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If you’ve ever spent any time browsing the forums, the odds are good you’ve run into a discussion regarding the benefits of AV receivers versus separates.

 

This rivalry has proponents and valid arguments on both sides of the table. Long story short: we can see valid arguments on both ends of the table. The ultimate question is: what works best for you?  

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 2016

22/08/2016 9:00 am

Riva father's day

Time seems to fly by, and once again it’s that time of year to show appreciation for Dad. So what do you get for the man of the hour? We think it’s fair to say about the last thing Dad needs is another tie or bottle of cologne. On the other hand, most guys like shiny new electronic gizmos. Of course, not just any gadget will do.

Short of telling Dad that he gets the go-ahead of building his dedicated home theatre- which of course would be the ultimate gift, but we’ll keep it real- we’ve compiled a list of goodies that are sure to please Dad on his special day.

Glance through our selections, and don’t forget to wish Dad a Happy Father’s Day on the 4th of September!

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Anthem ARC

You just purchased your brand new 5.1 or 7.1.2 home theatre set-up and you religiously followed the instructions on speaker placement. Great! But remember the final stage—calibration. Get this right, and that last 10% will make your system sound 100% better.

 

System set-up or calibration is not a random process of tweaking things until they sound or look subjectively right. If you've purchased a new AV receiver in the past seven or eight years, chances are good that it included some form of automated room correction.

On the surface, all of the different auto-calibration systems seem very alike. Truth is, they are not. 

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Wireless speakers explained

8/08/2016 9:00 am

wireless speaker

Gone are the days when installing a music system necessarily meant trailing wires all over the house. Now, with these plug 'n' play systems, you can stream music from one room to another, or even play different music in different parts of the house, all controlled from your smartphone or tablet...

 

The big question is; where do you start making a decision with all the different options and with every one claiming to have the edge over the previous one? 

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in wall speakers

In-wall and in-ceiling speakers have become some of our best-selling products, and it's easy to see why.

 

Not everyone can have bookshelf or floorstanding audiophile speakersin every room of their home but nearly everyone has a taste for speakers that truly sound fantastic. Even home theatre enthusiasts are using in-wall speakers to work with the space they have available for their home theatre, allowing for the best possible experience they can afford without having to compromise on audio performance.

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Should you buy a DAC?

25/07/2016 9:00 am

DAC

It doesn’t matter whether we talk about music on a CD or music streamed from Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and other corners of the cloud. Digital music has one main denominator: You can't listen to it in its digital form. It needs to be ‘translated’ back to sound. Which is why you need a DAC.

So we get asked the question: What is what  in the world of DACs and maybe even more importantly; which one is the right one for you? Or (dare we say it): do you really need an external one? 

 

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Francis Family Home theatre

Twenty years ago, while living in the UK, a dream was born: James was living in an apartment with a simple CRT TV, as most of us did. But being an engineer and a lover of all things digital, he wasn’t satisfied with that. He was dreaming of a lot more.

The day James drove 3.5 hours each way up to north of England to buy his first Denon AVR and 5.1 KEF Egg speaker package, he knew he was getting seriously hooked on the idea of one day getting a dedicated home theatre.

Small steps were taken along the road, but it wasn’t until the end of 2015 that he saw his chance of fulfilling his long held dream. 

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Hi-Res Audio explained

11/07/2016 8:30 am


Elac Discovery music serverYou've no doubt seen the expression 'high-res audio' thrown around a fair amount in recent years and chances are that was in relation to Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service, Neil Young's Pono media player, or the latest smartphones.

You may even have noticed a little gold and black 'Hi-Res Audio' logo alongside some products. But is Hi-Res Audio really such a big deal? Should you pay attention to it? And what does it actually mean? 

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projector screensA home theatre projector and projector screen combo is the stuff a true home theatre enthusiasts dream is made of. Your neighbour can brag all he wants about his 65-inch LED-LCD, but when a 120-inch diagonal video screen features in your home theatre you know you have died and gone to heaven in the video department, often with a better image and for less money. 

 

But how do you go about selecting a projector screen? Can’t you just blast the image onto a white wall? How about getting a big white sheet stretched onto your wall? What exactly do you need to know about choosing a projector screen for your awesome new home theatre system?

 

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Panasonic UHD player4K is the current buzz word and like so many of you, we have been really keen to move beyond the talk and the rumors and to see what a 4K Blu-ray, played on a 4K Blu-ray player and displayed with a 4K Ultra HD projector really looks like.

Eager as we are, we have been anxious to get the Panasonic UHD900 4K Blu-ray player in. We already have a few 4K Blu-ray discs waiting. 

 

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