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Yamaha N-R602

Amplifiers are the beating heart of the audiovisual set-up. But they also have a habit of confusing the hell out of people.  

Don’t despair, we’ll give you some insight in the world of amplifiers; make sure you know what is what when the time is right for your next purchase.

 

 

And while we are at it, there is something we really need to discuss with you in regards to this topic. We sort of think you are going to thanks us for it, as the industry is playing some cheeky tricks on you.  We’ll bring you up to date and explain to you how to go about it. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

SVS home theatre

I am debating between floor standing speakers and bookshelf speakers. I honestly don't know which would be better for a home theatre....  I'm sure there is a reason why people choose one over the other, but I don't know what it is.’-Ray

 

Does this sound like you? You are not alone. Many people seem to have trouble deciding. The answer may not be as clear cut as you might think. Our solution: time to dedicate a blog on the topic. 

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During our time as AV supplier and custom AV integrator, we’ve seen several homeowners placed in difficult situations because of incorrect pre-wiring by either themselves or a contractor. We have a few tips lined up that will save you time and money in the future, and allow you to have a better finished product. Most of them come from personal experience, but we’ve been gathering a few excellent ideas from forums as well.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

Hi-Res Audio explained

25/09/2017 8:30 am


Chord PolyHigh-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 files? And what do you need to listen to it? 

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2 Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Bart Brichau

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With CEDIA 2017 under way, we are getting bombarded with new products. If keeping up with all the new and improved AV products is doing your head in, you’re not alone. The question to ask is, is it really necessary to forever update your AV system? Are we really talking about an improvement, or are we just buying into the next marketing trick?

The life cycle of electronics is extremely short these days. Do you need to upgrade? The answer to that question is more often you might like to think: ‘no’.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Headphone wizardry

11/09/2017 8:00 am

Focal Utopia

When buying a pair of headphones, people tend to have a pretty good idea of the style of headphone they want. Whether it is a pair of in-ear, on-ear, around-ear headphones; whether to go wired or wireless and whether to opt for such extra features as active noise-cancellation to help muffle ambient noise. Oh, and then there's price. Everybody has a budget.

But unbeknownst to most people, choices go a bit further than that. Knowledge is the key to getting it right, so here’s what you may need to consider, before getting out the credit card.  

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

The Optoma UHD65 shakes it up

4/09/2017 8:00 am

Optoma UHD 65

We’re a rather lucky bunch at Rapallo. We get to play with the best ‘toys’ available in the market, test them, compare them and show them off to our customers. The last few weeks, thanks to the good folks at JVC, Epson and Optoma, we have been able to see with our own eyes what is happening in the world of projectors. Let’s just say things are moving in projector world.

 

This week, we received the first production model to hit NZ shores of the Optoma UHD65 4K UHD DLP projector. We were sceptical, as we had never really been impressed with the price/quality point of DLP projectors before. Add to that that the BenQ 4K UHD projectors were a disappointment. So.... how did the even cheaper Optoma fare?

 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Tweeter design challenges

28/08/2017 8:00 am

Elac jet5

Speaker design is quite a science. Look at the complicated speaker schedules done by Andrew Jones for the design of the yet to be released Adante speakers and you will get a bit of an idea of what we are talking about.

 

We’re not speaker designers by any means. But it doesn’t stop us from finding it very fascinating and admittedly, when done well, we’re in awe. Crossovers, mids and lows get a fair amount of attention, but we’ve been feeling compelled to have a look at what happens in the world of tweeters.

What makes a good tweeter? Shape? Material? What else? 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Definitive Technology all-weather

While the changes are subtle, there is no denying that winter is on its last legs and spring is just around the corner. The neighbours were already firing up their BBQ last weekend and frankly, we are just as impatient to get the tomato plants moved into the open garden. I know…

 

As soon as the sun comes out, we’ll be spending more time outdoors. Whether you're working in the garden, reading on the patio, or just relaxing in the shade of your favorite tree, outdoor speakers make total sense with our outdoor Kiwi lifestyle.

 

And just as much as with any AV set-up, planning is the word. The last thing you'll want to do is rush the process. It helps to consider all the elements and steps involved beforehand. Here's what you should know ahead of time.

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Karson

We take it for granted, but just imagine being handed back our flip phones instead of our iphones (or androids for that matter). I have no doubt we’d be very surprised how much has changed since the arrival of smart phones.

 

It may be a slightly slower process, but a very similar revolution is happening right now, turning our homes into smart homes. ‘Not for me’, I hear you sigh, probably accompanied by a massive eye-roll. But before you click away, you may want to read on just a bit further. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

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