24/10/2016 9:00 am
We’re changing things up a little this week.
We thought it is time we introduce you to the latest member of the Rapallo family; Graham Ellis.
Graham is working alongside Bart, doing our professional AV Installations.
Just like the rest of the Rapallo team, Graham is very passionate about Home Theatres and AV in general as well as Happy Customers. Graham is just the nicest guy in the world and he brings truckloads of experience and wisdom to the table. Needless to say, we are pretty excited to have him on board.
But maybe, the best thing to do is let him do some of the talking himself. We fired a few questions at him.Read More
17/10/2016 9:00 am
So you have a bookcase full of CDs, you have thousands of songs downloaded on your computer at home, maybe you have spent some time ripping the CDs to your PC and subsequently you have a music streaming subscription such as TIDAL, or Spotify.
Here is your dilemma, you don’t want to totally forget about your beautiful, collection of Compact Discs, or disregard your iTunes collection of songs.
This recent problem gave birth to a new type of hi fi component: The Network Audio Player.Read More
10/10/2016 9:00 am
Once the stuff of the future, these days laser projectors are becoming more and more commonplace in the world of home theatre. Sure, they are still quite a bit more expensive than traditional light bulb projectors. But a lot is moving when it comes to projectors. Terms such as “laser”, “LED” or “hybrid” are used commonly. But what is what? What is worth your penny at this stage? And what does the future hold?
Time to shed some light in the lay of the land in light-generation for projectors.Read More
3/10/2016 9:00 am
A headphone is just a headphone, right? I mean, yes there are in-ears and the ones that go over your ears and some have wires and some don’t but… really how different can one headphone be from the next?
Categories such as noise isolating, noise cancelling, on-ear, over-ear, open-back, and closed-back seem to be pretty self-explanatory terms. What makes one headphone better than the other? Is a $1,000 headphone really worth all that money? Why can’t I get by on a $80 pair?
This blog will give you the basic rundown of the types of headphones, their variations, types of drivers, the different kinds of build-it technology and how to choose the right pair of headphones for your needs.Read More
26/09/2016 9:00 am
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.
19/09/2016 9:00 am
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.Read More
12/09/2016 9:00 am
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.Read More
5/09/2016 9:00 am
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.
29/08/2016 9:00 am
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?Read More
22/08/2016 9:00 am
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!Read More