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Like every other field, technology has developed rapidly in the television sector. You might have purchased the latest flat panel television a year ago. However, the updated models that are introduced later make you feel that the newer ones are better than the one you already have. It has been observed that new updated versions of televisions are introduced after every few months. Nowadays, televisions offer a wide array of features such as LED backlighting, Ethernet connectivity, optional Wi-Fi, 3D, web apps and much more. There are also televisions available with flat panels that look like a PC.

 

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Different types of Televisions

 

LCD TV

Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) are the first monitor to have a small profile. They have thinner displays that provide high picture quality. As opposed to the CRT monitors, these modern LCD TVs offer a good range of colour that can easily light up even bright rooms. The LCD TVs come in various sizes including 22, 24, 26, 32, 40, 42 inch TVs. Among these, the 32 inch and 42 inch LCD TVs are available at an expensive price but provide the best LCD television features. However, the price of LCD TV is far less than other types of TVs due to which most people in India prefer to buy them online. Sony 32 inch LCD TV is the most popular LCD TV in India.

 

The LCD TVs have to be backlit to produce bright colours as they don’t emit light. Sometimes an HDTV is classified as an LCD television. This signifies that it is backlit with Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL).

 

 

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LED TV

A LED Television is a type of LCD television with Light Emitting Diodes. Even though they provide certain advantages, they might not provide the best picture on their screens. The LED TVs come at an expensive price than the standard CCFLs. There are many screen sizes available for LED TVs that include 22, 24, 26, 32, 40, 42 and 46 inch TVs. The 32 inch and 42 inch LED TVs are the ones that are available at a more expensive price than other TVs. When you compare LCD and LED TV, you will find that LCD TVs are available at the cheapest rates. However, most people in India buy the best LED TVs online from top brands such as Panasonic and Videocon.

 

The LED televisions come in two styles namely, edge-lit and a full array. The edge-lit televisions have lights set around the television frame. However, the lights set in full-array are behind the screen in a grid pattern. The edge-lit models are the thinnest and lightest models that reflect light into the center of the monitor. They have fewer lights inside which is why they are available at a cheaper rate than the full-array models. However, the full-array models offer the best contrast ratios in LED technology. Most of the top brands like Samsung and Sony provide high-end LED TV models in varying sizes including 24, 32 and 40 inch. Among these various models, Samsung Bravia 40 inch LED TV and Sony Bravia 40 inch LED TV are the most popular.

 

Plasma

When an electric current passes through positively charged gasses inside bulbs, a soup of electric current and ions is generated. This is known as Plasma that emits light (photons) at different wavelengths. The Plasma screen TVs produce the best image quality which is why they are available at a very expensive price. They have large screens and provide the best contrast ratios and colours. The plasmas are also available in a small profile, thin monitors and are ideal for LCD or LED televisions. The best feature of the plasma televisions is their pixel response. On plasma televisions, the images are rendered quickly; the image-blurring effect is diminished and clear images are produced. They have the widest viewing image with constant quality for delivering better pictures to the users. These eco-conscious televisions save electricity, so most ethical gadget buyers prefer them.

 

Rear projection TV

The rear projection TVs are similar to older theatre televisions. They are lit from the back with projectors due to which their contrast ratio is limited. This TV is thicker and deeper than the modern HDTVs which are mostly mounted on the wall. As compared to the other models, the modern projection televisions are thin and lightweight. As its images are projected, they are priced similar to that of smaller units with excellent image quality. Even when the RPTVs are very expensive, they can deliver an excellent HD experience as compared to the budget home theatres. In comparison to Plasma and LCD TVs that are as large as 82 inch, the same sized RPTVs are available at an exceptional price.

 

3D TV

The latest 3D movie trend has given led t the development of HDTVs with 3D capable hardware in their monitors. The 3D television and its hardware is very complex to understand. Moreover, they are also priced at a very expensive rate.

 

Smart TV

Nowadays, many brands are being dubbed as Smart TVs. These television sets are the ones that are pre-loaded with Internet apps and offer integrated Wi-Fi connectivity. This feature lets users to access various social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and much more. These Tvs also allow users to access entertainment apps such as Netflix, Vudu, Hulu and Pandora. They are hard to navigate with the regular remote controller and may require specialized remote controls that are priced expensively. Smart TVs are also perfect enough to become your primary PC. However, make sure that you buy only Wi-Fi based Smart TVs and not the ones that offer Ethernet connectivity. Some of these models also come with peripheral inputs like USB or DVI input and memory card slots to store images and videos.

 

Factors to consider before buying a TV

 

Right Screen Size

When buying a television, it is necessary to choose the one that is appropriate for the size of the room. To determine this, find the best viewing position located from the TV set. The viewing distance is very important as it ensures that the user is comfortable when watching TV. When buying a television, the user must take care that it is placed at a distance from where they will not have to squint or strain to focus on the screen. Also, it is uncomfortable to look at a large sized screen. The television’s screen should be of the size that is perfect for your field of vision. In short, the users need to ensure that the television should be selected depending upon the length of the room and the user’s budget. There is a very simple way to calculate the perfect viewing distance. First, multiply the distance between the TV and the seating position (in inches) by 0.84. Now, round off the result and you get the ideal screen dimensions (diagonal size). Let’s check out the viewing distance that is required for different sized television screens.

 

35” class TV: 3.5 to 5 feet away

40” class TV: 4 to 6 feet away

50” class TV: 5 to 7.5 feet away

60” class TV: 6 to 9 feet away

 

TV input ports

Most of the latest television models provide several input ports like HDMI and USB ports. However, it is also necessary to ensure that these ports are located at a convenient place for users to plug in and plug out the cables easily.

 

Screen resolution

The screen resolution depicts the number of pixels that can be displayed on the television screen. A display with a greater number of pixels provides better sharpness and detail. So, it is always favourable to buy a television with high resolution display. There are many choices available in screen resolution that include 720p, 1080i and 1080p. If you are getting a small screen TV like 32 inch then opt for 1080p resolution. Nowadays, many TV channels are available in superior high-definition. As such, many people are buying a 1080p TV that gives excellent HD picture quality experience to the user.

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If you are planning to buy an LCD TV, you need to consider different backlit technologies. The LCD panels are less durable and consume more electricity than the new-fangled LED backlit LCD TVs. There are two types of back-lit technologies – edge-lit and full-array backlit variants. The backlit LCD TVs feature local dimming of the LED diodes which helps in conserving electricity and reproducing rich image quality.

 

3D or 2D

Nowadays, many brands are offering 3D capable TV sets. However, 3D TVs are not ideal for users who watch TV with their family. The simple reason for this is that everybody will have to wear compatible 3D glasses. These glasses are very expensive so a 3D TV needs to be purchased only if that person can afford to buy 3D glasses. Also, there is less 3D content available as compared to 2D content. The 3D technology is available in two types – polarised glasses (passive 3D) and LCD shutters (active 3D). The passive 3D technology delivers a stable and fatigue-free 3D experience. However, the active 3D technology may cause flickering leading to headaches.

 

Network connectivity

Most of the expensive TV models available in the market offer built-in WiFi or Wireless LAN. However, there are also models that provide the ability to attach an extra dongle to connect the TV with the home network. This feature allows users to watch web videos like YouTube on their TV wirelessly. There are many Internet-ready TVs available that have an integrated Ethernet port. Some television models also provide DLNA support that lets users to stream music, photos and videos easily from their computer or mobile phone to the TV screen. Many major brands like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung and LG bundle loads of apps which enable users to view YouTube videos, Flickr photos and other such content on the HDTV.

 

Gaming TV

This feature cannot be added later, so the users need to consider spending some time to determine whether they need it on their TV. There is no such concept as best TV for gaming. In reality, the regular HDTV and Blu-ray sources that provide good picture quality are considered ideal to get good picture quality for HD gaming. Let’s check out some of the features that are a must-have for gamers.

 

Screen: A large screen with 1080p resolution and 200 Hz LED-LCD technology is the best for gamers.

 

Enough Inputs: The popular gaming consoles like PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have at least one HDMI input slot. So, the users need to ensure that the television has enough number of ports to connect gaming consoles and devices like laptops and digital cameras.

 

Check the Game mode: Most television models are designed to deliver a good quality image that would look better with video game graphics. They provide automatic access to game mode that helps in removing any video processing, lag or delays. These lag and delays occur between the game controller and the onscreen action.

