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
Taga Harmony unveiled the v.3 of their HTA-700B hybrid integrated amplifier.
Taga Harmony unveiled the v.3 of their HTA-700B hybrid integrated amplifier.

HTA-700B v.3 is the latest edition of Taga's highly-rewarded and extremely popular mid-size hybrid integrated amplifier, a design featuring a pair of double triodes in the preamplifier part and a pair of monolithic power stages in the output.


Schiit Audio unveiled the new Modius DAC.
Schiit Audio unveiled the new Modius DAC.

Schiit Audio today introduced an all-new, affordable balanced DAC: Modius. The new device offers Schiit's exclusive Unison USB input, as well as optical, coaxial, and AES inputs, in a compact, convenient, USB-powered package.


Ubsound launched their new handcrafted “Feel” loudspeaker series, designed in Milan and made in Italy.
Ubsound launched their new handcrafted “Feel” loudspeaker series, designed in Milan and made in Italy.

On the occasion of the company’s ninth birthday the Italian Ubsound launched the Feel Series of premium handmade passive loudspeakers with two models available (bookshelf and floorstanding), in four vibrant colors to choose from, designed and handcrafted in Italy.


Torus Power introduced the AVR Elite series, offering much more than a power transformer.
Torus Power introduced the AVR Elite series, offering much more than a power transformer.

The new AVR Elite series models are a full-feature state-of-the-art power transformer, which provides true isolation (using massive toroidals) and protects all connected equipment from the risk of severe power line surges using series-mode surge suppression.


AURALiC's new G2.1 Series: Breathing new life into your music.
AURALiC's new G2.1 Series: Breathing new life into your music.

While the success of the G2 products proved a welcome chapter, the AURALiC team, in its innovative spirit, felt that it’s time to further the series in terms of its capabilities, both in the realm of hardware and software.


AWKT, AWAS and WP900: Audio-Technica's high-performance, exotic wood-finish and innovative headphones.
AWKT, AWAS and WP900: Audio-Technica's high-performance, wood-finish headphones.

The over-ear ATH-AWKT and ATH-AWAS audiophile and over-ear ATH-WP900 portable headphones, combine beautifully crafted woods with superb sound quality, while the ATH-IEX1 features an exclusive hybrid multi-driver system for an unmatched in-ear listening experience.


Wharfedale's Elysian loudspeakers aspire to turn home into sonic heaven.
Wharfedale's Elysian loudspeakers aspire to turn home into sonic heaven.

In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields are a heavenly place where the heroic and the virtuous are rewarded in the afterlife. Elysian, as an adjective, means blissful – a fitting name for Wharfedale’s new flagship loudspeakers, conceived to deliver blissful sonic reward to music lovers seeking heavenly respite from the rigors of daily life.


Hallmark Recordings' Richard Strauss, featuring the Vienna Philharmonic & Herbert von Karajan, re-issued by Pro-Ject Audio Systems.
Hallmark Recordings' Richard Strauss, re-issued by Pro-Ject Audio Systems.

The new vinyl, "Analog Only”, edition of the Vienna Philharmonic from Pro-Ject Audio Systems, is being transferred directly from the original tapes of Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, with no intermediate digital processing.


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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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