or tablet or be used to playback tunes from apps on your streaming devices. When you want to reminisce about your special day, stream your wedding playlist and think back to everything from the moment you walked down the aisle to the dazzling sparklers for wedding receptions as you exited the building.
Plus, when you’re watching an action sequence in a movie or show, feeling like you’re smack dab in the center of the fight can feel exhilarating. Then, whenever you happen to be cleaning your home or having friends over for cocktails and some conversation, a little background music can really set the mood.
How wide you’re willing to open your wallet is a decision you and your partner should make together. Keep these tips in mind when heading into a new television purchase. Being informed prior to making a big commitment is always the best route to take, especially with a monumental decision such as this. Then you two can take a break from the daily grind and enjoy your new television set by watching TV shows and movies, playing games, or listening to music.