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Our favorite concert blu-rays

22/05/2017 9:00 am

home theatre

Last week we received a list from a great customer with a ranking of his favorite blu-ray concerts, it got us thinking. A little search on forums and the likes revealed that our customer is by no means the only person rating concert blu-rays or blu-ray movies for that matter. The internet is buzzing with people’s opinions on this.

 

Just to change things up a little, and go for a blog with a little more lighthearted topic for a change, we thought we would have a go at this too. After all, we probably are not the only ones taking refuge behind the projector/television to escape the ongoing deluge.

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1 Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

ELAC floorstander

In these days of 9.2.4 Dolby surround speaker set-ups and wireless speaker sets, it's easy to lose sight of some of the basics. The fact remains, when it comes to great sound, nothing does the trick like a good pair of floorstanding speakers. They're the solid bedrock upon which you can build the stereo system of your dreams.

Floorstanding speakers have been a cornerstone of home audio systems for decades. Also known as tower speakers, they are able to deliver a big and full sound that’s difficult to match. Even as more complex home theatre systems have become common, they remain the go-to workhorses that arguably provide the most important part of surround sound. Or at least,… they should be.

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

ELAC Miracord

It’s rather interesting how a generation that never touched a turntable in their lives is falling for the technology.

It got us wondering: word is that the vinyl industry is booming, but what does that mean in numbers and how much has the technology changed?

Our new man Deano is an avid audiophile with a massive love for vinyl. He’s having a good look at the industry and the technology in his first blog.

 


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"An Englishman in New Zealand"

10/04/2017 9:00 am

Rapallo Deano

Rapallo is celebrating its 13th birthday and we’re pretty certain that 13 is our lucky number. It will come as no surprise to you that we strongly believe that the quality of the employees in a business determines the success of a company.

We are convinced that with our latest Rapallo addition we hit the jackpot. What’s more, we are set up for whatever the next 13 years will bring.

Part British, part Italian, he roamed the globe for a good part of his adult life. With a beautiful and smart Kiwi wife at his side, he has finally settled on our stunning New Zealand shores.

We’re introducing Deano Lambert, Rapallo’s new General Manager.

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

Perreaux

We Kiwis are a lot smarter than we give ourselves credit for.  I know, it is quite a statement, but I keep having jaw dropping moments when I look at the amount of talent we hide in all corners and nooks of the country. And it goes well beyond the number 8 wire ingenuity.

 

A great example is the Perreaux products. If you are a seasoned audiophile you will be familiar with the brand. If not, it’s about time you get to know them. 

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Comments | Posted By Mattie Belsack

What will 2017 bring?

16/01/2017 10:00 am

Onkyo Diamond headphones

Another year, another CES Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. What makes CES interesting is that it often gives us a glimpse into what the new year might bring as far as new products and trends . Obviously not everything that gets thrown around at CES sticks, but it definitely is an interesting place for people who love to keep up with the latest and greatest in tech.

 

While we would love to have a chat with you about ‘Buddy the robot’ or about all the things Amazon Alexa can do, CES is also the place where AV brands often introduce new technology and announce new product releases. Of course, that’s what takes our interest. 

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AV installations

We’re changing things up a little this week.

 We thought it is time we introduce you to the latest member of the Rapallo family; Graham Ellis.

Graham is working alongside Bart, doing our professional AV Installations.

Just like the rest of the Rapallo team, Graham is very passionate about Home Theatres and AV in general as well as Happy Customers. Graham is just the nicest guy in the world and he brings truckloads of experience and wisdom to the table. Needless to say, we are pretty excited to have him on board. 

But maybe, the best thing to do is let him do some of the talking himself. We fired a few questions at him. 

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 2016

22/08/2016 9:00 am

Riva father's day

Time seems to fly by, and once again it’s that time of year to show appreciation for Dad. So what do you get for the man of the hour? We think it’s fair to say about the last thing Dad needs is another tie or bottle of cologne. On the other hand, most guys like shiny new electronic gizmos. Of course, not just any gadget will do.

Short of telling Dad that he gets the go-ahead of building his dedicated home theatre- which of course would be the ultimate gift, but we’ll keep it real- we’ve compiled a list of goodies that are sure to please Dad on his special day.

Glance through our selections, and don’t forget to wish Dad a Happy Father’s Day on the 4th of September!

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Customer magic at The Odeon

18/04/2016 11:00 am

The odeon

The visit was long anticipated. While Mr Rapallo had been doing the installations with Brad-the-builder, I had only heard the stories and seen the pictures. But I was not prepared for ‘the real deal’ when we arrived at the house Mr. H and his partner have recently built.

 

The view is to die for, with only a couple of other houses within sight. The house itself is inspired by Group Architects. Cedar on the outside, macrocarpa on the inside. But the real gem is hidden in the dungeons off the living area: ‘The Odeon’. A private dedicated home theatre straight out of a movie. 

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1 Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

Anthem MRX 720

AV receivers are the heart of the audiovisual and home theatre set-up.

They are highly engineered products and a lot can be done right…or wrong with big consequences to the sound you are getting. The best speakers in the world will sound poor without a good amplifier.

 

At the end of last year Canada’s Anthem unveiled a third generation update to its excessively praised MRX series AV receivers. They have just become available to the New Zealand public. Anthem receivers have a massive reputation and we were really, REALLY keen at Rapallo to be able to add them to our range.

I mean, we are committed to excellent audiovisual products that provide you with the best possible experience for the price you pay. Anthem fits that bill.

It is said on several occasions that Anthem AV receivers are on par with separates when it comes to amplification. This is a pretty big claim but they are that good and they have the lists of awards to proof it.

 

But let’s bring the babies to the stage and have a wee look at them…

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