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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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
Cyrus introduced the ONElinear compact loudspeaker.
Cyrus introduced the ONElinear loudspeaker.

The Cyrus ONElinear is a premium loudspeaker system, designed to perfectly augment Cyrus' ONE amplifier, being optimized for use with their hybrid Class D power stage topologies and engineered with a classically “British” linear frequency response curve.


Chord Electronics announced the Qutest standalone DAC.
Chord announced the Qutest standalone DAC.

Qutest is a standalone DAC with conversion architecture based on Rob Watts' award-winning Hugo 2 and is perfectly equipped to bring the benefits of the company's digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernize aging digital source components.


ATC launched CDA2 Mk2 CD/DAC Preamp.
ATC launched CDA2 Mk2 CD/DAC Preamp.

ATC announced the arrival of the CDA 2 Mk2 CD/DAC preamp, which represents a re-engineering of its predecessor in all the key performance areas. Wholesale upgrades to the company's leading source product, deliver audiophile levels of accuracy and dynamics to music reproduction, combined with extraordinary value for money.


Exposure adds new HP headphone amplifier to its compact XM series.
Exposure adds new HP headphone amplifier to its compact XM series.

In 2017, Exposure launched the “XM” series of Hi-Fi components, packing an impressive complement of high-end features into a compact and affordable design. Now, the XM3 phono stage, XM5 integrated amp, XM7 preamp and XM9 mono power amps are joined by the new XM HP headphone amplifier.


D 3020 V2: NAD Enhanced Its Best-Selling Digital Amplifier.
D 3020 V2: NAD Enhanced Its Best-Selling Digital Integrated Amplifier.

NAD Electronics announced a new and improved digital amplifier, the D 3020 V2. The original D3020, the company’s best-selling amplifier was updated with cosmetic refinements and, by popular request, the addition of a moving magnet phono input, while its price has lowered.


Sonarworks True-Fi: Connecting Headphone Listeners to Studio Sound.
Sonarworks True-Fi: Connecting Headphone Listeners to Studio Sound.

European audio software developer Sonarworks, recently announced its new True-Fi technology that removes unwanted sound coloration from headphones so the listener can experience the artist's true intention — on a sonically balanced listening canvas which enables ”Studio sound” performance.


Bryston unveiled Flagship Active Loudspeaker Systems.
Bryston unveiled Flagship Active Systems.

Bryston has announced the introduction of their Active Loudspeaker lineup, featuring three speaker models of different sizes, combined with the DSP-enabled BAX-1 active crossover and legendary Cubed-Series amplifier technology, in an effort to create an ultimate performance audiophile package.


LG unveiled the SK10Y soundbar.
LG unveiled the SK10Y soundbar.

LG’s new SK10Y soundbar delivers 550W of powerful output and supports 5.1.2 channels by harnessing the power of Dolby Atmos technology and Meridian's experience in high-performance, high-fidelity audio through Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and knowledge of psychoacoustics.


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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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