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CES 2016

The internet has been buzzing with reports about CES 2016, the world’s biggest and splashiest showcase of everything consumer electronics that appropriately takes place in Las Vegas. CES is gigantic, going for a whole week at the beginning of January every year.  Many game changing technology was introduced to the world at CES, though it usually takes years for these innovations to trickle down into our living rooms. CES 2016 shows us where the future is going to take us: from electric self-driving cars to the ‘connect fridge’ over the single passenger drone.

And then there are the televisions.

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focal the spirit of sound

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. 

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Bart Audeze Headphones

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.

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Epson LS10000 demo night

5/07/2015 4:21 PM

Epson LS10000 demo night reviewThe invitations had gone out a few weeks before. It was the first demo night for Rapallo at its new location in East Tamaki. On June 18th, Nick, Bram and Bart showcased the new Epson LS10000 laser projector. Due to the strong interest from our Rapallo customers, the Rapallo team organised 3 sessions at 5, 6 and 7pm. Over a dozen of customers enjoyed the beers and pizzas, but what they really came for was a New Zealand first: The Epson LS10000.

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Dolby HDRDolby has been to the top of the mountain and laid eyes on the future of visual technology, and that future begins with three simple words: high dynamic range.

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Frame Rates ExplainedI had always thought that the current standard frame rate of 24 fps was established because it was the slowest rate that would yield smooth motion with no jerkiness or flicker, but it turns out that lower frame rates can look surprisingly smooth, especially with double and triple flashing, thanks to persistence of vision and other psychovisual effects.

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Dolby Atmos

After wowing audiences in high-end commercial theaters for two years now, Dolby’s Atmos surround-sound technology is making its way into home theaters. Pioneer, Onkyo, Integra, Denon, Marantz and Yamaha have all announced new A/V receivers that support the format, and firmware updates for certain existing receivers will make them Atmos-ready later this year. In addition, Pioneer has announced a new line of Andrew Jones-designed, Atmos-enabled Elite speakers, and Definitive Technology has created a line of add-on Atmos Modules for some of it existing speakers.

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SVS 2000 Series Subwoofer

9/01/2014 1:12 PM


The new 2000 series subwoofers from SVS were announced today at CES. Sporting 12" drivers, a brand new Sledge STA-500D amplifier, sub 20Hz performance, and price tags just above $1000, you could know nothing else and still think they were a good deal.

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DOLBY HDR TV 

While the majority of the TV industry prattles on about higher and higher resolutions, few talk about improving other, more important aspects of the TVs picture: contrast ratio and color.

Dolby, though best known for its audio technologies, has been doing a lot with video recently too. The latest development addresses dynamic range, or difference between light and dark, for televisions. The company says it wants to enhance not just contrast ratios, but the richness and realism of color as well.

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SVS Ultra TowerI've always had a soft spot for great-sounding big speakers, like the SVS Ultra Tower. It stands 45 inches tall, and the cabinet has a unique, aggressively styled trapezoidal shape. Decked out in a gleaming piano-black finish or black oak veneer, the Ultra Tower projects a distinctly high-end aura; it looks a lot more expensive than it really is. The three-way design features a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter sitting between twin 6.5-inch composite glass-fiber midrange drivers, and mounted on the lower side flanks, a pair of 8-inch woofers. All three drivers are proprietary SVS designs. The speaker weighs 75.4 pounds, but trust me on this, it feels heavier than that; unboxing the Ultra Towers is definitely a two-person job.

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