Top 7 most-loved Indian Web Series you can binge-watch this weekend on your Home Theatre!

Entertainment…rescue… savior…what do you call them?

Yes, you got it right. We are talking about Web-series’.

Gone are the days when OTT platforms were meant to be enjoyed only by the youth on weekends.

Today, there’s something for everyone and if anything emerged as the top entertainment for people in India in the last year, it is the Indian Web Series’.

The mindblowing traction they received due to great storytelling, thought-provoking topics & epic performances by the entire star cast, has put them on top of our minds.

And for all the right reasons. 

Now, when the challenging times are back again, we thought why not recall some of the Indian web series that gave us a shot of happiness last year.

We’ve curated a special list for you to hop on and enjoy this weekend.

Here you go –

 

Sacred Games

Being the first web series produced by Netflix in India, it was expected to go big and when it was out, this Indian Crime Thriller just hooked the audience with its nerve-wracking storytelling.

With an epic duo of directors – Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane along with an equal star cast like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Radhika Apte, Sacred Games brings the thrill that stays with you long after completing the series.

 

Panchayat

This Hindi Comedy Drama is a great example of how simple stories can leave a big remark on us.

Panchayat captured the real essence of the struggle of a youngster when it comes to leading life in a small village in India. Especially a youngster with ambitions, dreams, and passion.

If you’re looking for something heartwarming to watch over this weekend with your family, Panchayat will beat all the other web series on this list.

 

Kota Factory

Kota Factory captures what goes behind the scenes in the city, Kota (India) where lakhs of students arrive every year with dreams and hopes to crack the most difficult examinations of the country.

After watching Kota Factory, we realize how little we know about their routine struggles, extreme pressure to crack the exam & how they manage to push every single day without parents in a new city.

If you would like to witness an eye-opening story like this, Kota Factory should be your go-to web series this weekend.

 

Scam 1992

Scam 1992 was the ‘talk of the town’ in 2020. We’re sure you don’t need an introduction to this series that took the internet by storm.

Based on the real scam of 1992 by Harshad Mehta, this series nailed everything from Acting, Story, Music and most importantly, its Dialogues!

‘Risk hai toh ishq hai’ has become an iconic dialogue and everyone who has watched the series simply doesn’t seem to get over it!

So are you giving Scam 1992 a shot again this weekend?

 

 

The family man

Why we absolutely loved this web series is because, unlike any other action drama, The Family Man not just shows us the on-ground scenes of the drama but also how the family life of such heroes unfolds. 

If you have a knack for stories that are thrilling yet emotional, you’re in for a great time with The Family Man.

Needless to say, Manoj Bajpayee is a treat to watch, as always!

 

Asur

Are you looking for content that would simply blow your mind?

Look no further and get Asur started on your home theatre already.

Words would fail to discuss the emotions one goes through when they are watching Asur. A combined genre of mythological fiction and thriller, Asur is the kind of content that’s produced once in a lifetime and when it does, you must watch.

Arshad Warsi made his debut through this series being the lead role and we wonder if there could be anybody who could play this role as fantastic as he did. 

If you want to go for something ‘unconventional’ this weekend, ‘Asur’ wouldn’t disappoint you.

 

TVF Aspirants

You can’t help but fall in love with any content produced by this wonderful platform – TVF.

Recently released TVF Aspirants just reconfirmed this faith. 

It is a story of 3 UPSC aspirants: their journey, their struggles & their friendship!

Gather your friends and tune in to TVF Aspirants this weekend!

 

If you have any more suggestions for all of us, put them in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to share this list with anyone who might be still wondering what to watch this weekend!

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What kind of lighting should be there in your home theatre setup room?

Done with your home theater setup?

No, not yet!

Not without the Lighting.

You might be done with the speakers, systems, screen, and everything else concerning the home theater setup.

But until you get the lighting done, the room is not ready yet.

So before you start calling your friends and relatives over for a movie marathon, let’s get this done.

The better the lighting, the better is your experience. 

Although it is recommended to decide the lighting for your home theater in the initial phase itself, it’s never too late to pay attention to this crucial part of your home theater setup.

 

Why do we insist so much on that ‘perfect lighting’?

The reason is simple. It sets the mood for the best viewing experience.

You might be wondering that shouldn’t your home theater room be completely dark?

Yes, but only while watching, right?

You need light while cleaning the room, adjusting the setup and all the other times when you’re yet to start the movie/show and you need the light to be able to move around.

Before you get too overwhelmed with the insights, let us promise you that it’s no rocket science. 

This article will help you understand –

  • The kind of lightings you can use for your home theater setup room
  • 4 things to keep in mind before you get started with the lighting set up

Let’s start.

 

Overhead Lighting

This one would be the ‘must have’ light in your home theater room.

Overhead lighting completely lights up the room to make everything and everyone in the room visible clearly.

This, obviously, will be used when you’re not watching something on your home theater or during the breaks.

However, due to the fact it is very bright, while watching something, it should be completely turned off or be kept at the lowest dim possible.

The overhead lighting could be any of these –

  • Recessed Lighting Fixture
  • Mounted Light Fixture
  • Hanging Light Fixture

You can determine which one suits you the best and get the one accordingly.

