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
MartinLogan unveiled new subwoofer line, featuring wireless connection, control and ARC technology.
MartinLogan unveiled new subwoofers, featuring wireless connection, control and ARC.

MartinLogan's new series includes the Dynamo 400, 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X models, the X in the model names designating the inclusion of app based controls via Bluetooth, wireless Anthem Room Correction (ARC), and wireless signal connection capability.


Primare announced shipping of Prisma products.
Primare announced shipping of Prisma products.

Primare recently announced immediate availability of their I35, CD35 and DD35 Prisma products, while I15, SC15, CD15 and I25 Prisma are to be expected during Summer 2018.


Spendor announced new A7 loudspeaker.
Spendor announced new A7 loudspeaker.

Spendor’s multi award winning D7 and A6R loudspeakers have been a grate success, therefore it is not a surprise that the company has applied key elements of the technology and materials developed for these models, to create the all-new Spendor A-Line loudspeakers and especially the A7.


Revolutionary Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds officially launched.
Revolutionary Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds officially launched.

Bose announced the availability of its revolutionary noise-masking sleepbuds — tiny, truly wireless earbuds that combine an ultra-comfortable design with soothing sounds to block, cover, and replace the most common noises that interfere with sleep.


Quad's new ERA headphones.
Quad's new ERA headphones.

Quad’s first-ever headphones use planar magnetic technology to deliver a fast, open and natural sound in keeping with the sonic heritage of Britain’s original high-end audio company.


NAD introduced Value-Minded C 538 CD Player.
NAD introduced Value-Minded C 538 CD Player.

NAD announced their new C 538, a performance CD player engineered for musicality, simplicity and value – all virtues true to the brand’s proud tradition. Designed as either a music lover’s first CD player or as a quality replacement, the C 538 employs many of the same engineering techniques found in audiophile players but at a fraction of the price.


xDSD: iFi's next gen of portable DAC/Headphone amplifier.
iFi's next gen of portable DAC/Headphone amp.

The xDSD is an MQA-optimized DAC/amp that can be ultra portable or home-based. With aptX and AAC Bluetooth, it delivers high-resolution audio up to PCM768kHz and DSD512 at 500mW per channel to amplifiers, active loudspeakers and headphones of all types.


New SA-CD/CD Transport from McIntosh.
New SA-CD/CD Transport from McIntosh.

The MCT500 is a digital only unit and features 4 digital outputs; industry standard balanced, coax and optical outputs plus McIntosh's exclusive MCT connector. To enjoy CDs, it can be paired with any product that has standard digital inputs and a DAC, while for SA-CD playback, the MCT500’s proprietary MCT output needs to be connected to a McIntosh product with an MCT input.


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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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