What is Hi-Res Audio?

Heard about Hi-Res audio and wondering what the fuss is all about? We’ve broken down everything you need to know so you can decide if it’s what your music collection needs. Hi-Res Audio: Next-gen sound Just as 4K and HDR have become the buzzwords of TVs, Hi-Res is the must-have standard for audio gear. You may even have noticed a little gold and black ‘Hi-Res Audio’ logo alongside some products, as if it’s an official seal of approval. But is Hi-Res Audio really such a big deal? It can be if the conditions are right, but there’s a lot of misleading information out there,...

THX Certification

What is it and why do we want it. THX is an acronym for “Tomlinson Holman’s eXperiment.” Holman created THX while he was working with Lucasfilm studio to devise a new standard for audio reproduction to ensure quality and uniformity across all theatre systems that would play the company’s audio. THX certifies that an audio system follows strict rules for ultra high-quality digital sound playback. These systems can be professional theatre or cinema sound systems, surround sound setups, simple home theatre systems, or a surround sound system just for your PC. THX Certification establishes a rigorous set of industry standards for audio...

Abtec Petone Christmas Message December 2018

Another year is coming to an end. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout 2018. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! have a safe and happy holiday break…See you in 2019! Our hours throughout the Xmas / New Year holidays are as follows; Monday 24th Dec 2018  8.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday 25th Dec 2018 – CLOSED Wednesday 26th Dec 2018 – CLOSED Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th Dec 2018 – OPEN Sunday 30th to Monday 31st Dec 2018 – CLOSED Tuesday 1st Jan 2019 – CLOSED Wednesday 2nd Jan 2019 – CLOSED Thursday 3rd Jan 2019  Normal opening hours...

Home Theatre Vs Media Room

HEARS THE DIFFERANCE In many modern homes today, the television with all its other media components isn’t just an accessory that is part of a room in the house — there is a whole room dedicated to it. This room has a number of different names that many people tend to use synonymously — media room and home theatre. However, there is a massive difference between each of these rooms, which is important to recognize, especially if you are interested in installing one or the other in your own home. Here’s what you need to know. General Differences Let’s start with...

In wall vs Floor standing speakers [Which is the best?]

So buying speakers can be very tricky and if you are new to the market I tell you there are tonnes of different kinds of speakers out there like a bookshelf, floor standing, in ceiling, on wall , in wall satellite speakers etc. All of them are made for different kinds of applications and you have to choose the best pair of speakers according to your budget and the room requirements in which you will be placing your speakers. In this article, I will be explaining to you all the detail of in-wall speakers vs floor standing speakers to get you the idea of...

Marantz CD6006 Review

It’s gone up in price but the latest Marantz CD player is absolutely worth it Tested at £400 OUR VERDICT – 5 Stars Marantz remains a master of the affordable CD player FOR Big sound Good timing and focus Fine build and finish AGAINST Favours easy listening over out-and-out detail Meaningful increase in price over CD6006 At no point has it been broken – a string of What Hi-Fi? Awards dating back to the turn of the 21st century attests to that – but nevertheless Marantz has gone ahead and fixed its 6000 series CD player every year regardless. This latest version, the CD6006,...

Acoustic Research AR-M200 Review

DAP Acoustic Research offers brawny and energetic bass, musical and smooth midrange as well as free, transparent high notes. At the beginning of this year in the “internet” appeared information about launching a portable player of the Acoustic Research AR-M200. An American company with decades of experience probably associates every self-respecting audiophile. It is true that the AR department dealing with portable devices (apart from DAPs are headphones and accessories) is relatively young, but noblesse oblige, so the opportunity to test the new DAP from this stable I was very pleased. Encouraged by opinions on the topic of Acoustic Research portable musicians,...

Beyerdynamic Amiron review

These comfortable over-ear headphones serve up sound of the highest quality… Our Verdict 5 Stars Beyerdynamic has made a pair of headphones that sound as good as they feel For  Nice bass detail Clear and organised Handles treble well Insightful midrange Against  Nothing of note If we had to choose one word that encapsulates both the design and sound of Beyerdynamic’s Amiron headphones, it would be ‘comfortable’. But good reviews are usually longer, and more insightful than just one word – and the Amirons are talented enough that they’re worth writing about. Build and comfort You’re unlikely to have many...

Audioengine 2+ Review

PROS Dynamic, audiophile-quality performance. Sounds clear throughout the frequency range. Uses internal DAC and USB connection for purer audio playback. CONS Wireless streaming only available with an additional, optional accessory. Not for big bass lovers unless you add the separate subwoofer. BOTTOM LINE What the Audioengine A2+ stereo speakers lack in extra features, they more than make up for in accuracy and overall performance. While most of the consumer audio world has turned its focus to docks and wireless systems, Audioengine remains steadfast in its commitment to the standard two-piece, stereo, bookshelf-style speaker setup. When we reviewed the original Audioengine 2, no longer...

Acoustic Research AR-M2 DAP Review

Disclaimer: I received the Acoustic Research M2 DAP from Acoustic Research, for purposes of reviewing it for Headfonia. The M2 will be returned to its owner at the conclusion of this review. The pictures in this review are property of their makers, these are not our pictures. Dale is doing this as a guest review. AR-M2 When I opened the shipping box, I was presented with a nice military-grade Pelican case containing the AR-M2 and accessories (USB cable and charger). The M2 itself is similar in size to the iPhone 6, but twice as thick and twice as heavy. Given the price...