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

IFA 2017 - Show Report
IFA 2017 - Show Report

With over 250,000 visitors and press coverage from seventy countries, IFA closed its doors on September 6, confirming the view that it is one of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the world. We have found the most interesting exhibits related to Audio/Video technologies and we present them to you.

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.


Munich HIGH END 2017 - Show Report
Munich HIGH END 2017 - Show Report

The 36th HIGH END show has confirmed its position as the largest European event for high-performance audio equipment, both in terms of breadth and number of exhibits, and in the general feeling it has created, leaving no doubt that its scale is that of international importance. Take a look at the most important products displayed in Munich.


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!


News & Industry Update
Acuhorn added the media streamer/DAC R2R and the class-D power amplifier Rate to their product range.
Acuhorn added a media streamer/DAC and a class-D power amp to their product range.

Acuhorn from Poland, the company that recently unveiled the minimalist single-tube TT Original SET power amplifier, recently introduced two new products, the R2R media streamer and the Rate class D power amplifier, both devices with some interesting aspects, to say the least.


Sennheiser’s new HD 660 S delivers even better sound, comfort and versatility.
Sennheiser’s new HD 660 S delivers even better sound, comfort and versatility.

Sennheiser has launched a new open dynamic headphone for the passionate audiophile – the HD 660 S. The new model builds on the legacy of the HD 650 and features a new and improved transducer design that delivers lower harmonic distortion for an even more natural, lifelike audio experience, the company says.


Conrad-Johnson announced the ART150 and ART300 amplifiers.
Conrad-Johnson announced the ART150 and ART300 amplifiers.

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Conrad-Johnson has introduced two new ART amplifiers, the ART150 stereo amplifier and ART300 monoblock, to be offered as limited edition products with just 250 units of the ART150 and 125 pairs of the ART300 being available.


The +Record Player: The all-in-one turntable from +Audio.
The +Record Player: The all-in-one compact turntable from +Audio.

The +Record Player combines elegant design, advanced features and uncompromising audio, in a compact, one-unit package to please discerning vinyl enthusiasts seeking a high quality turntable solution to enjoy their record collection without the cost and complexity of a traditional component system.


Ultrasone unveiled the Edition 15.
Ultrasone unveiled the Edition 15.

With the Edition 15, Ultrasone is expanding its product range with a set of top-class open reference headphones, being their first set to feature GTC driver and the S-LogicEX technology. Production of the Edition 15 will be limited to 999 headphones.


McIntosh's MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver.
McIntosh's MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver.

McIntosh recently announced the MA7200 integrated amplifier and the MAC7200 receiver, each product combining the best-in-class audio performance of the legendary McIntosh Reference System with the latest in technological development.


Audio Analogue's PureAA Line.
Audio Analogue's PureAA Line.

Audio Analogue announced a new line of products, the PureAA Line, made to recall the philosophy used for the most successful Audio Analogue products, the mix of simple design and reference-quality sound, with the best value for money available on the market.


Murano Alto, the latest high end floorstanding loudspeaker from Cabasse.
Murano Alto, the latest high end floorstanding loudspeaker from Cabasse.

Assembled in Cabasse studios located in Plouzane, France, Murano Alto is a compact column-like floorstanding loudspeaker, featuring the coaxial mid-tweeter driver from their state-of-the-art system l’Ocean and two woofers with honeycomb diaphragms.


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Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer
Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer

Lab 12's Gordian appears to be a quite smart and easy to use device, which, in addition to the power line noise suppression and the surge protection it provides, offers some good, objective data about the home mains quality.


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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