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We are Moving!!

Posted by Vivek on November 25, 2007

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Dear Readers

We to let you know that Aavaas is being migrated to a new server as we speak. During this period, you may have some difficulties in accessing the content on our portal. We apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this migration. The newly hosted site promises to deliver more features so stay tuned.

Thank you for reading .

Happy Homemaking

Team Aavaas

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Reva – Maini’s electric car

Posted by Williams on November 24, 2007

On a slightly offbeat note today, I thought I’ll cover the electric car produced by the Maini Group in Bangalore – Reva. It’s an old India based innovation story, but one that is only beginning to get its due.

Reva

The car is amazingly small in size compared with the conventional choices available from the more established car manufacturers. This makes it a dream vehicle to commute about in the intensely crowded Indian city streets. However, I would not recommend it for long distance drives on the Indian Highways. The fact that its commutation distance is only 80 km (under ideal conditions) is only part of the reason; the real reason is that safety wise Reva is not as sturdy as its conventional cousins and driving on the highway is a far more risky proposition than driving in your typical evening traffic jams.

Interestingly, it is being sold aggressively in London recently under the brand name of G-Wiz. Apparently, the response has been overwhelmingly positive since certain restrictions in London make owning cars there a very expensive proposition. The car is so tiny that it actually qualified to be sold as a quadricycle, thus bypassing many of the existing car regulations there!

I think Reva is a very decent choice for an urban setting, especially if it is a family’s second car purchase. If the electricity you use to charge the car is coming from renewable sources, the usage of the car is carbon neutral. If the electricity is from more traditional sources, the carbon emissions are two thirds lower than normal and the power consumption is 75% lower than normal.

Not to mention, the cost per distance travelled is as low as 40 paise per km !

It was not a long while back that I said in a post here that we Indians are not getting enough options to get into a carbon neutral lifestyle in India (unlike say in America). Well, this just goes to show what a ridiculous statement that was. No doubt, I’ll make more ridiculous claims in future as well.. 🙂

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How to Choose the right DVD Player?

Posted by Vivek on November 23, 2007

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Yesterday we gave you a brief list of brands that sell DVD players in India. We promised you that the next post would have a list of features which would help you choose a player appropriately. So let us go right into it.

Video output

The first and the foremost quality that is associated with a DVD player is “Picture” quality.  This is directly related to the type of video output that you are using from your DVD player.

There are about 4 types of video output signals that exist. Atleast one of these would be present in any player. Some models may have two, three or all four of them. They are:

(in the order of clarity – least to most)

  • Composite output – denoted by a yellow color socket (see picture below)
  • S-Video Output
  • Component Output – denoted by three sockets , blue red and green (see picture)
  • HDMI Output

What is the most important aspect here is that your television should also support the type of output that your DVD player is sending out.

Please check this before purchasing the player.

dvd player rear

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Most common CRT televisions have only “composite video input”. Slightly higher end versions have “s-video” inputs and the larger CRT televisions like 29″ models even have “component” video inputs.

Latest plasma and LCD televisions will have the HDMI ports as well. If you have all of these present in your system, choose the one which is the best to appreciate smooth, rich and vivid picture quality.

Audio output

The next important aspect is the audio quality that is produced by your player. Just like video output, there are some formats available in DVD players by which you can connect your television or home theatre to the DVD player.

  • Stereo sound – Denoted as “L” and “R” (white and red sockets) at the rear of the player
  • Surround sound – Here you can see 6 sockets with markings. 
    • Front Left
    • Front Right
    • Center Channel
    • Rear Left
    • Rear Right
    • Sub Woofer
  • Coaxial digital output
  • Optical digital output

audio sockets

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If you are having just a television to be connected to the DVD player, only the stereo connection should be used. Just connect the left and right sockets to the appropriate colored sockets in your television set. In case your TV has more than one pair, make sure it is connected to the same channel source as is your video output. Some televisions have AV1 and AV2 channels.

If you plan to use a 5.1 channel amplifier, then you can connect all channel outputs individually to the respective sockets on the amplifier and use the supplied speakers to enjoy your movies/music.

If you amplifier/home theatre supports coaxial cable input or optical cable inputs , use them instead as they prevent cable mess. The audio signal is transferred in an encoded manner and the receiving home theatre equipment has the intelligence to decode it.


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DVD Player Brands in India

Posted by Vivek on November 22, 2007

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Continuing our brand series where we covered televisions and mattresses before, today we touch upon DVD players.

DVD Player

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Japanese DVD player brands

akai

onkyo

panasonic

pioneer

sansui

sharp

sony

Chinese DVD player brands

haier

tcl

Korean DVD player brands

lg

samsung

Other DVD player brands

philips

Indian DVD player brands

godrej

intex

onida

videocon

Wow, that is quite a long list isnt it? How to know which brand to choose from this? Stay tuned for our next article on features of DVD to look out for. Hopefully this would get some clarity and shortlist your choices.

We will end this article with some trivia on DVD players :

> DVD stands for Digital Versatile Disc and not digital video disc as perceived!

> A single layer DVD can hold 4.7GB of data and a dual layer disc can hold twice as much.

> All commercially available DVD titles would contain only one movie to maintain picture quality.

> DVD have region coding to prevent piracy.

> DVD audio is usually encoded with multi channel support for surround sound effect.

> One of the primary feature of DVD is to have multiple audio tracks (languages) and various subtitle support.

> Additionally, some DVD have various camera angles for the same sequence.

> Blue-ray and HD-DVD are the successors for DVD technology.


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Floor Planner Design Concept 01

Posted by Vivek on November 21, 2007

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Hey everyone. Sometimes I guess it is necessary to start getting creative and stop writing. (If you know what I mean!)

So like our friend Krish Ashok suggested this a few months back, we are now presenting our first concept using Floor Planner.

What is shown below is a concept living room. Your suggestions and comments on  this would be wonderful.

FP-01

Let us know what comes to your mind when you have a look at this.

Ofcourse you are welcome to submit your own concepts here at Aavaas too. Cheers.


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