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It is important to stand up for your beliefs, even if your style is too progressive for the people of your time. Earlier this week, I revealed my powerful TV setup, with three televisions mounted on a single wall. There has been a torrent of anger and confusion, an inability to understand how I could make my sound mix so perfect. But there has also been a lot of something else: support.
Several powerful, intelligent, and, I must assume, attractive readers approached regarding their own multi-TV groupings, several of which are even more powerful and grandiose than mine. These are some of its settings.
The Monolith – Brian Jacobson
Brian Jacobson contacted me with his five TV setup, designed to watch five different sports games at once: two soccer games, two basketball games. NFL game day everything at once.
They use 65-inch, two 32-inch and two 24-inch televisions, which I have called The Monolith. Each is connected to the soundbar, so Brian can switch between games at will. They use Logitech Harmony to manage settings.
This setup is interesting because it is very much in one direction, as if it were a single image. This is not a his and her TV and a third party to share, this is ALL SPORTS, ALL THE TIME. It’s like a sports bar, with a television hanging slightly on the wall in the upper right corner. That is, of course, a compliment. If you are going to watch multiple games at once, what better place than a sports bar? And with that logic, why not just build a sports bar in your home?
The security room: anonymous, outside of Detroit.
This setup is so powerful that its owner asked me not to reveal his name, just his approximate location.
Here we see what looks like an impressive workstation, with three giant monitors. But those monitors are actually TCL 43-inch 4K Roku TVs. Each television has access to television waves through an antenna system, and each has an ethernet cable that connects them to the Internet. All three also function as monitors for the owner’s computer. It looks like a security room that you would find in the back of a museum, hence my name.
This setup may not seem so extreme at first; many of us have two or even three monitors on our desks right now. But these are not large monitors; They are big 4K flat screens. There is nothing stopping Anonymous from watching a movie, watching a football game, and playing a video game all at the same time. And that is playing with power.
“Poolworld” – Cosmo Orlando
This three TV setup is from Cosmo Orlando, who revealed that they refer to their home as “Poolworld.”
This is a similar setup to mine, using a much wider wall to display three much larger televisions. How much bigger I’m not entirely sure, but Cosmo pointed to the coffee mug next to the center TV for climbing.
I’m not sure what Cosmo uses these TVs for, but I can imagine myself in this configuration. One person on the couch, another in the living room, each enjoying his or her own while we both watch WandaVision, and while our cats (something else Cosmo and I have in common) get in the face.
A Tale of Two Televisions (and a Trampoline) – Michael California
Michael California sent me this setup that they and their partner use when hunting monsters together in Monster Hunter. I call this a “Tale of Two Televisions (and a Trampoline)” because, as you may have noticed, there is an unusual piece of furniture that accompanies this setup.
The main TV is 65 inches, while the TV on the trolley is 43 inches. There is also a trampoline behind the wheeled cart, which Michael bought for his six-year-old son, who reportedly cheers on his parents as they hunt Rathalos and other beasts. The trampoline is crucial to this setup because it’s actually adorable.
I like this setup because it’s a bit more practical and less embarrassing for entertaining. With the television on a wheeled cart, it appears that Michael and company can move it as people pass by, giving the illusion that this is not a house full of people who have a need to cooperatively consume media. I also love the mini-trampoline as an exercise to keep your child busy until they are old enough to join Monster Hunter hunts. Of course, the proximity of the TV cart to the trampoline gives me great anxiety.
If Michael sounds familiar, you can recognize his name from this Death stranded piece, which appeared on Polygon in 2019.
Funkoville – Steve Salai
Funkoville, named for the legion of figures below the television and to the left of the screen, is the brainchild of Steve Salai.
Steve didn’t offer me any details regarding its setup, but we can see the large TV playing what looks like a TV show about cereal, flanked by a smaller TV connected to a PC and playing Supervision. The main TV is also nicely backlit, and both flat panels seem to have a speaker hooked up with what looks like a pretty serious surround sound system for the main setup.
This setup seems comfortable. The soft lighting combined with the background and the candle give it that cave-like feel. And it looks like that Supervision The TV can lie flat against the wall when not in use. I like that kind of practicality, which is why I appreciate Steve’s commitment to the multi-TV lifestyle.
TV Chic – Kyle Hilliard
MinnMaxShow co-host Kyle Hilliard sent me a setup that is probably the cleanest of the bunch. Here we have what I call TV Chic, as it does not sacrifice aesthetics for the sheer efficiency that two flat screens provide.
There are two televisions that appear to be the same size and brand, two sound bars, two Xbox Series Xs, two switchers, a PlayStation 4, a PlayStation 5, which looks like it could be a very large router in the middle, and a digital clock. Really beautiful. They both sit in identical entertainment centers, each flanked by identical cabinets.
Aesthetically, I love this setup and wish I had the space for it. Here you get the actual combination of the mirrored setup (the Xbox’s and Switches’ unique positioning is a nice touch) but sitting on what looks like adult-friendly furniture. It is lovely.
Starlights and cold – ChromeDreams
This setting comes from ChromeDreams, which is the Reddit username this person asked me to use for them.
This configuration offers pleasant ambient lighting. From a format perspective, it is quite similar to my own Triforce setup. ChromeDreams has two larger TVs underneath a smaller TV, which also appears to be primarily dedicated to streaming and entertainment. The rest of the setup comes from a variety of sets, not that there’s anything wrong with that, and it also features two hidden jacks.
Similar to Steve’s Funkoville setup, the ChromeDreams setup seems comfortable. We have some lovely items from fan favorite franchises adorning the room, as well as string lights to give it that homey feel.
Exodia – Steven Williams
Steven Williams earns the coveted Exodia title as the five televisions come together to form an unstoppable setup for sports viewing.
The center TV is 70 inches, while the other four are 35 inches each. All setup is connected to DirecTV. Around the entertainment center we can also see a PlayStation 4, a soccer ball (of course), and various snacks, including what appears to be jerky in two cups. There also appears to be a small bear in front of the sign that says “There are two times of the year. Football season and looking forward to football season ”, which feels deliciously out of place.
Steven has also done something here that many of my colleagues at Polygon, including myself, haven’t been able to do, which is hide the cables. That’s a lot of work for so many TVs, and it really gives the whole setup a clean look. This is the kind of room your childhood friend’s father might have had, a room that you weren’t allowed in when he was home. The kind of room that parent thinks, “I’ve worked my entire life for these five televisions, and I’m damned if I let a 12-year-old spill Kool-Aid on the carpet.” And I mean it in the best possible way.
The Command Center – Grady Bailey
This Grady Bailey command center setup is a lot to take in. Not only do we have numerous setups to review here, but Grady has been living the life of multiple TVs in some shape or form since 2010. That’s dedication to the trade.
The more you click on these settings, the more it will appear. In particular, at least one configuration features eight (EIGHT!) Screens at a time. Interestingly, Grady also seems to reduce his settings over time, with what seems like just two TVs in 2021. You can also see Grady pick up a pretty sweet Portal pistol replica in 2018.
Out of all these setups, this is the one that makes me feel inadequate and extremely pleased that people have the ability to build their own setups like this. It’s also proof of something I’ve known all along: Sports nerds are eons ahead in the multi-TV game.
These are the homes of amazing people who approached me over the past week and agreed to appear here. These eight brave souls prove that there has to be at least a dozen more of us who have cool setups like this. If we’ve learned anything from all of these amazing entertainment centers, it’s that each person and family has their own entertainment needs, and you shouldn’t let what other people think of to derail your incredible plans for a sick multi-TV setup.