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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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Vacuum Cleaner Brands in India

Posted by Vivek on October 30, 2007

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Today we cover the various brands of vacuum cleaners available in India. We first covered Vacuum cleaners here on 24th August.

eureka forbes

Probably the brand that has captured the hearts of many Indians. It is almost synonymous with Vacuum cleaners in India. Sold usually by door to door salesmen, Eureka Forbes washing machines are offered in many varieties to cater different needs.

Their price range starts from about 2,500 rupees and goes up-to 10,000 rupees.

 lg

LG is another brand which is selling vacuum cleaners in India. Currently they 2 or 3 models. The success rates of these are not known. They should be available in LG showrooms.

modihoover

This is actually a brand which has been present in the Indian market for a while now. Hoover a well known brand worldwide for their quality vacuum cleaners. Modi Hoover is a joint venture between Maytag, a US corporation  has collaborated with Modi group to launch vacuum cleaners in India.

More can be read here.

They have currently a wide range of vacuum cleaners for the Indian market.

If you think we missed out any brand here, do let us know. Also share your comments on the brand that you own here. It could prove useful to our readers.


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Microwave oven – Introduction

Posted by Vivek on October 25, 2007

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There was a time when refrigerators (or fridge) and a mixer were the only appliances present in one’s kitchen. This is slowly changing and the latest buzz word in Indian homes is “Microwave Oven”.

It has been there in our market for over a decade now. But with the prices coming down and the buying power of middle class families increasing, everyone wants to own one.

This article is just an introduction to this gadget. We will cover more on the brands, usage guides in the coming days.

To start with, a microwave oven is nothing but a heater which works on the principle of radiation. Inside the device is a small Magnetron which is the source of the microwave radiation. This wave is capable of penetrating solids and cause a heating action which results in food being cooked or heated.

Microwave

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What does the Microwave do to your food?

When one wants to (re)heat food or cook it, they simply open the door of the microwave and keep in the food inside. Then after closing the door, the select the setting from the available controls which includes time and heat levels.

Soon the microwave buzzes to life and as seen in most microwaves, the turntable inside starts to rotate. Your food is on top of this turning glass plate and it causes an even heating effect.

At the end of the preset time, the microwave stops and usually emits an audible sound for you to know that the cycle is over. That is it. Your food is ready (either heated up or cooked).

You may wonder – is it that simple? Yes it is. But as with lots of devices a microwave has its own share of pros and cons.

Understanding a Microwave

There could be two or more types of microwave ovens in the market. This classification would be based on the operating logic. There are

a) Mechanical switch based Microwave ovens &

b) Digital logic based Microwave ovens.

The former has usually 2 knobs. The timer knob is spring loaded and upon turning to a specific time value (e.g. 1 minute), it slowly starts to unwind to the “0” position mark. The knob is calibrated in such a manner that the time to unwind the spring matches the time marked on the dial.

Similarly we have the temperature setting knob, which is pretty much similar to the load selection knobs on old washing machines. The heat levels of microwave ovens are usually selectable in “watts”.

A more advanced version is the digital microwave where all operations are controlled by touch switches and all the settings are reflected by digital displays.

 Based on the build of the microwave there are again two types:

a) Plastic body microwave and

b) Metal body microwave

What not to do in a Microwave oven

> Never keep anything metallic in nature inside the microwave. You would end up spoiling your microwave as metallic objects cause sparking effect within a microwave oven.

> Do not cook eggs as they can explode within the microwave.

> Do not fill containers to the brim and try to heat or cook them. They will boil over and stain your microwave’s interiors and it would be tough to clean them.

> Do not use too high or too low settings.

> Do not clean your microwave with solvents or acids.

> Do not try to repair it yourself. Always seek a professional help. Microwave is dangerous to humans if exposed for a prolonged period of time.

> Never ever try to put electronic items such as mobile phones inside a microwave to remove moisture. Microwave can cause irreversible damage to silicon chips.

How you can use your device effectively

> Read the manual prior to usage. Unlike other devices, the microwave manual can teach you lot of important details.

> Try reading some microwave cookbooks for new recipes.

> Clean with a soft cloth and mild soap water and keep it aerated to remove food odor.

Quick facts about Microwave

– Commonly used for reheating food and beverages

– Capacity is measured in litres (like refrigerators)

– Heating units are measures in Watts

– Can be used to cook food – but may require a different approach to cooking

– Consumes less oil than traditional cooking

– Nutrients are preserved in microwave cooking

– Not all types of food can be made in microwave. Examples include but are not limited to:

> Items which require deep frying like pappads – exception is Lijjat pappad

> Pizza – which would require a conventional oven

> Cake and other such items

Hope you found this introductory article useful. More on microwaves can be found here from wikipedia.


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Home items

Posted by Williams on October 23, 2007

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Thought it’ll help us a bit if we were to list down the categories of household appliances that we know of. This will allow you to check whether you have these items with you and whether you need more information on any one in particular.

Am leaving out the personal hygiene/grooming items and furnishing related categories as those deserve to be treated separately. Am also not mentioning the gardening & automobile related items; again, a separate category. Not to forget the electronic items like laptops & cameras, definitely a separate class.

Kitchen items

  1. Cooking ranges
  2. Cooking oils
  3. Cutlery
  4. Hobs
  5. Gas fitting
  6. Electric chimneys
  7. Blenders
  8. Dishwashers
  9. Electric kettles
  10. Coffee makers
  11. Ovens/Toasters
  12. Juicer / Mixer / Grinder
  13. Microwave ovens
  14. Pressure cookers
  15. Grill sandwichers
  16. Water purifiers
  17. Refrigerators
  18. Food processors

Other Items

  1. Irons/kit for ironing
  2. Medicine chest/First Aid Kit
  3. Inverters
  4. Emergency lights/ Torch / Candles
  5. Televisions / Audio systems
  6. Air conditioners
  7. Mini bars
  8. Water dispensers / Bubbletops
  9. Water Heaters/Geysers
  10. Vacuum cleaners /Broom / Mop
  11. Insect repellants
  12. Sewing machines
  13. Washing machines
  14. Washing items – soaps, detergents etc.

Feel free to suggest more items to this list. We would like to have an as comprehensive as possible listing with us.


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