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Floorstanders or Bookshelf Speakers with Subwoofer

A common question we get asked is “Should I go for Floorstanding or Bookshelf Speakers?” There are many variables that come into play when giving a recommendation. First, let's give a quick description on Floorstanders and Bookshelf Speakers.   Source:...

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HDMI troubleshooting

The whole HDMI thing is a blessing… and a curse. Yes, we admit it. We have been known to throw our hands up in frustration just like the rest of you. But with some sleuthing, there is usually a fix that does not involve a hammer and a credit card. 

Here’s our 5 cents of HDMI troubleshooting advice. 

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How to read amplifier specs?

Amplifiers are complicated machines that require a fair amount of engineering. What goes on inside the bowels of your amplifier is important and determines a lot about what your amplifier can or cannot do, what set-up it will suit  and last but not least what budget...

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Headphone Drivers discussed

Time to discuss headphone drivers. Craving a new pair of headphones? Exciting! You will need to make the choice between in-ears, over-ears or on-ears. Should you opt for open-back or closed back?  Or should you make that semi-open? Do the headphones have a comfortable...

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What to buy: a TV or a projector?

Fair to say that televisions are getting larger by the day (well kind of) and home theatre projectors are becoming cheaper and more sophisticated at the same time.  Quite regularly we hear from people trying to decide whether they should buy a TV or a projector. The answer is as per usual: it depends.

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Speaker grilles on or off?

Here’s a puzzling one: when it comes to your speakers, do you leave the grilles on ….or do you take them off? Opinions, opinions…. Let’s ignore for a moment the difference in aesthetics of your speakers with the grills on or off. After all, that is a very personal...

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Hi-Res deconstructed

High-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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The importance of cooling AV and Hi-Fi components

Deano, our Rapallo man of all things audiophile has a message for you: Make sure that all your precious AV gear and Hi-fi components are adequately cooled. We let him explain why he thinks you might need a reminder.

Hi-Fi & Audio Visual components tend to offer us joy by the truckloads, but they also tend to be heavy on the wallet (which considering the high level engineering that goes into them is understandable). This fact means that every single one of us has every intention of looking after our precious investments. But what does it mean to look after your gear?

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Home Theatre Dreaming

Ok. It’s confession time.

Bart has been a movie lover since his teens. Sure, I love a movie. But not LOVE a movie, the way Bart does. So, when our time came to get into the real estate market, a home theatre was very high on Bart’s wishlist. Every home that had our name on the purchase agreement was pre-wired for home cinema. However for many reasons the actual dedicated home theatre he’d been dreaming of didn’t materialise until a few years ago.

For the last few years, Bart spends every night in his home cinema. Every night. And every Friday, it’s ‘date night’ and I join him for a Friday night movie session.

And here’s the confession: I’d never thought I’d say this but having a home theatre is awesome! I’d prefer to watch a movie in our home cinema a million times over a visit to Hoyts (Sorry Hoyts, but it’s true). I thought I didn’t care much about large screens, immersive viewing, Dolby surround sound and great contrast. Boy, was I wrong.

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