 

Less blurring: In order to see excellent quality at 120 Hz or higher refresh rates in LCD TVs, users need to be sensitive to motion blur. As opposed to the popular belief, the de-judder video processing modes that are used in different televisions for anti-blurring may cause lag.

 

Burn-in: Usually, Plasma televisions come with burn-in or temporary image retention feature. This feature allows users to pause an on-going game for approximately half-hour or more. However, some LED televisions also have this feature and allow users to pause the game for hours. In this case, it becomes unnecessary to buy a Plasma TV for gaming.


Power usage: Heavy gaming is known to consume lots of TV time that can increase the electricity bills. The power utilization increases when a heavy game is played on a big screen with brighter picture setting.

 

TV Sound

Televisions are not only for watching so, the users also need to consider its sound factor. Most of the television models come with built-in speakers. However, it is important for the users to choose the model that is adequate for their needs. Let’s check out the four different sound systems available in TV models.

 

Nicam Stereo

Nicam Stereo or Near instantaneous compounded audio multiplex provides a simple, and clear stereo sound that comes from the built-in speakers.

 

Virtual Dolby

The Virtual Dolby is a sound system that distributes virtual sound around the room. It uses built-in twin speakers that create the illusion of surround sound.

 

Dolby ProLogic 

This sound system is also known as surround sound. It is similar to Nicam but doesn’t have two audio channels on the left and right. The televisions that are equipped with PreLogic decoders have the ability to receive four channels of audio. Most of the programmes are broadcast in this five-speaker system.

 

Dolby Digital

Its sound system is split into five channels – three at the front and two at the rear end. This ensures that the sound surrounds the user completely. This sound system also includes a subwoofer to fill the room with base. The users can easily recreate the cinematic experience in their living room with a separate home theatre system. This sound system comes with a powerful subwoofer that is positioned behind the TV set. Similarly, the satellite speakers are positioned around the room. This enables users to get rich and detailed sound effect.

 

Some people might feel that these sound systems are not robust enough to spend lots of money. In such a case, the users can also look at options like sound bar speaker. They give better sound quality as compared to the built-in TV speakers.

 

Choose between the stand, HDMI cables or surge protector

 

HDMI cables

An HDMI cable is used for connecting a Blu-ray player or gaming console with a television set. This will allow users to watch movies on the Blu-ray player or to play games easily on the gaming console. It also enables users to watch TV using high-definition DVR that needs to be connected to the TV.

 

Get a Surge Protector

A surge protector is very important to shield a television. In order to shield the television, the user needs to choose a protector with coaxial inputs and outputs for its cable or antenna.

 

Choose the Stand

Apart from the various new purchases for the TV, it is essential to make an additional purchase of the stand. The stand proves useful in supporting the TV set. The ideal choice would be to buy a good TV Mount or Stand when purchasing a television.

 

Screen finish

Most of the TV screens are available in matte or glossy finish. A screen that cuts down on reflections is a good choice for those who watch television in a bright room. However, most of the high-end LCD and LED TVs come with glossy screens. As such, there are limited option in televisions available for users who watch TV in a bright room.

 

Many of the major television brands such as LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba offer high-end LCD, LED as well as Plasma TVs at a reasonable price. Since there are so many kinds of televisions available, the users need to make careful decision when buying it. We have covered here all the different aspects and the types of televisions available today. This will surely benefit you to buy the appropriate television for your living room.

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When high definition television (HDTV) hit the market, they ushered an era of superior resolution and sound. These televisions have enabled us to enjoy a wide range of features along with the HD content. Some HDTVs lacked the capability of connecting other devices like the smartphone to videos and other multimedia content. Due to this, people have begun to opt for smart TVs which offer easy accessibility to other devices. Have you ever thought of purchasing a smart TV? Perhaps your HDTV is too good to be replaced and barring a few smart features. Lately, several modern HDTVs act as all-in-one computers that run on apps and games, access the web and lots more. Here are five tips which will help you derive the benefits of smart TV in an HDTV.

 

Use an HDMI cable or VGA and audio cables to connect an HDTV

Many HDTVs feature in-built HDMI ports that are useful to connect your laptop to the TV. However, some HDTVs don’t feature HDMI ports. If you have an HDTV without HDMI port then you can use your VGA port and audio port to connect your laptop. The VGA port is used to connect the laptop’s display to the TV screen while the VGA port is used to get audio on your TV. You can also use the Google Chromecast HDMI dongle that you require to plug into the HDMI port on your TV. It is a media-streaming device that can be set up with a simple mobile app. The Google Chromecast HDMI dongle is a great way to connect your smartphone to your HDTV. With this device, you can easily get content from various streaming sources such as YouTube and Google Play Music & Movies and view it on your HDTV. It allows you to enjoy your favourite entertainment including movies, TV shows, music and more on your HDTV. Apart from smartphones, Chromecast also works with other devices such as tablets and laptops. To use this device, you just need to set it up with a simple app from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

 

Use a Dedicated Dongle

 There are many HDMI dongles available that you can connect to your TV. Like Google Chromecast dongle, there are also some Android-based HDMI dongles that you can use to connect the smartphone, chromecast-150x150.jpgtablet or laptop to your TV. These dongles run on Android operating system and are capable of transforming a TV into a mega-sized tablet. They Android-based dongles, you can easily stream videos, play games and stay connected on Facebook. They also allow you to download apps from the Google Play Store. You can store the content you require in this dongle. To set up an Android-based dongle, you need to connect it to an HDMI port on your HDTV and enjoy your favourite movies, music or play games. These HDMI dongles are capable of converting your HDTV into an all-in-one computer running on Android operating system.

 

Connect your desktop computer, laptop or tablet

The Internet capability available on devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets, can be used to convert your TV into a smart TV. Once you connect these devices to your HDTV, it will enable you to access the Web. With these devices, you can easily watch HD movies as well as play 3D games on a large screen.

 

Use your video game console

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Another method to make your TV smart is to use gaming consoles such as PlayStation orXbox. Most people don’t realize that these gaming consoles can do lots more than just allow them to play games. These gaming consoles can work as a high quality Blu-ray player and also feature wireless Internet connectivity. With these devices, you can stream and watch YouTube videos as well as access loads of online gaming platforms. They also allow you to load content from the computer through USB ports and view the photos and movies on a large screen.

 

 

Connect your HDTV to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC)

 The most flexible and convenient way to transform your HDTV into a smart TV is to connect it to a Home Theatre PC (HTPC). HTPC is a computer connected to your HDTV. With this device, you can easily play sa-xr55-150x150.jpgmedia such as movies, music and photos and Internet media content. HPTC serves as a home theatre device to give you superior movie-watching experience on your HDTV. This device supports various media formats and provides a large storage capacity. You can use your desktop computer or laptop to build an HPTC. To set up this device, you need to connect it through an HDMI cable to your TV. With this device, you can easily stream and access the content from the Internet or streaming sources like YouTube.

 

These tips will help you to convert your HDTV into a smart TV. To figure out the perfect option to convert your HDTV to a smart TV, you need to first determine your requirements and availability of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. If using one of these options does not prove to be a viable solution, then you can buy a smart TV with the required features from Croma.

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With Apple all set to launch its latest innovations soon at the WWDC, Google is also preparing to unveil Android TV at its Google I/O conference in this month. Google will launch this platform around June 25 to June 26 this year.

 

Android TV is going to be a new platform for the manufacturers of TVs and set-top boxes. This platform will allow them to bring streaming services to the television and make Google’s entry into your living room. As opposed to Google TV that was launched in 2010, Android TV integrates online media services as well as Android-based games.

 

Google is believed to be in discussion with Netflix and Hulu Plus about playing a role in Android TV. The company may also launch a few hardware partners for Android TV. Android TV may also launch its secret weapon, dubbed as Pano. Android TV is presumed to build a simple user interface whose key element is internally named as Pano.

 

Pano will display apps as individual pieces of content in a card-like fashion on the home screen. This will allow users to browse their favorite movies and TV shows on Android TV. Google will use the card-style UI that can be browsed horizontally on this platform as opposed to the traditional smart TV experience. The content will be presented in a series of cards. Apart from that, each movie or TV show episode will have deep links in the publisher’s app. With this, the users will be able to get the option to start playing at once.

 

Its important to note that Android TV is a software platform and not a hardware platform. So, we can soon expect that Google will launch Android TV platform at the I/O and provide vendors the freedom to develop it further.