 

Sconces

While Overhead lighting acts more as an ‘essential lighting’ for your home theater, Sconces play the role of complementary lighting.

They are not too bright, are elegant and make for a beautiful addition to a home theater room. The lighting is not direct therefore you can keep them on even while watching something on your home theater.

Sconces are the light type attached to the wall and supported by an electrical box placed behind it.

 

Fiber Optic Lighting

If you’re anything like us, you would have probably been in love with those stars, planets stickers our parents would stick to the roof of our bedrooms and get us that amazing experience of stargazing while lights off. Felt nostalgic?

That’s exactly what it feels like with Fiber Optic Lighting. 

It’s the star effect you must have witnessed in some high-end home theater rooms. It is created by fiber tubes attached through a machine. 

They come in many colours while black ceiling with white lighting remaining the typical choice people go with. 

So can you get these lights too?

Yes, you can. But Fiber Optic lightings are generally suggested to those who have an indented ceiling. With that structure, it works the best!

 

Seat-side Lamps

If you need to have some quick lighting close to where you sit, you can opt for seat side lamps installing a table on each side of the chairs in your home theater room.

These can be used as lighting to keep everything around you visible, to find remote or maybe to just see the person next to you clearly.

Being said that, if you have already installed sconces, you can do just fine even without the seat side lamps.

 

LED Light Strips

Apart from the lighting purpose, if you want to use something that will simultaneously give a very cool look and feel to your home theater room, then undoubtedly, it’s the LED Light Strips.

You can be absolutely creative and experimental in terms of how and where you want to use them. 

Choose the ones that don’t produce much heat and can be cut to length to place them differently for different sections. 

If we have to give you examples, the most creative ones would be where people use them on steps, risers or simply hang them on the wall where they look most fabulous and give out the soft glow.

 

Cove Lighting

Looking for something classy? Cove Lighting can help you with that.

These are the lighting used for giving your ceiling a soft glow and adding a pleasant light to your home theater room. 

They do not reflect any light on the screen directly so you can always have them turned on at the lowest dim and enjoy the viewing time.

Which ones amongst these would you love to use in your home theater room?

Before saying goodbye for the day, here’re our two cents to consider before you get started with your lighting –

 

Use LED Bulbs

They might cost you a bit extra in the beginning but trust us, they consume a lot less energy and produce less heat as compared to any other bulbs.

The best thing? They come in different colors and temperatures so you can choose the best suitable.

 

Block the unwanted light

This is the last thing you would want to experience in your home theater room – The unnecessary light peeking in!

If there are windows to your home theater room, block the light with blackout or thick curtains or any other measure you have to take to avoid that light.

 

Wall Colour

The darker the wall colour, the less light it will reflect. 

Choose colours like grey, indigo, brown or lighter shade of black for your wall to get the minimum interference of the reflections throughout your watching time.

 

Use different breakers for connection

Instruct your electrician to connect all the lights that you will be using with different breakers than to one circuit. 

This will help you avoid the fixture noise to break into the audio system of your home theater.

Know that these points will only keep you less involved with fixing issues later so make sure you have them in place.

That’s all for today.

Hope we could help you out in some way to get started with your lighting setup!

 

If you still find yourself wondering about something, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below and we would be happy to clear the confusion.

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Bring IPL to your home this year! Watch matches only on Lumina Screens!

The Indian Premier League is here and we clearly can’t keep calm!

Despite the fact that things around us have started to go south again, if there’s anything that is keeping the sanity of Indians at this moment, it’s the excitement to welcome IPL Matches.

Now, most of us don’t have a choice to go out to the stadium and enjoy the live stream. Therefore, the closest you can get to experience the stadium thrill is your Home Theatre!

And what’s better than a Home Theatre Screen that would make you feel that the helicopter shot hit by Dhoni is coming straight at you?

Sounds fun, isn’t it?

Watch this IPL on Lumina Screens if you’re in no mood to compromise the entertainment & real dhamaka of the Indian Premier League!

Because we promise, it’s going to be equally (if not more) thrilling with Lumina Screens!

How?

 

Everything’s BETTER!

Lumina Screens operates with a belief that a projection screen is much more than just a piece of white cloth. 

Therefore, the technology and innovation used to make our screens always strive to give you that MORE & BETTER experience.

 

Made for EVERYONE!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at home? Great!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at the office? Amazing!

Planning to install a Lumina Screen at your Hotel? Perfect!

 

Check out our Product Page & you will find a Lumina Screen available for every person, every place, and every occasion!

 

Viewing experience so good that it will keep you glued to the screen till the last over!

Ok, let us warn you in advance..

Once you sit down in front of the Lumina Screen, it’s not until a few hours (if not the whole night), you can convince yourself to log off. 

Our Satin Premium front projections screen is compatible to diffuse projected light from all directions so that you can watch the screen just perfectly from any angle.

And that’s exactly what makes for the most enhanced viewing experience you need to not just watch that match but truly live it!

 

What’s the fun without Commentary & the Audience’s Cheer?

If anything that brings life to IPL matches, it’s the Commentators & the Audience.

Be it Harsha Bhogle’s outstanding commentary or the audience going mad over Virat Kohli’s yet another century, THE SOUND MATTERS.

