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Old 01-18-2020, 06:35 PM   #1
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I am a recently retired "British Indian" with a UK passport and OCI card.

I am planning to get a new LG UBK 90 4K BD player to India. This costs 179 in the UK but around Rs 40,000 in India. If I declare it upon arrival and show the receipt, is it within my Indian customs allowance?
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It is the UK value that should matter because the 40K Indian price would be inclusive of customs duty. So it should be well within your allowance.
Also, if you are a British Indian, you can say that you are just carrying your own player for watching movies while in India.
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:22 AM   #3
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Also, if you are a British Indian, you can say that you are just carrying your own player for watching movies while in India.
Regardless of its value, to avoid hassles, this is the best way to go about it. Ofcourse if you are carrying a new player, get rid of the box and all the packaging.
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:27 AM   #4
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I'd suggest to keep the box for safety. I keep my player/PC boxes even to store them if I am going on a long (month or more) trip and not going to be using for a while.
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Old 01-19-2020, 07:46 AM   #5
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Regardless of its value, to avoid hassles, this is the best way to go about it. Of course if you are carrying a new player, get rid of the box and all the packaging.
If I am going to declare it and show the receipt, why get rid of the box? We have already pre-paid for one additional check-in bag each to BA and so we shoud be well within the weight limit. Even within the box the BD player does not weigh much.
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If I am going to declare it and show the receipt, why get rid of the box?
Not if you're going to declare it as a newly purchased item. Actually if you are a British Indian residing there, I'm not sure why you may have to pay any duty for goods purchased in the UK (unless you're not going back there again). As I understand, duty is for when the resident citizen of a country (like India) imports an item from another country (like the UK). NRI's I know have carried in far more expensive items like high end cameras and lenses and never had to pay duty.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:02 PM   #7
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Thanks. I have a valid British passport and a return ticket after 3 months. Since you mention cameras, I have carried nearly 10,000 worth of my own cameras and lenses in the past without quibble; brought them back to the UK, of course.
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^And it's not like the airport customs keep track of what items you brought inside a country and whether you are taking them back when you go out. The only thing that raises flags is if you bring in a large number of copies of an item, which makes it look like you intend to sell them.
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My relative bought mine (panasonic) packed in brief case with cloths. just player, remote, manuals. not the box. Faced no problem
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Old 01-24-2021, 05:53 AM   #10
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Hi guys,

Any suggestions on home theater upgrade. Planning to upgrade to a 4k setup.

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Bluray player - Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player

AV receiver - YAMAHA HTR-3072 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver / Denon AVR-X250BT 5.1 Ch. 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver.

Speakers - YAMAHA / Pioneer / Polk
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^If you're getting into 4K consider also getting a Dolby Atmos / DTS:X capable receiver. Even if you're not immediately getting the overhead speakers, it might be a good idea to have the capability in case you have the urge in future.

With regards to AVR+speakers, it would be good if you test different speakers with your chosen AVR and see which one sounds most pleasing to you. With movies it matters less but in music, everyone has their own choice in sound, and better to get a pairing that sounds good to you.

Also, for your fronts will you be getting bookshelf speakers or floorstanders?
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Basically this setup will be purely for movies. I am not impressed with the output given by soundbars. So it's time to say goodbye to soundbars.

Could you please suggest me some good combinations of AVR + speakers.

What is your take on buying one particular companies product?
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Old 01-24-2021, 11:40 AM   #13
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Basically this setup will be purely for movies. I am not impressed with the output given by soundbars. So it's time to say goodbye to soundbars.
Amen, soundbars are just better than TV speakers but don't stand up to a real surround system, or even a strong 2.1 system with sub-woofer.
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Could you please suggest me some good combinations of AVR + speakers.
I like the combo I got - Denon Amp with Dali Zensor speakers. It all depends on your requirement and budget, and ideally you need to hear stuff out in a store demo before you spend big money. You can seek recommendations at the hifivision.com forums, they're a good info source for Indian consumers.
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Your question is not clear. Are you asking if it's preferable to buy all components of one brand? Theoretically, that would suggest an inherently balanced system, but the proof is in the actual sound. For instance, when I bought my first hi-fi stereo amp from the Norge brand, I found that combining it with their in-house speakers gave an overly aggressive and 'bright' sound that didn't suit me well, and I paired it with speakers of another brand (I had to carry the amp around with me to A/V stores to test with their speakers to decide, but it's a worthwhile exercise considering you're going to be using it for many years).
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Thanks for the reply. Will do some demo test before purchasing it.
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you can check out my HT setup. I used Polk Audio for front and Klipsch for overhead atmos and polk again for rear speakers. They all cost me under $1300 cdn.
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^In terms of aesthetics alone your HT setup is amazing, my idea of a dream home
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