Kef Porsche Design Motion One Review

Kef Motion One – Looks good, Sounds Better Design 9.5 Build 8 Performance 9 Value 8 Overall Score 8.6 THE GOOD Stylish design that suit most occasions Impressive sound reproduction 10hr battery life THE BAD Not for the budget conscious Passive sound isolation I’m not the biggest fan of collaborations. Especially when the partnership is nothing more than a marketing gimmick without any real contribution to the design and quality of the product. The KEF MOTION ONE – a collaboration between Porsche Design and KEF, isn’t one of those cases. To the uninitiated, you might confuse Porsche Design with the...

Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers Review

Introduction One of the very first pieces of audio gear that I wanted to upgrade when I was a wee lad were my computer speakers. My first set came with a Dell desktop system my parents bought me when I was a senior in high school to prepare for college. They were small, rectangular, and sounded terrible – zero bass or treble to speak of with a really muddy midrange. And I loved them. When they finally died I decided to up my game by buying a complete 5.1 surround system made by Sound Blaster. I don’t remember the exact...

Klipsch Reference Premiere Review – RP-280F, RP-450C, RP-250S, R-115SW

Among the many speaker brands, Klipsch has always played a very special role for generations of enthusiastic music lovers with their striking design and the systematic use of horn-loaded speaker drivers. The Reference Premiere series is the latest product from Klipsch to enter our listening room. Klipsch Reference Premiere Sound Quality – 98% Features – 90% Build Quality/Finish – 92% Price/Performance – 98% SUMMARY The new Reference Premiere series from Klipsch sounds awesome across the board with its enthralling dynamics and audiophile sound quality. 95% PLUS Dynamic, powerful and detailed. As close as you can get to a real cinema sound experience without going bankrupt....

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Limited Edition Headphone Review

In September this year, Audio-Technica announced a new Limited Edition Red version of the ever-popular ATH-M50x. Reviewer, Matthew Jens, didn’t have to think twice and purchased a pair immediately. AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-M50X LIMITED EDITION OVER-EAR HEADPHONES I have a problem. I can’t stop collecting headphones. My Fiancé thinks it’s “hoarding,” but I still hold on to the idea that I am a merely a “collector.” Admittedly, I’ve started to lose count of the number of headphones I own, but it’s somewhere north of twenty-five pairs. This madness all began when I was starting out mixing bands in the live audio industry. I required...

ABTEC Showroom & Workshop Petone 2017

You may or not be aware that we have now been in our NEW location coming up 5 years at 49 Hutt Road, Petone, Lower Hutt Our commitment to you is still the same… Our aim, very simply, is to satisfy all our customers so they will want to choose us again and maybe even recommend us to their friends. We only select products for sale that are really good quality – brands you will probably recognize; we stand by the manufacturer’s warranties – we won’t be dodging our commitment to you; and by fulfilling just those two pledges we’ll be here for you tomorrow and...

Riva Festival Review

Pros  Can sound better than a Sonos Play:5  Excellent mids  Lots of wired and wireless options Cons  Needs to be positioned carefully  Subwoofer-style bass, not flat-friendly Key Features Review Price: £449 Google Home Wi-Fi Bluetooth Aux input Optical input Device charging What is the Riva Festival? The Riva Festival is a large £450 wireless multiroom speaker. It’s in the same price bracket as the Sonos Play:5 – and is from a name most people won’t have heard before. Confident. However, thee Riva Festival justifies its price through its even more realistic-sounding vocals than the Sonos, alongside a far more open approach to...

One Minute Review: Audio-technica ATH-PDG1

One of the best and most versatile headsets we’ve seen in a while. These cans are a revelation. After all my bitching and moaning in the last issue about how not one set of decent gaming headphones have come my way for a year, or more, these wonders arrive, and do it all. Comfort – check! You can wear them for hours and not for a second experience anything less than warm soft ear hugging bliss. Sound quality – big yes! Music is delicate and superbly balanced and defined, with tight bass doing what it should do and never making...

Sony WF-1000X Review

Score: 5 Stars Pros  Excellent noise cancellation  Adaptive noise cancelling totally works  Comfortable, stable fit  Auto-connect/disconnect  Great sound Cons  Charging case is a little chunky Key Features Review Price: £200 Wireless Noise cancellation Earbud design Adaptive sound control Charging case What are the Sony WF-1000X? Wireless earbud-type headphones are cool, but they don’t generally sound amazing. That’s because sound is often not the priority. The Apple AirPods, for instance, put a lot of emphasis on connection stability. The Jabra Elite Sport are designed for sports. But now we have the Sony WF-1000X, which happily take a sound-first approach. They’ve taken a few elements...

Are reversing cameras any good?

The history of reversing sensors and reversing cameras Reversing cameras and reversing sensors have been conceptualised on vehicles since before 1950. The first sensors were simple kerb sensors which gradually grew in sophistication through to the 1980s. These consisted of a flexible wand which triggered an audible signal inside the vehicle when it came into contact with a kerb. But it was hardly a proper reversing sensor; more of a parking aid. True reversing sensors need to scan behind the car and warn the driver if there’s an obstacle. Manufacturers had trialled a number of systems in the 1970s and...

Klipsch The Sixes Speaker Review

  Mid-Fi at its finest. The last time I reviewed an audio HiFi product was a few months back when I wrote about my love for the Devialet Phantom Gold system I purchased. That system is amazing, and rocks the house down. It can do so with grace, ease or all out grunt and force and remain composed while doing so. Many nights…yes, many nights I had a concert in my home thanks to those Gold Phantoms. Incredible. For many though, those are overkill and too expensive. What about if you just want a nice set of stereo speakers that do not...