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
Grado introduced the GT220 True Wireless Stereo earbuds.
Grado introduced the GT220 True Wireless Stereo earbuds.

Grado recently announced their first ever True Wireless in-ear headphone. The unconventional, Brooklyn based, audio manufacturer has wielded its more than 65 years of know-how to deliver a perfectly tuned offering to the worldwide market.


Harman Kardon introduced new Citation Amp.
Harman Kardon introduced new Citation Amp.

The new amplifier adds the power of HD streaming to home entertainment systems. Powering bookshelf, floor standing, in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, or combining with other Harman Kardon Citation products, creates a multi-channel wireless surround sound system.


Grimm Audio updates MU1 player firmware, offers smoother operation.
Grimm Audio updates MU1 player firmware, offers smoother operation.

Grimm Audio recently announced a new release (v1.2.14) for the firmware running in their critically acclaimed music player MU1. The main focus of this update is on the internal control software that manages all systems in the MU1.


EM5: New beryllium-based earbuds from FiiO.
EM5: New beryllium-based earbuds from FiiO.

The company says that the all-new exterior style, high quality construction as well as outstanding sound performance of the new EM5 will keep reminding one it is time to change their headphones for something better…


Arcam unveiled the ST60, a launch that marks the Cambridge maker’s debut dedicated network player.
Arcam unveiled the ST60, a launch that marks the Cambridge maker’s debut dedicated network player.

Enabling audio streaming from all of the major services – including Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal – the ST60 is the perfect companion to any stereo amplifier, including one of from Arcam's own HDA series of award-winning two-channel audio engines.


Bowers & Wilkins launched special PX7 Carbon Edition wireless headphones.
Bowers & Wilkins launched special PX7 Carbon Edition wireless headphones.

Designed to highlight the PX7’s pioneering use of carbon-fiber composite reinforcement in its construction, the new Carbon Edition features a high- quality carbon black finish with diamond-cut detailing on each ear cup, creating an even more premium look that also evokes the illustrious heritage of B&W headphones over the years, inspired by the original P5.


Beogram 4000c: B&O recreates a Limited Edition Classic.
Beogram 4000c: B&O recreates a Limited Edition Classic.

The original iconic turntable which set the standard for all record players that came after, is re-imagined for contemporary use, but Beogram 4000c will be available only in Europe for now.


Celebrating its 45th birthday, Melco wraps its N10 library in champagne.
Celebrating its 45th birthday, Melco wraps its N10 library in champagne.

To mark 45 years of Hi-Fi design and manufacturing, Japanese digital music library specialist, Melco, has launched the N10 45th Anniversary Limited Edition, a special version of its flagship half-width library.


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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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