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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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Television Brands in India – Part 2

Posted by Vivek on October 20, 2007

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In the last post we briefly touched upon the various brands that are available in Indian television market. Most names like Onida, Videocon, LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and Philips are probably the most famous ones in India. The other brands mentioned like BPL Sanyo, Haier, TCL, Hyundai, Akai, Hitachi, Sansui, Sharp, Toshiba, Benq and Viewsonic are perhaps not as popular because either they offer premium solutions which are not meant for masses or they are a recent entrant into the market.

We are not here to make a judgement (yet) on which is the best TV out there. As we mentioned in our last  post , it depends on a whole lot of factors. This post aims to give you some insight on the various things you need to check before purchasing a television for your home.

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So here goes:

  • Operating Voltage – If you are importing a TV , it could be operating at 110V. Please check this.
  • Screen Size – Make sure you select an optimum screen size based on the space of the room. It makes no sense to have too small or too large a screen.
  • Inputs – Today most Indians need (still) a coaxial input for their cable broadcast. And most TV also have the composite input (yellow in color) to receive content either from a set top box or a DVD player. But if you are investing in a LCD or Plasma screen, your TV would have additional component input, PC (VGA) input and perhaps more. You may want to have a HDMI input to support a Blueray or HD DVD player down the line.
  • Audio Output – Check the output levels and make sure the volume levels satisfy you. Try and get a demo to see if the speakers blare at high volumes.
  • Futuristic options – Some TV today come with USB slot or even memory card readers. These enable you to watch your photos, videos from the drive or memory card on your TV. Some televisions even play audio from the removable drives.
  • Type of TV – We need not cover this again. You can choose from a traditional CRT TV which offers excellent value for money. In CRT you have the option of a curved (regular) screen or a full flat screen. There are also slim CRT TV which occupy less space. Then there is the LCD and Plasma TV which are inches wide. These can be wall mounted. There is also another category called “Rear Projection TV“.
  • Remote Control Unit – Make sure the remote feels good in your hand and is not built in such a way that it would shatter into pieces if dropped. Too small remotes or too large ones are a pain to operate.
  • COST– Last but not the least, make sure it fits your budget. We can see many schemes which offer attractive EMI and what not. But do not indulge in a model if you really do not need it. Do your research and be prepared while listening to the sales pitch in the showroom.

In the coming days, we would cover details of each brand mentioned on Aavaas. This way, our site would be a one stop information portal for your television needs.

Have fun!

PS : Make sure that your room light is well organized to prevent unwanted glare and discomfort. Selecting a suitable spot for your TV is as critical as buying the right one.


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