Now Hear This: TV Shows That Makes You Want to Upgrade Your Home Sound System
There is magic in the way sound can help to elevate a scene or moment in a television series. The best for you to capture these feelings is through hearing clearly, hence why you want to consider upgrading your TV home sound system.
A good home sound system can change your life. Okay, more specifically, your television-viewing experience.
After you’ve gotten used to your setup, you’ll never be able to watch TV in any other way. The bad news is, you’re going to be that person everybody rolls their eyes at whenever you talk about how your TV sounds system is better. The good news is, everybody will feel the need to be at your house for TV time. Make sure they bring the snacks you like.
Still not convinced? Here are some TV shows with pivotal scenes that will make you consider improving your home sound system.
In this comic book adaptation, six estranged siblings with superpowers reunite to attend their father's funeral. One sibling believes there's something suspicious about the way dad died so he sets out to investigate truth. Things take a turn for the worst when he accuses some of his siblings to the culprit behind dad's death. To be fair, dad wasn't a very nice person when he was alive.
Then one sibling with time-travelling ability tells the other that the end of the world is imminent. Can these people overcome their differences to save the world? But what about the murder mystery?
Now hear this: There are plenty of exciting action-packed scenes set against the perfect background music in Umbrella Academy. The first episode includes a bank robbery scene where younger versions of the siblings showcase their individual powers. The song accompanying the scene is a Fitz and the Tantrum's The Walker. The show also has a poignant scene where the siblings are dancing together but separately in their own rooms to Tiffany's I Think We're Alone now. The sound of Tiffany's voice reverberating through your space as you watch that scene will give you goosebumps. Oh, and there's also a scene where the sibling with time-travelling ability has to take on a bunch of gunmen on his own. You'd want to crank up the volume to this one.
Now this is fun superhero show with a binge-watching experience that could be elevated by the right home sound system.
Game of Thrones
Where do we begin with this phenomenal HBO original series? Well, there's dragons, deaths, resurrections, tragic romance, bloody weddings, epic fights, questionable family relations, lots of snow and mostly non-stop drama. Based on a best-selling book series by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones is set to premiere its final season on April 14. A trailer released on March 5 hints at Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen preparing for a battle against the White Walkers.
Now isn't upgrading your home sound system to watch this show the best way to bid farewell to Game of Thrones? For all the guts, glory and dragon action?
Now hear this: While you wait for the new season to premiere, you can relive some of the best Game of Thrones moment from the previous seasons. There's the unforgettable Battle of the Bastards in Season Six. An improved home sound system will let you experience the tension of weapons being drawn, the ominous background music and the leery sneer in Ramsay Bolton's jerk voice. They’re also the mouthwatering Spoils Of War episode featuring a dragon scorching the earth. Don’t you want to hear Daenerys say “Dracarys” as a signal to her dragon to take down Jaime Lannister’s men with fiery breath? Don’t you want to hear the majestic dragon fly?
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Forget about The Walking Dead because we’re living for Korean zombies now. Set during the medieval Joseon period, a prince is prohibited from seeing his ailing emperor father. When he secretly tries to check on the emperor at his palace, he was greeted with the smell of rotting flesh and well, blood everywhere. He later goes on a perilous journey to get the truth from the last person who treated the emperor. Expect a lot of gore, mayhem with a good dose of serious royal political drama…
Now hear this: Kingdom is wild ride from start to finish. The opening sequence in episode 3 depicts a zombie invasion in a small town. The sound of snarling zombies combined with a suspenseful soundtrack amidst the cries of scared citizens makes this a thrillingly well-done sequence in the series. Sometimes, the tension will get toned down by the swift sound of sharp weapons piercing through zombie skulls but then the thrill picks up again within minutes to showcase more imminent danger. You will also love the cinematic visual quality of Kingdom. And it’s not just the sound of zombies going after prey that makes this show unforgettable, it’s also the way silence is used to elevate our anticipation for the worst. The final episode of the season where everyone learns how they’ve been wrong about the zombie’s weakness will leave you gasping for air.
Can you imagine reliving the same terrible night over and over again? Life has a funny way of reminding freelancer Nadia to be grateful of… well, life. On the night of 36th birthday, a moody Nadia dies. Then she wakes up on the night of her 36th birthday again. She dies and the same thing happens over and over again. After realising that she’s stuck in a time loop, Nadia must figure out how to survive the night of her 36th birthday if she wants to live to see the next day. Now how’s that for a mid-life crisis?
Now hear this: Russian Doll offers a relief for those looking for an absurdist story in a contemporary setting. As we go through Nadia’s journey to survive the night, we also learn about her personal and emotional turmoils from the songs playing in the background. The show has a gorgeous array of music from genres like airy 60s French pop hit to new wave British synthpop and classical symphonies. The way the show frames Nadia against neon lights in some scenes where she opens up about her demons will make you feel like watching a heart-breaking music video. If you need a show to get lost emotionally in the music as well as bask in some humour, then Russian Doll is the one for you.
Lost In Space
The Robinsons consist of a family of five on a journey to colonise a new planet in space. When their mothership is intercepted by an alien robot, they have to abandon the space vehicle and ended up landing on a different planet. Now, the family must figure out how to survive the planet while finding a way back to the mothership. You think you’ve got family problems? Wait till you meet the Robinsons.
Now hear this: This ambitious science fiction adventure series is made for you to take pride in your upgraded home sound system. In the first episode, we meet the Robinsons who are all playing cards in the mothership. Slowly, you will hear the haunting sound of the wind, some thumping noise and eventually, the loud thud that forces the family to abandon ship. Later, you get to see one of the Robinsons risking her life underwater to help her family. You’ll hear the sound of sloshing water and then the score elevates to signal the tension of water beginning to freeze. Plus, there’s a cinematic score accompanying each significant scene which will remind you of bravado, hope and the adventurous spirit at the same time. Lost in Space will make you feel lost in the space you’ve created to immerse yourself in the sound.
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In a dystopian future, a person can live forever as long as their consciousness is stored safely in disk-shaped device called cortical stacks. However, they will have to live a new life in a different human body or sleeve whenever possible. More than 200 years after he died in a brutal shootout, Takeshi Kovacs is brought back to life in a prison. New body, same consciousness. He is then required to help a strange wealthy man solve a murder. But Takeshi feels its time he live life on his own terms…
Now hear this: As you ponder on the meaning of life through the show’s thought-provoking take on science and humanity, you can also enjoy Altered Carbon’s stylish action sequences. You can also wonder about the sound of the future through the show’s array of flying cars, electronic billboards and over the top skyscrapers. And then there’s the mysterious whispers in some scenes that gives this show a sense of mesmerising intrigue.
So if you like a show that’s not all loud noises, explosions and gory killing, Altered Carbon has got your covered. The sophistication in terms of mindful sound delivery will leave you feeling cultured and refined in your own way.
Are you convinced now to upgrade your home sound system?
Here are some products to consider to start improving your TV-viewing experience.
A product like the KEF LSX with high-resolution stereo capabilities can do wonders to the way you watch your next favourite TV shows. You can expect accurate and realistic sound delivery that makes for an immersive TV-viewing experience.
Plus this compact system is easy to set up and it’s the best way to kickstart your home sound system upgrade.
The best part is you can always start with this simple setup and later work your towards a more elaborate home theatre experience. Hint: consider the products under the KEF E Series next time. You’re welcome.
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Writer l JEM
I like Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain. Not into yoga. Wait, how does that song go again?