So you've decided to put together a man cave of your own. Why should Bruce Wayne have the coolest man cave around? Well, for starters, he's Batman. Also, he is a lot richer and smarter and cooler than you. Oh, and he isn't real, and so doesn't have to work with real-world constraints.
So forget about Bruce Wayne. You are never going to have a man cave like his. But you can still do pretty well for yourself without the need to become a reclusive billionaire. First, you are going to need a room to renovate. Have you considered the attic? Provided you have the right kind of space, you are going to need to add a few pieces of tech that are essential to every man cave makeover. Here are three:
A Genius Box
They used to call the television an idiot box. In part, because of its idiotic content. Also, a person had to be an idiot to waste so many hours of their life in front of a television. But the real idiot is the person who cannot see and utilize the many benefits of having access to so much information in such a convenient format.
With a few smart choices, you can turn your television into a genius box. If you love football, you can get the 2016 Sunday Ticket at no extra cost on DIRECTV starting as low as $35 per month. For those times when you leave the man cave, you can access most of the channels and shows you love watching right from your smartphone. You would have to be an idiot to ignore smart options like these when setting up your man cave.
Just ask yourself, what would Bruce Wayne do?
You don't need giant, room-rattling, 9.1 spherical-surround, IMAX speakers in a small to moderate sized room. Use your head. You don't need bigger, more expensive speakers. You need smarter speakers.
Regardless of what you have connected to the oversized TV, you should consider a portable Bluetooth speaker for casual listening. Techradar offers their take on the 9 best Bluetooth speakers on the market today. There are no bad choices on the list, and several really good ones that didn't make it.
The reason you need this type of speaker is for those times when you are listening to music on your smartphone. You can easily throw the sound from the phone to the far more capable speaker you have tucked away on a bookshelf in your cave. When you leave the room, you can send the sound back to your device and never miss a beat.
The Ultimate Gaming Rig You Built Yourself
You cannot call yourself a spiritual successor of Bruce Wayne if you don't have at least one piece of tech that you MacGuyvered together with your own two hands. There is no reason that piece of tech shouldn't be the ultimate gaming machine.
Not knowing what you're doing is no excuse for this project. There are more video and step-by-step guides to building the ultimate gaming PC than you can shake a joystick at. These guides detail the parts you need, and how little you can get away with paying. Most of the guesswork has been removed. You don't have to try to figure out which parts will work best together. Some system integrators have already done that. All you have to do is put the pieces together like an overgrown Lego set.
There is more to the modern man cave than a few pieces of technology. It also has to have personality, and a fridge. But after the fridge, don't forget the genius box, the smart speaker, and the ultimate gaming PC you built with your own hands and iron will. Hey, it's your man cave. Make it an adventure worth sharing.