Lumina’s Accupix Pro is a special screen with the latest innovation that provides the most brilliant sound quality and transparency.

So that you can enjoy the match to the fullest and add your own voice to it!

 

If we had to summarise all of the reasons in one line, then it would be –

For the most immersive experience, you will ever discover!

And all the fun is not so far now!

IPL starts from 9th April 2021 & the first battle is a big one!

Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Are you as excited as us?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Buyer’s guide to purchasing the right Home Theatre System!

Who says investments only include stocks, money, or home?

Some investments are made for your happiness and one of them is a Home Theatre System.

If you’re here today, we’re sure you’re looking to make that investment but not sure how to go about it.

No worries. We have you covered.

In this article, we will talk about:

  • All the components that make for a home theatre system!
  • 2 important things to study before you step out to buy a home theatre system!
  • 3 mistakes to avoid while buying the right home theatre system!

 

Without any further adieu, let’s jump on to understanding all the components of a home theatre system in detail:

  1. A TV or a Projector Screen

A great TV or a stunning Projector Screen is essential for the amazing home theatre system that you’re planning to build. 

If you have a room that you can completely dedicate to your home theatre system, you should not go for anything but a premium home theatre projector screen.

Projector screens as compared to TVs provide –

  • Better and enhanced viewing experience. 
  • Makes the color and the light feel more real and prominent.
  • Ensures a high performance in terms of all the areas.
  • Brings a theatre-like experience at home.

 

Some screens allow you to place the speakers behind them which in turn gives you the freedom to keep your home theatre system room more spacious and neat.

 

2. A home theatre receiver

Some say the AV receiver is the brain behind the entire system and some say it’s the heart of the system. We say it’s both, the brain and the heart as it receives, processes amplifies and then transmits the sound to your TV and speakers.

For first-time buyers, you need to have an AV receiver that has at least five channels and one subwoofer output to connect with your home theatre system.

The receivers have a built-in sound system decoder that converts the sound input into the surround system. If you’re confused about going for a high or low wattage receiver, a high wattage receiver will anyway deliver a great sound quality compared to the latter one.

As a first-time buyer, you also need to understand one thing is the AV receiver with 100s of features is not always what you need. A good quality receiver with important features like 4k video compatibility with multiple numbers of audio and video outputs can also be a wise choice to go with. 

Determine what all features you wish to use and choose the one accordingly.

If you can afford to get a great quality for which you have to pay a little more amount than usual, we suggest you should go for it. The reason being that the less expensive one may have all the features and functions but it may not work as smoothly and efficiently as you envision.

 

3.Speakers

The component that ‘makes or breaks your home theatre experience’. Your Speakers!

While deciding this, make sure to take your time to determine your requirement specifically, budget, and space.

Types of speakers that can be paired with your home theatre system:

 

  • Bookshelf speakers:

These are best suitable for mid-range and high-end frequencies. As the name itself suggests, bookshelf speakers are supposed to rest on a shelf, table or any other elevated platform and are designed to maximize sound in small-medium size rooms.

  • In-wall & in-ceiling speakers:

These speakers are positioned into a wall or a ceiling.

The ceiling speakers are budget-friendly and make a great addition to a soundbar which is long thin bar-shaped having multiple speakers embedded in it.

  • Stereo system:

A stereo system is a set of 2 speakers which are positioned on two sides of the home theatre. Therefore, the sound is either coming from left or right. 

If you’re planning to use the speakers for streaming music, playing CDs or recording, they would be the best choice of preference for you.

  • Surround sound system:

A surround sound system could be a set of 3 speakers or more that are placed all around the room. The system usually comes in a set of 5 to 7 channel setups and comes with a subwoofer.

If you’re looking to have that immersive theatre-like experience while watching shows and movies or a great gaming session regularly, then nothing better than a good surround sound system for you.

 

Now that you know all the components that make for a home theatre system, let us reveal the 2 things you must look into before you step out to buy them:

 

  • The room:

Analyze and determine the room in which you’re going to place each of the components that we discussed above.

While evaluating the same, ask yourself –

Where do I want to keep the TV or the projector? How much space do I have for the same?

After setting up everything, how much space is left for the seating area?

As per the room, how do I want my speakers to be?

Having answers to each of these points would give you great clarity when you’re actually out and selecting the devices.

 

  • Do your homework:

If you’re a first-time buyer, we’re very sure that you must have a few things in respect to choosing brand, price ranges and such for the home theatre system you’re planning to buy.

So, we suggest before buying, you do thorough research about these brands for speakers, home theatre screens, AV receivers and read what people are talking about each brand.

At the same time, you can read the reviews on Amazon, Flipkart about the products of the price range that suits your budget.

Don’t rush into anything as everything you buy is going to be for long-term use and not for a few months.

 

While keeping in mind these 2 essential tips, we would also like to warn you to not commit these 3 mistakes –

  1. Buying the wrong size TV or the Projector Screen just because you’re fascinated by a giant screen you saw at a friend’s house. The very reason we already suggested to keep the room size in mind.
  2. Buying the wrong type of speakers. Know your requirements specifically and then only make this decision. You won’t enjoy the stereo sound system if you aimed to have an immersive sound experience.
  3. Buying less AV receivers. As much as it is important to select a great pair of speakers, an AV speaker that can receive and process them amazingly is equally important. 

