How to choose the right Soundbar for your TV?

A movie isn’t worth watching unless we watch it, just as it should have been for the people, meant to see. Right volume, better clarity, amazing quality, and complete control & understanding over the dialogues. Well, this is where soundbar comes into use to take care of it all. It does a full-time job with a one-time investment. But the availability of so many soundbars in the market currently, it makes it hard to find a worthy one. So, how to choose is the question we end up with.

Do not worry; we are here to help and provide a buying guide to make sure you pick the best soundbar in india.

What is a Soundbar?

It is long, thin, unobtrusive, and a rectangle-shaped bar with speakers and technicalities of itself. Using a soundbar ensures the voice to be crisp, distinct, and clear. These soundbars are much wider than the sound bases. With a little throw of the sound afield, and to a degree, a complete home theatre experience is produced.

The device can be easily mounted to the wall or can be kept right beside the television. It is easy to be set up, and on today’s date, many of its types come packed with the wireless subwoofer for a better experience. With so much to offer, it can be difficult to choose one amidst the varieties, but if what is required is known, the deal can be right in the hand. Even for a better understanding of a dialogue, a Soundbar brings clarity and offers a dialogue enhancement, making sound loud and prominent, a perfect mix of course.

Which soundbar is the right one?

Priced in between $150-$2000, the soundbars are available in the market. Before you start the search, narrow down the field in a significant manner, and ask yourself a few questions about what you need?

Think about, if you are looking for a complete home theatre experience, or would you like to have clarity while hearing your TV. Questions like will the soundbar be used for playing music and will it be a part of audio system functioning in multi-room or is voice control important for you to have, all of these questions play a vital role while choosing the right system.

A cheat sheet for Soundbar buying guide

If you are in a hurry, you can check out some important points or things before buying the right soundbar.

  • Autumn minimum of three or more channels must be there in a soundbar. It will allow for simulating sound better for an immersive and better experience.
  • Look for an active soundbar as it comes with built-in amplifiers.
  • Consider this question, where you want to place your soundbar? Enough space availability must be ensured beforehand.
  • Lookout for the connectivity options, and if you get HDMI switching, get the particular one as it makes one easily switch the sources of audio without re-routing the cables of HDMI.
  • Purchase from an authorized dealer who can provide a proper warranty, support, and services.

Is buying Soundbar worth?

Many people buy a soundbar as they do not hold space for the home theatre systems, and a Soundbar does fit in with its low-profiled space-saver capacity. The home theatre system comes in varied variations, which for a proper sound quality requires a separate amplifier, five speakers at least, and a subwoofer. It can cost high, which in case of a soundbar, seems all-in-one affordable point to make it a purchase and provide a definite upgrade from the available TV audio quality.

Use a receiver and a passive soundbar for a better home theatre experience

If you are unaware, the passive soundbar gets its power from the receiver of the home theatre. With a connection using the wire of the speaker, they can be easily connected to the receiver. The passive soundbar does not require any connection other than the speaker terminals. It provides an experience of three-in-one speakers of Home theatre, which is not like a typical soundbar. It provides a better experience with sound, and one can take complete advantage of the home theatre receiver processing power, without making the room a mess with the speakers and so many wires.

Conclusion

If still and sure about which soundbar is the right choice or if you need the same, talk to an expert without hesitation, check the list and the requirements you need and get one today, a soundbar for proper experience over the television, and it’s sound quality.

“HOLY SH*TBALLS”, MICHAEL BUBLE

His words, not mine.

A mother ransacked the stage at a recent Michael Buble concert. Yep, seriously. The determined mama interrupted the singer to inform the crooner that her son Sam (who just turned 15), wanted to duet with Buble himself.

Reluctantly, the cutie pie singer agreed and told the kid to join him onstage. Within seconds the band to fired up Feeling Good. Buble took a swing at the opening line and then turned the mic over to Sam to sing the second.

Long friggin’ story short: Sam’s voice blew Buble to infinity and beyond!

This all went down at a concert in Birmingham, England, on Oct. 9th. However, the clip was just featured on the This Is Michael Buble TV special, which was broadcast Saturday night in Britain. And now the vid’s quickly going viral.