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For those who have a weakness for fast action sports such as football, owning the perfect TV is a must. Gone are the days when you had to make do with the deficiencies of television such as motion lag or blur and judder effects. You might swear by your old television and its performance, but buying a new modern TV for football depends on two factors:

  • Smooth Blur-free motion: You don’t want to miss out on the Spanish tiki-taka or Messi’s magic because your television has a slower refresh rate. Your TV will end up blurring those superb football moves because its struggling to keep up with the speed of the video.
  • Sound clarity: Sound clarity is the most neglected feature of a TV, especially when it comes to sports such as football. A good TV with real good power and range to their audio with a decent video refresh rate, will give you amazing sporting action with sound. This will only enhance your involvement with the action.

Keeping these two factors into account, Croma Retail brings you 3 best TVs which promise to enhance your soccer experience:

 

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This 40-inch LED TV has a 10W + 10W audio output with a 1080p display. This TV with its LED back-lit module is sure to give you an amazing football experience. In addition to this, this TV comes with 1 cable, 4 HDMI ports, and 3 USB ports. Click here to know more.

 

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This 48 inch 3D TV is curved. This television provides you with a clear motion rate technology which allows you to catch every moment of this beautiful game. The curved screen gives you a realistic feel of the game and with its micro dimming feature, you will experience sharp and crisp images. Click here to know more.

 

LG 65LA9650 65-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Cinema 3D Smart TV

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This TV comes with an IPS 4K panel, which is as close as you can get to the game on field. Its built-in 4K 3D + Ultra HD Resolution is supported by high efficiency video coding. This feature makes this the most desired TV for die-hard soccer fans. Click here to know more.

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Technology today has reached a point where everything is easy to operate, take computers for instance. Gone are the days when it was considered fashionable to dress up neatly, and visit the local library to ‘read books’ and finish the weekly assignment. Today’s digital age seems to have overloaded everyone with what popularly known as real-time information,from news to latest happenings around the world; thanks to all those apps which are perennially connected to the internet.

 

The first computer was introduced in India in the early 90’s. I remember seeing those big old computers in my school where our computer teacher proudly introduced us to the technological marvel. Those memories of exploring those huge floppy disks and staring at the green & black screen for long hours brings a smile on my face now. I wonder how many people here remember these machines. I would love to know about your experience with these wonderful machines in the comments.

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If you want to upgrade your TV or thinking of buying a new one, you are probably thinking—LED or LCD, which one is better? This question confuses most of us, so we give you the run down on the subject of LED vs. LCD to make your decision making process simpler.

 

First of all, it is important to understand that LED TVs are LCD TVs. That’s right—all LED TVs are actually LCD TVs. LED refers to how certain LCDs are backlit. When we look at old LCDs, they were backlit by fluorescent bulbs, resulting in uneven lighting. Then came LEDs, which are nothing but a new type of LCDs. In simplest terms, LED TVs are LCDs backlit by LEDs. So while LCD TVs use CCFL’s or cathode fluorescent lamps for backlighting, LED TVs make use of smaller LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes for backlighting. So it’s really just the way the screens are illuminated that makes all the difference. Otherwise, in essence, both LCD and LED TVs work on the liquid crystal display (LCD) technology.

 

Because of a different backlighting technology, LED TVs have several advantages over ordinary LCD TVs. Firstly, since LEDs are much smaller than CCFLs, LED TVs are much thinner than LCD TVs. You will find that most TV sets that are slimmer than an inch are making use of LED s, and this results in little depth to the display profile.

 

Another benefit is that LED TVs are much more power efficient than LCD TVs that work on CCFLs. This means that LED TVs relatively consume much less power.

 

Also, LED TVs give you deeper blacks, along with a far better overall picture quality, thanks to their selective lighting technique. On the other hand, their CCFL counterparts light the whole screen in an even manner, so there is no variation in the intensity of backlighting on the screen. This is where LED TVs take the crown with local dimming. Contrary to LCDs that are designed to give full brightness all the time, LEDs give the freedom to control the output, so the intensity of light can be dimmed or even turned off selectively.

 

Here is a simple example to explain the effect of local dimming in a better way. Imagine a space scene with a big expanse of black, with tiny bright dots scattered on the space like stars, and a bigger bright object right in the middle, like a sizeable planet. This image can only be fairly reproduced on an LED. Since LCD panels are unable to block out light coming from backlights, they cannot pull off such an image, whereas LEDs can, due to local dimming. An LED TV is capable of intelligently dimming or entirely turning off the lights that are not needed, and then using the exact ones that are required to make the planet and stars stand out brightly.

 

After knowing these basic facts about LED and LCD TVs, you will realize that the topic of discussion here is quiteundebatable. It is clear that LEDs are better than LCDs. LEDs do not just produce a better picture, but are also easy to mount, thin and extremely energy efficient.

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Are you thinking of getting yourself a sleek and elegant LED TV that is big, but not too big? Then the Sony Bravia KDL-32W600 32 LCD – LED TV (Black) is just perfect for you. Sony Bravia KDL- 32W600 offers a display that is impeccable. The sound is loud and clear. The TV looks beautiful, and will suit the ambiance of your home, whatever it may be like. These TV designs are not just bound to get you superb display and sound systems, but they also come with impeccable quality that will leave you feeling like you’ve gotten more than you asked for! That is just one side of it. It does not hurt that it has some fantastic features. The X-reality pro picture engine give you the best picture quality you can imagine. The TV slide view lets you enjoy greater control and content enjoyment. The quartz design further gives you a sense of ultimate sophistication. Moreover, the Sony Entertainment TV comes with a built in Sony Entertainment Network support.

 

Apart from these amazing features, there are 4 major reasons why you should buy this awesome TV:

 

Flawless Motion Flow

The feature on your television allows for absolute fluidity and precision for fast-moving images. Sony Bravia’s advanced technology calls for fast action scenes as the images are inserted between frames. So even the fast paced movements will have less judder and seem less blurry.

 

Super bass

It features bass reflex box speakers that will help you achieve crystal clear sound on your system. Your TV experience can grow ten times with the full-range sound. These are crafted from high-quality materials with bass reflex speaker that delivers rich audio. So now you can have a real time movie watching experience in the comfort of your homes.

 

Internet

The unique feature allows you to access internet on television. You can also plug in and explore the 3G Power. The facility will help you enjoy the instant and super-fast connectivity on Bravia. You can access instant and superfast 3G connectivity on your Bravia TV by plugging in the dongle directly into the television.

 

Phone or TV?

If that was not enough, you could also view and explore your smartphone contents on your TV screen. You can enjoy the phone’s stored application and the media on your TV just by simply connecting the HDMI cable to your television. So, now it is possible to view all those video recordings from your phone or play the music you recently downloaded on your TV.

 

Croma is your one stop place to buy all your LED electronics. You can shop for this television and also other Sony television sets from the comfort of your homes. Sony 32 Inch LED TV KDL 32W600 is available here at the one of the best prices in India. You buy directly from our online store or go to any Croma retail outlets.

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What exactly is Apple tv?
Apple TV is a smart digital media receiver from the house of Apple Inc. This is a small form factor network appliance that has been designed to play digital content straight from the iTunes store, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Flickr, and iCloud. It also plays content from any Mac OS machine or windows PCs running iTunes.

 

In essence, Apple TV lets you use an HDTV set to view content from a local network or the Internet. The functioning of Apple TV is similar to that of an iPod. It pairs and syncs with the iTunes library and allows playback and transfer of media. It also works as a media receiver by streaming media over a network Apple TV can stream media from up to five computers or iTunes libraries.

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How does it compare to the 1st generation Apple TV?
Just like the iPod, there have been variations of the Apple TV, each differing from the other. Here is how the latest Apple TV differs from its predecessors.

 

1. Interface
The Apple TV interface has always been intuitive and simple. The only change for the latest Apple TV UI consists of mostly the ‘for purchase’ stuff than your own collection.  At the top of the UI are movies, TV, and music, which direct you to the iTunes store. The second generation Apple TV collates your personal content into one location under ‘computers’. This is where all of your movies, music, and pictures would be saved. The first generation Apple TV featured this together at the top level. The latest variation requires you to do a couple of clicks to get to your data.

