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Meet Magnat.  Sound Champions.

Meet Magnat. Sound Champions.

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Simon Bell June 12, 2020 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...
Meet the Rapallo Staff | Deano Lambert

Meet the Rapallo Staff | Deano Lambert

Interviewed & Posted by Simon Bell May 28, 2020 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...
Musaic & Wireless Sound

Musaic & Wireless Sound

Written by Tyler, Christchurch, Posted by Simon Bell May 8, 2020 ​As a new Rapallo customer I want to write a note of thanks to Deano who advised me over the phone to pick these Musaic MP5 / MP10 Wireless Speakers. It may also act as a bit of explanation to others...
The mysteries of a CD Transport explained

The mysteries of a CD Transport explained

Written by Deano Lambert, Posted by Simon Bell April 24, 2020 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...
This Changes Everything…

This Changes Everything…

The Chord Electric Hugo M Scaler, it just changes everything! The Hugo M Scaler is a small, almost square component powered from a supplied 15V wall plug and controlled with either a small remote or the front-panel buttons. It features five digital inputs: a...
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...
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,...
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...
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. Let us give you some background and information,...
Creating An Outdoor Soundscape At Your Place

Creating An Outdoor Soundscape At Your Place

Summer is nearly here; well it was a few days back. So, it’s time to lift the lid off the BBQ and clean the mold off, get the outdoor furniture out and clean the deck from its long few months of winter hibernation. All the hard work is done, sit back and take a look...
HiFi considerations for Gaming

HiFi considerations for Gaming

Whether you are a console or PC gamer, competitive or casual gamer. A good gaming set up deserves good sound. With amplifiers that have all the bells and whistles, not all of them have features that are crucial for gaming. We will go over these features, types of...
Spotify vs TIDAL and The Best Streamers to Use

Spotify vs TIDAL and The Best Streamers to Use

  Here at Rapallo we use both music streaming services to use on various HiFi components and speakers. We are fan of both services for many reasons. Using both for a few years now, we thought we would put forward the pros and cons, our favourite features of each,...
What’s New with Valve Amplifiers?

What’s New with Valve Amplifiers?

PrimaLuna just released their Evolution series of vacuum tube amplifiers and components. Including a brand new tube-powered stand alone DAC. We want to write-up a refresher on tube amps, why audiophiles love them, and how they work. We had a question last week from...
HiFi Presents to get for Father’s Day

HiFi Presents to get for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is less then 2 weeks away here in New Zealand. We thought we would give some suggestions on what to get for that special father-figure in your life. If you are a Father here are some great items to add the ‘wish list’ or do you have a...
Benefits of a Power Amplifier

Benefits of a Power Amplifier

We often write blogs tailored towards 1 side of the home audio groups: The audiophile, 2 channel type person, and The home cinema buff, surround sound and big screen type of person. This blog is actually going to interest both parties by talking about power...
Projector light sources: What is Laser?

Projector light sources: What is Laser?

Projector technology has come a long way, and is growing rapidly in the past couple years. Home theatre projectors are coming down in price, and up in performance. Lasers and LED light sources are becoming more common, 4K UHD budget projectors are becoming more...
Acoustic Treatment and Sound Isolation

Acoustic Treatment and Sound Isolation

Sound insulation and acoustic treatment is really important when it comes to home cinema and HiFi. It not only stops you from annoying the neighbours, but it can improve the dynamics of the audio and early reflections from sound wave. People’s living spaces,...
Projector Screens: An Overview

Projector Screens: An Overview

In a home theatre nothing beats a big screen. Most of the time a screen and projector offers better “real estate” in relation to cost than a flat screen LED TV. Meaning you can get much bigger screen sizes (we are talking over 100″) for a fraction of...
Subwoofer placement and calibration tips

Subwoofer placement and calibration tips

Whether you have 1 subwoofer, or are looking to add one to your system. A subwoofer is an essential part of a home theatre. It has the ability of fundamentally changing a home theatre experience. Rather than being able to hear the bass, you can actually feel it in...
3 Types of DAC’s to develop your HiFi system

3 Types of DAC’s to develop your HiFi system

The simplest explanation of a DAC is in the acronym Digital-to-Analog Converter. It takes digital data (Ones and Zeros) and turns it into an analog signal. This makes the digital data primed to be sent to headphones, or an amplifier. You actually might encounter a DAC...
What is TV and Projector Calibration?

What is TV and Projector Calibration?

Video display calibration is a very common and integral part of professionals in the film industry. It allows the production process such as, editing and colour correction consistent. It allows professionals in the film industry make sure their craft is exactly what...
What to consider when Soundbar shopping

What to consider when Soundbar shopping

A soundbar can be the easiest solution for upgrading your TV sound. You can go from thin, dull sound where you cannot hear the dialogue over the music to crystal clear voices and DSP surround sound modes. One thing some people don’t consider is using a soundbar...
SVS Prime Wireless Review

SVS Prime Wireless Review

Deano Reviews the SVS Prime Wireless Powered Speakers So how do they sound In a word – incredible. These speakers have an extremely smooth mid range coupled with an open air treble and amazing mid bass. The sound leans towards the warmer side but doesn’t...
Latest in WiFi Speakers

Latest in WiFi Speakers

Home Audio has quickly become more convenient, affordable, simple and more importantly better sounding. With most people subscribing to some sort of music streaming service, sending your favourite tunes around the house doesn’t have to be an expensive luxury. Over the...
HDMI troubleshooting

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...
How to read amplifier specs?

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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