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

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.


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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Merrill Audio announced new power amp based on GaN power transistors.

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The search for ultimate sound: Sonarworks launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization.
Sonarworks launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization.

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Pro-Ject‘s classic turntable design re-imagined with the new X1!
Pro-Ject‘s classic turntable design re-imagined with the new X1!

In 1991, Pro-Ject started a revolution in Hi-Fi with the introduction of the Pro-Ject 1 turntable., a new, high quality but low budget turntable at a time when CD was king. Now, their new X1 is based on the same concept as the P1, but is improved in every aspect, thanks to modern materials and new production methods.


Klipsch La Scala AL5: A new take on the Mini Klipschorn for 2019.
Klipsch La Scala AL5: A new take on the Mini Klipschorn for 2019.

Originally designed for professional use and released for the first time in 1963, the La Scala took its name from the Teatro alla Scala in Italy and aimed to bring to life every nuance of an audio performance. The latest AL5 generation stays true to this tradition, but brings new modern technology and an improved cosmetic appeal to the design.


Torus introduced the new Power PB 5 isolation transformer.
Torus introduced the new PowerBlock 5 isolation transformer.

Torus recently announced that the first member of our their PowerBlock family is ready for shipment. The Torus Power PB 5 is a North America Series, 5-amp Torus Power toroidal isolation transformer with a compact footprint and rugged construction.


fenestria: PMC's fact range flagship.
Fenestria: PMC's fact range flagship.

Fenestria is a 1.7m tall, three-way, floorstanding passive loudspeaker, featuring twin ATL loading, tailor-made drivers, twin Laminair vents for improved aerodynamic airflow, plus a newly designed cabinet that houses the treble and mid-range units.


SVS announced the Prime Pinnacle loudspeaker.
SVS announced the Prime Pinnacle loudspeaker.

SVS recently unveiled the Prime Pinnacle loudspeaker, a floorstanding design featuring a new driver array, trickle down technology from the reference Ultra Series models and performance that will delight both discerning audiophiles and home theater fans, while blending seamlessly in a room.


Lehmannaudio unveiled the Linear USB II and Linear D II amplifiers.
Lehmannaudio unveiled the Linear USB II and Linear D II amplifiers.

With the introduction of the classic Linear headphone amplifier in 2004, Lehmannaudio raised the standard for headphone amplifiers to a new level. Now, the company announced its new big brother – the Linear II, available in two versions, the Linear USB II and the Linear D II.


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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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