Sam spoke with the Birmingham Mail about his Buble experience : “It was incredible. I can’t believe I got to go on stage to sing with Michael Buble. For the last few days my mum kept asking what my favourite Buble song was, but I had no idea she was going to do that. As she started walking to the stage, I thought oh no, what is she doing?”

Sam’s proud mama, Paula, told the paper that she was unsure if she was going to go through with it but knew it was her son’s dream and thus she knew she had to at least try.

She stated: “I wasn’t sure whether I would do it, but I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and I just thought, go for it, and I just marched up to the stage and told him. Sam was amazing. I am so proud.”

Well, thank you, Paula for going through with it! The clip is a joy to watch.

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THE SCOOP ON AUTOMATIC LOVELETTER

Automatic Loveletter may look like an emo-dance shopping spree, an alt. punk power fest, but what comes out of this Florida based band is totally unexpected. Their melodies tend to be defined by a rapt hostility, and the sensitivity that often lies behind such emotional violence. Yet their more gentle influences are what sketch their paradise. The acoustic incidents become inflamed with bleakness, teaching you what pain tastes like.

Like the emotions they envelope, they don’t try to be something they’re not. Instead, they allow themselves to be tugged and pulled by the weight of the music.

I’m not overly infatuated with Juliet Simms as the cursory poster girl for the band, and prefer the general shape their music takes. Her voice, though often having the right aim, doesn’t always hit the bullseye. But with her brother Tommy on lead guitar, and everyone else putting in their two cents, they get away with a brew I can agree with.

Yes, the tunes they offer are definitely brain-stickable. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s hard to listen to them without feeling tears creep in, but if a cleansing ritual is what you’re due for, they’ll be good for you. They are unpolished, and that makes them honest, and that makes them worth the time.

Crisp, finely chiselled descent from glitter to grit and grime. Punk edge wrapped up in acoustic. That’s the taste they’re baking up. Their push to new frontiers has been in stores for a while now, and I’m sure they’ve already snapped the heartstrings of many a fan.

Prepare to be broken.

KOOKY COVER: THE KOOKS TAKE ON ACE OF BASE’S ‘ALL THAT SHE WANTS’

One of my favorite groups, The Kooks, have covered one of the greatest pop acts of all time, Ace of Base, and all that they want, is for you to listen. It’s a fact everyone jams out to Ace of Base every once in awhile, right? Although The Kooks’ original music is always lasting and inventive, everyone likes a good cover.

This time around the band chose to smash up All That She Wants. Is it a seamless, letter-perfect rendition — an authentic execution of the original? No, but it exemplifies just how far you can twist a song from the original hit, while still maintaining the essence of Ace of Base. Perhaps you could say The Kooks put a distinctive personal stamp on it! The guitar riffs added in between the vocals make the song sound completely different, and well, a little kooky. A crisp rock twist to a quaint corny hit.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: TALIA COLES

Check out our chat with the lovely Talia Coles…

ROB BRAYL: Your father played with James Brown and Wilson Pickett. I assume you grew up submerged in some sweet music?

TALIA COLES: Yes, music was a staple in my house. I was blessed to be around such authentic expressions. Great musicians are not always honored for the genius they possess. I can’t begin to tell you what that was like, being so intimately connected at such a historic time.

RB: Can you explain ‘Nikki Wine’ to those who may not have heard the single? Is ‘Nikki Wine’ an alter ego label? A la Sasha Fierce?

TC: [Laughs] No…’Nikki Wine’ was inspired by an old reggae song by General B. called ‘Nikki’. When my producer played the track I just started singing those words in a different melody and it stuck. It was really catchy and everybody started singing it! Although I think Sasha Fierce is a phenomenal alter ego, I Love Beyonce — I guess it would’ve been great for the story but that’s not quite the case. ‘Nikki Wine’ is no alter ego just the name of the song.

RB: Speaking of labels, you are also passionate about clothes and have your own line. I would imagine your music helps to inspire ideas for your designs?

