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Football is a very popular sport around the world. Sports enthusiasts follow their favorite teams with the best food, beer, and the best of what the electronics world has to offer. Nothing can be more rewarding than a sound system that increases your involvement in the game. Croma Retail brings you seven tips to get the most out of your sound system:

 

Use an Audio-Visual Amplifier

To enjoy the surround sound experience at its best, you will need an audio-visual amplifier and a set of speakers placed around your room to receive the entire effect. Your surround sound system will require five speakers and a sub-woofer for bass frequencies. Otherwise, you can opt for all-in-one amp speaker package.

 

Speaker Placement

Place your speakers depending on the arrangement of your room for the best surround sound experience. Ideally, square rooms provide the best surround sound experience. Your surround sound speakers at the sides of the TV would be perfect. Keep the center speaker in the middle of the room. And the surround sound speakers on the left and right of the room. While you can place the sub-woofer anywhere convenient.

 

Plan your Speaker Position

If you place your TV in the corner of the room, then rethink your speaker position. The left and right speakers on either side of the room is a suitable option. Don’t worry if you have to place them close to each other, it won’t affect the sound. Keep the center speaker in the middle and the surround sound speakers on the left and right side of the room. As long as all your speakers are pointed towards you, you will get the best surround sound experience.

 

Get the Right Wiring

Wiring influences the output of your surround sound. You need to ensure that the channel outputs on your amplifier match with the right speakers. The front left speaker needs to be wired to the front left output, and the same logic applies to other speakers. Surround systems have color coded cables or plugs, which will help you to get the wiring right.

 

Digital connections

To get the best surround sound setup, you can hook your video source to your amp through a digital connection. The digital connection can be either optical or coaxial depending on the output of the video source and the inputs given to the amp. The best surround sound quality signal will be sent from your video source to your amp through this digital connection.

 

Choosing cables

It is not mandatory to buy premium optical or coaxial cables to connect your A/V equipment. However, a reasonably good quality speaker cable is recommended. You can acquire the cable from specialist stores. You can buy an all-in-one home cinema system with the cables that you need to connect to the speaker, sub-woofer, and the amp.

 

Volume and Time Delay

Get the speaker volume right. In order to avoid the sound from the speaker closest to you arriving before the others, you have to set the delay timer for each speaker. There are some surround sound systems that can set the delay time for each channel automatically. In case your surround sound doesn’t set the delay automatically, then you may have to set the delay manually.

 

Its never too late to upgrade from an old surround sound system to a new advanced surround sound system. Check out our online range of sound systems, which will help you enhance your world cup experience.

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Whether you want to liven up a house party, take your entertainment on the go, or just give someone a nice gift, portable speakers are the ideal choice. They offer rich audio quality in a size that makes it easy to carry the speakers around anywhere with you. With built-in amplifiers and a compact design, portable speakers make it possible for you to enjoy music on commuting and other travel trips. But what factors should you keep in mind before you zero in on one? Read on.

 

Firstlly, consider your budget. Portable speakers
come in different sizes to suit every budget. The more features a speaker has, the higher its price and versatility. So think about the basic features you want in your speaker, and stick to finding those that fit your budget. If you get swayed by fancy specifications and additional features, you are very likely to end up burning a hole in your pocket. Spending money on features that you are not likely to use often is not a good idea. So stick to what is useful for you.

 

Firstly, decide the kind of audio quality you want, you need to think of where you will generally use these speakers and for how many people. If you plan to use the speakers outdoors or with a big group of people, go for speakers with robust bass. If you plan to use the speakers indoors by yourself or with a handful of people around, you don’t need to look for speakers with too much power as the walls will contain the sound. Another important factor is the size of the portable speakers. Speakers can be as small as a ball designed to be carried around in the pocket of your jacket, or slightly bigger models that can easily fit in your bag. While some prefer a large speaker system thinking it might be more powerful, others might be looking for a small portable speaker with crisp sound effects. Testing out models in different sizes is a good option if you are confused about the exact size you want or the sound quality a particular size can deliver. Also consider cases and covers for your speakers. You also need to consider whether you want wired or wireless speakers. While wired models are cheaper, wireless speakers are worth the price due to the flexibility they provide. Wireless speakers let you connect your smart devices via Bluetooth.

 

Next come the charging specifications. It is likely that the more features a speaker has, the sooner its battery will drain out. Most portable speakers have built-in rechargeable batteries, which can be charged via an electrical outlet and/or USB connection. So consider the run time, power source and battery quality before you select a model At last, it is always advisable to go for reputed brand names as opposed to cheap speakers, as the age-old idiom “you get what you pay for” rings true here. Sticking with brands means better quality and better service. In case you face any problems with your speakers in future, consider the manufacturer’s warranty and terms.

