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
SC-PMX802: A premium network Hi-Fi system from Panasonic.
SC-PMX802: A premium network Hi-Fi system from Panasonic.

Panasonic recently announced the new SC-PMX802 Premium Hi-Fi System and Network Player, incorporating technology from Hi-Fi specialist Technics, to deliver outstanding sonic performance.


Periodic Audio’s Rhodium is a digital delight in a Pint-sized package.
Periodic Audio’s Rhodium is a digital delight in a Pint-sized package.

Periodic Audio unveiled the Rhodium, an ultra-compact high-resolution DAC that offers the music lover incredible performance, value and versatility.


Rega announced availability of their new Kyte loudspeaker.
Rega announced availability of their new Kyte loudspeaker.

The new compact loudspeaker is a two-way design and features a phenolic resin cabinet, supporting a ZRR (Zero Rear Reflection) technology high frequency unit and a handmade Rega MX-125 bass/mid driver.


Astell & Kern unveiled a USB-C DAC Cable, for smartphones without a headphone jack.
Astell & Kern unveiled a USB-C DAC Cable, for smartphones without a headphone jack.

Smartphone manufacturers are removing headphone jacks from their products. Without a headphone jack, how do you listen to music on your smartphone with the headphones and earphones you currently own? A&K's development team give an answer to this and other questions.


Focal presents Clear Mg, new luxury headphones for home use.
Focal presents Clear Mg, new luxury headphones for home use.

Focal recently unveiled a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor.


McIntosh unveiled the new MCD85 SACD/CD player.
McIntosh unveiled the new MCD85 SACD/CD player.

The MCD85 with its open chassis design is not only a serious piece of music hardware, but it shows that you are serious about your love of music.


Next-generation Klimax DSM is the best yet, says Linn.
Next-generation Klimax DSM is the best yet, says Linn.

The new Klimax DSM is the epitome of extreme engineering, with every element designed from first principles, inside and out, applying decades of Linn’s unique audio innovation and digital technology expertise.


Triangle unveiled Limited Editions of Antal and Comete loudspeakers.
Triangle unveiled Limited Editions of Antal and Comete loudspeakers.

Entirely redesigned and improved, the mythical speakers Antal and Comete feature the latest acoustic innovations from Triangle's R&D department. Between legacy and perpetual quest for innovation, this 40th Anniversary Limited Edition embodies the philosophy of the well-known French company.


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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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