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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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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.

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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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