 

Winding up!

We understand, the process of buying a home theatre system is a daunting task, especially if you’re doing it all for the very first time.

Hopefully, we could shed some light on all important factors to make this one a little easier for you. If you still find yourself scratching your head over anything, let us know how we can help by putting those questions in the comments below!

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How to clean your home theatre projector screen?

Confused as to how you should clean your projector screen the right way?

We understand you could be a little conscious about this one as it’s not any other object that you randomly start cleaning. However, out of that consciousness, you can’t leave the screen untouched for a long time either.

Because no matter how great your screen is, if it’s left dusty, even the amazing speakers or your comfortable recliners won’t be able to get you that best home theatre experience you want!

Therefore, your screen needs cleaning. Period.

To help you with simple, easy yet effective tips, we have done our research, and here’s all you need to know before cleaning your home theatre projector screen.

 

Use compressed air can

Sometimes, removing the dust (if it’s not too stubborn) with the compressed air can is all you need to do. It is recommended to buy a can of compressed air usually from the same dealer or the showroom you bought the screen at. Make the dust easy to get off by spraying the screen with some strokes of compressed air in a can. Don’t hold the can too close to the screen as well. One inch from the screen is a good distance to go with. Also, ensure to cover your face with a mask while doing so if you have any allergies.

 

Prepare a solution of warm water & dish soap.

Take warm water (95%) & mild dish soap (5%) and stir them together in a big bowl so they are properly mixed. This solution will help you remove the stains or stickiness from the screen without disturbing the reflective paint on its surface. 

If this is also not getting those stains off, you might want to try denatured alcohol with the microfiber cloth. But do not let the alcohol soak into the screen. 

 

Wipe gently

No matter what solution you use, be gentle while wiping the screen. Use a microfiber cloth to lightly dampen and make sure to not soak it too much or get it saturated. Don’t ever scrub. Go as light as you can while putting the pressure.

 

Use the softest cloth

Go with the cloth that is very soft and is lint-free (the kind of cloth that does not give off any fluff when used). Considering the fact that the projection screen is very delicate, do not use any cloth that is hard or a scrubbing sponge.

With Matt White surfaces, you can go with a soft cloth/cotton/microfiber while with a high gain surface, you can use a soft brush.

 

Wear gloves

While cleaning off the already presented dust, fingerprints, or oily stains, you wouldn’t want to add the new ones to the screens. Therefore, before starting the cleanup process, put your gloves on. This further also saves the screen from being damaged due to your nails.

 

Wipe off the water immediately

While cleaning the screen with any solution or generally also, make sure to wipe off the water present anywhere on the screen. If you let the solution dry on your screen, be prepared to face some permanent stains right there.

 

Things to avoid:

 

Harsh chemicals:

If you’re going to use any solution other than water and the dish soap one, make sure to recheck it twice if there are any corrosive, wax, or abrasive chemicals present in it. These chemicals can instantly ruin the screen’s reflection. If the stains could be taken off with the simple water and the mild dish soap mixture, nothing like that. 

 

Air drying:

Air drying the screen will create spots on it. Therefore, as we already instructed, use any soft cloth/cotton/microfiber to gently dampen the surface to wipe the screen.

 

Masking tape

Some suggest using masking tape to soak the dust while some say it could potentially damage the surface of the screen. Giving the benefit of doubt to the latter, we suggest not to use masking tape as a cleaning tool for your projector screen.

 

Any special care to be taken with Retractable Screens?

No.1 tip to avoid dust on retractable screens is keeping them rolled up when you’re not using them. The times you clean it, make sure to never roll it up as soon as you clean. Give it enough time to dry and then roll-up.

 

Some measures to follow with these special screen types:

 

Matte White Screens and Woven Screens

With these screens, use mild liquid soap with water as a solution only if the grime is too tough to get rid of. After cleaning, use a very soft cloth to wipe the surface gently. Rinse that cloth often with clean water.  Once done, you can give the Woven screen for dry cleaning if required.

 

Coated Screens

These screens are advisable to clean using a dry process. Unlike every other screen, avoid using any water or detergents to clean Coated screens. Make sure to clean it from top to down with a fine soft brush or a microfiber cloth applying limited pressure. Don’t use the dirty or used cloth to wipe the screen hence shake off the cloth after each stroke or change it if it’s too dirty.

 

Ensure to clean the back portion of the screen too!

One of the most underrated yet important tips many articles and posts fail to cover is focused on covering the back of a portion of your screen too while running the cleanup. This area is usually ignored indirectly but the interesting fact is it is where the stickiest and the heaviest dust is built up. So, next time you initiate a clean-up for your projector screen, don’t forget to vacuum the backside too.

 

How often should you clean a Projector Screen?

Most of the premium projection screens do not need to be cleaned too often as they are made up of high-quality material and if are kept in a clean, dust-free environment. However, if the screen is placed in an auditorium where there are many sources of dust and dirt, it is recommended to clean your premium projector screen every 6 months. Other than this, in case you notice a speck of dirt or water on the surface anytime, make sure to take immediate action. Otherwise, it’s all good.