 

2 .Performance
The first generation AppleTV synched your iTunes library, much like the iPod, and the library menu was synched and ready whenever you accessed it. This is not the case with the 2ndgeneration Apple TV. Whenever a menu is accessed, the interface loads the library, offering a lot of lag. This is more so in cases where the music and video library is extensive. In a nutshell, it has quite a few lags and glitches.

 

3.AirPlay
AirPlay was a very slick feature that was seen in the Apple TV. As you play a video or song on iTunes App, it plays on 2nd Gen AppleTV. But as of now, this works only with Apple’s apps such as video, YouTube, Photos and iTunes, not with anything else.  The lack of support for third party apps renders the Airplay feature partially pointless.

 

4.Picture Quality
All other factors noted, there is one mark difference in the latest edition of Apple TV and its predecessors. Where past editions could only go upto 720p, the latest model can stream 1080p videos from iTunes and Netflix. The quality is crisp and immersive, and the details are amply seen. The Apple TV is also pretty equipped in the sound department. It can deliver Dolby digital 5.1 channel sound along with regular stereo sound as well.

Photostream
Photo Stream is a great social media feature on Apple TV. This feature was first introduced with iOS 6 and iCloud. This feature allows you synchronizes your photos on all your devices, and share them with your friends. Much like the functioning of Instagram, every time you upload a picture, your friends will be notified, letting them view your picture on the app.

 

So should you actually buy it?
Those who are Apple loyalists, and are satisfied with their older Apple TV might opt for the latest edition. Although the interface is slightly buggy, and library access is slower than before, the idea of synching to your libraries remotely may still be a big plus to some. That said, if internet media is your game, go for it. Remember that you’ll need a good broadband connection for optimum usage.

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In this age of technology where it’s evolving exponentially, giving the consumer the best of all features of a particular product is a challenge for any company. They try to fit in a load of features in a product which can make operating them a challenge for many a seasoned consumer. With the new 55 inch 3D LED TV by Sony, the Sony Bravia KDL-55HX850, they have not only packed it with features that are absolute necessary in today’s age of internet accessibility but also kept it simple to operate and use. This new 55” 3D LED television by Sony is one of the best on the market in its segment.

 

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Design
The Bravia KDL-55HX850 is fitted with an edge to edge Gorilla glass which is strong and durable. The edges are silver trimmed which gives the TV a sleek finish as does the thin cabinet (1.4”). The TV weighs just over 47 lbs. and is easy to move around its arched black plastic stand. There are usual buttons of menu (home), power, volume, channel up/down, input up/down which are located on the rear lower right side.

 

Also on the back of the cabinet, there are several I/O connections that include a couple of HDMI ports, a couple of USB ports, a RGB(PC) video input and a 3.5 mm PC audio in/out jacks. All these ports/connections face left for easy access. Then there are some ports which face downwards which include a cable/antenna jack, an Ethernet port, an optical audio output and two extra HDMI ports.

 

The remote is 7.9” and is light and comfortable for continuous handling. The remote contains a SEN (Sony Entertainment Network) key which takes you right to the SEN menu. It also has dedicated Netflix and Internet Apps buttons. The 55HX850 is both wired and wireless internet connection ready and includes a hearty selection of web services.

 

Performance
The 55HX850 offers a mind boggling contrast ratio of 6005:1. Colors are sharp and picture is detailed. The total viewing angle is 17.8 degrees. Sony’s motion processing features prevent any blurriness and jaggedness. This TV features two 10-watt speakers and a 10-watt subwoofer. This gives a top notch sound quality. With all the features, this TV is bound to be very power hungry but the 55HX850 is astonishingly power efficient.

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Software

The world of 55HX850 is exposed by the means of two interfaces called the Home Menu Interface and the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) interface. The user can choose between the two. The latter offers a vast range of services. Both the interfaces can be accessed by pressing their respective buttons available on the remote.

 

The SEN (requires subscription) offers a wide range of entertainment options like unlimited music and video channels that have an extensive content of current movies and music titles to choose from. Then you get plenty of Yahoo apps in addition to more than 50 content channels that give you sports, art and music services plus Amazon instant video, Hulu plus, Netflix, YouTube, Picasa, Slacker Radio, Twitter and Facebook. Skype app is also built in but you’ll require a Sony webcam to make video calls.

 

The 3rd Dimension
The Sony Bravia 55HX850 is a 3D TV and renders a very good 3D experience and the quality speaks for itself. With active shutter technology, the mind gets tricked into seeing a 3D image whenever a 3D signal is detected. The 3D experience on HX850 is one of the best 3D experience you’ll ever have on a TV environment.

 

Verdict
All in all, the Sony Bravia KDL-55HX850 55” LED TV is a very good offering by Sony which is the pioneer of the electronics industry. There are several reasons to pursue this TV with superb picture quality, great contrast and colors and an exceptional 3D experience along with its internet ready features like being able to read emails and connectivity. So if you are planning to go TV shopping, we suggest this TV to be on your watch list.

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All of us wish to have a TV to enjoy those loud movies, watch daily sitcoms, be updated with the soaps or just watch the news. The one thing that usually confuses you are the aspects you must consider before buying the TV that suits you best. To solve this very issue, listed below are five aspects you’d need to consider buying a new LED TV or LCD TV or HD TV. Have a peek!

 

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How much would you spend to in buying TV?
There has been a sheer drop in the sale of the conventional flat-panel televisions as HDTV is making its way in the market though it is quite expensive when compared with the average analog TV. The projection LCD or DLP TV are the ones worth buying while the CRT television provides great video quality. Unfortunately, these televisions are very bulky, heavy and so have phased out due to the newer space-saving and attractive LCD and plasma flat-panel televisions.

 

Room and TV size: Where would it fit perfectly?
Earlier, the television models were 13-inch while 15 to 20 inch models were considered very big. Now, the televisions having a minimum of 32 inches are the ones that provide crisp and clearer HD images. There are even smaller sized television models of 15 to 20 inches that look perfect in a kitchen or small bedroom. Apart from the size, another factor that needs to be considered in buying tv is the place on which it will be mounted. People tend to opt for accurate sized furniture or strong wall mounts. People who are planning to buy DLP or CRT TVs need to ensure that they get furniture that would support the bulky and big TVs properly.

 

Types of television: LCD TV, Plasma TV, LED TV or CRT?
Most people these days are preferring to opt for flat-panel TVs and replacing the old bulky televisions. So, currently, people are facing the main issue of selecting between LCD and Plasma technology. The best way to decide on which of these technologies to opt for is to opt for LCD TV for television size under 42 inches and opt for plasma for any television over 42 inches. Even though there is a huge variety in LCD TVs, they tend to get more expensive as their sizes increases so people tend to prefer plasma displays. Plasma TVs provide more accurate colours with deeper blacks and don’t cause any pixel distortion in fast-motion scenes.

 

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What kind of connections are needed for TV?
One of the most important connection needed on any TV today is the HDMI input. This will enable users to attach the HDMI cable and get high quality HD video with digital stereo and surround sound that givesamazing home theater experience. The HDMI cables also provides video upscaling features that upgrades standard TV quality to HD quality. This feature allows users to connect various components like cable boxes,home theatre systems, DVD or Blu-ray players, video game consoles, Apple TV or Vudu to the television using HDMI inputs.

 

Other features
People opting for LCD TVs need to select the television having 120GHz refresh rate that can easily handle fast action scenes and sports games without any distortion. Although LCD TVs are expensive to buy, it enables users to get amazing real-time images without any pixelation on the screen. The latest technology which gives great colours for colour reproduction schemes is the Deep colour that one can get by paying a premium fee. Like LCD TV, HDTV and LED TV are lately being considered as the best options by consumers to buy as they offer various features including the ones provided by LCD TVs.

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Sony is known to provide the best LED TVs that come with premium displays. These LED TVs deliver that extra edge of engineering due to which they provide better quality and performance. Here, the features of the Sony BRAVIA LED TV series are given that will help users to make the right choice.

 

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Aesthetics and build quality
The Sony BRAVIA LED TV has a flat and minimalist brushed metal bezel that makes it look attractive. It has a huge chromed plastic block with a white status LED light at the bottom. It has a delicate looking stand that is sturdy and wobble resistant. It has an impressive build quality which has an amazing blend of high quality metal and plastic all over. It is one of those LED TVs that provides glossy and smooth display along with lively colours and anti-glare properties that protect against ambient lighting.

