Having a great TV is only part of what makes up a great viewing experience, with a huge part coming from the audio quality - and no matter how good your TV is, you’ll never beat a dedicated sound system.
There are lots of different types of sound systems with different speaker combinations, but they generally fall into one of two categories - soundbars, or home cinema systems.
First, we'll outline some of the pros and cons for each, then we'll take a look at some of the best sound systems you can get for watching football.
This is by far the most convenient option if you’re just looking for an easy upgrade for your TV. They’re simple to set up with just a single connection to your TV, and no need to have multiple speakers dotted around your room.
Some soundbars also come with subwoofers to give you those deep bass notes, with others offering more advanced features like Dolby Atmos, which simulates a full surround sound system by bouncing sound around your room.
Most soundbars also support Bluetooth connections making it really easy to play music from your phone or tablet.
The other benefit that soundbars have over a full home cinema system is that they’re cheaper, you can certainly spend a lot of money on a high-end soundbar but they’re generally much less expensive than big, multi-speaker kits.
A full home cinema, or home theatre kit, is the ultimate experience in home entertainment, and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The most common is a 5.1 setup, which is made up of a center speaker (under your TV), two side speakers, and two satellite speakers, plus a subwoofer for the bass.
If you’re looking to get that fully immersive experience, making you feel like you’re actually at the match and sat in the stands, with the crowd roaring around you, you’re going to need a 5.1 setup at the very least.
There are a few things you’ll need to consider when you’re thinking about getting a full home cinema system, like where you’ll put the speakers and whether you have available power sockets for them. Many home cinema speakers will still have a wire connecting them to the back of the main unit, or if they’re wireless, they’ll need to be connected to a power supply.
So let’s take a look at some of our favourite soundbars and home cinema systems that will put you right in the thick of the action this World Cup season.
Here are three of our best soundbars - whatever your budget.
This is one of our most popular soundbars, and for good reason - it offers great sound quality from both the soundbar and the wireless subwoofer, and it has a simple, stylish design.
You can control all of the settings on your soundbar via Bluetooth, using the Samsung Audio Remote app, and because it has Bluetooth, you can also play your music from your phone or tablet.
It also includes a ‘Sport’ setting which creates a more realistic stadium-like sound, making it ideal for watching football.
If you’re looking for something relatively inexpensive that will still pack more of a punch than your TV’s built-in speakers, this soundbar is a great option - and at £59.99, it’s very well priced too.
It’s easy to connect to your TV using the optical port and it also comes with Bluetooth, so you can play your music via your phone or tablet, and when you’ve got the football on, just turn on ‘Sport’ mode.
The LG SJ9 is one of the best soundbars available and uses some very clever audio technology to surround you with sound.
It has ten internal speakers with two of them firing upwards to bounce sound off your ceiling making it feel like a full surround sound system. It also comes with Dolby Atmos to give you that true cinema experience.
It comes with a wireless subwoofer too, so no annoying wires trailing all over the place.
You also get Wi-Fi built-in, rather than just the usual Bluetooth. This means you get better sound quality when playing your music, and with the added Chromecast Audio software, you can cast music to your soundbar using Spotify, Google Play Music, Deezer, and Tunein.
The LG SJ9 has lots of very clever features like Adaptive Audio, which adjusts the sound depending on what you’re watching to make sure you get the best possible experience, whether you’re watching music, movies, or football.
So if you’re looking for the ultimate soundbar to complete your home entertainment setup, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the LG SJ9. It’s currently available at £749, take a look at what else the SJ9 can do here.
When it comes to Home Cinema Systems, there are two main designs - kits with tall freestanding speakers and more discrete setups. The tall speakers aren’t for everyone, so we’ve picked one kit from each type.
Considering what you get with this system, for £199, it’s a great deal.
It comes with the standard 5.1 speaker setup that pumps out an impressive 800 watts of sound, and you also get a smart hub and Blu-Ray player with catch-up TV and movie streaming.
If you’re looking for a discrete and cost-effective surround sound system, we certainly recommend taking a look at the Sony BDVE2100.
LG offers some excellent audio systems for TVs and this one is a great mix of style, and sound quality.
You get a powerful 1000 watts of output that surrounds you with sound. From the two tall front speakers to the more discreet satellite speakers, this system sounds great - thanks to the Aramid Fibre Speakers, which deliver a clearer and more precise sound.
It comes with a Blu-ray player including catch up TV and a handful of apps, and also has Bluetooth, making it easy to play music from your phone or tablet.
This system also has a dedicated ‘Football’ mode, which combined with the full 5.1 surround sound, and the 1000 W of power, makes you feel like you’re actually sat in the stands, surrounded by the roar of the crowd.