The best TVs, home theater gadgets and streaming device brands of 2021 in India, covering a wide range of price ranges and technologies. The premium television segment saw some impressive launches this year from brands such as Samsung, LG and Sony, while the home entertainment segment saw growth in the popular soundbar category, especially for budget and mid-range buyers. Standalone streaming devices, too, have seen some impressive launches in India in 2021 from brands like Amazon and Realme.
While there hasn’t been a major change in the technologies that go into our home entertainment devices, with perhaps the exception of mini-LED TVs finally becoming a reality, we’ve seen continued improvements in existing technologies including QLED and OLED TVs, soundbars, and more. , and streaming devices that can now double as smart speakers. Read on for our list of the best television, home entertainment, and streaming gadgets of 2021.
Best Premium Television of 2021: Samsung 55-inch Neo QLED Ultra-HD Smart TV (55QN90A)
Samsung is one of the world’s leading TV makers, and the Neo QLED Ultra-HD Smart TV 55QN90A is testament to just how good its televisions can be. Though expensive at Rs. 1,75,990, this is the best premium Ultra-HD television you can buy right now. With excellent picture quality, great software and features and a unique solar powered remote, it is a one-of-a-kind premium viewing experience that differentiates itself from the competition in its segment.
It lacks Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, and there are some minor flaws in the interface. On the other hand, the beautiful, slim design is an added bonus, especially if you want to put the TV on its stand.
Best Affordable Big-Screen TV of 2021: Xiaomi Mi TV 5X 55
Xiaomi has always been focused on providing value to its customers, and the Mi TV 5X 55 lives up to that command. This is our top pick among 55-inch televisions under Rs. 50,000 in 2021 for a variety of reasons, including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, consistent performance in resolution and content, good sound quality, and the familiar and reliable Android TV and PatchWall software experience.
We encountered some bugs and usage glitches during our time with the Mi TV 5X 55, and it bothers us that Xiaomi doesn’t include the battery for the remote in the sales package. However, overall, this television has made for a largely positive experience that not many can match under Rs. 50,000 Mi TV 5X is also available in a smaller size that is more affordable, making it a good TV to consider if you have a tight budget.
Best Mid-Range Home Theater System of 2021: Sony HT-S40R
The Sony HT-S40R is pitched as a soundbar, but is actually a full 5.1-channel home theater system. 29,990, it offers a lot more including a separate subwoofer, wireless rear-channel speakers and good connectivity options. Although there’s no Dolby Atmos support and the strings can be quite complicated to set up, it’s a worthwhile option with good sound quality and tuning.
The Sony HT-S40R isn’t ideal for listening to music, but that’s mainly because it was designed as a sound system for watching movies on your television or projector. While excessive wiring can be a drawback, given that many people choose soundbar-based home theater systems for convenience, the Sony HT-S40R’s sound quality and seamless functionality make it our leader in the mid-range home entertainment segment for 2021. Makes the top spot.
Best Budget Soundbar of 2021: Realme 100W Soundbar
A complete soundbar with subwoofer priced under Rs. 10,000 might be hard to imagine, but the Realme 100W soundbar is exactly that. Priced at Rs 6,999, as the name suggests, the rated output of this soundbar is 100W. It has a wired subwoofer and offers decent connectivity options. It’s also very easy to set up and use, and has its own remote, which makes it quite an impressive buy for the price.
Some elements of the design and functioning of the Realme 100W soundbar were a bit irritating, especially the bright LED lights, flashy buttons, and annoying voice prompts that can’t be turned off. However, it delivers where it matters, delivering decent sound and tuning and very good bass performance. It’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking for an affordable boost to your TV’s sound.
Best Streaming Device of 2021: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen)
The most powerful streaming device in Amazon’s range, the Fire TV Cube (2nd generation) is unique as it serves as a great crossover between the Fire TV and Echo product range. With responsive and lag-free performance, along with hands-free Alexa capabilities, Ultra-HD, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos support, it’s the best streaming device we’ve used this year.
Though it is a bit expensive at Rs. 12,999, and you can get the same core streaming capabilities from the more affordable Fire TV Stick 4K, the Fire TV Cube is a capable high-end device that’s great if you rely on Alexa. It’s also quite powerful and responsive, bringing your content to you quickly and reliably.
Purchase: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd generation)
Best TV Accessory of 2021: Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam
Webcams are plentiful in the market, but the Xiaomi Mi TV webcam is unique in that it is designed to work well with televisions. It works with Google Duo on an Android TV-powered smart TV, so you can just plug it in, position it, and take advantage of the bigger screen for video calls. In addition, it also works well with a computer as a standard plug-in webcam.
It is well equipped for the price of Rs. 1,999, with full-HD video output, good audio pickup, and a handy privacy shutter that you can close when the camera is not in use. Although a niche product with limited use cases, it could be very useful for video calls with the whole family, and is included in our top picks of 2021 for its unique usability and beautiful design.
Purchase: Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam