Turn your home into an entertainment hub with the latest in audio-visual innovation. Here’s our pick of the most technologically sound speakers, consoles, woofers, projectors, smart televisions and more, for a theatre-like experience in the comfort of your own abode.
Anchored by: Deepa Nair and Rashmi Karanjekar
Photographs: Courtesy the brands
The Frame pushes the boundaries of traditional TV — it provides users more than a place to enjoy their favourite entertainment programme; it is also a statement piece within the home, similar to what you might find in an upscale art gallery. Through its Art Mode feature, The Frame can display the user’s favourite works of art or precious family photos, in customizable layouts, which can be controlled via a mobile device application. It is able to switch from its various modes using both a brightness sensor and a motion sensor.
Rs 2,74,900 (55-inch) and Rs 3,99,900 (65-inch)
LG Electronics India
The X Boom Typhoon (OJ98) is a power-packed party speaker with an aesthetic design and exciting features. Some of the key highlights include Twin Subwoofer with Blast Horn — which allows 1800W RMS of booming beats and enhanced re-booming effects; Karaoke Star — which streams music from the phone, Karaoke App or YouTube; Vocal Effects — enables various voice doubles, even while singing; and Multi Jukebox — which connects the speaker with three Bluetooth devices at the same time.
The MHC-V50D home audio system stands out for its impactful audio output of 660W, portable one box design and intuitive operation with motion control. Equipped with Smart High Power Technology and Mica Cone speaker, the system delivers high quality audio via NFC and bluetooth technology. It is packed with features like plug in guitar and karaoke mode, party lighting, DJ function with Music Centre and has an illuminated LED touch panel. It is embedded with an option for built-in DVD/CD player, USB port, audio input and a HDMI output.
Teac NR7 CD is an all-in-one player which comes with all the high-resolution playback expertise that Japanese brand Teac has accumulated over the years through the development of high-end and pro audio equipments. Despite being multifunctional in nature, this is a no-compromise device. Every stage, from the D/A converter to the power amp, uses a ‘dual mono’ configuration, fully-balanced from beginning to end. Highly-experienced craftsmen undertake the entire process from soldering to assembly. The well-regarded Teac sound, and a design that embraces this accumulated history, have been successfully fused into this Network CD player/integrated amplifier for a new era.
Bang & Olufsen
BeoVision Eclipse, the first TV developed by Bang & Olufsen and LG Electronics in partnership, builds on design, acoustics and craftsmanship. The product is a reflection of the design and supreme acoustics associated with Bang & Olufsen. The new TV integrates a 3-channel SoundCentre and a visual appearance that mixes glass with coloured fabric or aluminium. And for the first time it merges LG Electronics’ OLED TV technology, which is renowned for the ability to reproduce the most lifelike images with its revolutionary pixel dimming control technology.
Rs 10,00,000 (55-inches), Rs 14,00,000 (65-inches)
The beautifully designed Lifestyle 600 home entertainment system consists of Jewel Cube speakers for a powerful audio; the horizontal Centre Channel offers clear dialogues and pristine vocals with a small footprint that fits in well with the TV; a wireless Acoustimass module displaying a premium glass-top finish is equipped with a powerful driver and QuietPort technology for best-in-class performance. The polished glass curvature of the console houses all of the technological needs: Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity, 4K video compatibility, six HDMI inputs and more. And it’s all controlled with a universal remote.
Rs 2, 99,999
Timeless elegance and impressive dynamics… the F1 Flat Panel Speaker System from Concrete Audio is a piece of wall-mounted art. The model combines an ultra-flat concrete body with the patented array technique to form an innovative speaker system. Here, 41 electrodynamic mini-speakers act like one large membrane, allowing for a total
depth of only 32 millimeters, to give a convincing performance.
Price on request
Bang & Olufsen
BeoSound Shape is a wall-mounted wireless speaker system specially crafted for design conscious music lovers. It delivers immersive sound staging, a customizable design and integrated noise dampers for improved room acoustics. BeoSound Shape has a modular tile concept which takes on a single geometric shape, the hexagon. Each tile serves a function as either speaker, amplifier or acoustic damper and can be pieced together in endless combinations and sizes. This complete wireless speaker system can boast as many as 44 individual speakers, and play digital music in rich and detailed high-res audio quality.