TC: Music and fashion go hand in hand as far as the value that I have when expressing ones individuality, but fashion is its own beast and I treat it as such. Music whispers in my ear but fashion screams in my face!

RB: As a songwriter you’ve worked with some pretty heavy names (LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild, Teddy Riley, Slim from 112, among others). But I’m most curious how it was like to work with Tyler Perry. What’s the story there?

TC: I worked with Tyler indirectly, I spent most of the time with Kevin Liles, Joel C High (Music Director) and Jojo Brim who oversaw the soundtrack. So when Tyler got the music it was pretty much stamped. He liked it so that made it even better.

RB: Where is Talia Coles headed? And for those just now jumping on the crazy ride with you, what can we expect?

TC: Talia is expressing her truth and living her dream. I’m coming from a place of contribution and looking to push the culture forward!

 

SNAPSHOT INTERVIEW: JAMIE BENDELL

Check out a snapshot interview I conducted with the beautiful Jamie Bendell (a singer/songwriter based here in New York) after the jump!

ROB BRAYL: If you could create a storyboard of all the things that inspire you musically, what would we see tacked onto the board?

JAMIE BENDELL: Images of myself looking pensive and quite probably, worried; I don’t mean it in a depressing, sad way, but anxiety plays a huge hand in inspiring my lyrics. I think constantly and I worry constantly and a lot of my inspiration comes from situations in which I feel that someone took advantage of me or acted out of line, or if someone wrongs someone else. There would also be images of me at a regular open mic I attend at Caffe Vivaldi. There would probably be a couple of book covers tacked up, including Cradle to Cradle (by McDonough and Braungart), and a plot summary of the movie He’s Just Not That Into You.

RB: I understand the track ‘Chocolate Milk’ was created after a bad clubbing experience?

JB: ‘Chocolate Milk’ came about after spending a night out at a club with my friends. We were pretty close to my apartment and I was trying to make the best out of the situation, but I just couldn’t handle it. I like talking and listening, and although dancing is definitely fun once in a while, I just get so tired of what I perceive as a “let’s just drink and get wasted, don’t care to hear myself think or anyone else speak” mentality. I was actually standing by the bar, trying to put down a couple of lyrics in my phone to express the way I was feeling, but it wasn’t coming out. I left by myself to walk home, and stopped in CVS on the way. I picked up a bottle of chocolate milk, and when I got home and sat down at my computer, the song just came out.

RB: What’s your goal/vision for your music?

JB: I hope people find my music easy to relate to. I want them to hear my songs, and attribute their own meanings to the words. I’m always happy to share my inspirations for the music, but I don’t want people to lose sight of what the words mean to them. If the words even do evoke meaning. That would be a huge achievement; to make listeners feel something or relate to an idea that I put out as a song. I’m sure many artists say the same thing, but as a songwriter, I especially hope that happens.

RB: You have a super sweet innocence about your image and music. Has this always been the case? In terms of writing about the notion of love, etc?

JB: I think it’s fair to say that the innocent image and musical style has been present for most of my life. I never really had nicknames but the only one that I could say stuck somewhat was the nickname “Pure”. My best girl friends called and sometimes still call me that. I don’t even know why, and I don’t even know if they know why.

I don’t think I’ve ever been in love and I’m almost positive that my music and lyrics reflect that. I think there’s a naivete to what I write, and sometimes I get embarrassed that my writing doesn’t have all of the emotion of someone who has been through heartbreak, but I don’t want to rush anything.

RB: What’s the most repeated song right now on your iPod?

JB: I’ve been having trouble sleeping, so probably ‘You Can Close Your Eyes’ by James Taylor, the One Man Band version. It’s on repeat when I can’t sleep. That, or ‘King of Anything’ off Sara Bareilles’ new album ‘Kaleidoscope Heart’. I think it’s a tie.

Learn more about Jamie Bendell by clicking here.

Listen to an acoustic number by Bendell below.

White Light — Jamie Bendell (Acoustic Version)

‘CRIMINAL INTENT’: ROBYN’S BOOTY SHAKIN’ ELECTRONICA LEAVES A SCAR

When Robyn first dropped the news of her idea of releasing three albums in one year, I thought the peroxide Swedish fish had gone bananas! But now that Body Talk Pt. 2 has been released in the states and we are mid-way through our journey of a 3-disc platter of pop, I think the idea clearly has been a successful one.

