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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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During our time as AV suppliers and custom AV integrator, we’ve seen several homeowners placed in difficult situations because of incorrect pre-wiring by either themselves or a contractor. We have a few tips lined up that will save you time and money in the future, and allow you to have a better finished product. Most of them come from personal experience, but we’ve been gathering a few excellent ideas from forums as well.

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projectorImagine the bewitching beauty of Avatar's planet Pandora spread out before you. Or a video game villain swinging a sword big enough to splinter your coffee table. Projectors deliver images bursting with cinematic detail and color across a larger-than-life screen measured in feet, not inches.

 

Now that we have convinced you of the benefit of a projector and screen, it’s time to acknowledge the daunting experience that buying a home theatre projector can seem. There are many models on the market at any given time. But where do you start in determining which projector is the right one for you?  The key, as with anything, is to find out what you need. 

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Surround speakersThe problem with all-encompassing generalizations is that even if they’re correct in some cases, they’re wrong in other cases. In our desperate quest for definitive conclusions, we often seek for black-and-white answers.

 

Few topics among audio enthusiasts have ended more friendships than the subject of surround speakers. Should you use five (or seven) identical speakers? Should you use dipole surrounds? Bipoles? How about monopoles? And what do these terms mean?

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family TVNow summer has turned its back on us, for many time has arrived to tackle the house rather than the garden. While I’m sure there are many bathrooms waiting for a revamp, there is plenty to be done to improve your home theatre experience that won’t cost you a cent (!!!) and is far more exciting.  I mean, what better way to spend a rainy weekend with your favorite tools and reap the immediate results in the evening with popcorn and a movie?

 

We lined up 5 tips that will make a really big impact on the performance of your home theatre (whether dedicated or not). All that is required is a bit of your time, a Rapallo blog and a manual or two.

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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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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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