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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Review: Thixar Silence Plus/Thixar Eliminator, Platform/Damper
Review: Thixar Silence Plus/Thixar Eliminator.

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Review: Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance, USB Conditioner
Review: Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance.

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MSB introduced a new line of power amplifiers, starting with the M500 Mono and the S500 Stereo.
MSB introduced the 500 Series power amplifiers.

MSB has launched a new line of power amplifiers, claiming that there was a need for a clean slate design that could meet, head on, their top-class DAC’s ultra high dynamic range. The result, the company states, was the 500 Series, the finest amplifier they've ever created, and allegedly one which redefines excellence and sets a new bar in the industry.


Verity Audio's new Lakme loudspeaker.
Verity Audio's new Lakme loudspeaker.

Verity Audio introduced the new Lakme, a new and innovative addition to their high quality loudspeakers line. The Lakme comes with a unique floor isolation system inspired from Verity's MASIS technology and it is placed between the world acclaimed Finn and Otello models.


Pure tape head preamplifier for reel to reel tape decks from Merrill Audio
Pure tape head preamplifier for reel to reel tape decks from Merrill Audio.

Merrill Audio Pure Tape Head Preamp is the first of a series of three tape head preamps the company will introduce to the market. The preamplifier is focused on the purist audiophile demanding the most accurate sound signature with the least amount of artifacts.


Thorens' TD 1600 and TD 1601 turntables will try to revive the TD160 legend.
Thorens' TD 1600 and TD 1601 turntables will try to revive the TD160 legend.

Starting with the acquisition of the Thorens brand by Gunter Kurten and the resettlement to Germany in 2018, a revival process of the company began. The first result of this appears to be the introduction of TD 1600 and TD 1601, two turntables which can be considered as modern incarnation of TD 160.


Wilson Benesch's Omega Drive is featured in GMT ONE system.
Wilson Benesch's Omega Drive is featured in GMT ONE system.

The Omega Drive is the world’s first axially orientated, precision magnetically geared turntable drive. The new system is featured in the GMT ONE, a turntable announced to mark the company’s 30th anniversary.


Phonitor xe: SPL's flagship headphone amp for headphone enthusiasts.
Phonitor xe: SPL's flagship amplifier for headphone enthusiasts.

SPL's Phonitor was a success story; designed and developed for the sound engineers, it soon found a fan base among Hi-Fi aficionados around the world. Now, the xe version is the ultimate standalone device for headphone enthusiasts who want the perfect solution without any compromises.


Gryphon introduced the new Ethos Compact Disc player.
Gryphon introduced the new Ethos CD player.

The company says that the sleek lines, low profile and stylish blend of metalwork, and high-gloss acrylic in the exterior design of the Ethos CD player can only begin to hint at the sophisticated technology concealed within as Gryphon again takes up the challenge of creating the definitive combination of CD transport and digital-to-analogue converter.


Klipsch introduced new T5 Series earphones, including their first-ever true wireless model.
Klipsch introduced new T5 Series earphones, including their first-ever true wireless model.

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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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