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.


Top Stories

Naxatras III Magnetic Fidelity LP/Duplication Master.
Naxatras III Magnetic Fidelity LP/Duplication Master: Searching for the Lost (Analogue) Sound.

Comparatively listening to the Naxatras III audiophile vinyl cut and the tape directly transferred from the master, as edited by engineer Jesus Agnew and Magnetic Fidelity, leads to the appreciation of the analog sound values, when the process is, indeed, impeccable. But, at the same time, the prerequisites are far from simple, both in the recording/transfer and the playback chain. For us, this was a research project that, probably, took too long but it was worth every minute spent!


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

It is true that we expected a review sample of the melto2 phono preamplifier rather impatiently but we had good reasons to do so. LAB12 has proven to master the art of the well-balanced design, one where technical excellence is in line with true flexibility. Here are our impressions …


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.


News & Industry Update
Pro-Ject Audio announced the 7RAY feat. Triple Ace - Jazzy Zoetrope Studio and Live Recording vinyl record.
Pro-Ject Audio announced the “Jazzy Zoetrope Studio and Live Recording" vinyl record.

Pro-Ject announced a new audiophile record for the first time under the Pro-Ject Records label. Available as a 180gr double LP and a direct master tape copy, this production is a landmark release for Pro-Ject Audio Systems. The record is easy to listen to, with great atmosphere: Jazz classic on its best.


Q Acoustics expands award-winning 3000i range with powerful 3030i standmount loudspeaker.
Q Acoustics expands award-winning 3000i range with powerful 3030i standmount loudspeaker.

Q Acoustics has added a new model to its award-winning 3000i loudspeaker range: the 3030i standmount speaker, engineered to provide more powerful bass performance in a conveniently compact size.


New Stereo Ultima Amplifiers from Chord Electronics.
New Stereo Ultima Amplifiers from Chord Electronics.

Chord Electronics has introduced its ground-breaking next-generation Ultima amplifier topology to (full-size) stereo for the first time, with the introduction of two new power amplifiers, the Ultima 5 and Ultima 6.


AudioControl unveiled new audio receivers and preamp/processors.
AudioControl unveiled new audio receivers and preamp/processors.

AudioControl has announced the introduction of three new A/V receivers and two new A/V processors. Τhe company says that all five units share a stunning industrial design along with the most advanced technologies available, painstakingly engineered to be the foundation of a premium home cinema.


M 002 P: Ballfinger unveiled new open reel, playback-only, tape deck.
M 002 P: Ballfinger unveiled new open reel, playback-only, tape deck.

The M 002 P is a pure playback machine and provides an upgrade path, since -in addition to the internal amplifiers, the tape head is directly connected to the XLR connectors, so the machine, similar to high-quality record players, can serve as a pure drive and can be combined with various external playback amplifiers.


Focal completes its Chora line for Home Cinema configurations.
Focal completes its Chora line for Home Cinema configurations.

Chora 826-D, Chora Center and Chora Surround to join the line of first Chora loudspeakers, combining design, technology and performance for a genuine home cinema experience at an unrivaled price.


iFi adds to its range of portable DAC/headphone amps with an all-new design – the hip-dac.
iFi adds to its range of portable DAC/headphone amps with an all-new design – the hip-dac.

Smartly dressed in petrol blue with a touch of copper, the go-anywhere hip-dac portable USB DAC/headphone amp is designed to slip discretely into a pocket and offers an extensive hi-res specification that belies its eminently affordable price tag.


Exposure's new VXN active crossover and power supply allows you to upgrade your system to active operation!
Exposure's new VXN active crossover allows you to upgrade your system to active operation!

The company says that you can experience a serious performance enhancement by upgrading your loudspeakers to active operation, with their new VXN active crossover which by-passes the speakers’ internal passive crossovers.


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