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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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!


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.


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.


News & Industry Update
NAD unveiled the Masters M10, BluOS streaming amplifier.
NAD unveiled the Masters Series M10, BluOS streaming amplifier.

NAD unveiled a new Masters Series product, the M10, a BluOS enabled amplifier that, in its simplest form, is an ultra-high-performance streaming amplifier with great audiophile sound and can be combined with other devices in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players throughout the home.


Magico announced the APOD as the perfect coupling mechanism.
Magico announced the APOD as the perfect coupling mechanism.

Magico, announced a newly developed spiked footer solution for the A3 loudspeaker named the APOD. The new product is based on the scientific design principles of Constrained Layer Damping (CLD).


Sony PS-LX310BT: Recreate the classic vinyl sound experience but wirelessly.
Sony PS-LX310BT: Recreate the classic vinyl sound experience but wirelessly.

Whether you are revisiting your old records or building up your collection with new releases, transport your vinyl experience into the present day with the new Sony PS-LX310BT turntable, a device that fuses the much-loved vinyl sound quality with the convenience and flexibility of connecting to a wired or wireless device.


Sweet sound of SYMFONISK: IKEA to offer Sonos-based audio products range.
Sweet sound of SYMFONISK: IKEA to offer Sonos-based audio products range.

What do you get when you combine great home furnishing knowledge with sound expertise? The answer is SYMFONISK – an all new audio device range that marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between Sonos and IKEA. The first product is already within earshot.


Technics unveiled the new SL-1500C Premium Class direct drive turntable system.
Technics unveiled the new SL-1500C Premium Class direct drive turntable system.

The SL-1500C inherits the brand's high-end sound quality concept and adds a host of original Technics technologies, such as a core-less direct drive motor and high sensitivity tonearm, while also includes a built-in Phono EQ and a high-quality Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge to simplify installation and use.


Nagra announced a new flagship D/A converter, the HD DAC X.
Nagra announced a new flagship D/A converter, the HD DAC X.

The Swiss company announced it is releasing a new digital to analog converter to compliment their HD range, that is called the HD DAC X and is a major evolution of the world-acclaimed Nagra HD DAC.


PSB updates acclaimed Alpha Series loudspeakers.
PSB updates acclaimed Alpha Series loudspeakers.

PSB, long renowned for affordable excellence in loudspeaker design, launched an all-new range of Alpha loudspeakers that, like their predecessors, deliver remarkable value and performance. It appears that by popular demand, Paul Barton tries to redefine the performance/value equation.


Sony introduces all new 360 Reality Audio powered by Object-Based spatial audio technology.
Sony introduces all new 360 Reality Audio powered by Object-Based spatial audio.

Sony announced an all new music experience called "360 Reality Audio" that makes listeners feel as if they are immersed in sound from all directions. The new experience is delivered by Sony’s object-based spatial audio technology and was announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.


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Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer

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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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