Group Tests


€700-€2,000 Loudspeaker cables.

€700-€2,000 Loudspeaker cables.

A quite representative selection of high quality loudspeaker cables, including models from Synergistic, Furutech, Cardas, Kimber, Siltech and Atlas.


€1,000-€2,000 floorstanding loudspeakers.

€1,000-€2,000 floorstanding loudspeakers.

This is a very interesting price range, and the test includes products from Quadral, PMC, Quad, Audio Physic and JBL among others.


The up to €3,000 system

The up to €3,000 system

Six very different systems from about €500 up to €3,000.


Pre/Power Amplifier pairs.

Pre/Power Amplifier pairs.

Preamplifier/power amplifier systems with a price range between €2,000 and €4,400, including solid state, hybrid and pure tube designs from companies such as NAD, Quad, Parasound and Tsakiridis Devices.


S/PDIF cables.

S/PDIF cables.

Thirty cables, designed to transfer digital signals according to S/PDIF protocol with a price tag between € and €1,000 were measured, listened through and recorded.


Phono Preamplifiers.

Phono Preamplifiers.

Fourteen phono preamplifiers in a price range between €400 and €2,000.


Turntable/cartridge Sets.

Turntable/cartridge Sets.

Includes some very well-known names, like Dual, Thorens, Rega, Pro-Ject and Clearaudio.


Bookshelf Loudspeakers.

Bookshelf Loudspeakers.

Small loudspeakers are good for small spaces and for medium -to - small listening distance. This test involve ten pairs, from manufacturers like Leema, ProAc, Aliante, ATC and Audio Spectrum.


Integrated Amplifiers.

Integrated Amplifiers.

Eleven integrated amplifiers including the Cambridge Audio 840A, Harman/Kardon HK990, NAD C375, Naim Audio Nait XS, Red Wine Audio Signature 30.2 and XTZ Class 100D3.


D/A Converters.

D/A Converters.

Thirteen digital to analog converters including Cambridge Audio DacMagic, YBA WD202, Benchmark DAC 1 HDR, Bryston BDA-1, Naim Audio DAC and North Star USB dac32.


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LAB12 melto2, Phono preamplifier
Review: LAB12 melto2, Phono preamplifier

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Review: Thixar Silence Plus/Thixar Eliminator, Platform/Damper
Review: Thixar Silence Plus/Thixar Eliminator.

The effective support of audio equipment and its successful isolation from environmental vibrations is a fixed target for which various methods have been employed, sometimes quite successful and sometimes not so much. Thixar specializes in this area and proposes two different solutions for two different problems. We put them on a test and here are our impressions.


Review: Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance, USB Conditioner
Review: Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance.

With the 3R USB Renaissance, Ideon Audio attempts to enter a domain that few audio companies have dared to date. Outside the digital audio signal boundaries, where the raw data is located before entering the converter, inside the USB connection. Ideon offers some good ideas and its implementation is more than just ambitious, therefore our experience proved to be quite interesting!


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Gryphon introduced the new Ethos Compact Disc player.
Gryphon introduced the new Ethos CD player.

The company says that the sleek lines, low profile and stylish blend of metalwork, and high-gloss acrylic in the exterior design of the Ethos CD player can only begin to hint at the sophisticated technology concealed within as Gryphon again takes up the challenge of creating the definitive combination of CD transport and digital-to-analogue converter.


Klipsch introduced new T5 Series earphones, including their first-ever true wireless model.
Klipsch introduced new T5 Series earphones, including their first-ever true wireless model.

Klipsch recently announced that their highly anticipated T5 Series of earphones are now available. The company states that the T5 Series models are small in size and weight, yet powerful in performance, technology and materials, allowing people to listen on the go.


Sonus Faber introduced the Minima Amator II loudspeaker.
Sonus Faber introduced the Minima Amator II.

Unveiled, for the first time, during this year's Munich High End Show, the Minima Amator II is a compact 2-way loudspeaker that belongs to Sonus Faber's Heritage collection, along with the Electa Amator III, and is the modern version of the original Minima Amator first introduced in 1992.


X2: A heavyweight, uncompromised turntable from Pro-Ject  Audio.
X2: A heavyweight, uncompromised turntable from Pro-Ject Audio.

In 1991 Pro-Ject Audio Systems started a revolution in the Hi-Fi industry with the introduction of the low-budget Pro-Ject 1 turntable. Recently, they announced the latest generation of this turntable, the X2.


Opera Audio celebrates 25th anniversary with the Linear845 tube integrated amplifier.
Opera Audio celebrates 25th anniversary with the Linear845 tube integrated amplifier.

Linear845 is Opera Audio's flagship integrated amplifier, but -also- an anniversary model, specially designed to celebrate their 25 years history of focusing on audio experience and of technological achievements on tube amplifier development and manufacturing.


Astell&Kern launched 2nd gen KANN high-res audio player, the KANN CUBE.
Astell&Kern launched 2nd gen KANN high-res audio player, the KANN CUBE.

Astell&Kern recently launched the KANN CUBE, the second model in the KANN performance line, a device which offers higher power output, supports ΜQA and it is based on dual ESS Sabre DAC chips.


Weiss Series 5 devices are now Roon Ready.
Weiss Series 5 devices are now Roon Ready.

Weiss recently announced that they got the Roon Ready certification for their DAC501, DAC502, DSP501 and DSP502 units, i.e. the whole Series 5. Roon is a next generation player software, featuring, among other things, extensive metadata support, playback from NAS and streaming from an extensive collection of online services.


DMS-550/DMS-600: Cary Audio's new streamers/DACs.
DMS-550/DMS-600: Cary Audio's new streamers/DACs.

Cary Audio announced their two new models at the end of 2018. They are the replacement of the successful DMS-500, offering critical upgrades both in the structure, the electronics and the chassis, while they both can, also, be used as a digital preamplifier.


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Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amp.

Based on a very interesting set of ideas, with a long history but few examples of a practical application, the Benchmark AHB2 could serve as a convincing example of what the future of power amplifiers can be. Combine it with a renowned D/A Converter like the DAC2 HGC, and what you have is a top quality system from which only the loudspeakers are missing!


Review: ATC SCM 19 Loudspeaker.
Review: ATC SCM 19 Loudspeaker.

SCM19, ATC's entry level "Hi-Fi" series top stand-mount model, proved to be one of the best compact loudspeakers you can buy in this price range, especially if what you are looking for is some real high fidelity behavior. How did they manage this? Read the review to find out…


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