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The latest updates and product reviews from the team @ Rapallo. Includes insights and technical tips to help your Audio or Visual project.

Movie Magic at Home!

Movie Magic at Home!

Entertainment is becoming the in-thing for many, especially families. Bespoke built home theatre rooms are the perfect way to get the best type of entertainment and get relaxed. Long gone are the days when people used to go to discos and have fun or to the stadiums to...

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Roon? What is That?

Roon? What is That?

​At Roon’s core is a digitally enhanced music library that can be consolidated from a wide variety of sources including your existing iTunes library, USB/PC storage, hard drives, Tidal, Spotify & Qobuz library, it takes metadata from the web and turns it into the...

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The New Reference…The Holo Audio Serene L1

The New Reference…The Holo Audio Serene L1

After several weeks of driving the Luxman L-590AX MKII in power amp mode with the Holo Audio Azure preamplifier, the time had come to start doing this with a preamplifier of the same caliber as the Luxman. It took some patience  (something I am short of), because this...

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Valve Amplifier vs Sold State (Transistor)

Valve Amplifier vs Sold State (Transistor)

Step inside any high street electronics retailer and the chances are that all of the speaker systems and consumer amplifiers that you find are based on transistors (except Rapallo). Yet among enthusiasts and hi-fi customers, the valve amplifier is still incredibly...

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Balanced Vs Single Ended Audio Cables

Balanced Vs Single Ended Audio Cables

Each day we get asked, which is better balanced or single ended? So hopefully this week’s blog will answer some of the questions we get and help you make a decisions for your system. "Balanced" is a term that crops up frequently nowadays across our industry. A lot of...

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Meet the Luxman’s

Meet the Luxman’s

Just recently we signed a new partnership with Luxman NZ, this is a brand with huge heritage, there is not an audio enthusiast on the planet who hasn’t heard of Luxman, to call the brand iconic is an understatement The history of the LUXMAN audio brand began in 1925,...

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The Chicken or the Egg?

The Chicken or the Egg?

What’s more important: your source or your speakers? This week we wanted to start with the our most common HiFi related question, this also transfers over into the realm of Home Theater, so without further ado lets delve right in, The argument over which is most...

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A Guide To Buying The Right DAC For You

A Guide To Buying The Right DAC For You

BY DEANO LAMBERT | FEB 18, 2021 How to choose a digital-to-analog converter for home or portable audio use? It has never been easier to discover new music, fire up a favorite song, or unearth a forgotten gem from your back-catalogue. That’s all good... but how do you...

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Getting Sound Throughout The House

Getting Sound Throughout The House

Imagine seamless sound flowing evenly through every room in your home — such is the experience of multi-room wireless speaker systems. With the advancements in wireless audio, creating a haven of a home-sound ecosystems, it has never been easier thanks to smart device...

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Meet the Staff | Bensan

Meet the Staff | Bensan

A huge part of Rapallo is our staff, as we are only a small team. All our team are crucial to the operation of the business but more importantly, they are the people that deal with you... our customer.  In-depth information, the right advice, and always-available...

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What Are Folded Tweeters?

What Are Folded Tweeters?

Folded Motion Tweeters are a variation of speakers that is used to produce very high frequency sounds, as in the tweeters (but you knew that anyway right?) They differ quite a bit in design and function from a standard dome tweeter you'd find on most of the mainstream...

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Meet Magnat.  Sound Champions.

Meet Magnat. Sound Champions.

Recently we took on a new brand, not a new audio company as you will read below, but a new company to Rapallo. After having some demo stock delivered, we got to listen and experience the brand and its products. Very rarely does an audio brand surprise us as much as...

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Meet the Rapallo Staff | Deano Lambert

Meet the Rapallo Staff | Deano Lambert

A huge part of Rapallo is our staff, as we are only a small team. All our team are crucial to the operation of the business but more importantly, they are the people that deal with you... our customer.  We understand that your experience and your needs are unique. We...

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Musaic & Wireless Sound

Musaic & Wireless Sound

What I was looking for was to be able to easily add two additional zones to our networked system, one for a bathroom, and another for a large office area where I was about to be working from during lockdown.

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The mysteries of a CD Transport explained

The mysteries of a CD Transport explained

I am constantly asked whether a CD transport [an audio CD Player with a digital output] is better than an dedicated CD player. There is some confusion as one is a "transport" and one a "player".  To the uninitiated this may sound like a taxi and a money shark from Las...

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Improving Your TV’s Sound For Binge Watching At Home

Improving Your TV’s Sound For Binge Watching At Home

The laws of physics are cruel mistresses. It is they who keep your television’s audio quality at its current inadequate standard. Today's flat screens with their ultra-slim profiles simply don't have the enclosure space necessary to allow speaker drivers to give you...

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This Changes Everything…

This Changes Everything…

The Hugo M Scaler takes the digital file and repairs it, adding back the information lost between the samples, then it sends the repaired file to the DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter).

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Sound & Vision in Your Tiny Home or Apartment

Sound & Vision in Your Tiny Home or Apartment

Let’s face it, times are changing. As cities grow and populations increase the ideal home will no longer be the “kiwi quarter acre dream” … and its changing fast. Council regulations changed a few years back that allow multi-level development in residential areas. So...

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4K or UHD – what do I choose?

4K or UHD – what do I choose?

We get often asked when talking about home theatre or media rooms, do I need a 4k projector? Well that depends… so let’s wind back a few years to get some clarification. With HDTVs and computer monitors both approaching somewhat normal levels in pricing here in NZ,...

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Meet Jeff Rowland…

Meet Jeff Rowland…

Every now and again we get a little bit excited... And just after Xmas is was just like that here @ Rapallo. This was a brand we have had in the showroom for a while that we were trialing with various setups and speakers. The outcome was, well, we loved them and there...

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What are Electrostatic Speakers?

What are Electrostatic Speakers?

There are many different speaker technologies out there in the market, each with their advantages and disadvantages depending on the way you look at them. So, this week we delve into what is an Electrostatic speaker.

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The “Art” Of Finding The Right Speaker For You!

The “Art” Of Finding The Right Speaker For You!

Putting together the building blocks of a top-quality audio system is easy, but you’ve got to know the lingo and what to look for. Just jumping into the shop and asking for some big speakers isn’t going to cut it. If anything, it will only enhance the opportunity to be disappointed when you get those “big” speakers home and hook them up.

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DAP or DAC? What Should You use for Portable Head-Fi

DAP or DAC? What Should You use for Portable Head-Fi

There are 2 common options for portable head-fi. You can either get a dedicated DAP (digital audio player) or external DAC (digital to analogue converter) to work with your smartphone. Both are excellent options with varying benefits. We explain each option, their...

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We are OPEN online & processing sales/orders daily at Level 3 from the 22nd Sept.

Deano & Bensan are back in the office (in their bubble) and are available via phone or email for sales enquiries, advice or assistance between 9am & 5pm weekdays.

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