Buying Guides

It is our sincere desire to share with you our expertise so that you better understand the keys to great music and movies at home. As you will read, it is a lot more than technical specifications! We have many interesting articles which will help you understand that while buying audio and visual products should be a lot of fun, it is easy to get it wrong. The following articles will help you avoid costly mistakes. Of course, you could just buy one of our system selections and forget the reading!

Home Theatre Receivers - The Jack Of All Trades

At the heart of any good home entertainment system is the amplification. A/V Receivers, with their combination of multiple amplifiers and processing, are the most popular way to experience the thrilling entertainment you get when you combine an outstanding picture, with enveloping surround sound. One component does almost everything. Read More>>    

Spinning The Vinyl Tables - Music To Your Ears

Record playing equipment is experiencing an unprecedented resurgence, especially amongst the younger generations and those who really appreciate high quality music reproduction. But, is it just a passing fad and are there points that will help you feel more confident when purchasing a turntable. After reading this interesting and easy-to-read beginners article, you'll probably understand why this invention will never die. Read More>>

5 Reasons Vinyl Records Have Made A Comeback

It started with Thomas Edison’s first phonograph in 1877, which played back sound from wax cylinders coated in tin foil. That quickly evolved into the vinyl record and the turntable, which eventually became a mainstay in most households. From there followed a number of technologies that nearly snuffed out the vinyl record and most folk reckoned it had gone the way of the dodo bird. So if you think that vinyl has been relegated to the role of a niche collector’s market, you’d be quite mistaken. Read More>>

Phono Pre-Amplifiers - A Closer Look

Vinyl lovers everywhere have been riding high on the revival of the record player which in turn throws a small spotlight back on the humble phono pre-amplifier. This can make a big difference to the quality of your vinyl experience. Find out why adding a quality phono stage to your system could help you get more from your record collection. Read More>>

The Art Of Positioning Speakers

Many people assume that the only way to improve the sound they hear from their speakers is to change something around in your system. A better amplifier? If you can afford one, why not? Perhaps a new pair of speakers altogether? Possibly, but there could be a much simpler solution to this problem. An often overlooked fact is that aside from the technology inside a pair of speakers, slight alterations to their positioning within a room can make dramatic improvements to the overall sound. Read More>>

History Lesson - The Development Of The Acoustic Suspension Speaker

Edgar M. Villchur earned his Masters in Education degree at New York University and was a teacher and writer at NYU in 1954 when he discovered a new design for loudspeakers. After the Rice-Kellogg specifications of 1925, dynamic speakers had become large and boxy in order to reproduce low frequencies. A bass speaker capable of a 40 Hz tone was 14 feet tall, suitable for large motion picture theatres but not for home systems. The hi-fi market was starting to expand in the early 1950s, with new sensitive pickups and amplifiers capable of reproducing the full dynamic range of the new LP record. But speaker designers were still struggling with the problem of size versus dynamic range. Villchur decided to try a radical new approach. Read More>>

Dolby Atmos - Delivers Sound That Really Surrounds

Dolby Atmos is a new audio format for creating and playing back multichannel movie soundtracks. It was developed to give movie sound a more three-dimensional effect. Traditional 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround setups deliver captivating sound using speakers placed all around your room. Dolby Atmos takes this to another level with speakers to create a "height" layer of sound above the listener. Read More>>

Riding The Radio Waves

You've just bought a new high quality Stereo Receiver from Audio Trends and the radio reception on AM radio is terrible! It is worse than your cheap clock radio which is over 20 years old! What can I do? Should I change brand? This is not really a problem or fault with the Receiver but more to do with the geography where you live and the need to install a suitable antenna. As this problem is being experienced Australia wide, we have written an article which discusses the issue and also suggests a solution. Read More >>

Understanding Speaker Cable - Part 1

The age old argument of cable quality has raged between audiophiles since the dawn of time. Some argue the quality of speaker cables is just as important as the quality of the Hi-fi components they’re connecting. Other enthusiasts save their cash buying budget cables and claim that they make no difference to the sound quality whatsoever. The goal with this article is not to poke our nose between these two opposing camps and risk getting dragged into the ongoing battle and instead offer up an overview of speaker cable jargon and give you some useful tips on how to buy your own. Read More>>

Understanding Speaker Cable - Part 2

Anthony Grimani is a well respected audio engineer often travels the world delivering lectures on behalf of CEDIA. In this article, he delves a little deeper into the mathematics of the subject for those who want to know more. Having said that, it is not a long heavy article that only a University Professor would understand. Read More>>

Some Sound Advice

Barry Clarke was a specialist audio technician in Melbourne for over 40 years and was probably one of the last apprentices to ever graduate in electronics (amplifier design) in Australia. He is well-known among Melbourne audiophiles for his designs which were marketed under the Benchmark brand. His wealtho of knowledge is sadly missed since his retirement, but in this short article he has some advice for all who have a hi-fi stereo system - entry point or state-of-the-art. Read More >>

Digital Antenna Overview

John Parncutt has been involved in Television and Radio Electronics for more than 45 years, in fact his first antenna installations were for short wave radio reception at the age of 14! Many of our customers have found themselves in a pickle since the introduction of digital TV transmission and he has helped sort out their problems. This article has been written by John to give simple advice on what to do if you want perfect pictures. Read More>> 

Room Acoustics - An Overview

Acoustics is the science of sound. All rooms have significantly different acoustic properties. The facts are that a lower priced and well-chosen Hi-Fi system in an acoustically good environment will out-perform a more expensive system in a poorly designed room. This article was written by Anthony Grimani who is one of the world's leading authorities on Room Acoustics. Read More>>

A Matter Of Subjectivity

Performance on any system is not only subjective, but has a lot to do with the right combination of products within the system. In this article our founder, Stephen Lee, not only gives some insights into how various components react with each other but also relates some personal experiences that impacted on his audio journey. Read More>>


HDMI Cables - A Closer Look

We thought it good to look at some of the important aspects you as a consumer need to consider when buying a HDMI cable. Why? Because (1) they are not all the same and (2) we are seeing a lot of issues/problems with bargain priced and no-name brand HDMI cables. Audio Trends is for good value and not against lower prices, but as always the no-name brands try and convey the idea that they are either as good or even the same as the well-known brands... Read More>>

Naim Audio Discrete Regulator

Naim has long recognised the importance of power supplies to sound quality and paid meticulous attention to optimising power supply design in all its products. The addition of outboard power supplies additionally offers an established upgrade path for many Naim products. The objective of the Naim Discrete Regulator is to design a discrete-component voltage regulator whose technical performance and enhancement of the sound quality of Naim audio circuits surpasses that of commercial three-terminal monolithic voltage regulators. Significant as it is, the Naim Discrete Regulator is just one part of a Naim power supply, but the result is a demonstrable upgrade in sound quality. Read More>>

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