Price on request
A limited edition from Harbeth Audio Ltd, the Harbeth P3ESR in olive wood veneer is a mini but mighty speaker. Added features in this Harbeth’s 40th anniversary range includes: the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, British-made audio grade poly capacitors, and ultra-pure OFC internal cable. Each speaker also includes the Harbeth 40th anniversary limited edition front and back badges and the metallic black and gold anniversary grille badge.
The stylist HT-RT40 home theatre system with 5.1 channel real surround sound includes a 3-channel soundbar, subwoofer and powerful tall-boy rear speakers creating a phenomenal 600W of power output for an authentic cinematic experience. One can also stream their favourite song list through the smartphone, and make a one-touch connection to Bluetooth wireless technology via NFC. Other features include a High Definition Multimedia Interface ARC, USB port, smart playback and optical input.
This EyeconiQ Engine Smart television range comprises of three screen sizes — 32-inch, 40-inch and 43-inch. The Android-based TV offers an instant access to broadcast TV and internet content to apps, games and more. The EyeconiQ Engine technology is capable of reproducing upto 100 per cent colours that a human eye can see. Additional features include: Eyeconiq Shades for brightness and deep picture contrast and the Eyeconiq Radiance which renders 80 per cent brighter and vibrant pictures than conventional LED TVs.
Rs 32,990 onward
The Mitashi’s Curved LED TVs are available in the popular 32-inch and 39-inch. The in-built Wi-Fi and USB port and card reader slots ensure you’re always connected with all your devices, with easy portability of all the multimedia content. The Screen Mirroring feature enables to mirror the smart phone and share pictures and movies on the TV. The Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 500,000:1 and 1366 x 768 resolution, coupled with the excellent 176 degrees viewing angle, brings every frame to life.
Rs 27,990 (32-inch); Rs 39,990 (39-inch)
LG Electronics India
LG OLED TVs boasts of state-of-the-art technology with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and Color Science Expertise by Technicolor. The range presents life-like picture quality with perfect blacks, infinite contrast and an enhanced range of colour reproduction. They are equipped with self-lighting pixels which enhance the picture quality, Active HDR that allows the TV to process picture frame-by-frame, inserting dynamic metadata where needed. It uses the latest WebOS, user interface which provides seamless, intuitive navigation with Magic Remote’s scroll, gesture and voice commands.
Rs 3,25,000 onward
TV-555BT 2.0 Bluetooth Tower Speaker comes encased in a wooden housing, with polished aesthetics, and vintage inspired look. It is jam-packed with four powerful speakers of 200W RMS, two Karaoke Mic input with LED display, a radio, USB function and a SD card slot. The speaker gets easily connected to the PC, TV, MP3 player or any musical instrument. Besides, the DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effect turns your living area into a cinema zone by perfectly fishing the technologies and blending with an audio recorder and a speaker.
Designed exclusively for the SoundTouch 300 Soundbar, the Acoustimass 300 wireless bass module with a premium glass-top finish is apt for a home cinema experience. It offers a sophisticated look when compared to typical subwoofers. It connects wirelessly and delivers a dynamic range of bass from a powerful driver and generously sized port with QuietPort technology that virtually eliminates distortion. Also, the Virtually Invisible 300 wireless surround speakers completes the package for a full surround sound experience.
Rs 69,000 (soundbar); Rs 69,999 (bass module); Rs 36,000 (speakers)
The TX407Z 40-inch smart TV features full HD Display resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels and a dynamic contract ratio of 300000:1 that produces the brightest and the darkest colours efficiently. It is equipped with inbuilt Cornea Technology that results in minimal strain to the eye, and an integrated surround sound system that delivers a surpassing audio output and more. Besides, this smart TV runs on Android and comes with pre-installed applications with Miracast feature and also offers two HDMI and USB ports.
LG Electronics India
The Portable X-Boom Handy speaker comes with a built-in telescoping handle, recessed wheels and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours. The speaker has enhanced acoustics, multi-bluetooth connectivity and a USB port that not only plays music from the USB Drive, but also lets you charge the phone. Interestingly, you can even use these speakers as a karaoke machine as it has a feature that reduces the vocals from any music so that you can belt out your own version of the song.
The flagship Bravia OLED A1 series is equipped with an integrated subwoofer behind the TV that provides deep, powerful bass for all movie experiences. Unlike most TV speakers, sound is audible from the entire screen — it’s designed such that the stand and speakers virtually disappear. This TV pairs the brilliance of 4K clarity with the brightness, colour and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and can handle a variety of HDR formats. A Triluminos Display enriches viewing experience with a wider palette of colours and more natural shades and hues. The 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme shows images and colours as they truly are, the way you want to see them.
