JBL and Jody Green hit a mind shattering 155dB!

Its not very often you hear about a dB Drag car in NZ getting numbers over the 150dB mark let alone being capable of doing 153dB on a daily basis. Well this blog is about a man and his Honda City that does this with ease! Most people would see a yellow Honda City turn up and most likely laugh thinking “There’s no way that’s a SPL car” . Well that would be until they read the personalised plate “ALOUD1” and indeed its a loud one alright! So loud that it hit 155dB which makes it NZ’s loudest dB Drag Car...

I Am Also Mad About Bass!!

The MD finally caved in and let me PIMP OUT my desk! What was a $349 Logitech PC Speaker setup now has some $699 Klipsch Satellite Speakers and also a $149 JBL GTO804 8″ Sub Woofer… Listening to Dubstep at the desk is never going to be the same!!! Just like how I posted up the MD’s desk on Facebook before the blog, I also did the same with my desk. I have been waiting in the shadows for a while now to post this up and finally decided to do so… When our MD had finished decking out his...

JBL BassPro Product Review

When I first saw the JBL BassPro I must admit I thought it was some sort of Droid and was expecting it make some sort of “Bee-boop Beepity Boop, Beep Beep Bop Boop!” . What it did do was some nice bass tones but that is to be expected from a company that has been building speakers for over 60 plus years! It is powered by an on-board 150 Watt RMS amp that drives its 6.5″ quad coil sub-woofer that I must say has very impressive volume capabilities! You also have the option of buying a remote bass controller for it if you...

Wiring Subwoofers & Speakers To Change Ohm’s

The ohm is a measurement of the electric resistance between two points. In a speaker, the ohm is a bad thing. The lower the ohms the less energy it takes to drive the speaker. The less energy, the more you get out of your amps. An 8 ohm speaker requires more amperage to run than a 4 ohm speaker. You need to know the ohms of all of your speakers if you want to calculate the load your amp is taking and to compensate for it. In a car audio you should always run your equipment at the lowest possible...

DD-LE-MINI8 Product Review

As far as sub-woofers go, you can not get much better than Digital Designs. Yes I have said this before and will most likely say it again at some stage too. And the DD-LE-MINI8 is no exception either! The LE-MINI8 totally caught me off guard the first time I heard it, such low bass tones and crisp clean sound I actually thought our MD was having me on and had a 12 running somewhere in the car! Also one of the best features (In my opinion & also others) is the fact you can have the LE-MINI8 in the boot...

Carshows.co.nz Celebrates its 100th show!

On the 25th 0f March at the V 4 & Rotary North Island Jamboree Fielding Carshows would have done its 100th show, which is a massive feat in my opinion and to celebrate that I thought I’d put up a photo from a previous show. Our MD still thinks this is his best photo ever which funny enough was at a 4 & Rotary North Island Jamboree! Click here for the whole gallery

Parrot CK3100 Review

  The good: The Parrot CK3100 is a cost-effective Bluetooth hands-free calling system with some surprisingly advanced calling features including a decent voice-command interface and a useful phonebook-syncing feature. The bad: Programming in voice tags for contacts can be time consuming, and there is no option for dialing individual numbers by voice. The bottom line: The Parrot CK3100 combines a simple, easy to use control interface with a good voice-recognition system to provide drivers with easy hands-free calling on the road. Review: With legislation on the horizon banning the use of cell phones while driving, we decided to take a...

Why Purchase A Bluetooth Car Kit?

  Recently NZ passed a hands-free driving law!! With accidents occurring frequently due to distraction caused by cell phone use (either talking or texting), and with heavy fines and possible injury on the line, drivers can no longer ignore the need to make the switch to a hands-free Bluetooth car kit. Bluetooth Car Kits: What to Look For Compatibility Phone compatibility is everything when finding the perfect Bluetooth kit for you. Most of our products have fantastic features like voice dialing, automatic phonebook synchronization and an FM transmitter.  All of these features are wonderful, but may not be supported by...

Klipsch iGroove SXT Review

  Klipsch’s reputation for stellar sound goes untarnished by the high-fidelity iGroove SXT. Summary By serving up premium sound quality, Klipsch’s remarkably simple iGroove SXT delivers where most others have failed. Lightweight and unassuming, it may be just what you’ve been looking for in a portable iPod or iPhone speaker system. Be aware, however: The device does come with some drawbacks, including the lack of several features commonly found on competing models. Have you checked out your local department store’s electronics section lately? If so, then no doubt you’ve noticed the plethora of iPod- and iPhone- related products lining the...

In Pursuit of Insane SPL Numbers!

Some people spend their spare time working on cars making them faster and lower to make them handle better. We at Abtec NZ are no different in a sense, except we spend our time pursuing better SQ (sound quality) and of course bigger SPL (sound pressure levels) . This post is more about the latter… This time round it all started when a little Honda CRX in the USA with a Steve Meade Designed box in it did a stunning 150dB with four Sony 10’s!  After seeing what four entry level Sony Xplod Sub’s could achieve, we had to give it a go...