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
Wharfedale announced new Diamond series, the '12'.
Wharfedale announced new Diamond series, the "12", signed by Karl-Heinz Fink.

Since 1982, Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional sonic value for money earning numerous "product of the year" accolades in the UK and around the world. This autumn, with the introduction of the all-new Diamond 12 Series, Wharfedale once again raises the bar for affordable, high-performance loudspeakers.


Moon launches 40th Anniversary Edition System for slightly over €30,000.
Moon launches 40th Anniversary Edition System for slightly over €30,000.

Moon has created an iconic audio system to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The stunning Moon Anniversary Edition features the highly acclaimed 680D streaming DAC and the elegantly powerful 600i v2 integrated amplifier.


Audio Solutions introduced Overture MK3.
Audio Solutions introduced Overture MK3.

Audio Solutions introduced the Overture MK3, their third-generation, entry level loudspeaker system. All Overture models are completely redesigned with new cabinets, drivers and crossovers.


Elac's new Uni-Fi 2.0 Line of Home Speakers
Elac's new Uni-Fi 2.0 Line of Home Speakers

Elac recently announced the Uni-Fi 2.0 line of home speakers. This new line builds upon the success of the first-generation Uni-Fi Family and incorporates a variety of new features and technologies.


Bryston unveiled the BR-20 preamplifier.
Bryston unveiled the BR-20 preamplifier.

The BR-20 breaks new ground, merging Bryston’s brand new, best-ever analog preamplifier with their award-winning DAC and bit-perfect high-resolution streaming capability all into a single chassis.


Introducing Vivid Audio Kaya S12.
Introducing Vivid Audio Kaya S12.

Vivid Audio recently introduced the revolutionary Kaya S12. Although the internal volume of this loudspeaker only measures 12 liters and puts less than 7kg on the scale, it is filled to the brim with their own patented technologies.


NAD introduced the C 298 power amplifier with Purifi Eigentakt amplification.
NAD introduced the C 298 power amplifier with Purifi Eigentakt amplification.

NAD announced another high-performance amplifier that uses Purifi Eigentakt amplification technology, a two-channel powerhouse that is a perfect partner to high-quality preamplifiers or in any application where additional channels of audiophile amplification are desired.


Klipsch The Fives highlight the power of connection.
Klipsch The Fives highlight the power of connection.

New powered stereo speakers from the celebrated US maker come equipped with comprehensive connectivity, including HDMI ARC and Bluetooth.


More News...


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…


More Reviews...

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Recent News...