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terminal speaker

Some speakers like the higher end Elac’s, Klipsch’s, SVS Ultra’s and Jamo’s come with two pairs of terminals (binding posts) at the back of the speaker, allowing you to bi-wire or bi-amp. Huh?!

              

The topic of bi-wiring and bi-amping is the cause of many heated discussion on audiophile forum. Even people who know a thing a two about AV don’t always agree on their merits.

 

Time for us to give you our 5 cents worth of insight. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

The ABC of turntables

13/02/2017 9:00 am

Edwards turntable

If you can't tell, we're big fans of vinyl and we think you might be, too. There is just something incredibly satisfying to the act of watching that arm go down and listening to music that is full of soul.

A report on Forbes says vinyl sales are at a 28-year high. To put this into perspective, vinyl sales last year were higher than those of ad supported music streaming services like Spotify. Seriously!

 

This trend has led popular artists like Adele and Taylor Swift to release their albums on the vintage format.

But whatever your reason for starting a record collection there are a few things to know before you dive down the rabbit hole. We break it down for you. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

4K is not 4K is not 4K

6/02/2017 9:00 am

BenQ 4K

No one in his right mind would argue that true (native) 4K projectors are cheap.

There is no denying that the Sony’s VPL-VW5000ES is a truly amazing projector.  But at a price of more or less $80,000, it’s not for the average Joe. Admittedly, there are much cheaper true 4K’s around, but they still remain well outside most New Zealand customers budgets.  

A decent 1080p projector by contrast sits around the $3,000-$5,000 mark. 4K resolution may make a glorious image, it’s hard to justify this difference in price for most of us. The main reason for that, is that 1080p chips are much less costly than 4K chips.

But -and here’s the good news- until the price of true 4K comes down, there is some excellent compromise to be found in pixel shifting.

 

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Perreaux

We Kiwis are a lot smarter than we give ourselves credit for.  I know, it is quite a statement, but I keep having jaw dropping moments when I look at the amount of talent we hide in all corners and nooks of the country. And it goes well beyond the number 8 wire ingenuity.

 

A great example is the Perreaux products. If you are a seasoned audiophile you will be familiar with the brand. If not, it’s about time you get to know them. 

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Gabe's Home Theatre

23/01/2017 9:00 am

Gabe home theatre

There is no job more awesome in this world than the one that helps people realize a lifelong dream.  We at Rapallo are in the business of just that and we love it!

 

‘This is the best place ever!’ are Gabe’s words as soon as we walk through the door for this interview, a few weeks after completing his new home.

Gabe and his wife have moved away from the rat race now that the kids are grown up and have moved out. They went for the dream home and got exactly what they had it mind.  For Gabe’s wife that meant a kitchen with a sea view, for Gabe it was a home theatre that topped the list. Once they started planning the home theatre a multi-room audio system was added to the project. 

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What will 2017 bring?

16/01/2017 10:00 am

Onkyo Diamond headphones

Another year, another CES Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. What makes CES interesting is that it often gives us a glimpse into what the new year might bring as far as new products and trends . Obviously not everything that gets thrown around at CES sticks, but it definitely is an interesting place for people who love to keep up with the latest and greatest in tech.

 

While we would love to have a chat with you about ‘Buddy the robot’ or about all the things Amazon Alexa can do, CES is also the place where AV brands often introduce new technology and announce new product releases. Of course, that’s what takes our interest. 

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Rapallo's Speaker Cable Vlog

9/01/2017 10:00 am

speaker cable

While many of you know the ins and outs of all things AV, it’s good to remember that we all started with the easy stuff at some stage.

To help our new AV enthusiasts with the initial connection of their AV receiver to their speakers we put together a YouTube Vlog that goes back to the very basics of how to connect speakers to an AV receiver.

We have 3 short tutorials for you: ‘How to connect speaker cables to your speakers and AV receiver’, ‘different types and qualities of speaker cable’ and ‘how to use banana plugs’. 

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home theatre

Some of the questions we get asked most often is: Do these Speakers pair well with this Amplifier? Will this Amplifier power my Speakers? How do I know these Speakers will sound good with this amplifier?

 

As speakers and amps are such an investment you want to make sure they work effectively and sound good!

 

There are a few points that we think are important to consider when calculating an amplifiers power. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as looking up a couple of figures on the amp specs and comparing it to the speakers you intend on using it with. 

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SVS subwoofer

There’s a lingering sentiment in the audiophile community that subwoofers are only for home theatre and the benefits to music playback are suspect or even negative.

 

It’s true that lesser subwoofers are not designed to optimally handle the speed, detail and nuance of certain music, but it’s certainly not the rule for subwoofers in general.

A great subwoofer elevates the listening experience in a way no other audio component can.

 

Below is a list of six different reasons why a properly engineered subwoofer, is important to music playback.

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SVS Satellite

It is surprising to observe that the world of AV and home theatre is susceptible to ‘fashion’ just as much as interior design or the latest shoe trends.

 

I am not talking about the roller coaster that is surround sound and the likes or 4K, if not 8K. I am talking about how people currently seem to have gone off tower speakers for their home theatre and it’s all bookshelves that is the flavour of the moment.

 

We have previously talked about the choice of bookshelves vs. towers, but there is also the dilemma of choosing between a sound bar, a pair of satellites or a pair of bookshelves. 

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