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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 Bart Brichau

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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Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

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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Comments | Posted By Ben Shivas

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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Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

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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1 Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

CES 2016

The internet has been buzzing with reports about CES 2016, the world’s biggest and splashiest showcase of everything consumer electronics that appropriately takes place in Las Vegas. CES is gigantic, going for a whole week at the beginning of January every year.  Many game changing technology was introduced to the world at CES, though it usually takes years for these innovations to trickle down into our living rooms. CES 2016 shows us where the future is going to take us: from electric self-driving cars to the ‘connect fridge’ over the single passenger drone.

And then there are the televisions.

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Comments | Posted By Bart Brichau

SVS 2000 Series Subwoofer

9/01/2014 1:12 pm


The new 2000 series subwoofers from SVS were announced today at CES. Sporting 12" drivers, a brand new Sledge STA-500D amplifier, sub 20Hz performance, and price tags just above $1000, you could know nothing else and still think they were a good deal.

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Comments | Posted By Gavin Wen

SVS Ultra TowerI've always had a soft spot for great-sounding big speakers, like the SVS Ultra Tower. It stands 45 inches tall, and the cabinet has a unique, aggressively styled trapezoidal shape. Decked out in a gleaming piano-black finish or black oak veneer, the Ultra Tower projects a distinctly high-end aura; it looks a lot more expensive than it really is. The three-way design features a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter sitting between twin 6.5-inch composite glass-fiber midrange drivers, and mounted on the lower side flanks, a pair of 8-inch woofers. All three drivers are proprietary SVS designs. The speaker weighs 75.4 pounds, but trust me on this, it feels heavier than that; unboxing the Ultra Towers is definitely a two-person job.

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Murrays State cinema was upgraded recently from 9.2 to 9.8 with the introduction of the award winning SVS SB13 Ultra subwoofers. Four 13 ½” SVS SB13 Ultras were installed under a newly built stage to house them and four Velodyne 10” SC-10 subwoofers were installed behind the back row of seating. The front subs and the rear subs were installed at the ¼ points of the width of the room to maximise the room modes. Targeting the room modes smooth’s the bass response throughout the room and reduces room nulls, the final EQing brings down any peeks for a flatter bass response over the three rows of seats.

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