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Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC Headphones


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Ex VAT: £5,207.50

In stock and on demo now in our showroom, these are THE reference headphones, the BEST we've ever heard. Home trials, 0% finance and part exchanges welcome. Also available as a Deluxe Package (with headphones stand and leather case). Contact us now to arrange a listen.

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Condition: Brand new in original retail packaging

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Frequency Response 5 Hz to 28 KHz
Warranty length 1 Year (3 Years on registration)
Fitting Over Ear
Brand Abyss

Tech Specs

- Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 28 KHz
- Impedance: 46 ohms nominal (non-reactive)
- Sensitivity: 85 dB
- Distortion: Less than 1%; Less than 0.2% through ears most sensitive range
- Weight: 660 grams (without cable)

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The most impressive pair of headphones I've ever heard. Simply put, the best in the world, and in my opinion, far more accomplished than the HD800 or Stax SR-009 system. The most practical alternative yet to having a pair of speakers attached to your head! -Alex

Product Description

A less expensive alternative to the Deluxe Abyss Headphones Package, this is the latest Phi TC (total consciousness) version of these incredibly impressive Abyss headphones. If you don't need the leather man bag and different cable included with deluxe, you can proudly own one of the finest headphones we've ever heard at this lower price.

Designed by Audiophiles

Widely regarded as the apex of modern headphone technology, the Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC planar magnetic headphones provide the finest quality and best possible sound. A result of two intense years of graft, relentless dedication and perfectionism, the AB-1266 Phi TC headphones were designed by perceptive audiophiles as a compact solution to superior music listening experiences whilst on the road.

Pure Unadulterated Sound

With a deep awareness of the emotional connection between an audiophile and their music, the Abyss team developed the headphones without any electronic tricks or unnecessary additions in order to give unadulterated sound in its purest form. Using the highly revered Stax SR-009 as the model to surpass, the engineers concentrated on enhancing the resolution, focus, dynamics and frequency extension as well as offering general ease of use.

TC (Total Consciousness)

Featuring newly designed 66mm planar magnetic speaker drivers, this latest TC version of the AB-1266 delivers the highest resolution of any headphones. These impressive drivers are matched with solid aluminium machined earcups, low carbon steel front baffles and remarkably soft and comfortable lambskin pads. Unlike most other driver assemblies, these headphones do not use a rear magnet structure eliminating reflections for the driver diaphragm and providing a stiff, stable and resonance free mounting platform for these drivers.

The black metal frames, fully adjustable and shaped like an inverted 'U', are inflexible and sturdy which gives a comfortably and secure fitting.

Flawlessly Immersive Sound

Soundwise, it is the closest listener's can get to being in the same room as the band and this experience is present even on the road. Crystalline highs, detailed mid ends and a deep, full-bodied base are perfectly balanced assured to win over even the most hardened sceptics within the first listen.

Delivering absolute transparency and terrific sound straight from the box, the Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC headphones do not require any 'breaking in' that many high-end headphones do. They acheive flawless sound from the very first listen.

All main components are permanently laser engraved for traceability and collectability.

Also Included

- Velvet bag with embroidered ABYSS logo
- Balanced 8 FT (2.5 meter) 4 pin XLR cable, with flexible 1/4" (6.3 mm) adaptor. Cable is high performance custom made by JPS Labs for Abyss

...we also sell the Deluxe Version which includes different cable and leather man bag

Press Reviews

  • 'I believe the Abyss AB-1266 has established a new benchmark for top-tier headphone performance. It is a stunning achievement—one made all the more impressive by the fact that it represents Abyss’ first-ever effort in the category [...] Let me simply say that if you wish to hear what one of the greatest world-class headphones ever produced can do for you and your music, you owe it to yourself to give the remarkable AB-1266 a careful listen.' (The Absolute Sound) read the full review here

  • 'If your philosophy is to always buy the best and forget the rest, get one of these bad boys and you can forget the rest.' (Head-Fi Journey)

  • 'With good recordings you feel like you're in the room with the band;no other headphone can come close to producing that level of realism [...] The Abyss AB-1266 is the most expensive headphone I've ever tested, but it outruns the competition in every way I evaluate headphone sound.' (CNET)

  • 'I think these are marvellous cans for small ensemble acoustic chamber, jazz, and world music, and would recommend them to avid headphone audiophiles with very healthy wallets to round out a world-class collection of headphones with something quite unusual and fun.' (Inner Fidelity)

  • "...everything about the AB-1266es seemed [...] too good to be true—especially how they just hung loosely on my head, not tightly cupping my ears, but sort of floating right next to them. I thought, These things don't sound like any type of audio gear I've experienced. They sound like life." Stereophile, 18th July 2017

  • "With flat phase and impedance, the directly driven AB-1266 Phi simply sounds like you are standing on the surface of the microphone." Stereophile, 18th July 2017

  • "In layman's terms, this is the perfect speaker in a perfect room that audiophiles seek. Musical information no longer is blurred, harmony can easily be heard as individual singers within the group, instrument separation is crazy good, bass drums have the rolling of their skins" Stereophile, 18th July 2017

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