 

The last and the most important tip for the day:

Remember every projection screen demands a different kind of handling and maintenance. The reason simply being the material used to manufacture every screen is different.  So, it’s always a good idea to take some insights on cleaning the screen from the dealer at the time of the purchase. If they aren’t sure either, you can directly connect with the manufacturer and understand the instructions as per your screen. After all, none of us wants to do any harm to the screen while all we were intending to do is to clean it.

Hope these insights can help you keep your home theatre projector screen clean, bright and get you that most amazing viewing experience for years to come.

If you still have any queries on your mind, feel free to put them in the comments below and we would be more than happy to help!

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Home Theater – Cinema Hall entertainment Brought at Home!

Ask a movie buff how they spent all these months without going to cinema halls and you will get to hear about all the movies and shows they enjoyed at their Home Theatre!

Needless to say, the trend of home theatres has been hotter than ever.

Can we simply call it ‘theatre entertainment brought at home’? 

We know you will agree on this if you’re one of those who has been having a gala time with their home theatre!

No doubt cinema halls will bounce back but the positive wave and the immersive experience brought by the home theatres is definitely here to stay and rock on.

We even heard someone saying in December, ‘All I want for this Christmas is a Home Theatre!’

And we can totally understand why!

Some of the reasons why home theatre is the No.1 source of entertainment for us and many of you out there in today’s time:

 

We’re all home more than ever!

A lot of us are still completely operating from home or spending a lot of time working from home unlike earlier. 

So, what could be the best thing to do to take a little break from work than watching something cool at your home theatre?

 

Safe, comfortable and private!

A theatrical experience which comes with all of the above points! Can we really fall back on a better option than a home theatre for this?

It has indeed offered you the much-needed safety (which is the most important factor today than it has ever been), the comfort of your home and the privacy to just be yourself. 

 

Keeping us sane!

In times like these when any news at any point breaks out and disturbs our whole routine, home theatre does play a role in escaping from reality.

Also, the distinction between our work and personal life has been blurred. Our usual entertainment sources are still not back on track fully. In such times, a movie night or watching your favourite show with your family or close friends in your home theatre can really act as a big stress buster.

 

Can we really afford them? We bet you can!

20 years ago, owning a home theatre was like owning a Mercedes. But not anymore. Home theatre’s prices are definitely not as exorbitant as they used to be and a lot of  people can afford to have one today.

Not just the home theatre but people in fact are creating a great home theatre setup. This used to cost lakhs & lakhs but now can be built in a fraction of that amount.

 

The makeover of all the elements of a home theatre!

  • The screens have gone from big, bulky, complex to use to flat, beautifully finished and a lot simpler to use.

 

  • With audio systems such as Dolby Atmos that offers a premium quality sound experience, watching movies at home theatres has been a real treat for movie buffs.
  • The 4k HDR projection becoming the norm, the watching experience has been incredible than ever.
  • Acoustically transparent projection screens (can backlink this to Lumina website: https://luminascreens.com/ or Lumina’s Accupix product page: https://luminascreens.com/accupix-acoustically-transparent/) bring in the best HD resolution, brightness uniformity, picture clarity and the unmatchable wide viewing angles to absolutely provide that immersive experience you crave for.

 

The most underrated part: Amazing content!

This is where all the magic lies. And we feel it’s the least appreciated part. The content that we get to watch today is one of the best quality content that has ever been produced. 

No doubt, there have been many awesome shows, movies made before too. But, the kind of consistent masterpieces all the OTT platforms and television has been offering us today, is some other level of creation. 

All of these channels, creators and the platforms undoubtedly deserve a big shout out.

Oh, the best part is yet to come!

Here you go –

No tickets, no rush!

We call this a theatrical experience at home but what it doesn’t imitate about the cinema halls is the rush for the popcorn and hassle to book tickets!

Here, the show is always on and you just have to switch the rooms! Who knew entertainment could be so such a cakewalk one day?

For everyone out there who loves creating such amazing content, home theatres are nothing but a celebration for them.

How have you been celebrating moments with your home theatre? We would love to know your experiences!

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Stereo vs Surround — Which audio system is better for you?

Today, everyone loves to go that extra mile with everything they do to design their dream home.

Because homes today have much more utility and meaning than just being the shelter on our heads. 

Other than the furniture, interior, sofa and crucial things like that, if there’s anything that keeps people on toes is creating the perfect home-theatre setup.

Whenever you tell someone that , you’re designing a home-theatre setup, the first thing that they’re likely to be curious about is the ‘speakers’.

And for all the right reasons. It’s not a secret that speakers are one of the most important elements of the home theatre system.

If you’re new to this and confused between stereo and surround sound systems, this article is for you.

Sit back and read on as we understand and help you get the best insights into the difference between Stereo and Surround Sound System.

Let’s start!

Stereo systems are a set of 2 speakers which are placed on the two sides (left and right) of the home theatre. 

On the other hand, surround sound could be a set of 3 speakers or more which are placed within the room. Being said that, the surround sound systems usually come in 5 to 7 channel setups.

