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Understanding AV receivers: Why do you need one? — Part 1

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Understanding AV receivers: Why do you need one? — Part 1

In your search for the ultimate home theatre system, you come across various audio and video electronics such as speakers, media players (Blu-Ray, DVD players, HTPCs etc.), displays (flat-panel TVs and projectors) and AV receivers among a huge list of others. From all the above-mentioned electronics, the AV receiver (AVR) is often the most misunderstood and underutilised component of multichannel home theatre systems.In our conversations with numerous home theatre enthusiasts, we’ve realised that while a few people have a fair understanding of the role of an AV receiver, there are a few users who could use some help in getting...

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Maybe it’s time to buy a 4K TV for your home theatre system

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Maybe it’s time to buy a 4K TV for your home theatre system

In today’s home entertainment system, the TV is one of the most important components and quite literally a centre of attraction. Over the last few decades, display and TV technologies have evolved at a rapid pace. From chunky CRT TVs to flat-panel screens, television technology has come a long way.Unlike many other pieces of electronics, most buyers consider the TV as a one-time long-term investment. Quite often, users who are looking to buy a new TV, settle for a model which may be outdated (end-of-life models). Over the last decade, most consumers across various markets have quickly switched to HDTVs...

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Elac’s Debut in India - Getting to know the affordable audiophile-grade speakers series better

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Elac’s Debut in India - Getting to know the affordable audiophile-grade speakers series better

Ooberpad brings you premium-grade speakers from the celebrated German audio brand Elac’s Debut series. Designed in southern California by legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones, the Debut series consists of bookshelf, floor-standing, surround and subwoofers speakers to bring high-end audio performance to consumers at an affordable price point."ELAC Debut series delivers superior performance thanks to custom made key components, with no off-the-shelf parts," says speaker designer Jones. "Unlike many more expensive speakers that mix parts-bin drivers, bare-bones crossovers and generic cabinets — every ELAC speaker is built from a clean-sheet design."The Debut speakers aim to deliver an incredibly accurate, powerful and...

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What is the difference between DVI-I and DVI-D?

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What is the difference between DVI-I and DVI-D?

Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video display interface and standard developed by the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG). The digital interface is used to connect video sources such as video display controllers to a display device such as computer monitors, TVs and projectors. The interface was developed with the aim of creating an industry standard for easy transferring of digital video content in the year 1999. Before we go ahead, briefly understanding the technology would be worthwhile.The interface is designed to transmit uncompressed digital video and can be configured to support multiple modes such as DVI-D (digital only), DVI-A...

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New HDMI 2.1 specifications: Dynamic HDR, 8K resolution, eARC & more

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New HDMI 2.1 specifications: Dynamic HDR, 8K resolution, eARC & more

Earlier this week, the HDMI Licensing Group recently unveiled the HDMI 2.1 cable spec, adding support for dynamic HDR, 8K60, & 4K120. To leverage full advantage of the new HDMI spec, you’ll need a new 48-gigabit-per-second cable. This cable will work with older HDMI 1.3 (10.2Gbps) & HDMI 2.0a (16Gbps) ports. Needless to say, older ports won’t support the new HDMI 2.1 features. Let’s have a closer look at all information we currently have available about this new iteration of the popular connection interface.One of the first features that caught our eye is Dynamic HDR - a rendering technique in...

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