Gadgets

Hook Up Your Very Own Home Theatre Under 25,000

I adore technology and gadgets. If I could, I would probably spend eighty percent of my income only on buying the latest and the best gadgets available in the market. And given how an upgrade is made available every couple of months by every major brand, consider it safe to believe I would probably own a lot of gadgets but would also be highly mal-nourished ('cos no money for food). For those of you who relate, this piece may help you. If you also happen to be a huge movie-buff, please keep reading.

A typical home-theatre system means you need to have deep enough pockets to put following things in place-

- A decent sized room to accommodate enough comfortable seating space
- A large HD TV screen or a projector
- A dock or player to read various media devices
- Good quality integrated or separate surround sound speakers

The starting range for a decent home-theatre system that would find place in a self-respecting tech geek's home would be somewhere around 4 to 5 lakhs. And there is no limit to how high end you could go (as much as 10 crores). It typically includes the dock/media player, full range speakers (front, surround, centre and subwoofers) and a remote control.

Chances are you may not find it easy-breezy to write a check for that amount and go about your business like any other day. It's a hefty price-tag! But don't lose heart. Let's look at what are the options out there for a budget home theatre system under 25 thousand -

1. Sony 5.1ch Blu-ray Home Theatre System BDV-E3100
Price: 24,199/-

3D Picture and 3D Surround Sound
Monolithic Design 5.1-ch System with Blu-ray Player
Immersive Surround Sound: Newly developed wider directional speakers broaden the sweet spot
USB Wi-Fi Ready (USB Wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
USB Playback (Music, Video, Photo)
1000W Total Power Output
Enjoy superb pictures and crystal-clear sound with the BDV-E3100 home theatre system. Its Football Mode recreates the stadium thrill with wraparound sound, and gives you the option to cut out commentary and listen to the game as though you're really there.
Inspired by the gleaming, cut-glass edges of rock crystal, every element brings alive the refined style of the 'Sense of Quartz' design.
4 satellite speakers and a sub-woofer give an astounding 1000W output. Innovative features like Bass Boost deliver a powerful, immersive experience.
Connect your smartphone, laptop or tablet without messy cables. Or play YouTube videos, online music and more, directly from the internet.
Play music or videos from with NFC and Bluetooth enabled smartphone with one touch. Or stream wirelessly from your PC, iPhone, iPad or iPod.

2. LG BH7220 Blu-ray Home Theatre
Price: 22,894/-

5.1 Channel Home Theatre System
1100 W Total Power Output
2 HDMI Ports and USB Connectivity
DTS Sound System
The LG BH7220 Blu-ray Home Theatre sets a new standard for home entertainment. This device offers you complete 3D entertainment from the comforts of your living room. Enjoy Full HD 3D Picture quality with this black Blu-ray device. The Advanced LG Sound Gallery featured in this home theatre ensures you would love listening to the dialogues as much as watching movies.
This LG Blu-ray Home Theatre offers smart entertainment in the form of premium content and apps. The LG remote makes it easy to browse through the various options. Playback HD content in multiple formats like MKV, DivX, AVCHD. Other features include 1100W 5.1 Channel 3D BDDVD HTS, Music ID by Gracenote, Net Cast, Smart Share, DLNA, USB, external HDD playback, 2 HDMI inputs and ARC via HDMI 1.4.

3. Philips HTB5510D Home Theatre
Price: 24,490/-

Crystal Clear Sound for super clarity and realism
1000W RMS power delivers great sound for movies and music
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD for high fidelity surround sound
Full HD, 3D, Blue ray for a truly immersive 3D movie experience
Smart TV to enjoy online services and access multimedia on TV
Connect to HDMI x 2 for great picture and sound quality
Play and charge your iPod/iPhone via USB port
Built-in Wi-Fi to enjoy your connected media wirelessly
Bluetooth wireless music streaming from your music devices
SimplyShare to connect and stream all entertainment wirelessly
Karaoke for endless singing entertainment at home
Wireless rear speakers option for clutter free placement
Touch panel for intuitive playback and volume control
With a 15 mm soft-dome, horn-loaded tweeter, audio has never sounded more distortion-free. There's even a powerful 3 x stronger than normal "Ribbed" Bass Reflex system for ultra-lifelike low notes.

4. Yamaha YHT-196 Home Theatre System
Price: 23,799/-

5.1-channel powerful surround sound (100W x 5 channel + 100W subwoofer)
CINEMA DSP with 17 DSP programmes
HD Audio compatibility and good sound from stylish speakers
1080p-compatible HDMI (3 in/1 out)
HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
SCENE buttons with direct power on
HDMI CEC for easy operation
Stylish, curvy speaker design looks fresh in any interior
Auto power down function with variable time setting
Yamaha's exclusive digital sound field processing technology makes movies and music come alive with incredible surround sound performance. 17 CINEMA DSP programs are provided for optimum sound with various movie and music genres.

5. Samsung Home Theatre HT-F5550HK
Price: 23,999/-

3D sound effect for a real sound experience
Smart recommendation for your smart device
High quality surround sound from your TV
Set up speakers in the simplest fashion
Samsung's Vertical Surround meets DTS processor to create real 3D sound that will make your living room feel like the inside of a cinema. The DTS Neo with its seven channel surround sound speakers deliver better sound depth and isolated stereo channels, so it sounds like audio comes from different areas of your room. Trust DTS Neo fusion for great sound. With Full HD 3D, your 3D home entertainment will be more exciting and vivid than you had imagined, with powerful features to maximize your enjoyment. Thanks to 3D Auto Contrast, you'll have a crisper image with sharper and more dramatic contrast.



Disha Bathija is a fashion marketing professional and writes on design and lifestyle.

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