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subwoofer SVS

Most people equate subwoofers with the thump-thump they hear from other cars at stoplights. Volume at the expense of quality. There is no sugarcoating the message: it’s called bad bass. 

But the idea with any speaker system is to accurately recreate all frequencies in the audio spectrum equally, including bass. What you want from a quality subwoofer, placed correctly in a room, is a deep realistic sound, not the thump-thump. 

So let’s have a chat about what makes a good subwoofer.

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Klipsch Home Theatre

Setting up a home theatre -dedicated or not- is a pretty big project. One that requires planning and researching, but also time for proper set-up.

To get the most bang for your buck when assembling an audio or audio/video system, it’s important to make each piece of equipment and the room all work together as a team. Simply buying good pieces of equipment isn’t enough, and the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

While we understand that no situation is ideal, that rooms may have multiple uses and that compromises need to be made, some errors are just too sad for words.

We sum up the things you want to do in order to avoid those common goofs so you can enjoy every moment of the precious pennies and time spent.

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Rapallo's amplifier glossary

12/09/2016 9:00 am

Densen amp

The world of amplifiers is riddled with terminology that-unless you been wandering the audiophile jungle for years- does your head in.

It should come as no surprise really considering that amplifiers are complicated electronic devices where a lot goes on.

While we have no intention whatsoever to make this blog a highly technical piece of reading that belongs in an electronics course syllabus, we do want to give you an idea what a lot of the words that get thrown around mean in layman’s terms.

They are by no means scientifically accurate definition, but we really tried to keep it as close as possible to what a science purist could tolerate. 

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balanced audio

A few weeks ago we received a request from a customer who had balanced audio on his wish list. If you read much promotional literature for high-quality equipment, you'll notice the phrase “balanced connection” tossed around. Balanced inputs and outputs are sort of a must for audio equipment that has any claim to quality. 

 

But there are a lot of questions, and often confusion, surrounding balanced and unbalanced audio – What is balanced audio? Is balanced better than unbalanced? Why should I use balanced? How will balanced audio affect my system? What differences in sound quality can I expect to hear when using balanced? If balanced is so good, why isn’t everyone using it? …and the list goes on.

 

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amplifier

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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