18/07/2016 9:00 am
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.Read More
11/07/2016 8:30 am
You'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?Read More
4/07/2016 12:30 am
A 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?
27/06/2016 12:30 am
4K 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.
20/06/2016 10:30 am
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.Read More
13/06/2016 12:00 pm
Imagine 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.Read More
6/06/2016 12:00 pm
The 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?Read More
30/05/2016 12:00 pm
Now 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.Read More
23/05/2016 12:00 pm
If 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).Read More
16/05/2016 12:00 pm
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.Read More