Rs 4,64,900 (65-inch); Rs 3,64,900 (55-inch)
SoundTouch 300 delivers the best audio performance, spaciousness and bass of any one-piece soundbar of its size. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with NFC for easy pairing hence one can stream anything, instantly. It doubles as a wireless music system and home theatre system, enabling an incredible experience whether one wishes to listen to their favourite playlists, watch Netflix, or enjoy the game — all from one gorgeous speaker. Besides, setting it up is like icing on the cake with HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) — only one cable is needed to sync the SoundTouch 300 to a TV, DVD player or streaming services.
Bang & Olufsen
The new BeoLab 50 delivers a truly exceptional performance through its innovative sound control technologies and unique design. Using an external microphone, BeoLab 50 measures its physical acoustic surroundings and applies the ideal compensation filters to produce optimum sound at your listening positions or throughout the entire room. This wireless speaker can be operated through the Bang & Olufsen app which also assists you in creating and selecting different listening presets in relation to your listening position and preferences. The silhouette of BeoLab 50 is slender, tall, and rounded by floating lines and visible edges and sports silver-polished aluminium surfaces and warm oak wood lamellas.
Rs 27,00,000 (for a pair)
The Wireless Speaker Bottle is both an aural and visual delight as its 360-degree surround sound immerses listeners in rich audio, while the mood lighting illuminates the entire listening experience. Wireless charging and a motion-sensitive UX of the Bottle make controlling and powering it a breeze. When holding the speaker, for example, a water-pouring motion adjusts the built-in 16M-colour LED lighting unit’s brightness, while a simple shake changes its colour.
LG Electronics India
The compact LG X Boom Cube OM4560 speaker encompasses both options, wired and wireless for more powerful sound expandability, thus aiding users to connect two units to play music together. Its powerful amplifier includes a 2,500W PMPO output. The speakers boasts of some amazing features like the Voice Cancellation and Key control; Music Flow app, Auto DJ, Multi 03 Device Connectivity via Bluetooth, FM, DTH Connectivity, Bass Blast, Gesture Control, USB port and more.
With more content, channels and connected devices than ever before, conventional Smart TVs have over the years become far too complex — Samsung QLED TV is aimed to correct this consumer pain point through a unified experience that makes it easy to switch between devices and services. The QLED TVs come with four global first innovations — they achieve 100 per cent Colour Volume, the HDR 2000 functionality brings out hidden details, an Invisible Connection keeps your living room clutter free and the One Remote Control offers an intuitive experience.
Rs 2,99,900 onward
The Iconic Playboy Jukebox is exclusively designed and built in cooperation with Playboy Enterprises, USA. This exclusive jukebox is made as a tribute to the iconic brand Playboy and Hugh Hefner. They are available in two versions — Playboy Jukebox CD and Playboy Jukebox MC. The MC version is equipped with a 19” touchscreen and a one TB hard drive with enough storage to accommodate up to 13,000 CDs while the CD version of the jukebox has a 100 CD capacity.
Price on request
The EX600 series delivers vibrant 4K HDR images and a smart TV experience. With Hexa Chroma Drive Pro, high contrast panel and brightness, advanced colour processing and adaptive backlight dimming. This series is available in 55-inch, 49-inch and 43-inch options. The fast 1,300Hz processing, is adept at handling fast-moving action scenes. Also, UA7 – the all-in-one dynamic sound system will be available as a combo offer with 55-inch and 49-inch models for an optimum cinematic experience.
Rs 78,900 onward
The MHC-V11 home entertainment audio system is a compact, light-weight speaker in a portable design packed with unique features like karaoke, DJ effects, LED Speaker lights and Sony Music Center App. The speaker comes embedded with an option for built-in USB port, audio input and also has a built-in FM radio tuner.
The 24-inch LED TV D26K10 with built-in soundbar sports a HD display of 1,366 x 768 and 16.7 million dynamic colours; Picture Enhancement function paired with Digital Noise Reduction Technology and Cinema Zoom feature with A+ grade panel intends to deliver life-like picture, and immersive sound quality. Other features available include inbuilt gaming options, two HDMI input ports, and two USB ports.
