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We have a secret

21/05/2018 8:00 am

Rapallo showroomWhen Rapallo moved to our Polaris Place location a few years ago, it was a first step in the transition from being an online store towards becoming a hybrid shop. We added a demo room and started inviting customers to come and see us, check out AV products,  and engage in a conversation about what we can do to help them achieve their AV goals.

Our design and installation services significantly increased in demand and we started looking at home automation as part of the solutions that we can offer our clients.

And Rapallo kept growing. We are now a busy AV shop. And it's fair to say that we now have seriously outgrown our Polaris Place offices. 

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

The MQA Hooh-hah

14/05/2018 8:00 am

Dragonfly MQAJust this morning, a Munich High End article announcing new MQA hardware and software partners as well as the use of the format for CDs tumbled into our mailbox. Coincidence has it that we had a conversation with one of our Rapallo customers on the very same topic just yesterday.

We took it as a clear sign it’s time to write a blog on the topic and explain what the big hooh-hah is about. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

HDMI troubleshooting

7/05/2018 8:00 am

HDMI cable

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 of HDMI troubleshooting advice. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

wall-mounted TV

There are a few certainties in life when it comes to AV installations. One of them is that most people find it a bit daunting to mount their new flat-screen television on a wall. Not only do we know because of the amount of times we have people ask to do it for them, but also because an old(er) blog on the topic is one of our most popular blogs… ever. 

Time to update that old blog, we say!

 

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Home theatre envy on a budget

23/04/2018 9:00 am

Budget home theatre

If you’ve figured out what wrong with the weather, make sure to let us know, because we sure have been puzzled about the on-and-off-weather last week. We did enjoy some chronic binge-watching in our home theatre. Yes, that’s where you can find us, whenever some switch-off time is in place…. 

If we have your drooling, we have you exactly where we want you. But is it achievable to have a high performing set-up that you can be seriously proud of if you have a very modest budget? We say it can be done and we’ll show you how. We put together a 5.1 full home theatre set-up that is excellent value for money. We’ve recommended variations of this set-up (everybody’s situation is different) to several of our customers on many occasions and so far every single one has landed a very happy customer email in our inbox. 

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UHD Blu-ray and the rest

16/04/2018 9:00 am

cambridge Audio CXUHD

When we wrote our Sony VPL-VW260ES true 4K projector review last week, it kind of caught our attention that the whole UHD Blu-ray lingo is a bit of a mine field. And then there are other important parameters that seem to come along with it like colour gamut, colour bit depths, colour subsampling, HDCP, HDMI and HDR. Huh…

We found an excellent article on the topic from Acoustic Frontiers, albeit a bit dated. It got us thinking it would be good to write something comprehensive on the topic of UHD Blu-ray. It gets to the nitty-gritty of UHD Blu-ray specs, but we try to explain it in a way that it makes sense for the average Joe. 

So, let’s get cracking. What’s the deal with UHD Blu-ray and the stuff that seems to come with it? 

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Sony VPL-VW260ES

We’ve so been waiting for this: a true 4K projector that was affordable to the average Joe, who is determined to put his money towards an awesome home theatre, rather than a boat upgrade.

At just $7,999, the VPL-VW260ES is the least expensive native 4K projector that has been released in NZ so far. Hands up if you’re surprised we did a happy dance when we found out. Since its release we’ve been heavily testing the precious magical box.

And what do we have to say about the Sony VPL-VW260ES, you’re asking? 

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Dirac live

Shopping for an AV receiver is a little bit more complicated than setting a budget and sticking with it. In these day and age reading up on specs, streaming features and performance may only be the start of your journey.

An AV receiver may look excellent on paper, but it is what it does in your personal set-up that really counts. You may have the best of the best, but do a half job at setting-up and you have wasted a truckload of money on air. Enter the room correction system that come with your AV receiver to help you out.

Or does it? 

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Klipsch Home Theatre

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.

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What to buy: a TV or a projector?

19/03/2018 10:00 am

What to buy: a TV or a projector?

Fair to say that televisions are getting larger by the day (well kind of) and home theatre projectors are becoming cheaper and more sophisticated at the same time.  Quite regularly we hear from people trying to decide which option is right for them. The answer is as per usual: it depends.

Both products have their advantages, so here’s our attempt to try and make the decision a little easier. 

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