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ELAC floorstander

In these days of 9.2.4 Dolby surround speaker set-ups and wireless speaker sets, it's easy to lose sight of some of the basics. The fact remains, when it comes to great sound, nothing does the trick like a good pair of floorstanding speakers. They're the solid bedrock upon which you can build the stereo system of your dreams.

Floorstanding speakers have been a cornerstone of home audio systems for decades. Also known as tower speakers, they are able to deliver a big and full sound that’s difficult to match. Even as more complex home theatre systems have become common, they remain the go-to workhorses that arguably provide the most important part of surround sound. Or at least,… they should be.

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

ELAC Miracord

It’s rather interesting how a generation that never touched a turntable in their lives is falling for the technology.

It got us wondering: word is that the vinyl industry is booming, but what does that mean in numbers and how much has the technology changed?

Our new man Deano is an avid audiophile with a massive love for vinyl. He’s having a good look at the industry and the technology in his first blog.

 


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"An Englishman in New Zealand"

10/04/2017 9:00 am

Rapallo Deano

Rapallo is celebrating its 13th birthday and we’re pretty certain that 13 is our lucky number. It will come as no surprise to you that we strongly believe that the quality of the employees in a business determines the success of a company.

We are convinced that with our latest Rapallo addition we hit the jackpot. What’s more, we are set up for whatever the next 13 years will bring.

Part British, part Italian, he roamed the globe for a good part of his adult life. With a beautiful and smart Kiwi wife at his side, he has finally settled on our stunning New Zealand shores.

We’re introducing Deano Lambert, Rapallo’s new General Manager.

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JVC projector

A lot of noise has been made lately about the rise, development, benefit and cost of 4K projector technology. But projector bulb technology (LED, Laser and traditional lamps) and display technology are the bones of a home theatre projector and should not be forgotten in making a choice for your new home theatre projector.

 

Once you start digging, acronyms start flying: DLP, 3LCD, LCoS. Different technologies have implications on performance, common issues and cost, so it’s time to dust off the whole LCD vs DLP argument.

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home theatre

It’s not the first time we’ve grumbled about the war on formats going on in the home entertainment world. It’ll be no surprise that we can announce a new one: two types of high dynamic range (HDR) video technologies – HDR10 and Dolby Vision. 

 

We’ll dive into the differences between the two in a minute but, before we do, we should review what HDR is and how it ended up with two different formats.

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super extender

This week’s blog is rooted in frustration.

It baffles us that in this day and age, many high end (and not so high-end) AV devices still rely on IR (infrared) or RS-232 (a serial computer protocol that dates back to 1970 and that was for instance used for the first computer mouse) for operating these devices. I mean… really?

 

It seems my own frustration is shared by many of you out there. Time to have a dig at what IR is about and how we can work as best as we can with the dinosaur technology behind AV remote controls.

 

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Epson TW8200

With the crazy weather we had over the weekend, we were very lucky and got to spend some quality time huddled up in our home theatre. What does it take to have an awesome 5.1 set-up at a medium budget? Say we have $8,000. How would we use it? .It’s a lot of money, for sure. But for many of us not unachievable and just imagine how much pleasure you will get out of that for years to come if you get it right.

 

Simply put, we’re out to build an excellent system for you that delivers big on sound, while remaining acceptable both within budget and in aesthetics for your other half. Yes, it is possible to have it all. We’ll prove it.

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subwoofer and speaker

We like chatting about subwoofers. It’s because adding a subwoofer can be one of the most powerful upgrades you can make to your home theatre or stereo system and still a lot of people are not convinced of their merits. With a good subwoofer it’s like you can feel the room breathing. But it’s one of those things you have to experience to realise.

 

The best subwoofers add dimension, impact, excitement, and low-frequency extension without negatively affecting the overall accuracy and believability of your system’s sound. A big subwoofer can do this – and so can a small one. One of the misconceptions we want to address is that a bigger subwoofer isn’t necessarily better. For someone who’s not familiar with acoustics, the reasons for this may not be readily apparent.

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speaker placement

Many people assume that the only way to improve the sound they hear from their speakers is to change something around in your system. A new DAC? Sure, that might work. A better amplifier? If you can afford one, absolutely! Amplifiers are important in your AV system. Perhaps a new pair of speakers altogether? Definitely an exciting idea, but there could be a much simpler solution to this problem.

An often-overlooked fact is that aside from the technology inside a pair of speakers, slight alterations to their positioning within a room can make dramatic improvements to the overall sound.

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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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