1/02/2016 3:01 PM
Many a word has been spoken on the topic of speakers. They are probably the most ‘in your face’ aspect of an audiovisual set-up and prices can range from plain cheap to astronomical price tags. Apart from reading reviews and deciphering specs, what actually makes a good speaker? The obvious thing to look at is the loudspeaker driver. We’re talking woofers, tweeters, midranges and the likes.Read More
25/01/2016 3:01 PM
The internet has been buzzing with reports about CES 2016, the world’s biggest and splashiest showcase of everything consumer electronics that appropriately takes place in Las Vegas. CES is gigantic, going for a whole week at the beginning of January every year. Many game changing technology was introduced to the world at CES, though it usually takes years for these innovations to trickle down into our living rooms. CES 2016 shows us where the future is going to take us: from electric self-driving cars to the ‘connect fridge’ over the single passenger drone.
And then there are the televisions.Read More
18/01/2016 4:00 AM
After our customer story a few weeks ago, we received several questions from you on what makes a good home theatre set-up. We want to give you some general outlines that we believe works very well.
We should point out that this is only a start in what we would consider a series of blogs, as there is so much to be said on this topic, it is impossible to cover it all in a single blog. But let’s begin at the beginning….Read More
11/01/2016 4:00 PM
What do you do when you have a bit of time on your hand due to the Christmas holidays, 3 demo AVRs and a demo stereo amp? At the Rapallo Lab, we put them to a stereo audio test in an unconventional and maybe controversial way. Introducing the Yamaha AS-801 versus its cousins the RXV-679 and RXV-3079 and the Pioneer SC-LX79…. Nothing like a bit of messing around with our favourite toys.Read More
21/12/2015 12:41 PM
It’s been a little while now since Dolby Atmos quietly made its entrance in the world of cinema. The Hobbit and Gravity were one of the first movies with an Atmos soundtrack and a lot has happened since.
A few years on and Dolby Atmos has become the ‘it’ word for home theatres too. A decent range of Av receivers and Pre-amps are now able to decode Atmos including Onkyo, Pioneer, Sony and Yamaha.
Atmos Elevation speakers - although a bit more slowly - are starting to enter the market as well.
But how much is hype and gimmicky and how far do you really want to go to get the ultimate sound experience at home?Read More
14/12/2015 12:41 PM
We get requests to design a free AV plan for our customers on a regular basis. Most of the time it is the budget, the room and some preferences in use and brands that do the talking, but every now and then there are some additional requests on the wish list.
So what do you do when the ideas of an interior designer are thrown into the equation and the brief is that it should sound like any top notch home theatre but there is no way there are going to be any black floorstanding speakers in the lounge? We decided that no challenge was too big and we put a special set-up to the test at the Rapallo lab. The results surprised us in a very good way…Read More
7/12/2015 12:41 PM
A few weeks ago we bumped into an article claiming that most audiophiles and home theatre lovers actually do not live on a big budget. It is just where their priorities are. It is what they choose to spend their ‘sanity money’ on. It got us thinking however; for which purchases do you splash out when you are building your home theatre set-up? And when are you just paying for branding and marketing?
We give you our humble opinion in these matters.
30/11/2015 12:10 PM
Summer has arrived, so now is the time to think about those BBQs you are going to have outside. How are you going to spice up the parties with music?
Excellent outdoor speakers are a must for those music lovers who like to listen to their favorite sounds outside around the pool or on the deck.
23/11/2015 12:00 PM
We haven’t forgotten about the home theatre fans when we wrote our audiophile Christmas top 5 ideas blog earlier. We just have a habit of finding too many exciting things to talk about and therefore having to cover our insights over the course of a couple of weeks. Audio and video have been separated on this occasion, but we sure hope that won’t dampen the fun. We hereby unleash our top 5 video Christmas idea. We hope you feel inspired.
16/11/2015 10:30 AM
The silly season is upon us again and with that comes the task of coming up with some excellent gift ideas. We have taken all the hard work out of it and put together some ideas for all audiophiles young and old. We’re sure something will grab your attention. After all, who does not appreciate the joy of listening to some outstanding sound quality?