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SVS Satellite

It is surprising to observe that the world of AV and home theatre is susceptible to ‘fashion’ just as much as interior design or the latest shoe trends.

 

I am not talking about the roller coaster that is surround sound and the likes or 4K, if not 8K. I am talking about how people currently seem to have gone off tower speakers for their home theatre and it’s all bookshelves that is the flavour of the moment.

 

We have previously talked about the choice of bookshelves vs. towers, but there is also the dilemma of choosing between a sound bar, a pair of satellites or a pair of bookshelves. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

Anthem

A new AVR might be on the top of your Christmas wish list. It is arguably the most important part of your AV set up and home theatre. Brands seem to launch updated version of their AVR’s just about every year. But deciding on what you really need as opposed to being pulled into the next fancy marketing thing, when it is time for an upgrade can do anybody’s head in.

 

A few weeks ago, we bumped into an excellent article on AVS forums which quick-fired 10 points to consider when shopping for AVRs. It is almost a ticking list of things to consider. We thought it was just excellent and wanted it share it with you, adding our own comments, examples and experiences.

 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Ben Shivas

An update on sound bars

21/11/2016 9:00 am

Sound bar

TVs don't tend to sound great. That's one of their disadvantages: as they get slimmer and more beautiful, there's less room for proper speakers. The result is usually something that looks very nice but sounds a bit weak. Whether you have top-end 4K TV, a HDTV or something more basic, the problem is the same. Fortunately, there's an easy solution.

 

Sound bars – and the closely related sound bases – offer a simple, sleek way to improve your TV's audio without all the fuss and wires of a surround sound system.These days, options are galore. Whether it's cheap, no-fuss sound bars, sound bars with a subwoofer, sound bars with clever, virtual surround sound technology, or sound bases that your TV sits on. There's an option for every taste.

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0 Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Ben Shivas

SVS Xmas

Christmas is on its way and with that comes the challenge of finding the perfect gift. If you’re dealing with a music lover, audiophile or movie lover we might just have the suggestion for you.

 

We know budgets come in all ranges and sizes so we made sure we have something to please all wallets. We offer you a list of 10 product types which will include budget options, as well as some the top of the range (but not over-the-top prices) options for each category.

 

All of these are products we have no hesitation of recommending. Think of this as a guide to some of our favourite products in each category.

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Comments | Posted in Reviews By Ben Shivas

Top tips for outdoor speakers

7/11/2016 9:00 am

outdoor speakers

Summer has arrived, Christmas is only weeks away, so now is the time to think about those BBQs you are going to have outside.  Or here’s the ultimate question: how are you going to spice up the parties with music?

Excellent outdoor speakers are just a must for any Kiwi who remotely cares about their favourite sounds outside around the pool or on the deck.

When you start thinking about it, outdoor speakers come with extra challenges, but it’s worth the effort…

 

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0 Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

SVS elevation speaker

SVS recently launched their long awaited Prime Elevation Speakers.

 

While brands like Elac, Klipsch and Definitive Technology subscribe to emerging audio formats such as Dolby Atmos®*, DTS:X® and Auro 3D®, Ed Mullen from SVS has made a different argument from the very beginning of height effect speakers. What’s interesting is that Gene DelaSalla from Audioholics is entirely on the same page and he’s not hiding it either.

 

This is their case. 

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AV installations

We’re changing things up a little this week.

 We thought it is time we introduce you to the latest member of the Rapallo family; Graham Ellis.

Graham is working alongside Bart, doing our professional AV Installations.

Just like the rest of the Rapallo team, Graham is very passionate about Home Theatres and AV in general as well as Happy Customers. Graham is just the nicest guy in the world and he brings truckloads of experience and wisdom to the table. Needless to say, we are pretty excited to have him on board. 

But maybe, the best thing to do is let him do some of the talking himself. We fired a few questions at him. 

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Cambridge Audio

So you have a bookcase full of CDs, you have thousands of songs downloaded on your computer at home, maybe you have spent some time ripping the CDs to your PC and subsequently you have a music streaming subscription such as TIDAL, or Spotify. 

Here is your dilemma, you don’t want to totally forget about your beautiful, collection of Compact Discs, or disregard your iTunes collection of songs.

This recent problem gave birth to a new type of hi fi component: The Network Audio Player.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Ben Shivas

Laser projector

Once the stuff of the future, these days laser projectors are becoming more and more commonplace in the world of home theatre. Sure, they are still quite a bit more expensive than traditional light bulb projectors. But a lot is moving when it comes to projectors. Terms such as “laser”, “LED” or “hybrid” are used commonly. But what is what?  What is worth your penny at this stage? And what does the future hold?

Time to shed some light in the lay of the land in light-generation for projectors.

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Headphones 101

3/10/2016 9:00 am

Audeze Sine

A headphone is just a headphone, right?  I mean, yes there are in-ears and the ones that go over your ears and some have wires and some don’t but… really how different can one headphone be from the next?

 

Categories such as noise isolating, noise cancelling, on-ear, over-ear, open-back, and closed-back seem to be pretty self-explanatory terms.  What makes one headphone better than the other? Is a $1,000 headphone really worth all that money? Why can’t I get by on a $80 pair? 

 

This blog will give you the basic rundown of the types of headphones, their variations, types of drivers, the different kinds of build-it technology and how to choose the right pair of headphones for your needs.

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