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It’s necessary to face by your beliefs, even when your fashion is simply too forward-thinking for the individuals of your time. Earlier this week, I revealed my highly effective TV setup, that includes three TVs mounted to a single wall. There’s been an outpouring of rage and confusion, a failure to know how I may get my sound combine so excellent. However there’s additionally been an outpouring of one thing else: help.
A number of highly effective, sensible, and I’ve to imagine good-looking readers reached out concerning their very own multi-TV groupings — a number of of that are much more highly effective and grand than my very own. Listed below are a few of their setups.
The Monolith — Brian Jacobson
Brian Jacobson contacted me with their five-TV setup, designed for viewing 5 totally different sports activities video games directly — that’s two soccer video games, two basketball video games, and NFL GameDay all on directly.
They use a 65-inch, two 32-inch, and two 24-inch TVs — which I’ve dubbed The Monolith. Every is attached to the sound bar, so Brian can swap between the video games at will. They use the Logitech Concord to handle the setup.
This setup is attention-grabbing as a result of it’s a lot in a single path, prefer it’s all one picture. This isn’t his-and-hers TVs and a 3rd one to share, that is ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME. It’s like a sports activities bar, full with one TV hanging barely over the wall within the higher proper. That’s, after all, a praise. When you’re going to look at a number of video games directly, the place higher to take action than a sports activities bar? And with that logic, why not simply construct a sports activities bar in your house?
The safety room — Nameless, simply exterior of Detroit
This setup is so highly effective, its proprietor requested I not reveal their identify, merely their approximate location.
Right here we see what appears like a formidable work station, with three large screens. However these screens are literally 43-inch 4K Roku TVs from TCL. Every TV has entry to the TV airwaves through an antenna system, and every has an ethernet cable hooking them to the web. All three additionally double as screens for the proprietor’s laptop. It appears like a safety room you’d discover at the back of a museum, therefore my identify for it.
This setup might not appear that excessive at first; many people have two and even three screens at our desks proper now. However these aren’t massive screens; they’re huge, 4K flatscreens. There may be nothing stopping Nameless from watching a film, watching a soccer recreation, and enjoying a online game suddenly. And that’s enjoying with energy.
“Poolworld” — Cosmo Orlando
This three-TV setup is from Cosmo Orlando, who revealed that they seek advice from their residence as “Poolworld.”
This can be a setup just like my very own, using a a lot wider wall to show three a lot larger TVs. How a lot larger, I’m not fully certain, however Cosmo identified the espresso mug subsequent to the middle TV for scale.
I’m undecided what Cosmo makes use of these TVs for, however I can think about myself on this setup. One individual on the sofa, one other on the lounge, every having fun with their very own factor whereas we each additionally watch WandaVision, and whereas our cats (one other factor Cosmo and I’ve in widespread) get in our face.
A story of two TVs (and a trampoline) — Michael California
Michael California despatched me this setup that they and their associate use when monster-hunting collectively in Monster Hunter. I name this one “A Story of Two TVs (and a Trampoline),” as a result of, as you will have observed, there’s an uncommon piece of furnishings accompanying this setup.
The first TV is a 65-inch, whereas the TV on the curler cart is 43 inches. There’s additionally a trampoline sitting behind the curler cart, which Michael bought for his or her six-year-old, who reportedly cheers on his mother and father whereas they hunt Rathalos and different beasts. The trampoline is essential to this setup as a result of it’s, in reality, lovely.
I like this setup as a result of it’s a bit extra sensible, and fewer embarrassing for having friends over. With on TV being on a curler cart, evidently Michael and firm can transfer it when individuals come by, giving the phantasm that this isn’t a home full of individuals who have a must cooperatively eat media. I additionally love the mini-trampoline as an train in protecting your child busy till they’re sufficiently old to affix in on the Monster Hunter hunts. In fact the proximity of the cart TV to the trampoline does give me some critical nervousness.
If Michael sounds acquainted, you might acknowledge their identify from this Dying Stranding piece, which appeared on Polygon in 2019.
Funkoville — Steve Salai
Funkoville — so named for the legion of collectible figurines below the TV and to the left of the display — is the creation of Steve Salai.
