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
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!

CES 2017 - Show Report
CES 2017 - Show Report

For consumer electronics in general, 2017 should be a very interesting year, taking into account the overall impression created by the CES, both in relation to the exhibits as well as the attendance size. And, although the audio/video and the home entertainment systems market sector appears to be more in a consolidation phase, there surely were many interesting things to see and to listen to at Las Vegas!

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…


News & Industry Update
m900: Grace Design's new compact DAC/Headphone amplifier.
m900: Grace Design's new compact DAC/Headphone amplifier.

The m900 is a portable, desktop friendly, DAC /Headphone amplifier/Preamp combo, designed to give audio professionals and enthusiasts musical and transparent audio playback from USB, S/PDIF or Toslink sources.


The Denon HEOS AVR: surround yourself with movie sound and fill your home with music – without the wires.
The Denon HEOS AVR: surround yourself with sound – without the wires.

New Denon HEOS AVR combines style with the ability to deliver the surround sound experience- all without cables cluttering the room to the rear channels, offering up to 5.1 channel surround sound with the simple set-up and operation of a soundbar.


Audio by Van Alstine unveiled the DAC MK 5.
Audio by Van Alstine unveiled the DAC MK 5.

Audio enthusiasts are delighting that Audio by Van Alstine, has released its next chapter in the pursuit of uncompromised digital audio, the DAC MK 5, a multi-format digital to analog converter which supports PCM data streams up to and including 192kHz as well as DSD64 and DSD128 formats.


Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2: Design conscious sound.
Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2: Design conscious sound.

Since its introduction in 2013, Ruark's MR1 Bluetooth stereo speaker system has been widely commended as one of the finest available. The new MR1 Mk2 version, retains all the attributes of the original, but its looks have been significantly enhanced making them even more appealing to design conscious customers.


RME unveiled the 768kHz ADI-2 Pro AD-DA converter.
RME unveiled the 768kHz ADI-2 Pro AD-DA converter and headphone amplifier.

RME’s 20-years anniversary reference AD/DA converter is a host of devices, all put together into one unit, with a simple and mostly automated way of using it right out of the box, the result being a compact unit with excellent tech specs, crystal clear and transparent sound, and two extremely powerful headphone outputs.


IsoTek offers compact, clean power solution with the new EVO3 Genesis One.
IsoTek offers compact, clean power solution with the new EVO3 Genesis One.

EVO3 Genesis One is a new to the Mosaic series, state-of-the-art, single cell sine wave generation system with extremely low THD. As the name suggests, it features one outlet and is designed to work with a single front-end source component.


Channel Islands Audio announced the release of their long-awaited PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC phono preamplifier.
CI Audio announced the release of their long-awaited PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC phono preamp.

This new dual-mono design is aimed at music lovers seeking the utmost life-like performance from their vinyl collection and offers outstanding performance with a wide variety of phono cartridge types.


The new Densen B-250CAST Reference Preamplifier.
The new Densen B-250CAST Preamp.

The Densen B-250 has established itself as a reference preamplifier on the high end market over the years. Now Densen introduces the B-250CAST. Taking many of the innovations from the B-275 Super Leggera preamp, the new preamplifier offers a new level of performance, supported by some advanced solutions.


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Equipment Reviews...
Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.
Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.

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: Ideon Audio Ayazi USB DAC.
Review: Ideon Audio Ayazi USB DAC.

The first product of this new manufacturer from Greece is an interesting and ambitious attempt to enter into one of the most active market segments in a quite sensitive price level. But if the value of a venture lies -at least to some extent- in the size of the challenge faced, this could be a giant first step, since Ideon Audio seems to have made the right decisions, skillfully balancing between some difficult choices and offering their Ayazi USB DAC the chance to emerge amid some competition which is much more than significant.


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