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audio set-up

King of subwoofers SVS claims that whereas choosing a full-range speaker is a highly personal and subjective decision, choosing the best subwoofer for you is a complete objective process. Whether you agree with that or not, fact is that it’s fairly easy to break down a great subwoofer’s performance in five highly objective and easily understood ways. 

So what are these 5 things to listen for?

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

The sound in the hall

9/07/2018 9:00 am

Glenfield Hall

Remember the assemblies, plays, performances, …. In your primary school hall? Whether the memories are fond ones or note, fact is that the traditional kiwi school hall is a place that takes a special place in the heart of many, many kids. And traditionally, you would not link a school hall with an impressive audio experience. Guess, what? We’ve just changed that! ;-)

The Rapallo installations team has been quite busy in the last few weeks and months. One of the projects we are particularly proud of, is one of our latest school projects. And it is all about the sound in the school hall….

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

Duel between the Rapallo bros

2/07/2018 9:00 am

audio set-up

At Rapallo, Deano and Bart represent 2 different (very subjective) views of the audiophile spectrum: Deano is all about vinyl, analogue, vintage, and stereo. Bart, on the other hand, is a firm believer in digital, CD, SACD, DSD, Dolby surround and DTS:X neural.

The rest of the Rapallo team is amused by their passionate discussions about the subject. It seemed like a good topic to investigate and research a bit further, and here are our findings.

Some are quite revolutionary, even Bart had to admit….

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

remote control extender

One of the products that flies out of the Rapallo doors on a daily basis is the wireless remote control extender. 

It means you can enjoy your music AND change the volume without running back into the lounge and while you're listening to music in the room next door. Even better: you don't have to install a wall-plate volume control. 

We regularly get emails and phone calls from customers who are not quite sure how to install the product or even think it is faulty. While we are more than happy to help you out, we thought it might be much better to save you the time and simply show you what to do.

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Topping DX7

Rapallo's Ben is on a budget... still. He may be no longer a student, but a full-fledged Rapallo employee... but until further notice, he remains on a budget when it comes to the purchase of his AV gear. And like so many audiophiles that have to work with limited funds, he is a big fan of Topping DACs and amplifiers.  

Topping released their new DX7 DAC and balanced headphone amplifier at the end of last year,  and as soon as it landed in the Rapallo quarters, it went on a trip home with Ben for some vigorous testing. 

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Comments | Posted in Reviews By Ben Shivas

SVS wireless speakers

When it comes to  wireless speakers, there’s a pretty simple way of looking at it, we think: wired speakers offer better sound, and wireless speakers tend to be more convenient.Of course, that’s a very broad statement and there are exceptions to that rule. And yes, wireless speakers are getting better. But there’s no going around that wires are better at transmitting sound than Wi-Fi (or Bluetooth for that matter).

But there is the convenience factor…

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

ELAC Debut in wall

Here's a story: some friends of Rapallo's were building a new home. It was to tick some bucket list things; like a dedicated home theatre room and an awesome view. But when they were telling us about their plans, they weren't really allowing for multi-room speakers for background music. They were thinking it didn't really matter and that a pair of cheap wireless speakers would do the trick just as well. 

We went on a mission to convince them that some well placed in-ceiling speakers in their kitchen, living area, office, bedroom and bathroom would do so much better. We drew them a plan and they reluctantly agreed. 

Fast forward two years  and our Rapallo friends have been swinging through the day with their in ceiling speakers: 'It's the best advice we received, we use these in-ceiling speakers all the time. I don't know how we put up with bad sound for so long.'

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

Emotiva Airmotiv speakers

We've mentioned earlier that we are very excited about the amount of affordable speakers that do an amazing job considering their price tag. A modest budget no longer means you have to put up with bad sound.

If that is you, one of the options that is on the table is the ELAC Debut speakers (and soon the updated 2.0 Debuts), but also the Emotiva Airmotiv speaker series. 

Rapallo recently started a YouTube Channel  discussing new AV products, new AV Technology and some AV how to tips. 

One of the first topics the Rapallo guys decided to discuss is the Emotiva Airmotiv speakers unboxing and specs. 

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Comments | Posted in Reviews By Mattie Belsack

We have a secret

21/05/2018 8:00 am

Rapallo showroomWhen Rapallo moved to our Polaris Place location a few years ago, it was a first step in the transition from being an online store towards becoming a hybrid shop. We added a demo room and started inviting customers to come and see us, check out AV products,  and engage in a conversation about what we can do to help them achieve their AV goals.

Our design and installation services significantly increased in demand and we started looking at home automation as part of the solutions that we can offer our clients.

And Rapallo kept growing. We are now a busy AV shop. And it's fair to say that we now have seriously outgrown our Polaris Place offices. 

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

The MQA Hooh-hah

14/05/2018 8:00 am

Dragonfly MQAJust this morning, a Munich High End article announcing new MQA hardware and software partners as well as the use of the format for CDs tumbled into our mailbox. Coincidence has it that we had a conversation with one of our Rapallo customers on the very same topic just yesterday.

We took it as a clear sign it’s time to write a blog on the topic and explain what the big hooh-hah is about. 

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Comments | Posted in Home Theater Guides By Mattie Belsack

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