Steve didn’t provide me any particulars concerning their setup, however we are able to see the massive TV enjoying what appears like a TV present about cereal, flanked by a smaller TV hooked as much as a PC and enjoying Overwatch. The first TV can also be properly backlit, and each flatscreens appear to have a speaker related to them with what appears like a fairly critical surround-sound system for the first setup.
This setup simply appears comfy. The dim lighting mixed with the backdrop and the candle give it that cave-like feeling. And it appears like that Overwatch TV can lay flat towards the wall when not in use. I’m all about that sort of practicality, so I admire Steve’s dedication to the multi-TV way of life.
TV Stylish — Kyle Hilliard
Kyle Hilliard, co-host of the MinnMaxShow, despatched me a setup that’s most likely the cleanest of the bunch. Right here we have now what I name TV Stylish, because it doesn’t sacrifice aesthetic for the pure effectivity that two flatscreens present.
There are two TVs that seem like the identical measurement and model, two sound bars, two Xbox Collection Xs, two Switches, a PlayStation 4, a PlayStation 5, what appears prefer it could possibly be a really massive router within the center, and a extremely nice-looking digital clock. Each sit on similar leisure facilities, every flanked by similar cupboards.
Aesthetically, I like this setup, and kinda want I had the house for it myself. You get the true mixture right here of the mirrored setup (the Xboxes and the Switches’ distinctive positioning is a pleasant contact) however sitting on what appears like good, grownup furnishings. It’s pretty.
Star lights and chill — ChromeDreams
This setup comes from ChromeDreams, which is the Reddit username this individual requested me to make use of for them.
This setup affords some good temper lightning. From a format perspective, it’s fairly just like my very own Triforce setup. ChromeDreams has two bigger TVs below one smaller TV — which additionally appears devoted largely to streaming and leisure. The remainder of the setup comes from a wide range of units — not that there’s something unsuitable with that — and likewise options two hidden cats.
Much like Steve’s Funkoville setup, ChromeDreams’ setup simply appears comfy. We’ve bought some pretty gadgets from fan-favorite franchises adorning the room, in addition to the string lights to present it that homey really feel.
Exodia — Steven Williams
Steven Williams will get the coveted title of Exodia, as all 5 of those TVs come collectively to type an unstoppable setup for sports activities viewing.
The central TV is 70 inches, whereas the 4 others are every 35 inches. The whole setup is hooked to DirecTV. Across the leisure heart we are able to additionally see a PlayStation 4, a soccer (after all), and varied snacks, together with what seems to be beef jerky in two mugs. There additionally seems to be a small bear in entrance of the signal that reads “There are two instances of 12 months. Soccer season and ready for soccer season,” which feels delightfully misplaced.
Steven has additionally finished one thing right here that a lot of my colleagues at Polygon, myself included, have did not do, which is hiding the wires. That’s a number of work for therefore many TVs, and it actually offers the entire setup a clear look. That is the sort of room that your childhood pal’s dad would possibly’ve had — a room that you simply weren’t allowed into when he was residence. The kind of room the place that dad thinks, “I’ve labored my total life for these 5 TVs, and I’ll be damned if I let some 12-year-old spill Kool-Help on the carpet in there.” And I imply that in one of the best ways doable.
The command heart — Grady Bailey
This command heart setup from Grady Bailey is loads to absorb. Not solely do we have now quite a few setups to look by way of right here, however Grady has been dwelling the multi-TV life in some form or type since 2010. That’s dedication to the craft.
The extra you click on by way of these setups, the extra seems. Notably, no less than one setup options eight (EIGHT!) screens going directly. Curiously, Grady additionally appears to pare down their setup over time, with what appears like solely two TVs in 2021. You too can see Grady decide up a fairly candy reproduction Portal gun in 2018.
Of all these setups, that is the one which makes me really feel each insufficient and intensely happy that folks have the power to construct their very own setups like this. It’s additionally proof of one thing I’ve identified all alongside: Sports activities nerds are eons forward within the multi-TV recreation.
These are the houses of the superior of us who reached out to me over the previous week and agreed to be featured right here. These eight courageous souls show that there needs to be no less than a dozen extra of us who’ve cool setups like this. If we’ve realized something from all of those superior leisure facilities, it’s that every individual and household has their very own leisure wants, and also you shouldn’t enable what different individuals would possibly assume to derail your superior plans for a sick multi-TV setup.