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Like many people, you probably have your inventory of wired audio devices at your home. A quick glance behind the rack of you home theatre system is enough evidence of that. On the other hand the number of your favouritedevices like your smartphone and tablet are wireless. So why isn’t you audio gear wireless too? Ever wondered why your mobile phone is better than your land line? (Considering you still own one). In this spirit, should you consider stepping into the world of wireless audio playback? Let us take a look at the advantages of wireless audio.
Systems using wired cables work well and are in use for decades now. However, these complicated wired connections need compatible connectors, appropriate types of cables and so forth. Also let’s not forget the noise and interference that gets introduce in to the audio signal. Moreover, the connecting wires themselves are brutally limiting. Ironically, the best spots for optimum speaker placement in a room is often the most difficult to reach with an audio cable. Cable running across the floor is never a pretty sight and looks untidy.

 

This is where wireless audio comes into the picture. It not only solves numerous problems but also creates many interesting opportunities. For example, since you don’t require wires to connect the source to the playback unit allowing you to place the playback unit anywhere there’s power supply available (some wireless systems are known to operate on batteries too). This is critical for audio playback as speaker placement in a room is crucial for good sound quality.

 

Most wireless speakers have their own built-in power amplifiers. Integrating the amplifier and the speaker in one unit has some great advantages. When the amplifier and speaker are combined, the manufactures can optimize and tune the two for efficient operation and superb sound quality.The combination also makes the entire operation more portable. Compact sizes make it easier to find an optimum place for it. More importantly, it clears the clutter of wires in your room.

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An age-old problem with wired audio is the difficulty and limitation in connectivity. It becomes difficult to connect multiple audio sources to multiple speakers, in multiple locations and then to route which signal is directed to which destination. As the count of wires grows, so do problems such as faulty connections. The upkeep of a complex wiring system becomes a problem. Besides, thin audio wires are also subject to environmental conditions and pesky rodents.

 

Expanding a wireless system only requires adding more receivers. Furthermore, this expansion is faster, simpler and seamless. In the long run adding additional receiver is more economical than having a separate system for each room. With this new age combination of wireless speakers and your smartphone/tablet makes it easier than ever to deploy multi-room sound from a single source. You no longer need to pull wires though walls, ceilings or flush mounts.

 

Related: 7 Tips for Better Surround Sound Experience

 

An archaic belief in the audio community is that wired audio is clearer than wireless audio. This is not true and has very little information supporting it. If this was the case rental companies would never deploy wireless microphones in concerts shows. Even if there is a difference, it would be negligible and the convenience wirelessaudio has to offer makes it absolutely worth it. It is best to hear the output at your nearest Croma retail store.

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So to reiterate, wireless audio is convenient, hassle free, future ready and we cannot stress this enough completely “wire free”. If you are thinking of taking the plunge Croma has a great line-up of wireless audio options available online. Head over to Croma and make t your one-stop shop for all your electronic requirements.

 

Also Read: A Portable Speaker Buyer’s Guide

 

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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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A good set of speakers is not just a want; it is a need as well. The amount of music we listen to, it is pointless if we don’t have a good sound system to raise the volumes by a notch. No matter how much your mother cusses you for playing songs that drive her crazy in the kitchen, or your father who has stopped trying to understand you, you still have a sister that will share some of your taste in music and good speakers is what both of you require andwhat better occasion than RakshaBandhan to bring a good set of speakers at home.

 

When it comes to speakers, you have a lot of options to choose from. There are floor speakers that provide you front left and rightsound, offering a realistic experience when watching TV and movies. Then there are bookshelf speakers that provide you less bass response. Bookshelf speakers are a great option for providing the rear surround sound.

 

You can expand your setup with speakers placed behind your listening space. Surround speakers produce even better ambient sounds, creating a rich experience you’ll love when playing video games and watching movies.

 

The other option is wireless speakers, which are portable and use technology like Bluetooth, AirPlay or Wi-Fi to receive an audio signal from a compatible device. They are compact, making it easy to place in any room of your house. Some of them are expandable as well and you can always add a new speaker or two as per your needs. Just plug in the speaker, and easily control your music using a smartphone or tablet, play different audio over each speaker, or you can listen to same song on each one.

 

Speakers for a quick connection to an iPod or other MP3 player are great for music in a small room or office space. They feature an integrated dock that comprises built-in speakers and sometimes a built-in AM/FM tuner as well. Other computer speakers come in surround and stereo formats, using the headphone output or a USB connection. These speakers also usually have some provision for headphone or portable audio-device connectivity, which simplifies connections and reduces desktop wiring clutter.

 

These are some of the broad categories that we have discussed which we believe will be ideal for household conditions. Speakers come in sizes that can blast music that will probably awake your distant neighbours and sizes that are perfect for listening in a small, cosy room. You will have to take a call which ones will suit you best. Cromaretail offers a wide range of speakers which you can order online very easily. This Raksha Bandhan Live it up with new speakers.

 

Did you find this article helpful? Keep this in mind while picking  up gift for your sister this rakshabandhan. Share this with anyone who is looking to buy a good gift for their beloved sister. Leave comments to let us know if you gifted any gadgets to your sister and it was a hit! Looking forward to your experiences!

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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.

 

 Also Read : 3 upcoming phones worth waiting for

 

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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?

 

You can find a variety of sound systems at Cromaretail. Do take a look and share this article with your friends and family.

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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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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!

 

Also Read: 7 Tips for Better Surround Sound Experience