 

Remote control and connectivity
This is one of the best LED TVs that comes with a remote control whose buttons are properly separated into zones of different shapes, sizes and with orientation. Its quick and intuitive operation makes it possible for users to use the remote easily even in a dark room. This LED TV comes with only two HDMI ports, one USB port, composite, component and also digital and analog audio outputs.

 

Performance
This is one of those LED TVs that gives a performance exactly what someone expects of it. The users don’t need to enable any settings to get that perfect pictures on this LED TV which displays accurate brightness, colour and contrast without having to adjust it. It gives accurate black levels, white saturation, gradient swatches and also gamma levels that showcasing amazing screen quality.

 

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UI and Smart TV
This LED TV provides one of the best user interfaces that is minimalist, intuitive, fast and also lag-free. The Smart TV features it gives include the standard YouTube/Skype apps, Internet browsing and also USB playback. It also allows users to share video and audio content using the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). This feature also lets users to share content between the screens of the TV and compatible mobile devices by using cables.

 

Verdict
The Sony BRAVIA LED TV series have a great build quality and gives amazing performance to users. It provides excellent image quality and decent sound quality that is great to watch movies and play games. These TVs has a pleasing user interface and many such amazing features which makes it worth buying.

 

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The latest LG 3D TV offers amazing picture quality that surpasses the quality of even LG’s expensive flagship model. The LG 55LM7600 LED TV is packed with excellent features that include motion-control remote and sound quality that any TV has yet offered. Even though the LG 55LM7600 TV is quite expensive, its awesome features make it worth every penny of it.

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Design
The LG 55LM7600 offers a great frameless design that gives an amazing viewing experience. The metallic frame that is outside the TV’s screen is atleast 1mm thick and has a black 1cm border that goes around the display. This TV has a U-shaped stand with a central hinge on its back that enables users to adjust the TV to different angle and the TV’s panel is hardly 3.3cm thick.

 

Features
The LG 55LM7600 LED TV offers the local-dimming function used for dimming parts of the edge-lit LED backlight to improve the black levels. It also has a 120Hz panel that is combined with a scanning backlight which offers smoothing processing. It offers 3D glasses as it has a passive 3D system for great viewing.

 

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Picture
The picture quality of the LG’s 55LM7600 is its most important feature as it offers excellent picture quality with high definition LED screen at a refresh rate of 200Hz. Its local dimming feature offers a way to lighten and darken areas of the screen whenever needed. This gives an excellent contrast that is way better than even plasma TVs. Apart from the great picture quality, it also offers amazing picture clarity showing finest details on the screen. There is a slight juddering but it hardly affects its superior viewing experience. The 55LM7600 3D TV also offers an awesome depth control feature for viewing pictures. It also offers 2D to 3D conversion.

 

Sound Quality
The LG 55LM7600 LED TV offers an amazing sound optimizer alongwith the Clear Voice II that enhances the voices beyond the normal range. Its strong audio output is very impressive making it necessary to lower the volume to 10 or so.

 

The Remote
The LG 55LM7600 provides an awesome Magic Motion remote to navigate the smart dashboard, web browser, apps as well as TV using an onscreen pointer that shows up only when the remote is picked up. This remote offers an added advantage of gesture controls that allows users to press and hold the middle select button to make a few gestures and it disappears automatically when it is placed on a table.

 

Verdict
The LG 55LM7600 LED TV provides excellent performance and awesome picture quality alongwith amazing sound output. It also offers a Magic Motion remote that provides gesture control feature. Even though it is a bit expensive, it is overall a great LED TV.

 
 
 

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The Apple iPod Touch is an Apple device that has features of an iPhone except for some that include the calling facility. Apple had always taken care to keep the difference between both devices but since the 4th generation Apple iPod Touch has come up, this difference seems to be diminishing leading to not so good reviews.

 

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Design
The new Apple iPod Touch 4th generation model is white on the front and has a mirrored back. The size of the iPod Touch is 4.4×2.3×0.3inches and weighs 3.6 ounces. It has a 3.5 inches Retina display with 960×640 resolution. The left-hand panel of the iPod Touch has two volume buttons while a headphone jack, speaker and 30-pin USB connector are on the bottom side. The top part has a power button while the home button is on the front panel below the display. It offers a front camera and a rear camera with a mic. The mirrored back panel gives an amazing look but has a tendency to pick up fingerprints.

 

Camera
The Apple iPod Touch is powered on the A4 processor similar to iPhone 4. Its rear camera supports HD video recording of up to 720p at 30 frames per second. The front-facing camera with 640×480 VGA resolution is mostly used for self-portraits or video calling while the rear camera provides a 960×720 pixel resolution. The iPod Touch offers a toggle switch on the touchscreen to switch between the front and the rear cameras.

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Gaming

The better display with the three-axis gyro sensor and the A4 processor has improved the gaming. The Apple iPod Touch supports most of the games from the App Store. Some of these games include Angry Birds, Scrabble and Planet vs. Zombies, Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed and Madden NFL. But these games do affect the iPod’s 930mAh battery as it drains quickly.

 

Music
The Apple iPod users were hoping that the 4th generation iPod Touch would give better sound quality but it is same as the earlier model. There are some other devices that offer great sound quality such as Creative’s Zen X-Fi or Sony’s Walkman devices. The iPod Touch reviews have rated its sound quality as ‘not bad’.

 

Verdict
Even though the reviews of the iPod Touch are not that great, there are many other features this device offers that include Internet browsing, email, maps and a huge number of apps that can add an amazing capacity of features to the Touch.

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Handling the set-up of a home theatre all by yourself isn’t an easy task. One has to beat his/her brains out to set up something that is technologically complicated. You may accomplish the task somehow, but doing it with perfection is an uphill battle. What if you end up locating electrical outlets at the wrong electrical station? It is safe to say that an electrical contractor is required to compose dedicated home run electrical cables. Organizing front projection is best done by the experts. The core of setting up the theatre is to get the sound right. And this very task must be done by a professional himself! However, if you have the patience of a saint and little knowledge of the electrical system, you can do it without anyone’s help

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If you are not able to compartmentalize the installation, you better shop the equipment in the high-end price range. If you happen to buy mid-range equipment, you’ll have to do the better part of the installation all by yourself. You are bound to be victimized by heavy installation charges of the stores in case you take help from the stores. In case the dealer doesn’t agree on setting up the entire system, ask the dealers whether they do a system calibration.

 

Also Read : Why should I switch to wireless audio

 

There are very few daredevils who prefer do-it-yourself (DIY) home theatres over the home theatre pros. The reason being, with setting up electrical appliances at the right stations, you have to supplement it with candy stand, popcorn, theatre seats and screen curtains. So, in order to have everything in the right place, you may want to hire a home-theatre consultant. Hence, the consultant’s task is directly proportional to the size of your project. It depends on what you are trying to achieve, be it building a new place, renovating an old one or experimenting with the spare room.

 

Make sure you blend set-up ideas with the right consultant. Your vision should be in alignment with the consultant’s vision. The person you hire should have ample experience with a wide range of home theatres that are cheap and expensive.

 

Before you hire a professional, complete the research about him and verify the credentials. Ask around. Depend on the word-of-mouth if needed and seek recommendations from friends. As you’ll be constructing the home theatre of your dreams, you may not want to take any chances. Even if you struggle to find a professional, it’s not a matter of concern. Just find the right one!

 

Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) help out people who don’t have the knowledge to install home theatre, be it a 5.1 or 7.1 home theatre system. Look for services to find a qualified contractor as it plays the role of a go-to home technology source for customers and consultants.

 

Also Read : 7 Tips for Better Surround Sound Experience

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On an average, you can get better sound quality when you pay more while purchasing headphones. If you are willing to go beyond your budget, then you can easily get the right high-end earphones. However, price is not the only defining factor to determine the best headphones with high-quality. Usually, in-ear headphones and noise-cancelling headphones tend to be more expensive than regular earphones. They sound better and allow you to enjoy music at all times. Read on to find out whether purchasing expensive headphones is the best decision.

 

Headphones produce clear and better audio

 

It is observed that expensive headphones can sound better than the regular ones. With these earphones, your music will sound clearer, crisper with bass thus, enhancing your music experience. They provide you with better sound-stage, which gives you the feeling of listening to a live performance.

