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
Technics announced the first-ever Reference Class SU-R1000 integrated amplifier.
Technics announced the first-ever Reference Class SU-R1000 integrated amplifier.

The Reference Class products are developed in pursue of an insatiable desire to deliver ultimate sound quality and they offer premium musical experience the Technics brand is known for. Now, the company unveiled their first Reference Class integrated amplifier, the SU-R1000.


Linn unveiled the Majik DSM, a one box solution that does it all: just add speakers!
Linn unveiled the Majik DSM, a one box solution that does it all: just add speakers!

Take your first step into authentic Hi-Fi with Linn's Majik DSM. The powerful combination of network music player, preamp and power amp, all in one timeless package, is peerless, whether you're streaming music or using one of the many inputs to plug in your sources and, even, a turntable.


iFi announced the CAN headphone amplifier.
iFi announced the CAN headphone amplifier.

Is it possible to make an analogue headphone amp that delivers high-end performance with all manner of headphones and bring it to every music lover for a more-than-reasonable price? iFi says "yes" and gives us the CAN!


REL's powerful 212/SX subwoofer.
REL's powerful 212/SX subwoofer.

Whilst 212/SX thunders and shakes foundations, it also resolves detail and restores midrange warmth to its correct balance. At 1,000 watts with four 12-inch drivers, 212/SX drives rooms hard and in multiple modes which allows it to create richer bass everywhere.


Cobra: Audio Note's latest integrated amplifier.
Cobra: Audio Note's latest integrated amplifier.

Cobra is Audio Note'w (UK) latest integrated amplifier, a tube-based device with an additional on-board DAC, featuring the venerable Philips TDA1543 16-bit converter.


Yamaha unveiled Next-Gen AV Receivers, featuring multiple 8K inputs, new look and immersive technology.
Yamaha unveiled Next-Gen AV Receivers, featuring multiple 8K inputs, new look and immersive technology.

Redesigned from the ground up and built on the foundation of the performance and power you can expect from Yamaha, the new RX-V line is positioned to support the latest trends and specifications for home entertainment, including gaming – both now and into the future.


Debut Carbon EVO: Pro-Ject's most popular turntable refined in every aspect.
Debut Carbon EVO: Pro-Ject's most popular turntable refined in every aspect.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems recently announced the Debut Carbon EVO, the latest evolution of their most popular turntable design that revolutionized the Hi-Fi industry.


Clearaudio upgrades Basic and Balance phono stages to new V2 editions.
Clearaudio upgrades Basic and Balance phono stages to new V2 editions.

Clearaudio’s ever-popular duo of mid-priced phono stages offer a raft of covetable options for the high-end audio beginner or upgrader – and both have now been treated to their own upgrade.


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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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