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...

Systemline E100 In-Wall Bluetooth DAB Radio

DAB+/FM/Bluetooth music system with touch control and TV audio / auxiliary input E100 is a comprehensive installed music system appealing to those that appreciate the latest digital radio broadcasts at the touch of a button, but also appreciate playing music from smart phones, tablets or laptops. The bright OLED screen acts as a clock when in standby but then informs the user of the currently selected station or source. E100’s built in alarm and IP rating makes it equally suitable in bedrooms and bathrooms as well as kitchens. No clutter – E100 is built into the wall or kitchen cabinet...

Acoustic Research AR-H1 Review

PROS Wonderful audio performance. with excellent bass depth and clarity. Superb sense of space. Comfortable, secure fit. CONS Huge frame and open-back style earcup not ideal for on-the-go listening. Expensive. Lacks a cable with an inline remote control. BOTTOM LINE The magnetic drivers of the open-back Acoustic Research AR-H1 headphones deliver an excellent sonic experience with impressive accuracy and sense of space. We’ve reviewed only a handful of planar magnetic driver-based headphones thus far, like the Blue Ella and the in-ear Audeze iSine20. Now, we check out the bulky, beautiful, and—at $599.99—expensive Acoustic Research AR-H1. Even without its own internal amplifier like the Blue Ella...

Systemline E50 – Top Product 2017

Installed Bluetooth music system with touch and gesture control with TV audio / auxiliary input Systemline E50 from Armour Home has been crowned a ‘Top Product’ award winner in Professional Electrician & Installer Magazine’s 2017 reader poll. The awards, selected on the level of interest and enquiries generated by PE’s 70,000+ readership, are recognition for those manufacturers and suppliers that have made a real difference to the electrical contractor’s ability to get the job done efficiently, safely and professionally, whether this is in the form of innovative products, tools or time-saving solutions. PE Editor, Richard Bowler said: “Our annual awards...

Audioengine A5+ Wireless Speakers Review

Big, Loud, and Invredibly Fun to Listen To By William Gayde on March 22, 2018 When you’ve decided that your TV or monitor’s built in speakers just don’t cut it anymore, there are plenty of options to choose from. Of course, you can go to your local big box store and grab a pair of cheap bookshelf speakers, but for those that care about audio quality, you’ll want to do some research beforehand. Today I’ll be taking a look at the latest product from Audioengine, the A5+ Wireless Powered Speakers. Audioengine has had a long history of making high quality prosumer...

How to best celebrate 25 years?

How to best celebrate 25 years of business success and customer loyalty was never going to be a big challenge for Ashley Burrell, owner of Abtec Audio Lounge, the Petone-based automotive and home audio company. The experienced industry player has hit on a winner idea with a generous giveaway of state-of-the-art American audio speakers worth a massive $10,000. To be in to win the handmade Cornwall speakers entrants simply have to visit www.abtec.co.nz anytime in May and click on the Promos button and leave their details. “I’ve been told this is madness, I’ve talked to the big industry companies and...

Wharfedale Reva speakers aim to double down on Diamond range

Wharfedale has confirmed the release of a new speaker series called Reva. The range comprises two standmount speakers, two floorstanders and a centre channel, with the price of a stereo pair starting at £450. The Reva series, first teased at the Bristol Sound & Vision show in February, aims to build on the Award-winning success of the company’s more affordable Diamond range, refining and upgrading the Diamond design in an effort to deliver better performance for a little more cash. While the Diamond 220 speakers come in at £220, the Revo 1 bookshelf speakers start the new range at £450. They’re joined by the larger...

Abtec Petone Easter Hours 2018

Easter is here again! Hooray!! This year we will be closing and spending time with our families… We will be closed…. Good Friday 30th March 2018 Easter Saturday 31st March 2018 Easter Sunday 1st April 2018 Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 Our Abtec Petone team will return back to our normal business hours Tuesday 3rd April 2018 Have a great Easter break, and a big thank you for supporting us!!