 

Headphones with better build quality and added features

 

Ideally, a pair of best headphones needs to have superb build quality and features that match its price tag. They are sturdy, relatively heavy and made of solid material. Such high-end headphones come with additional features like wireless audio, noise cancellation, detachable cables and more. Many of them also sport a fold-up design, carrying shell, ear pad covering, replaceable tip and many more.

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Also Read : In-Ear Headphones vs. Over-The-Head Earphones  

 

Consider types of music you prefer

 

When choosing high-end earphones, you need to determine first whether they are suitable for the type of music you listen to. They won’t be useful for you if you are listening to low-bitrate streams in noisy areas. You will find these headphones handy when you listen to high-quality music at home.

 

Headphones for smartphones

 

Nowadays, every smartphone comes with a pair of earphones. However, these earphones probably offer the worst audio that you can get. There is no reason for you to stick to such bad quality sound. Also, you don’t have to spend a lot to get better sound quality as there are several inexpensive headphones available that can provide you with decent sound quality. In most cases, high-end headphones provide better build quality, features like Bluetooth or noise cancelling and more. However, if you are not sure about buying high-end headphones, then you need to look at different reviews of headphones that are available in the price you prefer.

 

Headphones are quite tricky to purchase as they require a lot of research, and you also need to refer to various reviews and collect information to make the right choice. It is not ideal to buy a particular pair of earphones that don’t give you the desired listening experience. So, you need to make sure that you select a pair of headphones wisely and check their sound quality before purchasing. In reality, your headphones are worth your money when you use a well-crafted, high-end pair of headphones to listen to high-quality tunes in the right environment. So, make your choice wisely and get the best noise-cancelling headphones that give you incredible listening experience all the time.

 

Also Read : Which earphones are made just for me?

 

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It is that time of the year again. The Great online Shopping Festival (GOSF) is here in a new avatar. It is going to be the third such occasion and it is getting better each year. It is our promise that this time around, the festival will be much grander, much bigger, and will offer unheard of discounts on virtually everything.

 

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Croma is going to roll out a lot of discount coupons and great deals for its customers. If you were waiting to buy a camera, or a music system or anything electronics related, the sale is just the right time to do that. This year’s most awaited sale will offer you so much that you won’t be able to swallow it. The festival will run for three days, from 10th to 12th of December and going by the excellent response it got last year, projection are that it will see an even better turnout this year.

 

In addition to the regular offer, Croma retail is offering special incentives to Axis bank cardholders. They will get incentive coupons which will be valid during the festival. But even if you don’t have an Axis bank account, the offers will be so many that you will probably exhaust your wish list of a few months. You will order from the comfort of your home without having to push your way through jostling crowds and will get timely and guaranteed delivery without any compromise on the quality and brand. Trust us. December is going to be more awesome than ever.

 

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Surround sound is a method of cultivating the sound reproduction quality of the audio source with supplementary audio channels from sound systems or PC speakers. This audio surrounds the listener, providing sound from an all-round radius in the horizontal plane as opposed to screen channels.

Terms like 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 in surround sound system and home theater specifications are crucial. The initial part of the unit refers to the number of channels present in a soundtrack or that a home theater receiver can provide. These channels reproduce a complete range of audio frequencies, from high to normal bass response. Usually, you will notice audio systems with the name of 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround sound.

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Additionally, another channel is also present, which reflects the extreme low frequencies and is commonly referred to as Low Frequency Effects (LFE). This LFE channel entails the use of a specialised speaker called a subwoofer that is designed to reproduce extreme low frequencies and cut all other frequencies.

 

5.1 surround sound

5.1-channel surround sound is one of the most common home theatre configurations today. The two main formats that deliver surround sound for 5.1-channel systems are Dolby digital and DTS. Although Dolby Digital is simply a technique of encoding audio information digitally, the term is usually used to refer to a 5.1-channel audio. With Dolby, you will get a dedicated subwoofer channel, with plenty of deep basses. Like Dolby Digital, DTS provides 5.1 channels of digital audio. DTS uses less compression than Dolby Digital and enhances the sound produced by DTS slightly more accurately than the sound produced by Dolby Digital.

 

6.1 surround sound

A 6.1 channel system delivers an enveloping surround effect as compared to a 5.1-channel system. The DTS-ES system uses the existing digital multi-channel technology with a full bandwidth back surround channel. Thus, 6.1 audio systems ensure more clarity in audio and discrete sound quality.

 

7.1 surround sound

Today’s Blu-ray disc formats support more detailed audio quality like 7.1 formats to offer high-quality, lossless surround sound. Along with adding two additional rear channels to the standard Dolby Digital and DTS formats, Dolby TrueHD is encoded with more audio information. It adds improved directionality and precision in sound effect to give you a theatre-like experience.
With the innovation in audio systems, there has also been a rapid development in the surround system and its mechanics. It is important to know the concept of 0.1 in surround sound. Buy amazing speakers and home theatres systems online and enjoy the best sound quality.

 

Also Read : DIY versus Home theatre Pros: Which One Should You Prefer?

 

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Sensitivity is a feature worth looking for in a speaker. It tells you how much volume you will get from the speaker with the given amount of power. Sensitivity is not about the audio quality, but the high volume that needs to be present in the amplifier for the speaker to work best. Thus, sensitivity is a measure of how loudly the speaker plays in a particular electrical input level. Both the choice of the speaker and amplifier are affected by the sensitivity. Only recently, there has been an increasing effect of sensitivity on Bluetooth speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers. Let’s take a look at what exactly is the meaning of sensitivity of speakers and the various dimensions to it.

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Efficiency and Sensitivity – Are they the same?

You will always notice that words like efficiency and sensitivity are interchangeably used in audio. Technically, these terms vary in meaning yet they are simply separate expressions of the same thing. Efficiency is the amount of power that enters the speaker and converts into sound. Interestingly, most of the power that goes into the speaker is converted into heat, not sound. Whereas, a speaker’s sensitivity is a measurement of the relationship between the sound output and power input.

 

Sensitivity – Relation between sound bars and Bluetooth speakers

In most of the cases, the manufacturer does not mention the sensitivity of the subwoofers, soundbars or Bluetooth speakers. This is because they are a closed system, and the total volume you get from the unit is important than the power ratings. The ratings mentioned on these products are of the wattage they use for running the system. It is crucial that the internal amplifier products such as the soundbars and Bluetooth speakers are rated by the total volume and not by their wattage. The SPL (Sones Phones Loudness) ratings on these speakers give you the actual idea about the volume level it can achieve and the wattage it cannot handle. So, buy audio speakers or PC speakers online with the mention of sensitivity.

 

Is the sensitivity of speakers always good?

Typically manufacturers do not make every speaker as sensitive as possible. This is because the makers have to compromise on other factors of the speaker to do so. For instance, the cone in a woofer will make it more flexible that increases distortion levels.

 

The sensitivity measurement is only a relative term, which is done under tightly-controlled test conditions. The figure does not necessarily relate directly to the loudness of the speaker in a room with a particular input level. Instead, sensitivity is an accurate measure that allows different speakers to be compared. Apart from these vital features, always consider having better sensitivity for getting the best speaker.

 

Also Read : What does 0.1 mean in surround sound systems?

 

Do read our other articles on the emerging technology. At Croma, we don’t just sell. We help you buy stuff.

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With New Year just around the corner, a lot of you must be looking to acquire a new television set. However, given the range and technology available in the market today, it can be a really confusing task. Besides the fine specifications, there is the issue of which kind best suits our needs, whether it is LED or LCD or plasma. To avoid the confusion, you must first know about all the technologies in brief. Here’s an overview of each.

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 CRT technology

This is what your first television used to employ. Essentially, this technology uses a picture tube that produces an electronic beam which scans phosphors line by line on the screen of the tube. This in turn produces the image. However, this is now a passé technology primarily because of the bulk and weight of the picture tube and availability of better technology at affordable rates.

 

Plasma technology

Plasma technology, again works on a similar principle, namely, the phosphor lines have to be scanned. But in place of an electronic beam, it uses a superheated charged gas, sort of a fluorescent light. The long and short of it is that it doesn’t need a picture tube and the resultant television set takes the thin cabinet profile, making it a perfect choice if you’re looking to save space.

