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
Vintage-styled loudspeaker from Elipson.
Vintage-styled loudspeaker from Elipson.

French audio specialist Elipson has introduced a new range of loudspeakers, inspired by the monitors of the 1970s. Its Heritage XLS15 are vintage in design but versatile in function, 3-way, bass reflex designs.


CSA 150: Copland's top integrated amplifier.
CSA 150: Copland's top integrated amplifier.

The CSA150 is the top model in the new line of Copland CSA series amplifiers, a current feedback power plant which, under dynamic conditions, will allegedly deliver several times its rated power - enough to drive almost any loudspeaker.


Musical Fidelity unveiled the  M3x Vinyl phono preamplifier.
Musical Fidelity unveiled the M3x Vinyl phono preamplifier.

The new Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl phono stage supports both moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges, is the first phono stage for the M3 level of the company’s popular M-Series range of electronics, and benefits from a full feature set and a discrete circuit layout.


New carbon fiber tape reels from RX Reels combine high performance with good looks.
New carbon fiber tape reels from RX Reels combine high performance with good looks.

Produced using up-cycled aviation grade carbon fiber for superior strength, durability and weight, RX Reels’ new tape reels will not warp or bend, and will allow your tape deck to look just as good as it sounds.


Cambridge Audio unveiled the Evo all-in-one music players.
Cambridge Audio unveiled the Evo all-in-one music players.

Evo by Cambridge Audio is a beautifully designed all-in-one music player that gives you instant access to all the music in the world. Designed in their London studio, by lead designer Ged Martin, Evo’s minimal and timeless aesthetic will fit into any interior and lifestyle.


SVS 3000 Micro: Chest-pounding, musical bass from a shockingly compact 10-inch cabinet.
SVS 3000 Micro: Chest-pounding, musical bass from a shockingly compact 10-inch cabinet.

This miniature yet mighty subwoofer seamlessly blends into any room and speaker system, energizing the space with astonishingly rich, effortless, and detailed bass that’s all the more impressive given its micro-sized enclosure, SVS says.


Beoplay HX: Bang & Olufsen unveiled new headphones.
Beoplay HX: Bang & Olufsen unveiled new headphones.

Bang & Olufsen announced the launch of Beoplay HX, a headphone with digital ANC, up to 35 hours of play time and elevated comfort, exemplifying Bang & Olufsen’s expertise in sound, design, and craftsmanship.


Embrace – Hybrid “Hugging” amplifier from Audiozen.
Embrace – Hybrid “Hugging” amplifier from Audiozen.

After six years, Audiozen's first integrated amplifier, the Alchemy, is retired and the Embrace, a new hybrid design takes its place.


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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…


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