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What will 2017 bring?

16/01/2017 10:00 am

Onkyo Diamond headphones

Another year, another CES Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. What makes CES interesting is that it often gives us a glimpse into what the new year might bring as far as new products and trends . Obviously not everything that gets thrown around at CES sticks, but it definitely is an interesting place for people who love to keep up with the latest and greatest in tech.

 

While we would love to have a chat with you about ‘Buddy the robot’ or about all the things Amazon Alexa can do, CES is also the place where AV brands often introduce new technology and announce new product releases. Of course, that’s what takes our interest. 

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Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

Rapallo's Speaker Cable Vlog

9/01/2017 10:00 am

speaker cable

While many of you know the ins and outs of all things AV, it’s good to remember that we all started with the easy stuff at some stage.

To help our new AV enthusiasts with the initial connection of their AV receiver to their speakers we put together a YouTube Vlog that goes back to the very basics of how to connect speakers to an AV receiver.

We have 3 short tutorials for you: ‘How to connect speaker cables to your speakers and AV receiver’, ‘different types and qualities of speaker cable’ and ‘how to use banana plugs’. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

home theatre

Some of the questions we get asked most often is: Do these Speakers pair well with this Amplifier? Will this Amplifier power my Speakers? How do I know these Speakers will sound good with this amplifier?

 

As speakers and amps are such an investment you want to make sure they work effectively and sound good!

 

There are a few points that we think are important to consider when calculating an amplifiers power. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as looking up a couple of figures on the amp specs and comparing it to the speakers you intend on using it with. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

SVS subwoofer

There’s a lingering sentiment in the audiophile community that subwoofers are only for home theatre and the benefits to music playback are suspect or even negative.

 

It’s true that lesser subwoofers are not designed to optimally handle the speed, detail and nuance of certain music, but it’s certainly not the rule for subwoofers in general.

A great subwoofer elevates the listening experience in a way no other audio component can.

 

Below is a list of six different reasons why a properly engineered subwoofer, is important to music playback.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

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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