The highly infectious first single, Dancing on My Own, captured listeners with it’s punch-to-the-face beats fused with the emotional attachment of being in love with someone who could care less about said feelings. The video, as with all of Robyn’s videos, was a visual treat, taking the song to a fresh place mentally. The same can be said in the simple documentary stylized video for Hang with Me, the lead single off Body Talk Pt. 2 — a sweet and vulnerable record, even if it is possibly, most likely about a friends with benefits type of relationship.

What I love the most about Robyn is how her music, even the most electronic, dancefloor declarations that make you want to shake your ass and stomp your feet — even those songs show complete intelligence and thought and often a vulnerable yearning-for-love heart.

In the end, do not let Robyn’s ferocious beats take away from noticing the emotionally charged ballad versions of her addictive songs, for those records/performances leave the ultimate scar (see the related post link below).

The final disc of the Body Talk series will be dropping this December.

[Related Post: Robyn Melts Hearts]

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BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN: SECONDHAND SERENADE’S ‘SOMETHING MORE’ VID

A lil’ bit depressing yet full of hope…

Secondhand Serenade’s Something More, the first single from the upcoming third album, Hear Me Now, is one beautifully broken track. The song, which dives into the realm of torn meandering lives delivers a message of hope even when heartbroken and hopeless.

Secondhand Serenade is the product of singer/songwriter John Vesely, who worked with producer Aaaron Johnson (from The Fray), to create intimate, pensive, somber pop rock full of meaning.

The music video, directed by Declan Whitebloom, fits the track’s somber sound.

Billboard’s review of the track said it best: “As Vesely sings of the internal strife that a breakup can cause, he powerfully conveys the very human message that everyone makes mistakes. A no-brainer for top 40 and hot AC radio formats, “Something More” is sure to saturate the summer airwaves.” –Alex Vitoulis

Check out the music video below. Hear Me Now is due out in August.

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE GONE WILD FEAT. KYLIE MINOGUE

What do marshmallows, giant inflatable elephants, and whitey tighties have in common?

All of these random delights are seen in Kylie Minogue’s new video for All the Lovers. It’s a beautifully shot video, that even in its sexiness is actually about love. It’s seriously like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade gone wild, delivered in a classy way that only Minogue could pull off.

All The Lovers is the first single off Minogue’s eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, which is set to release on July 6th. After more than 68 million records sold the 42-year-old looks better than ever, still full of light.

Says Kylie (regarding the song): “The single was one of the last tracks to be written for the album. As I was recording it I knew that ‘All the Lovers’ had to be the first single; it sums up the euphoria of the album perfectly. It gives me goose-bumps, so I’m really excited to hear what everyone thinks of it.”

Check out the Joseph Kahn-directed video, below.

GOOD FOR YOU, EMINEM

Nothing but mad love for this song/video!

Eminem is back and stronger than ever. The controversial rapper who struggled for years with an addiction to painkillers and anti-depressants is now clean and spitting rhymes fused with an edge of deep rooted empowerment. Eminem, who nearly lost his life after an accidental methadone overdose, admitted to popping as many as 20 pills a day at the height of his problems.

A perhaps unlikely source, Sir Elton John, helped Eminem throughout his battle with coming clean. John battled drugs and alcohol addictions early on in his career but has been sober since the 1980s. The odd pairing first caused controversy when John made a surprise appearance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Many protested the collaboration citing Eminem’s lyrics at the time as being filled with hatred and homophobia. But that all seems to be a thing of the past, as Eminem’s new single Not Afraid is heightened with a true sense of maturity and a person who has risen from the ash of a dark journey in the theme of the song.

It’s undoubtedly an anthem for anyone who has ever felt afraid to face the demons in their own life.

In an interview with BBC Radio in January, John said: “I’ve been helping Eminem over the last 18 months and he’s doing brilliantly.”

Watch the incredible video (directed by Rich Lee) below.