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Klaus Wagner

Small Space Supersized!

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This theatre proves that even a small space can accommodate an immersive cinema experience. A 2.6m wide projection screen with 11 speakers (3 front, 4 rear, 4 overhead, 1 subwoofer) would seem overwhelming, but with accurate calibration, the system performs with a sense of being in a much bigger space. There really are no excuses for not having great sound in one’s home.

Technical Hi-Fi Term: Bi-Amplification

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In a bi-amplified speaker system, two separate frequency bandwidths are powered by independent amplifiers. e.g. tweeter and midrange drivers are powered by one channel in an amplifier and the bass driver by another. This typically translates to a more coherent sound as there is no muddling of bass and top frequencies in the amplifier.

The pictures show a KEF R series speaker bi-amplified by a Yamaha AV receiver. 

Yamaha RX V485 Home Theatre Amplifier

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R10 980

Quite possibly the best entry-level AV amplifier currently available. For a small to medium-sized room which can only accommodate a 5.1 system, the Yamaha RX V485 will be up to the task. Full feature set including all major music streaming services, smart device control, and latest HDMI switching. Tremendous value and performance. 


Taking Your Turntable For A Spin!

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As part of Clearaudio’s 40th anniversary, the great German turntable manufacturer, has taken another iconic Teutonic product, a 1978 VW Kombi and pimped its sound system.

Now, take me to the autobahn!

Cool Stereo

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A very cool stereo system from our installation archive featuring the awesome Klipsch RF7 driven by a NAD C375 amplifier and a beautifully restored Linn LP12 turntable.

Technical Term: Crossover

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A crossover accepts a full-range audio signal and splits it into various frequency bandwidths. This ensures that the correct signal goes to the speaker’s tweeter, midrange, and bass drivers. This also then refers to the ‘way’ of a speaker. A 2-way speaker’s frequency is split 2 way, a 3 way into tops, mid and bass and so on. (Way doesn’t refer to the number of drivers in the speaker) 

Blast From The Past!!

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When the Yamaha YSP-1 was launched in 2005, it was so far ahead of the curve that there wasn’t even a term to describe it. The unit featured 2×4.5 and 40 x 2.5 inch powered drivers. Each of the 2.5-inch drivers had sophisticated DSP which simulated surround and fronts by creating a ‘beam’ and reflecting it off walls. This was truly a product ahead of its time and to this day Yamaha is the soundbar to beat.

High-End Musical Bliss

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A very special pure stereo system – Magico A3 speakers, Conrad-Johnson tube amplification throughout, Linn LP12 turntable, Lumin network player, Supra cabling, and Bluehorizon equipment stand. 

B&W CM Home Theatre System

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Recent Audio Excellence home theatre installation of B&W CM series speakers, Yamaha AV processor, 5 x 200W Rotel power amplifier, JL audio subwoofer, Isotek power conditioner, and Supra cables.

Client is thrilled with the results and couldn’t stop grinning during his favourite movie! (Clapton also rocked!)

Next stop: Bigger picture to make it a true home theatre. Watch this space

Elegance and Power

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Klipsch Reference Premiere home theater system installed at this client’s extraordinary coastal home. Speakers are driven by an Emotiva power amplifier and processing courtesy of Yamaha.