Mattie Belsack, Author at Rapallo New Zealand :: Home Theatre & Hifi | Design & Installation
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HDMI troubleshooting

HDMI troubleshooting

The whole HDMI thing is a blessing… and a curse. Yes, we admit it. We have been known to throw our hands up in frustration just like the rest of you. But with some sleuthing, there is usually a fix that does not involve a hammer and a credit card. Here’s our 5 cents...
How to read amplifier specs?

How to read amplifier specs?

Amplifiers are complicated machines that require a fair amount of engineering. What goes on inside the bowels of your amplifier is important and determines a lot about what your amplifier can or cannot do, what set-up it will suit  and last but not least what budget...
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...
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...
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...
Meet the ELAC Vela speakers

Meet the ELAC Vela speakers

We have some introducing to do. Meet the ELAC Vela Speakers. In the weeks before Christmas, Rapallo saw a small flood of new products that landed in the Rapallo showroom. We already talked about the new Sony projectors in a previous blog and we also mentioned the...
It’s outdoor speaker time

It’s outdoor speaker time

Us Kiwi’s do outdoor entertaining like nobody else. We love spending time outdoors; whether it’s pottering in the garden, reading on the patio, or firing up the BBQ with a bunch of friends, outdoor speakers make total sense with our outdoor Kiwi lifestyle. After all,...
Do audio cables go bad?

Do audio cables go bad?

Last week, we got asked the following question: ’Do audio cables go bad?’ Now you may find the answer to that question a very obvious one, fact is that when you type in this exact question in Google, it comes up with quite a long list of exact this question on...
Iconic speaker nostalgia

Iconic speaker nostalgia

I don’t know if it’s just us who have noticed, but it seems that the latest thing in loudspeakers world is to release new versions of previously iconic speakers.  I’m sure the right psychologist will come up with an explanation of some sort, but I wonder whether it...
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