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
Rotel revives the iconic, top-of-the-range Michi series.
Rotel revives their iconic Michi series.

Rotel is re-introducing their Michi brand via a new flagship range of three hi-end audio components, each strive to offer outstanding audio performance with the highest build quality and an elegant and modern design – all delivered with exceptional value.


Sound EVOlved: Wharfedale's new EVO4 loudspeaker series.
Sound EVOlved: Wharfedale's new EVO4 loudspeaker series.

EVO4 Series loudspeakers harness concepts and technologies from Wharfedale’s flagship Elysian project to deliver high-end performance without upscale price tags.


Pro-Ject's The Beatles Singles Turntable.
Pro-Ject's The Beatles Singles Turntable.

To celebrate the release of “The Beatles Singles Collection” box set of vinyl singles, Pro-Ject Audio released a very special addition to their Artist Collection turntables: Simply referred to as the “Singles Turntable”, the deck itself will be finished with a collage of all original Beatles single sleeves, and it will include several features unique to this edition.


CL1000: Luxman's new flagship Control Amplifier.
CL1000: Luxman's new flagship Control Amplifier features a new LECUTA attenuator.

Luxman’s new flagship control amplifier, the CL-1000, is the spiritual heir to the legendary C-1000, launched in 1975. But, the new device, also, looks forward with an all-new LECUTA volume control system and more, the company says.


Acuhorn unveiled three new tube-based DACs, featuring the same digital core but different output configurations.
Acuhorn's new tube-based DACs: same digital core, different output configurations.

The company from Poland, recently introduced the R2R TS, R2R T and R2R XT family of D/A converters, all featuring the same discrete R2R/FPGA-based signal processing, but different output stages.


Allegri Reference: Townshend's new passive preamplifier.
Allegri Reference: Townshend's new passive preamplifier.

The Allegri Reference is a microprocessor-controlled, passive, autotransformer volume control preamplifier, ideally suited for both the Hi-Fi enthusiast and the professional user. It is wired throughout with Townshend’s proprietary Fractal cable and features a full remote control, an LED display and the latest Seismic Isolation.


Cyrus Audio announced the ONE Cast integrated amplifier.
Cyrus Audio announced the ONE Cast amplifier.

Cyrus Audio has recently announced the launch of the ONE Cast Smart Audio System. The latest member of the award-winning Cyrus ONE family, the ONE Cast fully embraces the freedom and usability of the smart speaker, but offers the additional flexibility and audiophile performance associated with a dedicated Hi-Fi system.


Rega announced the new amplifier Aethos.
Rega announced the new amplifier Aethos.

The Aethos is a dual mono design that delivers 156 W per channel into 6 Ω, a no-compromise product with the goal to deliver music as faithfully as possible, built to Rega’s high standards of reliability and quality, to ensure many years of musical enjoyment.


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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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