Ever happened to be suddenly disturbed by a baby crying in the cinema hall only to realize that the sound came from the movie itself? 

That’s a surround sound system for you!

While in stereo systems, the sound is either coming from the left or right, unlike the surround systems where it could come from any corner of the room as they’re spread all over.

All surround sound systems come with a subwoofer while the same is not the case with stereo systems.

Stereo speakers can be connected to mixers that allow devices to shuffle left and right speakers for dynamic sound output.

On the other hand, the audio in surround sound has to be sent through a mixer to create a sound field. This results in audio circulating through different speakers in a way that it creates an immersive experience for the audience.

 

Which one is better for you?

This majorly depends on what you will be using the systems for.

Now, you may or not give much thought to this part but let us tell you, this should be the very first thing to zero down on before you make the purchase.

Just knowing ‘I want the best sound system’ is not enough hence this step.

Now tell us, what do you look forward to doing with the audio system?

Is it to experience the theatre-like ambience at home? Or to watch your favourite shows while munching on popcorns?

Or wait, let us guess. Is it to play games with your boys?

If you were going ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’ throughout this question-answer round, then the Surround Sound System is what will work the best for you!

It will give you an immersive experience with its speakers having that level of sound quality and format.

However, if your answers looked like ‘Umm, no, not really’ to those questions, we guess you are looking to use it for playing music.

If you’re into listening to streaming music, playing CDs or even better, studio recording, stereo speakers should be the choice here.

Stereo being music’s standard format, it will create an incredible experience for you!

 

Final insights for choosing the best one!

 

  • Purpose

As per what we discussed just above this point, identify your purpose of using the speakers first. 

This might create a little dilemma for you if you’re setting up the home theatre for your family. Every one of you in the family can have a different purpose so here the best option would be  the Surround Sound System. Because it works well for pretty much everything.

 

  • Speaker Quality

The speaker quality check is super important. 

While researching about the quality, some of the things you must keep in mind:

 

  • Speaker’s sensitivity rating

It refers to the speaker’s output at 1-watt power from a distance of 1 meter. A high sensitivity speaker will need less power from the amplifier to produce volume resulting in allowing you to play it at a higher volume compared to the speaker with low sensitivity.

 

  • Speaker’s range

A premium-quality mid-range bookshelf speaker is recommended. There’s an option of full-range tower speakers as well. However, many of them cut back on mid-range frequencies leading to a muddy sound and speaker dips.

Therefore, a set of bookshelf speakers paired with a subwoofer can offer you the best sound quality with a lot less distortion.

 

  • Room Size

A typical living room ( 3 * 3 * 2.5m) is good enough to accommodate a 5.1 channel surround sound system.

If there is not enough space then it is better to select a 3-channel surround system that won’t barge the sound on your ears.

Being said that, a large hall with a 7-channel surround system will give you that ultimate sound experience you’ve always dreamt of.

With Stereo Sound System, you can have bookshelf speakers as they are compact in size and yet manage to deliver high-quality sound. 

If you have a bigger place and want to go for them, then the floor-standing speaker could be a great choice.

 

  • 3D or Surround Sound?

If you have been looking for speakers for a while, you must have heard about 3D sound systems. 

You would be surprised to know that it is pretty much what your surround sound system does.

The surround sound uses a multi-channel system to produce immersive sound, 3D does the same, attempting to mimic the audio output of surround sound using only 2 speakers. 

We wouldn’t really recommend them keeping in mind they don’t contribute much to improve the audio quality. You can rather stick to surround systems which will any day give you a better experience.

 

Winding up!

I hope this article gave some direction to your hunt for a great sound system.

Understanding the difference between the options you’re looking to go for is always the wise step to take and now that you’ve read this article, we hope you’re clear on that part.

Do let us know your final decision and if anything still pops up on your mind, feel free to leave it in the comments below. We would be more than happy to help!

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A Home Theatre Screen that delivers modern-age technology features

We, at Lumina Screens, know that every household is different and so are their choices.

What remains constant is the desire to have a home theatre that makes you experience the same vibe as the big screen in your favorite movie theatre.

A home theatre that makes you feel you’re in a cinema hall and not at home.

 

We work constantly towards creating such experiences for you.

One of the screens at Lumina that was invented and evolved with the same intention is Leor 17.

Let’s get to know what Leor 17 stands for and how it is delivering that incredible experience for many consumers like yourself in the market.

 

Leor 17

Leor 17 is one of the most premium projection screens available in the market that delivers modern-age technology features.

It’s an ambient light-rejecting optical screen with the dynamic 1.7 gain surface that significantly helps in improving the visuals by 70%. Yes, by 70%.

 

How is Leor 17 able to accomplish that?

Leor 17 eliminates the sparkles by featuring a reflective layer that is infused with ultra-fine particles. Along with this, it also eliminates the substrate that consumes moderate ambient light coming from several directions. 

The high-quality black coating and black opaque blackening helps to improve the black level to great extent.

This uplifts the performance of the projection screen be it a day or in the night resulting in an incredible experience for the viewers.

As we stated earlier, our intention is always to serve that theatre-like experience our consumers crave for through our projection screens. To fulfil the same, Leor 17 comes with an ability to present that big-screen picture with its super-high contrast and solid colour saturation.

