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Meet the ELAC Vela speakers

21/01/2019 9:00 am

ELAC Vela

We have some introducing to do. 

In the weeks before Christmas, Rapallo saw a small flood of new products that landed in the Rapallo showroom. 

But… the new ELAC Vela speakers kind went under the radar a little bit. I don't know what it is with European brands (UK brands being the exception), but they are rather complacent when it comes to marketing. Every single one being outstanding products, there seems to be some assumption that quality will sell itself. The result is that on this side of the world at the very least, these very same high-quality products remain unnoticed. And that should absolutely not be the case. 

Time to change this, we say. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Q acoustics 3010i 5.1 Cinema pack

Just like soundbars, satellite speakers often get frowned upon by the audiophiles and AV enthousiasts. The problem they are referring to is the limited mid and lower range they are typically able to provide because of the small speaker cabinets. 

But satellite speakers do have a place in certain situations. We highly recommend them as a first step in the process of building full blown home theatre set-up without compromise. What’s more, sound quality has improved a lot over the years. And we haven’t even started talking about some of the cool designs out there.

The trick is to know what to look out for and you may be very pleasantly surprised about what some of these little satellite speakers are capable of.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

JVC projector

One of the most popular blogs on the Rapallo site is the one about projector technology.

A lot of noise is made 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 vs LCoS argument.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Yamaha Vinyl 500

It’s come to our attention how turntables are no longer a marginal option in a home entertainment set-up. More and more people from all ages and walks of life recognise the joy of having a turntable in a much more casual manner. Where say only a year ago, we would have people pop into our store only every so often asking about a turntable. Now, it happens constantly and it’s no longer a thing solely reserved for the discerning active listening audiophile. 

It’s not a digital vs. vinyl choice either. People choose to have both. Yep, both. Because beyond the whole ‘warmer sound’ debate, vinyl is an experience.  

Ah, the romance….

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

It's outdoor speaker time

17/12/2018 9:00 am

Definitive Technology all-weather

Us Kiwi’s do outdoor entertaining like nobody else. We love spending time outdoors; whether it’s pottering in the garden, reading on the patio, or firing up the BBQ with a bunch of friends, outdoor speakers make total sense with our outdoor Kiwi lifestyle. After all, the fun shouldn’t stop at the back door. 

Outdoor entertainment is a bit of art on its own (I mean, there are no walls to start withJ), but just like with any AV set-up, planning is the word if you want to do a half decent job. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Do audio cables go bad?

10/12/2018 8:00 am

audio cable

Last week, we got asked the following question: ’Do audio cables go bad?’

Now you may find the answer to that question a very obvious one, fact is that when you type in this exact question in Google, it comes up with quite a long list of exact this question on forums. 

Clearly, it’s on a fair amount of peoples mind. And it is a question that actually has a short plain-and-simple-answer AND a long there-is-more-to-the story-answer. 

So let’s get cracking. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

dome tweeters

There is no single thing that makes a good speaker. It’s a juggling act between so many things. Which is exactly why the design is done by highly qualified engineers. 

One of the contributing factors in the whole good speaker equation is tweeters. 

When we received the Yamaha NS-5000 in store a few weeks ago, the Rapallo team was speechless in all the right ways. And it was the tweeter design that stood out. So what makes a tweeter a hit or a miss? 

There are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to good tweeters. Some based on science, some based on an experience, some just based on silly forum nonsense. Fact is that it’s quite the topic for debate. 

Gene Dellasala from Audioholics puts it like this: ‘Everybody’s right and everybody’s wrong and everybody is confused’, which kind of sums it up. 

So, what makes a good tweeter? Shape? Material? What else? 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

new Sony Projectors

It’s no secret that that last year Sony was sitting on a handsome share of the LCD projector market.  Fast forward a year and JVC has launched a cheaper version DLP 4K UHD projector and is waiting to land its answer to the Sony native 4K projectors: the DLA-N5, The DLA-N7 and the DLA-NX9

While the world was getting excited about the new JVC projectors, Sony threw a curveball and announced some new projectors themselves: Exit the VPL-VW260ES, the VPL-VW360ES and the VPL-VW550ES and hello to the VPL-VW270ES (replacing the 260), the VPL-VW570ES (replacing the 360 and 550) and introducing the VPL-VW870ES.

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Mojo Poly Christmas

The Rapallo families have been on to it this year. You’re not going to believe this, but we have Christmas shopping largely sorted already. No, we’re not the sort of folks who put up Christmas lights before daylight saving and display the reindeer in the garden by mid-October. But we don’t enjoy the last minute Christmas craze either. Let’s just say we have been pretty well organised this year. 

So, the real question here is: how is your Christmas shopping coming along?  And as a result, can we help you with that, maybe? 

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tracks for testing speakers

A couple of weeks ago, one of our clients came in for a demo of an amplifier. The wise man brought his own speakers in to see how they would match with the Yamaha he had his eyes on. The thing was, he wasn’t overly happy with his speakers, so he was tossing up between a new amplifier or alternatively tossing out the speakers and replacing those. Sadly, he could only afford one or the other. 

Until good old Deano showed him that his speakers weren’t that bad at all. There were was actually nothing wrong with them, all that was needed was some decent tracks to review the speakers with. If your source is bad, there is no speaker in the world that will make it sound good.

Which tells us something about how important tracks are; not only when you relax at home, listening to some music. But also when you audition speakers (or headphones) for a future purchase. 

And that brings us to the point: what tracks do you use when auditioning potential new speakers? 

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