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Headphone Drivers discussed

Headphone Drivers discussed

Time to discuss headphone drivers. Craving a new pair of headphones? Exciting! You will need to make the choice between in-ears, over-ears or on-ears. Should you opt for open-back or closed back?  Or should you make that semi-open? Do the headphones have a comfortable...
What to buy: a TV or a projector?

What to buy: a TV or a projector?

Quite regularly we hear from people trying to decide whether they should buy a TV or a projector. A  good 20 years or so ago, the answer to that question  was a  very easy one. Unless you had a room that could be completely blacked out, projectors  just couldn’t...
Speaker grilles on or off?

Speaker grilles on or off?

Here’s a puzzling one: when it comes to your speakers, do you leave the grilles on ….or do you take them off? Opinions, opinions…. Let’s ignore for a moment the difference in aesthetics of your speakers with the grills on or off. After all, that is a very personal...
Hi-Res deconstructed

Hi-Res deconstructed

Hi-Res audio is supposed to be the be all and end all in digital music.   But what does the little gold and black ‘Hi-Res Audio’ logo mean. Is Hi-Res Audio really such a big deal? Should you pay attention to it? How is it different to other digital music...
Home Theatre Dreaming

Home Theatre Dreaming

Ok. It’s home theatre confession time.  Bart has been a movie lover since his teens. Sure, I love a movie. But not LOVE a movie, the way Bart does. So, when our time came to get into the real estate market, a home theatre was very high on Bart’s wishlist. Every home...
The Basics of Acoustic Treatment

The Basics of Acoustic Treatment

If you are anywhere like the Rapallo guys (and we know many of you areJ), you will have regular drooling bouts over some of the really, really nice AV gear that is on sale at Rapallo.  But the cost of it aside, none of it will leave you satisfied if you haven’t had a...
A case for CD players – updated

A case for CD players – updated

Whenever I post something on Facebook about Blu-ray players or CD players, guaranteed somebody will reply:’ Do people still buy these?’ While obviously nowhere near in the same amounts as say 15 years ago, the answer is still ‘yes’. Despite the convenience of...
Multi-room video demystified

Multi-room video demystified

On the back of a blog we wrote a few months ago about multi-room audio, we got the following question. Is there such a thing as multi-room video? You may scratch your head when you hear the term “Multi-room video” and think…what the heck is that?  At Rapallo, we...
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