 

It is perfectly optimized and compatible with 4k and HDR that comes with special features like:

  • Acoustically transparent available for the Premium Audio Impact
  • RGB Boosters
  • Multi-Layered Screen Surface
  • Diffusive Top Layer
  • Peak Gain of 1.7
  • Perfectly suitable for High Ambient Light Applications
  • Carbon Black Technology

 

Let’s explore how these features exactly benefit you:

 

Acoustically transparent available for the Premium Audio Impact

With Woven Acoustically Transparent Screen, it blocks the light from passing through without disturbing the sound and hence resulting in giving you the premium audio experience you desire.

Also, this allows you to place the speakers behind the screen perfectly and make your home theatre set up look neat and spacious.

RGB Boosters

RGB Boosters is again a new technology used in laser projections and is available in Leor 17. 

It adds a whole new level of excitement to your viewing experience by helping you witness the colors in their truest form.

Multi-Layered Screen Surface

The multi-layer surface with ultra-fine particles installed in Leor17 helps to eliminate sparkles as well the ambient light level coming from any direction that may disrupt the visuals.

Diffusive Top Layer

The diffusive top layer doesn’t reflect the unwanted light that might peak through from anywhere and rejects it to not spoil your viewing experience.

Peak Gain of 17

The dynamic 1.7 gain of Leor 17 makes your screen brighter by improving the white levels by 70%. This creates an unrivalled experience for you to consume the content presented in front of you in the brightest white, with great contrast and in its raw form without missing out on the real clarity.

Perfectly suitable for High Ambient Light Applications

Leor 17 performs excellently in a high ambient light environment by allowing the light to pass through it. 

Carbon Black Technology

Carbon Black Technology is an advanced projection surface significantly helping in enhancing the black levels.

All of these features combined in one screen is what makes Leor 17 an ideal screen for passive 3D projection.

Furthermore, what makes it the most versatile screen is the fact that the premium fabric used in it expands 5 different layers each one working on giving a unique viewing experience to the audience.

If you’re looking for that home theatre screen perfectly compatible with 4K projection & HDR, your search ends here.

If you have any questions regarding Leor 17, feel free to drop them in the comments below and we will be more than happy to help!

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Design Your Dream Home Theatre Setup

Undoubtedly, going out for a movie is a favorite pastime for many of us. 

Who doesn’t like to escape reality for a while and immerse themselves in the dimensions of an imaginary world, right?

But, do you think it is just about the Movie? 

No! To give us that extraordinary experience, the set up of those cinema halls does play a very big role. 

What if we say you can have something at home that would give you the same experience? 

Yes, you guessed it right!

Home Theatre!

No matter how big or small the house is, everyone has this dream of having the ultimate Home Theatre Setup!

A home theatre is much more than just a sofa and the screen in front of you. So, where to begin designing your dream home theatre setup? 

Fret not, here we bring all the insights for you to convert this dream into a reality!

Let’s begin!

 

Choosing a dedicated room for the setup

It’s best to have a room for your home theatre which is solely dedicated to watching video content on the screen. If you set up the home theatre in the living room or say bedroom, you know there are even going to be other activities that may disturb your viewing experience.

Similarly, if you plan to select a room on the same floor or just across the Kitchen, noises while cooking, movement of people or even the smell would invade. 

Therefore, choose a room which is away from all these distractions. Also, go for the one which is spacious enough so that the audience can maintain a healthy distance from the screen.

 

How to avoid the outside noise from disturbing the home theatre sound?

Getting a dedicated space for your home theatre is the first and foremost priority to avoid the unwanted sound. Even if you manage to do so, there could be many other noises that would just crash in and destroy your home theatre’s audio.

To avoid them, here’re some steps you need to take while building your dedicated home theatre setup:

  1. If there are windows in the same room, use thicker curtains that would block the light and make it difficult for the outside sound to pass through.
  2. Replace your normal doors with Solid doors which would completely block the noise happening across the other rooms of the house.
  3. Make your room soundproof by adding a layer of drywall or replacing it with sound-reducing wallboard.

 

How to design a theatre-like experience?

We’re sure this question must be on the top of your mind even before you got started with the setup!

We want to ask you. What does your dream set up look like?

We ask this because you’re completely free to have your own definition of that ‘theatre-like experience’.

For some people, theatres with red velvet walls, dramatic lights, tiered seating are what that dream looks like. While, for some, it’s those deep dark rooms with nothing but just the popcorn maker next to them would be a great set up. And for some, it might mean something vastly different. 

You get the point here?

It’s only going to look like your dream if you design it yourself. Maybe you can just start with small details, like the colour of the curtains and keep designing it as and when more ideas strike.

One Tip: Keep it simple. Avoid sticking all the posters of your favourite celebrities as it’s only going to be a cause of distraction for everyone else.

 

Maintenance of the A/V Component Rack

The A/V Component Rack is like the brain of your whole Home Theatre Setup. All the components such as cable box, BluRay player, network media streaming box, home theatre tuner, remote and everything else that is a part of the audio-video set up will be placed on this A/V component rack.

Also, make sure it is located near an electric outlet and has an internet source wire/access.

