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With home appliances and consumer electronics set to become expensive after the roll out of GST (goods and services tax) from 1 July, online platforms have started offering discounts on them through “pre-GST” sales. Amazon.in has announced a pre-GST sale, offering discounts of up to 40% on TVs, speakers, headphones, and other home appliances such as ACs, refrigerators and washing machines.
GST will replace multiple taxes with a uniform tax structure divided into four tax slabs.
While smartphones and laptops will come under the smaller tax slab of 12%, electronics such as speakers and cameras will fall under the higher slab of 18%, and TVs under the 28% slab. This is likely to push their prices up.
TCL L49D2900 (49-inch) Full HD LED TV
Rs29,990 (earlier Rs33,990)
If you are looking for a big-screen TV at more affordable prices, you can consider this new LED TV from TCL. This one offers a 49-inch LED panel with resolution of 1,920x1,080p. The company has added a Smart Volume feature which automatically adjusts volume to minimize sound fluctuations which usually occurs while switching between channels. It doesn’t support internet connection but offers lots of other connectivity options such as 2 HDMI, 2 USB and a VGA port. The company is offering an 18-month warranty on it.
LG 43LH576T (43-inch) LED TV
Rs38,490 (earlier Rs54,900)
This is a 43-inch LED TV with an IPS panel and resolution of 1,920x1,080p for bedrooms and small rooms. It is also a Smart TV so you can watch your favourite shows in Netflix directly on it by connecting it to the WiFi network at home. You can also stream content from smartphones or tablets on the same network. Other connectivity options include 1 HDMI and 1 USB port. For better audio output, it uses LG Clear Voice III technology which subdues background noise. When not in use, the TV can hibernate by itself to cut down on power wastage.
Sony Bravia KD-55X8500D (55-inch) Ultra HD TV
Rs1,49,990 (earlier Rs1,74, 900)
If you are looking for a big-screen TV for your drawing room, you can consider this 55-inch LED TV which offers 4K resolution with HDR. It is also a smart TV so you can stream 4k content directly from Amazon Prime or Netflix over WiFi networks. It uses Sony’s X-RAY Reality Pro image processing engine to enhance colours and contrast levels in videos. To offer better audio experience and superior bass, there is a built-in subwoofer. It uses Sony’s MotionFlow X technology which adds an extra frame in fast-moving sequences to deliver smooth video playback. This can improve experience during games and action movies. It can play most audio and video file formats directly through a USB drive. It has 2 HDMI and 2 USB ports.
LG SH5 2.1 Channel 320W Soundbar
Rs21,899 (earlier Rs44,990)
For users looking for an entry-level soundbar speaker for their TVs, LG SH5 is a solid option. It is just 53mm tall and 945mm long and comes with a subwoofer which is 320mm tall and 252 mm wide. It is a 2.1 speaker system with RMS power output of 320Watt. It comes with HDMI, USB and 3.5mm ports. It can be controlled with a remote and has different audio modes such as Cinema mode and Night mode.
Rs5,999 (earlier Rs8,990)
The SRS-XB20/BC is meant for users looking for a rugged and compact speaker which can be easily carried around in a backpack. It weighs just 590g and is available in red, yellow, blue and black colour options. It comes with IPX5 certification which makes it splash resistant. It works wirelessly and can be connected via Bluetooth or NFC to any smartphone or PC. It has a built-in battery which, Sony claims, can last up to 12 hours on one charge. It is powered by 42mm driver and can be controlled through a mobile app.
Sony Alpha ILCE 6000L 24.3MP Digital SLR
Rs43,500 (earlier Rs51,990)
This belongs to the new breed of compact DSLR cameras which are a lot lighter and allow users to change lenses. It weighs just 345g and is available in graphite gray, silver, white and black colours. It has a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and supports fast hybrid auto focus with 179 focus points and ISO levels of up to 25,600. The OLED viewfinder provides smarter previews and histograms in the viewfinder itself. It also supports WiFi and NFC and can be controlled through a smartphone for taking high-quality selfie shots.