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?
9/11/2015 12:15 PM
One of the suggestions sometimes made on forums when discussing subwoofers is ‘going dual’. Subwoofer specialists SVS are big fans of running dual subwoofers whenever possible, and they recon they can be a great upgrade to any home theater or music system. We were allowed to borrow this excellent SVS newsletter on dual subwoofers to share with you. It sums up in a very clear way some of the benefits of running dual subwoofers in your system:Read More
2/11/2015 11:30 AM
Last week we chewed our way through the technical background on how to define the power for your amplifier, focusing on the amplifier itself. Hopefully, we haven’t put you off reading any further, as admittedly, it is not an easy nor straightforward subject. We tried to keep it fairly simple (knowing that we have cut a corner here and there). However, it should give you the tools to make some sense of the specs you are most likely going to find on your amplifier small print. It is however important to remember that there are some ‘yeah-buts’ attached to this. The final word hasn’t been said on this topic, for sure. But hey…life is a journey, right?
This week is probably a little bit more of an easy read. We hope you enjoy….Read More
26/10/2015 12:00 PM
This is a question that we get on a regular basis and as much as we would like to give you simple one-liner answer, things require a little bit more of an explanation. The fact that things are not as clean cut also explains why audio power requirement is such a controversial topic. Time to dedicate a blog or two on the much debated issue.
Amplifier power is important for an enjoyable listening experience as well as the safety of your speakers. People often directly associate amplifying power to sound loudness, but that is a fairly limited way of seeing things. Your speakers and the environment in which you are enjoying a movie or listening to music are equally important and should be taken into account when deciding on the correct power for your amplifier.
But let’s begin with some basics for this week.Read More
19/10/2015 11:00 AM
Many of you high–end audiophile experts will know very well what a headphone amp is. As a matter of fact, you probably own one or even several. But for the average person, the whole headphone amp thing may be a little bit of a mystery. When you want to listen to music through a headphone, you just plug the thing in your music device and Bob’s your uncle, right? Wrong.
Without a headphone amp, you can’t listen to the music played through your headphones. Most smartphones, tablets and computers and even some cd players have a built in headphone amplifier. So why would you need an external headphone amplifier?
You only have to look at a smartphone, tablet or computer to realize that space and power supply is limited. Therefore, it probably comes as no surprise that built in headphone amps are very limited in what they can do. So, in come the external headphone amps.Read More
12/10/2015 2:00 PM
Last week, we left you with the promise that in our next blog we would introduce you to the other two new brands that were added to the Rapallo repertoire.
Most of you are very familiar with last week’s Sennheiser and Audeze headphones. The other two new Rapallo brands we want to discuss this week are probably not as well known, but we think that should be changed. (There, we said it!) Let’s talk Focal and Autonomic and see whether you agree that these two top quality innovators deserve a spot on the Rapallo shelves and hey…maybe even in your home.Read More
5/10/2015 2:00 PM
When we conducted our poll a few months ago, we had no idea that the list of products on our wish list was going to be that long. There is such a wide range of audio-visual brands and products on offer. Every single one of them have their unique features, trying to be the perfect answer to a particular need, to appeal to a certain customer and to fit within a certain budget.
If we would have things our way, we would make sure to say ‘yes’ to every single one of your requests. We love it when things are New Zealand made. We want to be able to offer you the best of the best, or amazing bang for your buck for that matter. We are all for great and clever design. Nobody wants you to be uncomfortable and ‘easy is good’ in our book. We would be very happy to support the underdog or to let you in on that little secret that will blow you away. And above all, we love a happy smile on our customers’ face. We would like to do all of those things and more.Read More
28/09/2015 2:00 PM
The SVS PC-2000 subwoofer reviews are rolling in!
Slowly but steadily word is getting out in New Zealand about the SVS expertise in making multiple-award winning subwoofers. Released at the very end of last year, the youngest member of the family, the PC-2000, features all-new 500 watt amplifier and capable 12” driver in a refreshed and modern style. It’s better looking than its revered predecessors leveraging SVS’s award winning 2000-series technology without compromising on quality. True to its iconic design heritage, this vertical powered cylinder leverages its height to sonic advantage. With a mere 16.6” diameter footprint, it delivers unmatched bass performance per square inch of floor space giving you the sheer power of a ported subwoofer in a footprint nothing matches. Your music and movies will enjoy depth and dynamics like never before.Read More
21/09/2015 3:55 PM
Controversial and important: the boring science of speaker cables
Here’s a question for you: What is the oldest profession in the world? Nah…not what you think: it is the cable guy! How else did God get the light to go on that very first day of creation?
Now that I have your attention and all joking aside… a factor that is commonly overlooked in choosing wiring is the material that the wire is made from. Copper and aluminum are the most commonly used wire materials and there is an important difference in quality, power handling and signal transfer between these materials.Read More