The A/V component rack should always be well-ventilated as the components placed over it can create heat and damage if the heat is excessive. Another point that goes without saying that this rack should be sturdy enough to hold all the electronics.

 

Distance from the Screen & Speakers for a healthy viewing experience

Screen

Generally, it is advisable to sit 1.5 to 2.5 times the screen size of a 1080p TV where the viewing distance should be anywhere between 7.5 and 12.5 feet. For a 4K TV, you should sit 1 to 1.5 times the screen size where the viewing distance to be maintained is anywhere between 5 to 7.5 feet.

The best viewing height is always having the TV at the centre of your eye level. 

Speaker

Keep your speakers aligned with the distance of your viewing position. Most of the sound systems have volume controls for each speaker separately and also allow to adjust the timing.

Home theatres usually go along with 5.1 Surround Sound 5 full-range speakers and a low-range Subwoofer. Those 3 speakers and the subwoofer could be placed in the front of the room, close to the TV. The rest two could be placed behind the viewing area. Try to keep them 20 inches from the wall to avoid the sound reflecting off walls.

However, every room has different features so you can experiment with the speaker placements and come up with your own combination.

 

Other factors to take care to get a seamless viewing experience

  1. Don’t hang frames on your walls as they will reflect the light and sound of the room.
  2. If you are having the set up in the basement, concrete walls would be your worst enemy. Install drywall in that case.
  3. Acoustic wall panels are a great option. They absorb the sound and modulate high and low frequencies to prevent echoes.
  4. Home Theatre lighting works the best with dark-colored paint for Walls as well as the Ceiling.
  5. Make sure the carpet installed on the floor is in a good condition and is wall-to-wall. Carpets along with cushion pads underneath make for a comfortable surface to sit or even lie down.

Are we good to go now?

Just assuming, if you’re still scratching your head over ‘Which Home Theatre should I go for?’, check out Lumina Screens where we are on a mission to create an enchanting movie-viewing experience at home for everyone!

Hopefully, this post gives a head start to your home theatre set up process! Once it’s done, don’t forget to invite us over for a movie. The popcorn will be on us!

Got any more questions? Drop them in the comments below and we would be more than happy to help!

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5 OTT releases to watch on Christmas & New Year Weekend!

2021 is almost here! 

But before that, we have a list of holidays to watch some exciting movies and web-series on!

What’s on your list to watch for Christmas and New Year?

If you’re still thinking, don’t worry. We have you covered. 

From Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony LIV, Hotstar to Hotstar Disney, we have news from all of your favourite platforms.

So grab your popcorn and get ready to end the year enjoying the best of content on Lumina Screens!

Here’s your bucket list to watch out for:

 

1. AK vs AK (movie releasing on Netflix)

This black-comedy thriller film is here to serve you a different dose of entertainment. 

The film takes you through a journey of a film director who kidnaps the daughter of a movie star and shoots the real time experience of the star searching for his daughter.

Mind blowing, isn’t it?

Catch up on this thriller starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap directed by none other than Vikramaditya Motwane, on Netflix, premiering from 24th December 2020!

 

2. Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors (web-series releasing on Hotstar)

After the successful season 1, the season 2 of this blockbuster web-series is here! Since the trailer was released, fans have been in awe of Pankaj Tripathi’s yet another impressive performance.

He is back as an Advocate to solve a new case, alongside Anupriya Goenka and Kirti Kulhari who will be playing the role of a woman who allegedly kills her husband.

You can watch it on Hotstar from December 24, 2020.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (movie also releasing on Ott platforms)

If there’s a movie worth watching to end your 2020 with a bang, it couldn’t be any better than ‘Wonder Woman 1984’.

With a fantastic story-telling, amazing plot & a mind blowing acting by all the characters, Wonder Woman 1984 is a treat for all hollywood fans.

From the Wonder Woman living a life under rocks despite having all the powers to her mustering all the strength, wisdom and courage to fight back Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah is an absolute display of heroism and inspiration.

Catch it on December 25, 2020 on Ott platforms.

 

4. Coolie No.1 2020 (movie releasing on Amazon Prime Video)

A remake of the 1995 film super-hit film starring Govinda and Karishma Kapoor, Coolie No.1 is a perfect comedy-drama for Bollywood fans.

The story revolves around an interesting plot of a pandit getting a rich businessman’s daughter married to a Coolie posing as a millionaire, as a revenge for his insult. It’s quite fun to see how the drama unfolds and things start to go out of hand.

Starring Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan, with Paresh Rawal in a supporting role, and directed by David Dhawan, it is set to release on December 25 on Amazon Prime Video.

 

5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 (series releasing on Netflix)

If you are someone who enjoys dark and different takes for things in a story, this one’s for you.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on an American Comic Book published by Archie Horror and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The story revolves around a fictional town of Greendale including horror and witchcraft tales. Sabrina Spellman, navigates between two worlds living within her, as a half-witch and half-human, while fighting the forces that threaten her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Catch it on Netflix on 31st December 2020.

Let us know how you like these movies and web-series. Also, do share this list with your friends and family who might be also confused about what to watch.

We would be constantly bringing more of such suggestions for you all to catch up on! 

Till next time, stay tuned, and stay safe.

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