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
Deeptime Ionic Sound System: A 2.1 loudspeaker system, 3D printed from sand.
Deeptime Ionic Sound System: A 2.1 loudspeaker system, 3D printed from sand.

Inspired by natural shapes, Deeptimes's Ionic Sound System is designed by Ondrej Chotovinsky and Martin Hreben to be both a superb sounding audio solution and a sculptural object. The first audio system that is 3D printed from sand, is now available in a limited edition of 1618 sets.


Sweep-IT E: Pro-Ject's cleaning arm.
Sweep-IT E: Pro-Ject's cleaning arm.

The Sweep-IT E is a high-quality record cleaning arm, bringing convenience, great sound and longevity to vinyl record playing systems at an attractive price.


Quad upgraded the versatile Vena integrated amplifier to Vena II.
Quad upgraded the versatile Vena integrated amplifier to Vena II.

of its most popular products of recent years – the Vena integrated amplifier. The new Vena II builds upon the strengths of its predecessor by adding new features and enhancing sonic performance to form an affordable, high-performance audio system.


Boulder announced the new 2108 phono preamplifier.
Boulder announced the new 2108 phono preamplifier.

Boulder was recently announced the immediate release and shipment of the 2108 phono preamplifier. The 2108 is a part of the 2100 Series, Boulder’s highest-performing product line in continuous production and is their reference level phono preamplifier.


Rotel unveiled new CD player and Integrated amplifier.
Rotel unveiled new affordable CD player and Integrated amplifier.

Rotel recently added two new components to their portfolio of affordable products. The CD11 CD player and the A11 integrated amplifier are obviously designed to complement each other, both aesthetically and functionally, leverage Rotel's Balanced Designed Concept and, as a pair, will cost a little over €1.000,-


Monitor Audio's all-new MASS Surround Sound system.
Monitor Audio's all-new MASS Surround system.

The new MASS Surround Sound system is designed to deliver full-scale audio fidelity from compact, elegant loudspeaker cabinets that will augment any interior. Packing plenty of Monitor Audio’s acknowledged loudspeaker expertise inside a choice of sophisticated cloth covers, MASS is a discreet, stylish system capable of truly immersive sound.


Not new, but always a true classic. Falcon's LS3/5A loudspeaker.
Not new, but always a true classic. Falcon's LS3/5A loudspeaker.

The Falcon Acoustics Classic 15 ohm LS3/5A is fully licensed by the BBC and hand-assembled by Falcon in Oxford England. It is the only LS3/5A now in production that is recognized by top reviewers to faithfully replicate the original design published by the BBC in October 1976.


Technics unveiled the SL-1200MK7 Direct Drive Turntable.
Technics unveiled the SL-1200MK7, the newest version of their iconic DJ-oriented turntable.

The SL-1200MK7 maintains the same operating ease as the Technics SL-1200 Series direct drive turntables, which have supported the dawning of the DJ culture, while delivering the high-quality sound expected from the famous audio brand. The SL-1200MK7 is scheduled to be launched in summer 2019.


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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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