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Sound Check: From a home theatre expo

We bring you some interesting gadgets from a recent home theatre expo.

We bring you some interesting gadgets from a recent home theatre expo.

SPOTLIGHT

Bose Quietcomfort 15

Looking for headphones to shut out the noise? Bose Quietcomfort 15 is among the best you can find in the market. Its noise cancellation feature is top-notch,the sound quality is excellent and so is its build.

Try it out on an airplane to feel the difference.

AV Max Expo 2013,held in New Delhi earlier this month,displayed interesting gadgets for audiophiles and home theatre enthusiasts. A home theatre is more than just audio equipment. It includes the room,furniture,lighting,television,audio equipment and their strategic location.

Elipson Planet LW

Rs 1.5 lakh (approx)

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Elipson Planet LW is the wireless version of the company’s Planet L speakers that bowl you over with their looks. Elipson’s planet series is aptly named — every speaker is spherical in shape. Planet LW carries the good looks of its predecessors. All you need to operate the system is an Apple device or a computer.

The Planet LW has excellent sound quality. If your favourite artistes play an intricate mix of vocals and several instruments,Planet LW will please you by carefully disentangling separate threads of music. If you’ve upgraded your earphones,you’re likely to have discovered several underlying tones in your favourite songs.

The wireless system requires a USB dongle for connectivity,which is a bit of a downer considering its price.

Epson TW8100 3D projector

Rs 1.7 lakh

Epson’s TW8100 3D projector has impressive specifications for the price. The projector is easy to set up and has a good range of connectivity options. It has two HDMI ports,a VGA port,component and composite video ports. It has exhaust vents on the top that make it easier to place it on a table or the floor. It supports radio frequency (RF) 3D that can be wirelessly linked to the projector and are better than the cheap glasses used in most movie theatres. The downside is that these glasses are expensive (around Rs 6,500 each),and have to be bought separately. The lamp of the TW8100 is very bright and the images were quite detailed even in near darkness.

Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K Projector

Rs 13 lakh

If budget is no bar and you are looking for the best picture quality,Sony’s 4K (resolution of 4,096×2,160 pixels) projector is ideal. 4K technology was seen in many new television sets this year at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas.The contrast is good and overall picture quality is excellent. 4K content (movies,videos,etc) may not be easily available in the market at the moment,but the technology is the future and more content should be available soon.

Recliners

Rs 20,000 – Rs 80,000

At the expo,a range of customisable recliners were on display,from companies like Rock n Chair and Comfort Zone. The basic model is a manual recliner,in which you sit and push back to relax – like movie hall seats. The fancier models require electricity and you can control the recliners using buttons on the side.