From Conrad Johnson comes the ET7 enhance triode line stage preamplifier featuring audio circuit and regulated power supply which has been derived from their flagship GAT Series 2. It comes with Teflon capacitors and bulk metal foil resistors throughout the audio circuit, and regulated power supply.
The 170cm tall audio system MHC-V90DW offers a powerful audio output of 2,000W backed with brilliant lighting feature options. It boasts of a Spread Sound Generator (an open back-type cabinet) that supports the spread and distance of high quality music. To increase the range and spread of sound, front-facing mid-range angled speakers and tweeters are angled outward at 20 degrees. The speakers carry a horn like style to maximize the reproduction of sound across the room. Other highlights include Gesture and Motion Controller, Plug in Guitar and Karaoke Mode, wireless connectivity and more.
The 55-inch 4K Curved LED TV comes with a super slim curved panel, ultra HD 2,160p, 3840 X 2160 resolution and 4,00,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, powered by the original Samsung-panel with an intend to offer world-class quality visuals. The television is equipped with all the options for modern-day viewing choices, like the USB Movie plug-and-play, HDMI input, PC input, built-in Wi-Fi and screen mirroring. Also, the TV is protected with a tempered glass for a more seamless viewing.
This Full HD TW5067 50-inch TV comes with a slim design, narrow bezel and smooth finish. With the pixel resolution of 1,920X1,080, striking luminous bright display and contrast settings, an advanced sound quality with Dolby Digital Plus Sound Technology and Dual 5W speakers — this TV has it all. Besides, the Cornea Technology minimizes strain on the eye, the internal speakers are equipped with the Clear Voice-2 Technology that evenly distributes the HD sound and an inbuilt USB to USB Copy Function feature lets one stream and share the media content with two USB sources instantaneously.
Rs 40, 490
The Bose Lifestyle 650 luxury home entertainment system boasts of four new OmniJewel satellite speakers that includes new high-excursion transducers each positioned in opposing fashion for dramatic output. It is equipped with QuietPort technology and advanced DSP for depth, clarity and realism; ADAPTiQ for optimal acoustics in any space; and 4K pass through with six HDMI inputs. All the speakers are housed in brushed, anodized aluminum, driven by a sleek, curved console accented with polished glass. While the system components can easily disappear in a room, they’re visually stunning and meant to be seen.
Rs 3, 99,999
The stylish yet compact Soundbar HT-CT290 offers a room-filling Real 2.1 channel surround sound with 300W power output. With S-Force PRO Front Surround (virtual surround sound technology) and versatile two-way subwoofer for a flexible set-up, experience a cinematic sound that revolves around you. An array of wired connections, Bluetooth wireless technology, USB port for music and a HDMI ARC can connect to your TV with a single cable. The slim frame of the sound bar blends in seamlessly with the rest of the home cinema set-up, perfect for wall-mounting or placing on a TV stand.
This TX5067 50-inch smart TV featuring Full HD display of 1,920 X 1,080 resolution runs on an optimized Android 4.4 operating system with 1GB RAM. Crafted with slim bezel it comes with high output surround sound, several pre-loaded applications like Youtube, Amazon, Google Play etc along with the Miracast feature. The Smart TV also incorporates USB, VGA port, HDMI connectivity supporting various formats of videos, sounds and images for ultimate media viewing pleasure. The highlight includes an additional handy gadget — Android Air Fly Mouse that enables life-like gaming experience.
Ricatech’s exclusive edition of The Luxury Amitabh Bachchan Jukebox is made as a tribute to the legendary Bollywood actor. It’s a true assemblage of American production and European design for an ultimate heartfelt experience to savour and re-live actor’s evergreen songs. It is handcrafted without using plastic and there are wooden boards inside where the accolades received by the actor have been carved out. There are only 100 jukeboxes being made worldwide per finish. Available in black and gold and white and gold finishes.
Rs 15,00,000 onward
LG Electronics India
Enjoy the powerful sound from a single unit with the LG OM7560 1,000W Bluetooth wireless music system. It features a fully integrated design with an amplifier, CD player, tuner, and speaker built into one unit. Here, up to three different people can connect via Bluetooth and build a playlist with the shared jukebox feature. The system has dual USB ports, Karaoke Functionality and can connect two systems together wirelessly to enjoy twice the power from twice the speakers. Other features include Auto Dj, Auto Music Play, Party Thruster controller and Dance Lighting.
Price on request