 

LCD technology

A thin cabinet profile can also be achieved by an alternate mechanism. In LCD technology, again, images are not scanned by an electronic beam. The picture elements called ‘pixels’ are either turned off or refreshed at a particular rate. The most commonly used refreshed rate is 60 and 120 which simply means that the image will be refreshed every 60th or 120th second. Also, LCD pixels do not have light of their own. In order to produce a visible image, pixels have to be backlit. The resultant process is a rapid turning off and on of the pixels depending on the requirements of the image. There are some sophisticated ways in which this process is executed, and all those technologies are available in the market.

 

OLED technology

This is the newest technology available to consumers and has been used in virtually all the electronic appliances, including tablets, cellphones and other small screen gadgets. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode and borrows features and characteristics from both LCD and plasma television. OLED is capable of producing the best images in TV technology so far. Also, the panels can be made so thin as to be flexible at times. This idea culminated in the manufacturing of curved TV screens.

 

Also Read : Why LED TVs are better than LCD TVs?

 

This is only a brief overview of the consumer Television technologies available in the market as of now. You will get to read more once the technologies in the pipeline are employed at the level of production. Till then, you can check our other informative blogs on everything new in the field of technology and consumer electronics. Read on.

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There are plenty of thoughts that go through one’s mind while purchasing LED TVs that are available online. The one thing that people keep in mind is the video resolution and clarity of the image. There is always hesitation when it comes to choosing between 720p and 1080p TVs. So, how different or similar are they to each other? The major common factor is that both are high definition video display formats; moreover, they have progressive display formats.

 

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The 720p consists of 1280 pixels that are displayed horizontally across the screen and 720 pixels vertically. The 1080p, on the other hand, offers a progressive display of 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels verticallywith a high definition resolution. The main difference between the two is that 720p makes up for almost 1m pixels, which is equivalent to 1 megapixel in a digital camera, while the 1080p offers 2m pixels. This proves that the 1080p captures more details as compared to a 720p image.

 

These days most of the LCD, Plasma, or DLP TVs are available in a resolution of 1080p. However, there are still certain models of LED TVs below a 40 inches screen, which have a lower price when available in a 720p resolution. This narrows down the price margin between the 720p and 1080p LED, LCD TV models. The manufacturers are finding it very cost effective to raise the number of 1080p TVs in smaller sizes.Most LED TV and LCD TV models that are sold online are tagged as 720p TVs. Technically speaking, these TVs have a resolution of 1366×768 (768p). The TV will still scale any resolution to its native 1366×768 pixel display resolution.

 

Cable/satellite broadcasters vary the resolutions depending on the channel. So, in case if it is a regular news/sports channel like Fox, ESPN, etc. it will make use of 720p resolution. But with respect to premium channels like HBO, TNT, etc. it will consider using a 1080p resolution. People who own the recent 720p LED or LCD TV model will be able to access the 1080p content sent by certain satellite channels. However, the TV scales the content as per its native resolution display. Even Blu-ray players automatically detect the native pixel resolution of the TV and deliver the output accordingly. These Blu-ray disc players allow easy and manual setting of the output resolution display as per the individual’s choice.

 

It all finally depends on the clarity of the image in your respective LED and LCD TV. Besides the resolution, there are several other factors that need to be considered while looking for high-definition viewing. Some of them are motion response, brightness, contrast, colour processing, video scaling, etc. The quality of the source signal does play a vital role, but at the end of the day, the TV’s video processor can only compensate for the low-quality signals. It all settles down to three main factors: the resolution, size of the TV, and the distance between the TV and your seating position. If the distance between the TV and an individual is less, then 720p should suffice. But in case if it’s a bigger TV (over 50 inches) and the distance too is quite more, then 1080p can be considered. The choice between the two resolution formats should be made according to all the factors mentioned above and most importantly on your preferences.

 

Also Read : Know about your Plasma, LCD and LED TVs

 

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What comes to your mind when someone says ‘home entertainment’? A home theatre system with a fancy full HD LED TV and high-fidelity speakers? Is that all? Well, home entertainment goes beyond just audio-visual equipment. The other half of home entertainment includes accessories such as cabinets, mounts, stands, racks, seating and more. A great video and audio gear is definitely good and important, but it’s the accessories that can take your home entertainment experience from good to great!

 

If you want to take home entertainment to a whole new level, playing up your home theatre corner with some fun accessories is the way to go. When you have shelled out so much money to get the best home theatre system for your place, why not spend a little more to ensure your entertainment gear is stored and displayed in the best manner? Whether you want to amplify your house party or just have a better movie-watching experience with your family, home entertainment accessories are what you need.

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So this Independence Day, shop for some entertainment accessories. Here are some ideas that will help you plan an improved home entertainment system.

 

Also Read: A Portable Speaker Buyer’s Guide

 

If you have perched your speakers on a table or shelf or cabinet, you need to change that. Your home theatre speakers deserve proper stands, ones that will look stylish as well as offer optimum output. Look for speaker stands that have a system for wire management so all cables and cords can be kept out of sight.

 

  • Another way to mount your speakers in order to improve their functionality is to go for pivoting wall brackets. You can find flexible wall brackets in the market that feature ball-and-socket systems to facilitate all types of arrangement schemes for the speakers.

shutterstock_63954319-200x300.jpgConsider proper furniture for your AV setup. You will find a range of products from entertainment cabinets to steel racks to store AV equipments. Racks are good for those who want their entertainment gear hidden; while a stylish rack is ideal for those who want to keep their home theatre system on display. In any case, a proper AV storage system will add to the decor of your house and keep your electronics safe. Once again, look for wire management schemes, sturdy built racks and optimum ventilation when you buy AV storage furniture.

  • Thanks to TV-concealment systems, you can now make your LED television disappear! You can choose a desirable framed artwork, and your LED TV will simply hide behind it when it is switched off. To lift the frame up again and make your LED television reappear, just use a remote. Some systems have a vanishing mirror so that the television changes into a mirror when not in use.
  • But that’s not all. Another means of TV concealment is using a remote-controlled system that makes your LED television rise from the floor or a cabinet, or descends from the wall. Such high-tech swivelling TV-concealment systems are bound to take your home theatre experience to a whole new level.
  • Last but not the least, here’s something to put an end to the ordeal of rising from the comfort of your couch to adjust the TV angle—a motorized TV bracket! Now all you need to tweak the LED TV angle is a remote control that will make the TV bracket swivel the screen for you. We have definitely come a long way from regular TV mounts.

 

Know anyone who’s looking to amplify their home theatre experience? Read this blog and find interesting information on

speakers and TV mounts. So, share this blog with all your crazy musician friends!

 

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The tablet market has grown quite exponentially in the past few years, so much so that now people prefer tablets over personal computers, and even laptops. A tablet can virtually do everything that your laptop does and over that, it provides the ease of working with a touchscreen.
If you are in the market, you will surely be confused with the range of tablets available. Hence, to make an informed choice, you must be aware of some essential things before buying a tablet.

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This is a key consideration and you have quite a few options to choose from. Currently there are four operating systems available, namely, Google Android, Blackberry, Apple iOS and Microsoft windows. Apple iOS is the exclusive OS of Apple products. You won’t get it on non-Apple devices. Same goes for Blackberry. The most widely used OS is Google Android and has the same feel as that of Apple iOS, but the two are still different in many respects.

 

Memory

The other thing to look for is the storage capacity of the tablet, which ranges from 1GB to as high as 500 GB. Though most tablets come with an extendable micro SD card slots, it is an important point to consider because you can’t change the internal memory.

 

Battery life

Another important thing that can’t be missed is the battery life since tablets are portable units. Do keep in mind that there are two kinds of battery lives. One is the life in sleep mode and the other when it is in use. Check and double check the number of hours your battery can provide you backup for.

 

Inputs and outputs

Tablet is an advanced device. Hence, most of the connections will have to be made through wireless network. Nevertheless, a lot of tablets are equipped with a 3.5 mm jack and a docking port to connect it with a keyboard. Also note that you won’t find any such thing in an Apple tablet. So, make the choice accordingly.

 

Camera

All the tablets come with either one or two cameras. One of them acts like a webcam and the other is a rear camera that can be used to click pictures. The quality of the camera is almost the same as what we get in smartphones and the resolution is normally upwards of 4 MP.

 

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There are many other little things that you will have to decide yourself according to your needs but these few things listed here must not be ignored.

 

Croma has a wide range of tablets in store for all kinds of consumers. Do check them out. Also, feel free to share this article with your family and friends.

