CINE­MATIC THRILLS

HOW TO GET THE PER­FECT SUR­ROUND SOUND, THEATRE EX­PE­RI­ENCE IN YOUR LIV­ING ROOM.

Business Today - - THE BREAKOUT ZONE - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

ATHEATRE-LIKE set-up at home is in­com­plete with­out a good pro­jec­tor, pow­er­ful au­dio sys­tem and, of course, a tub of pop­corn. The mar­ket is teem­ing with pro­jec­tors and sound­bars in a range of shapes, sizes and price points. Among them, the BenQ W1700 stands out as a no­table and af­ford­able 4K pro­jec­tor, while the JBL Bar 2.1 sound­bar de­liv­ers a promis­ing au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence.

Bring­ing home the en­thralling cine­matic ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing a 4K pro­jec­tor and a large flat panel TV is a tempt­ing and, at the same time, an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion – 4K pro­jec­tors

from brands such as Sony and JVC are priced up­wards of ` 3 lakh. But BenQ’s W1700 home cin­ema pro­jec­tor, priced at ` 2,25,000, pan­ders to your whim with­out leav­ing you feel­ing guilty for the in­dul­gence.

A com­pact con­ven­tional-look­ing pro­jec­tor, BenQ W1700 can be mounted on the ceil­ing or placed on a ta­ble. It houses a lens in the front, grills on the right, con­nec­tiv­ity ports at the rear and phys­i­cal con­trols, zoom and man­ual fo­cus con­trols at the top.

BenQ has added a host of con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions – two HDMI ports, PC and VGA port and USB port for power along with au­dio in and out – as well as a back­lit re­mote that is handy when op­er­at­ing the pro­jec­tor in the dark. BenQ packs in a 0.47” sin­gle-DMD

WHEN THE PRO­JEC­TOR IS TILTED/OFF-CEN­TRE, THE AUTO KEY­STONE SET­TING RE-ALIGNS THE PRO­JEC­TION FOR COM­FORT­ABLE VIEW­ING

DLP tech­nol­ogy – one of the best in the mar­ket – with 3,840x2,160 na­tive res­o­lu­tion and 2200 ANSI lu­mens lamp that cre­ates a 200-inch screen eas­ily.

This pro­jec­tor is ready for use right out of the box. All one has to do is plug in the power ca­ble and con­nect to the source. When turned on, it au­to­mat­i­cally searches for the source; it can be swapped man­u­ally, too. When the pro­jec­tor is tilted/off-cen­tre, ren­der­ing a trape­zoid effect, the auto key­stone set­ting comes in handy; it re-aligns the pro­jec­tion for com­fort­able view­ing.

The pro­jected con­tent was sharp and the colours pro­duced were bril­liant. The pre­set modes – bright, vivid TV, cin­ema and sports – let you cus­tomise set­tings as per your lik­ing. To ad­just the fo­cus, one has to use the con­trols on top of the pro­jec­tor. The sound out­put of the 5W speaker is good, but does not quite fit in with the cin­ema set-up. Plug­ging in a solid sound­bar, like the JBL Bar 2.1, is a good idea.

The life­span of a pro­jec­tor lamp is cru­cial. BenQ W1700 claims it is close to 4,000 hours on nor­mal us­age, can stretch up to 8,000 hours on SmartEco mode and 10,000 hours on eco­nomic mode.

THE SIM­PLE DE­SIGN of the all-black JBL Bar 2.1 sound­bar makes it blend per­fectly with home in­te­ri­ors, whether it is placed flat or mounted on the wall. What it will also do is en­hance your entertainment ex­pe­ri­ence by sev­eral notches.

The JBL Sound­bar has a front dis­play, phys­i­cal con­trols on top, con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions at the rear (in­clud­ing HDMI ARC, Blue­tooth, aux­il­iary, SPDIF and USB), four 2.25-inch driv­ers and two 1.25-inch tweet­ers. It also comes with 6.5” wire­less sub­woofer and a re­mote. It was ready to plug and play, when con­nected with the TV us­ing the HDMI ARC, or with the BenQ W1700 pro­jec­tor us­ing the aux­il­iary ca­ble or my phone over Blue­tooth. It also sup­ports the SPDIF (Sony/Philips Dig­i­tal In­ter­face) con­nec­tiv­ity op­tion for which a ca­ble is duly bun­dled in the box.

The JBL sound­bar of­fers im­pec­ca­bly clear sound in the stan­dard mode. One can choose from au­dio modes to go with the genre of con­tent watched – movies, sports, voice and mu­sic. In the movie mode, the di­a­logue de­liv­ery was crisp with­out the highs be­ing com­pro­mised. The mu­sic mode was ideal when stream­ing mu­sic over YouTube on TV or the smart­phone as well.

The wire­less sub­woofer of­fered deep bass which is ad­justable. The night mode on the re­mote was a bless­ing; when turned on it au­to­mat­i­cally bal­anced the loud sounds, but works only with Dolby Au­dio. Mul­ti­ple re­motes to con­trol dif­fer­ent gad­gets can be a nui­sance; thank­fully, there is an op­tion to con­trol the sound­bar us­ing the TV’s re­mote (works with se­lect TVs).

If an im­mer­sive au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence is what you seek, the JBL Bar 2.1 wire­less sound­bar, priced at ` 23,499, will be a sound ad­di­tion to your home theatre set-up.

NIGHT MODE ON RE­MOTE bal­ances loud sounds

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