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A Quick Look At Home Theatre Sound Codecs

A Quick Look At Home Theatre Sound Codecs

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert May 26, 2022 This week we have created a guide to the Home Theatre Codecs you see on your AV Receiver.  Have you ever wondered what those weird names on the front of AV receiver mean, and why when you change the name...
The 101 of Speakers

The 101 of Speakers

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert May 4, 2022 In this weeks blog we break down the different types of home speakers that Rapallo sells on a day-to-day basis. Its pretty obvious but sometimes our customers forget about other options that could work...
4K Blu-ray vs. Streaming

4K Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert March 16, 2022 This week we look at which is the best way to watch movies? Is it worth investing in 4K Blu-ray or will 4K streaming do the job just as well when it comes to watching movies? This is a question...
WHAT is a AV Receiver & WHY do I need one?

WHAT is a AV Receiver & WHY do I need one?

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert February 9, 2022 Nothing beats the surround sound for movies and TV, and the surround sound starts with a home theatre receiver. But an AV receiver can give you a lot more than that. We’ll walk you through the most...
15 Steps To The Perfect Turntable

15 Steps To The Perfect Turntable

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert December 24, 2021 Today I’m going to show you how to set up a turntable at home, often a over-looked aspect to enjoying the vinyl. For this process we will use the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, however the process is...
Power Amplifiers & Preamps

Power Amplifiers & Preamps

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert November 2, 2021 Is a separates based system at home right for you? In this tech topic we will cover the basics to help you along this journey along with awesome shopping tips and a look at some fun and practical ways...
Movie Magic at Home!

Movie Magic at Home!

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert September 23, 2021 Entertainment is becoming the in-thing for many, especially families. Bespoke built home theatre rooms are the perfect way to get the best type of entertainment and get relaxed. Long gone are the...
Roon? What is That?

Roon? What is That?

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert July 22, 2021 ​At Roon’s core is a digitally enhanced music library that can be consolidated from a wide variety of sources including your existing iTunes library, USB/PC storage, hard drives, Tidal, Spotify &...
Valve Amplifier vs Sold State (Transistor)

Valve Amplifier vs Sold State (Transistor)

Step inside any high street electronics retailer and the chances are that all of the speaker systems and consumer amplifiers that you find are based on transistors (except Rapallo). Yet among enthusiasts and hi-fi customers, the valve amplifier is still incredibly...
Balanced Vs Single Ended Audio Cables

Balanced Vs Single Ended Audio Cables

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Deano Lambert May 5, 2021 Each day we get asked, which is better balanced or single ended? So hopefully this week’s blog will answer some of the questions we get and help you make a decisions for your system. “Balanced”...
Meet the Luxman’s

Meet the Luxman’s

Just recently we signed a new partnership with Luxman NZ, this is a brand with huge heritage, there is not an audio enthusiast on the planet who hasn’t heard of Luxman, to call the brand iconic is an understatement The history of the LUXMAN audio brand began in 1925,...
The Chicken or the Egg?

The Chicken or the Egg?

What’s more important: your source or your speakers? This week we wanted to start with the our most common HiFi related question, this also transfers over into the realm of Home Theater, so without further ado lets delve right in, The argument over which is most...
A Guide To Buying The Right DAC For You

A Guide To Buying The Right DAC For You

BY DEANO LAMBERT | FEB 18, 2021 How to choose a digital-to-analog converter for home or portable audio use? It has never been easier to discover new music, fire up a favorite song, or unearth a forgotten gem from your back-catalogue. That’s all good… but how do...
Getting Sound Throughout The House

Getting Sound Throughout The House

Imagine seamless sound flowing evenly through every room in your home — such is the experience of multi-room wireless speaker systems. With the advancements in wireless audio, creating a haven of a home-sound ecosystems, it has never been easier thanks to smart device...
Packing A Punch For Home Theatre

Packing A Punch For Home Theatre

Pre- packaged Home Theatre packages are a great option for homes where you want a non-permanent installation or something that can be moved about the house from time to time. The surround-sound speaker system gives movie lovers a home audio experience that’s more like...
What Are Folded Tweeters?

What Are Folded Tweeters?

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Simon Bell July 22, 2020 Folded Motion Tweeters are a variation of speakers that is used to produce very high frequency sounds, as in the tweeters (but you knew that anyway right?) They differ quite a bit in design and function from...
Meet Magnat.  Sound Champions.

Meet Magnat. Sound Champions.

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Simon Bell June 12, 2020 Recently we took on a new brand, not a new audio company as you will read below, but a new company to Rapallo. After having some demo stock delivered, we got to listen and experience the brand and its...
This Changes Everything…

This Changes Everything…

The Chord Electric Hugo M Scaler, it just changes everything! The Hugo M Scaler is a small, almost square component powered from a supplied 15V wall plug and controlled with either a small remote or the front-panel buttons. It features five digital inputs: a...
Sound & Vision in Your Tiny Home or Apartment

Sound & Vision in Your Tiny Home or Apartment

Let’s face it, times are changing. As cities grow and populations increase the ideal home will no longer be the “kiwi quarter acre dream” … and its changing fast. Council regulations changed a few years back that allow multi-level development in residential areas. So...
4K or UHD – what do I choose?

4K or UHD – what do I choose?

We get often asked when talking about home theatre or media rooms, do I need a 4k projector? Well that depends… so let’s wind back a few years to get some clarification. With HDTVs and computer monitors both approaching somewhat normal levels in pricing here in NZ,...
Meet Jeff Rowland…

Meet Jeff Rowland…

Every now and again we get a little bit excited… And just after Xmas is was just like that here @ Rapallo. This was a brand we have had in the showroom for a while that we were trialing with various setups and speakers. The outcome was, well, we loved them and...
What are Electrostatic Speakers?

What are Electrostatic Speakers?

There are many different speaker technologies out there in the market, each with their advantages and disadvantages depending on the way you look at them.  So, this week we delve into what is an Electrostatic speaker. Let us give you some background and information,...
Creating An Outdoor Soundscape At Your Place

Creating An Outdoor Soundscape At Your Place

Summer is nearly here; well it was a few days back. So, it’s time to lift the lid off the BBQ and clean the mold off, get the outdoor furniture out and clean the deck from its long few months of winter hibernation. All the hard work is done, sit back and take a look...

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