 

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The Asus Transformer Book T200TA-C1-BL is a compact detachable-hybrid tablet. It comes with a good In-Plane switching (IPS) touch screen and can be used either like a laptop or a tablet by just detaching the screen.

 

Even with the connected keyboard, the ASUS transformer book is quite compact. Measuring about 1*12*8 inches and weighing about 3.3 pounds, this tablet is all set to become the new darling of the tech consumer. When you undock the screen, the weight comes down to 1.69 pounds. You can do it by just pushing a single button in the centre of a one piece hinge. The lock is mechanical which can make a few people feel more secure, who don’t like the magnetic latch on other hybrid tablets.

 

For a hybrid tablet, ASUS provides excellent connectivity. Equipped with a full size Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port on the keyboard, connectivity will never be a problem with this tablet. It also comes with a headset jack, a micro HDMI port and a microSD card reader. In short, ASUS provides more ports in total than other tablets in the same range.

 

Like many other sealed tablets, it doesn’t come with the option of upgradable solid-state drive or memory, but a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive can still be installed. To install the hard disc you will ah veto keep the screen docked to the keyboard, but once done you can carry your files in the tablet portion, supplemented with 64GB SSD. It is a great thing, since, like with most tablets, the storage space can be an issue with some people.

 

Coming to the keyboard, it is a QWERTY full size and non-backlit. It is provided with a large touchpad in the centre that makes it really comfortable to use. The screen is fantastic and responsive to the touch. The volume of the in-built speakers is soft but with headphones gives a satisfying listening experience.

 

Performance wise, Asus Transformer Book is equipped with Intel Atom Z3795 processor with Intel HD graphics. The performance is roughly equal to that of HP stream and Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series. Multimedia scores are excellent with 14:13 on Adobe Photoshop.

 

Battery life is quite adequate and won’t ever be a hassle, with tests suggesting that it lasts about 5 hours once fully charged.

 

Also Read: Things you must not overlook in tablets

 

Overall, the ASUS Transformer is a decent hybrid tablet with a reasonable price tag and is worth your money when compared to the competition.

 

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There is no end to the debate whether or not tablets have signalled the demise of laptops. People who use laptops primarily to store documents, surf internet, and watch videos and to play an odd simple game really wonder about switching to a tablet. Laptops sometimes become a little heavy to carry around and do things on the go. One can keep the laptop at home but what if one is travelling often. Tablets are more compact and fulfilall the basic functions and convenient to use when you are not at your desk. If you’re still confused, there is a host of tablet accessories available to double your tablets as laptops when required. Some of the must-have tablet accessories are given below.

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1. Keyboard Case

Acquiring a keyboard case is a convenient option, particularly if you spend a lot of time travelling, though you can do just with a tablet stand and a wireless keyboard equally well.
Usually tablet-makers sell their own cases tailor made for specific tablet models but you can avail other options too. They come in a lot of varieties and are able to fit nearly any tablet, or iPad, for that matter. Many of these cases are fitted with a laptop like hinge inside and there are others also that come with a sort of kickstand. In short, you get a lot of options to choose from according to your needs.

 

2. Wireless mouse

A lot of people remain under the impression that they can do without a mouse to make the transition to a complete tablet setup. But the truth is that if your keyboard isn’t equipped with an integrated trackpad, it becomes a bit of a hassle to reach for the screen constantly. To avoid this, a Bluetooth mouse is a must have tablet accessory. You will get seemingly infinite varieties of Bluetooth keyboards in the market with different designs and specifications. It will only make your life easier.

  

3. Extra storage

It is true that some tablets provide sufficient storage space but it is something that depends on your personal needs, how much data you like to carry around, how much music you like to keep etc. You can go for a micro SD card, or if your storage needs are demanding, Wireless hard discs will be a really good option, and will be a useful tablet accessory.

 

  4. Charger

Usually, a lot of tablets cases keep the battery life in check and improve the overall battery life. But if you feel your battery is inadequate, you must think about buying a portable battery. An external battery charger will come handy even on a long flight or a long road journey.

 

There are other tablet accessories as well that will make your life very convenient but the listed ones are hard to avoid. So, take stock of your needs and buy your tablet accessories accordingly.

 

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February is going to be one hell of a month. The fever of Cricket world cup 2015 will grip the subcontinent again and we shall witness 14 countries fighting it out for glory in Australia. We here in India will try to catch it as best as we can, either through television and radio or through internet, by streaming the live telecast. Given our busy work schedules, most of us will have to be content with just regular updates, but nothing is lost, really. There are a number of great cricket apps for smartphones to inform you about every bit of action taking place on the cricket field. There are some very efficient apps available for iPhone users, must-haves for the World cup season. Here are some of the top apps for iPhone to get Cricket updates.

 

ESPN Crickinfo

This app provides you with ball by ball details, bits of TV commentary and just about everything that happens in real time: scores, photos, match graphics. The app also makes available videos and podcasts and what’s more, a special feature lets you get the updates regularly without having to do anything. Verdict: One of the best iPhone apps to get Cricket updates.

 

Cricket Reloaded

This one is a fantastic app for smartphone users and versions are available for apple devices. With this app, you won’t miss any action. The app will bring you live scores, YouTube videos and interviews. Also, the time it takes to refresh the update is very little. You can watch live streaming, highlights or old classic moments of the game. It will be a great addition to your iPhone apps for this World cup.

 

Yahoo! Cricket

If you want to receive fast updates, this is just the thing you need. The app helps you view mini score cards, general statistics and headlines for a quick view. You can also choose to upgrade to an advanced version to receive extensive information regarding the match schedules and player profiles, along with everything current in the world of cricket.

 

Cricbuzz Mobile

Cricbuzz Mobile is a fine app to have scores at fingertips and alerts whenever something important happens on the field. This app gives you the option of importing to your phone the audio commentary of a select few matches in the language of your choice, which is quite something. The interface, too, looks quite sophisticated, something that will go well with your iPhone.

 

Sky Sports Live Cricket Score Centre

This is a fabulous way to keep in touch with the live game. This app gives you the benefit of sky media that allows you to stream real time commentary, breaking news and post-match analysis.

The app makes photo galleries and player’s profiles available and you get updates of the game at every level, be it local or international. Customization feature makes it a real deal and an excellent Cricket app for iPhone users.

 

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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is here and it seems like a brilliant time to make an investment in an HDTV to experience the trials and tribulations, the thrills, and the spills all in crystal clear high definition. The best HDTV’s enhance your viewing experience, bringing a burst of colour and sound into your home. What makes HDTV better than the standard television that you had in your childhood? Is it really time to move away from your comfort zone for a minute and into the firing line where different options zip by at a thousand miles a second? There’s the plasma TV at your neighbours home, adorning a wall, but useless during the day, the LCD at your friend’s home that you huddle around when watching your favorite new television series, but which one is the right one for you?

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Plasma TVs have their benefits over other types and are considered the best HD tvs by some. They use tiny encased gas cells to create stunning images. They are better than LED and LCD TV’s in some ways. Each tiny gas cell has the ability to turn on and off, much faster than the other types of television, rendering fast motion at a much better rate than other types. Deeper blacks and more subtle grays are possible in plasma TVsallowing for incredible cinematic experiences. The colour quality is better in Plasma TVs when compared to that in LCD television sets. In terms of pricing, plasma TVs are usually much lower than LCD of the same size. However, Plasma televisions aren’t as effective as the LCD TV’s in bright light though, LCD’s win in terms of brightness. Plasma TVs also tend to be a little heavier than LCD’s and larger in terms of dimensions.

 

LCD and LED televisions tend to be much brighter than Plasma televisions and provide an incredible HD viewing experience. The colours tend to feel richer and brighter than they would have been naturally.One would assume that these are the best HDTV’s, but the truth is that though there is an incredible array in terms of offerings, brands and functionality, even these marvels are becoming redundant. The reason for them becoming redundant is the influx of new age 4KTV’s. HDTV’s work at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and provide incredible visuals, the LED and LCD versions along with Plasma sets are now having to compete with 4KTV’s, that function at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. The increased number of pixels contributes directly to an even better visual experience. At this resolution, life-like visuals are a reality. You can buy HDTV’s online now as well, reducing the time spent commuting to a store and having to go through a variety of demos. All the features are also easily accessible online, and price and model comparisons can be made, with most websites offering a side by side view. Online stores also tend to offer discounts on certain models making them a little more lucrative for the common man.

 

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