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ELAC BS403

Rapallo’s new kid on the block Deano is making investments. Not in real estate or some fancy overseas bond. No, he’s putting some money towards his ever-evolving audio room. Not that it was in the plans.

Sometimes good audio equipment just finds you, rather than the other way around.

Here’s what happened: As part of his ‘training’, long-term audiophile Deano has made it a habit to take some of our demo material home for an in-depth familiarization with the products. After all, it is important for us to know the ins and outs of the products we recommend to our customers.

This is the story of how a pair of the ELAC BS403’s unexpectedly found a permanent place in his set-up. 

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Comments | Posted in Reviews By Deano Lambert

Definitive Technology

It’s been a good while since we published our first blog about wireless speakers. It is one of these areas that still has a plenty of room for growth (read ‘improvement’), which as a consequence means that things tend to move at a rather fast pace.

And they certainly do. Are we there yet? Nope, not by a mile. But we believe things are definitely progressing.

 

It has come to our attention that more and more customers ask for a wireless multi-room system when they come to us with their building or renovation plans or after they have purchased a new home.

So, it’s time to have another look at where we are at with wireless speakers of all kinds. What are our findings and recommendations? And how do you decide on what might work best for your situation and budget? 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Excitement for the JVC DLA-Z1

10/07/2017 9:00 am

JVC DLA-Z1

It’s fast becoming Rapallo tradition to have a July demo night featuring what’s new in the world of projectors. This year, we couldn’t ignore the new JVC DLA-Z1.

 

If you keep an eye on reviews, you will have noticed that the superlatives fly aplenty. What Hifi calls it ‘the best home theatre projector they have ever tested’, and that is something that I would assume they wouldn’t say lightly.

 

So what is so amazing about this projector?

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

A case for CDs

3/07/2017 9:00 am

CD

If you’re reading this, you know the truth: CDs are still an excellent music format.

In his previous blog, Ben talked about how much he likes streaming high-res files, but finds ripping CDs the smarter solution when it comes to finding middle ground between audio quality and budget. We completely understand what he is talking about: At the Rapallo home, Spotify Premium gets a lot of use for all sorts of reasons. But we’ve also got hundreds of CDs in the cupboard, and we’re not getting rid of them. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

ELAC Andrew Jones

May 2017 saw Bart from Rapallo pack up his suitcase and head over to Europe for Munich High-End.

It has been called the biggest and best event on the audio show calendar. Something he needed to see for himself. Is it as big as CES? Not by a mile; BUT this is just ‘Audio’.

 

Attending Munich High-End event means 23 hours on a plane from New Zealand (not counting the lay-over time) and a 10-hour time difference.

Plenty of time of being restricted to a tight economy seat is an excellent opportunity to test some audio gear. No hi-res audio coming from the out in the armrest. But it was undeniably a very real situation in which many of us will reach for noise cancelling headphones or some wireless earphones. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Ben set-up

We know: not everybody has 10K plus to spend on a brand new AV set-up. Fair to say, it’s a frustration for Ben too, Rapallo’s awesome marketing intern on a student budget. It doesn’t stop him from going on an audiophile adventure though. We love to see his budding passion and dedication for AV. It’s the beginning of a lifelong journey of love for AV, we can tell and it would be a shame not to share it with you.

Here’s Ben’s story and the set-up he has built with patient saving and hours of research.

‘A nice 5.1 home theatre system is not on the cards for me yet. But it's not that difficult to build a quality audio setup for your computer on a budget. If you spend a lot of your time at your desk, as I do, you may as well invest in a set up to let you enjoy great sounding music.’

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Ben Shivas

Axium

Multi-room audio is an awesome thing to have, but it can also potentially be a minefield. Whether you decide on a multi-zone AV receiver, a wireless integrated multi-room system, a wired multi-room audio system or a combination of those, there is a good chance that you are going to need help with implementation and installation.

You will remember a few months ago, we added the Dunedin based Perreaux range to our store. We like it when Kiwi’s are punching above their weight on a global scale. Award winning Axium ticks all those boxes and has joined our list of suppliers. Axium, …who?

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

ELAC Debut in ceilingIn-wall and in-ceiling speakers have become some of our best-selling products, and it's easy to see why. Not everyone can have bookshelf or  floorstanding  audiophile speakers in every room of their home but nearly everyone has a taste for speakers that truly sound fantastic.

Even home theater enthusiasts are using in-wall speakers to save space in their rooms, allowing for larger projector screens and flat HDTVs without having to compromise on audio performance.

Here's the low-down on the things you need to know before embarking on your next AV adventure.

 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

An update on Dolby Atmos

29/05/2017 9:00 am

Dolby Atmos

Dolby is calling Atmos "the most significant development in cinema audio since surround sound". We had a wee think about whether we agree with that statement. The answer is: ‘Yeah, I guess so.’

Dolby Atmos, may sound like the next marketing tool and really, all you probably care about is that the movie sounds good. We’re big fans of how Dolby Atmos makes you feel like you’re inside the story, with sound coming from all directions, including overhead.

But that in itself wouldn’t necessarily be enough to convert us at this stage. There is a bit more to the whole Dolby Atmos thing that makes it attractive beyond the overhead speakers add-on. Let us explain.

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

Our favorite concert blu-rays

22/05/2017 9:00 am

home theatre

Last week we received a list from a great customer with a ranking of his favorite blu-ray concerts, it got us thinking. A little search on forums and the likes revealed that our customer is by no means the only person rating concert blu-rays or blu-ray movies for that matter. The internet is buzzing with people’s opinions on this.

 

Just to change things up a little, and go for a blog with a little more lighthearted topic for a change, we thought we would have a go at this too. After all, we probably are not the only ones taking refuge behind the projector/television to escape the ongoing deluge.

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1 Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

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