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ELAC Debut-Excellence on a budget

23/05/2016 12:00 PM


ELAC DebutIf you are anything around my age, you remember the Elac logo from a long and distant time ago. German brand Elac goes back 90-years to be exact. Last time we heard of them was a few decades ago as purveyor of the long-extinct Elac/Miracord turntables. But Elac is back and we are about to know it!

 

Say ELAC and you hear the name Andrew Jones. Andrew Jones is quite the name in speaker circles. If there were rock stars in the audio world, then there’s no question that legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones would be among the biggest. Now, he is working with ELAC and has produced two brand new lines of speakers for them: The Debuts and the Uni-Fi’s (still to be released later this year).

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Yamaha AV receiver

Conventional wisdom out there says that a new home theatre should have a 16:9 projector and a 16:9 screen. While for some people that might absolutely be the right choice, it is good to be aware that there are other options worth considering and they could well provide a much more dramatic viewing experience.

Almost all of the LCD flatscreen TVs are in the 16:9 format and just because of this 16:9 seems to have become the de facto standard.

There are two good alternatives worth considering depending on the type of material you prefer to watch; they could well be the better option for you.

Which of these formats is best for you? We’ll lay out the options and help you decide which way to go.

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Yamaha AV receiver Despite the proliferation of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile (GSM), there is still plenty of cable around. HDMI products are core to our offering and with the advent of more affordable 4k TVs and (hopefully soon) 4k projectors, it is time to give you an update of where the future lies for 4K HDMI products.

 

At Rapallo we have about 1,500 products on our online retail store. Many of these products we source directly from the manufacturers across the world; including Europe, the States and Asia.

In order to get the best deals as well as the best available products, it’s important to meet those suppliers face-to-face to get some questions answered.

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Yamaha AV receiver

Quite often we meet people who want to connect 4,6,8 or more speakers to their amplifiers.

Only a few days ago, we were asked to help someone who had bought a house that had 8 speakers built in the ceiling. The customer wanted to have 6 of those speakers (spread across the kitchen and dining area) to be connected in such a way that the 6 speakers would play the same music, but separate from the other 2 speakers (that would be used for the audio coming from the TV).

Here's how we went about getting this organised. 

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Subwoofer Which subwoofer type is better – sealed or ported? An ever returning and extremely popular discussion topic on the forums and blogs, there is no shortage of opinions on the subject. Add in a few die-hard myths and generalizations, and it’s no surprise this is one of the most commonly questions asked.

 

You might hear some people say that ported subwoofers are no good for music, and are only useful for delivering big sound effects, or conversely that sealed subwoofers are “musical”, but lack the depth to deliver the bass called for in today’s blockbusters. While some subwoofers may certainly fit these stereotypes, the truth is considerably more complex. 

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Customer magic at The Odeon

18/04/2016 11:00 AM

The odeon

The visit was long anticipated. While Mr Rapallo had been doing the installations with Brad-the-builder, I had only heard the stories and seen the pictures. But I was not prepared for ‘the real deal’ when we arrived at the house Mr. H and his partner have recently built.

 

The view is to die for, with only a couple of other houses within sight. The house itself is inspired by Group Architects. Cedar on the outside, macrocarpa on the inside. But the real gem is hidden in the dungeons off the living area: ‘The Odeon’. A private dedicated home theatre straight out of a movie. 

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Anthem MRX 720

One of the blog topics you wanted discussed more often is product reviews. We plan on getting cracking on that right now with our very own thoughts and experiences with the Anthem MRX-720 AV receiver. 

 

So, are the Anthem AV receivers as good as their past reputation makes them out to be? We tested the Anthem MRX 720 in our demo room using a 7.2 set-up for Star Wars episode 3 with our SVS Ultra Towers (front), SVS Ultra Center and SVS Ultra bookshelf (rear) speakers as well as a pair of SVS Ultra surrounds for immersion and dual SVS PB-13 subwoofers.

We also tested a 2.1 SVS Ultra Tower speaker set-up playing ‘Red Rain’ by ‘Peter Gabriel’ as well as the ‘Beethoven Pastoral Symphony’. 

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It's all about the bass

4/04/2016 11:00 AM


SVS Subwoofer As we mentioned in last week’s blog, digital bass management is pretty important and incorrect settings in the AV receiver can result in poor sound quality, and in some cases can even damage the loudspeakers.

The fundamental principle of bass management (also called LFE Crossover; ‘LFE’ stands for ‘Low Frequency Effects’) is that bass content in the incoming signal, irrespective of channel, should be directed only to speakers capable of handling it, whether that be the main system speakers or one or more subwoofers.

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SVS home theatre

I am debating between floor standing speakers and bookshelf speakers. I honestly don't know which would be better for a home theatre....  I'm sure there is a reason why people choose one over the other, but I don't know what it is.’-Ray

 

Does this sound like you? You are not alone. Many people seem to have trouble deciding. The answer may not be as clean cut as you might think. Our solution: time to dedicate a blog on the topic. 

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Anthem MRX 720

AV receivers are the heart of the audiovisual and home theatre set-up.

They are highly engineered products and a lot can be done right…or wrong with big consequences to the sound you are getting. The best speakers in the world will sound poor without a good amplifier.

 

At the end of last year Canada’s Anthem unveiled a third generation update to its excessively praised MRX series AV receivers. They have just become available to the New Zealand public. Anthem receivers have a massive reputation and we were really, REALLY keen at Rapallo to be able to add them to our range.

I mean, we are committed to excellent audiovisual products that provide you with the best possible experience for the price you pay. Anthem fits that bill.

It is said on several occasions that Anthem AV receivers are on par with separates when it comes to amplification. This is a pretty big claim but they are that good and they have the lists of awards to proof it.

 

But let’s bring the babies to the stage and have a wee look at them…

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