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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IFA 2017 - Show Report
IFA 2017 - Show Report

With over 250,000 visitors and press coverage from seventy countries, IFA closed its doors on September 6, confirming the view that it is one of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the world. We have found the most interesting exhibits related to Audio/Video technologies and we present them to you.

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.


Munich HIGH END 2017 - Show Report
Munich HIGH END 2017 - Show Report

The 36th HIGH END show has confirmed its position as the largest European event for high-performance audio equipment, both in terms of breadth and number of exhibits, and in the general feeling it has created, leaving no doubt that its scale is that of international importance. Take a look at the most important products displayed in Munich.


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!


News & Industry Update
Play it again, SAM: Audionet unveiled the SAM 20 SE Limited Edition Integrated Amplifier.
Play it again, SAM: Audionet unveiled the SAM 20 SE Limited Edition Integrated Amplifier.

Celebrating their legendary integrated amp's 20 years anniversary, Audionet recently announced the best SAM ever: the strictly limited Special Edition SAM 20 SE (20th Anniversary), a heavily upgraded version of an already highly acclaimed device.


Tidal turns Loudness Normalization ON by default and helps to end the Loudness War.
Tidal turns Loudness Normalization ON by default and helps to end the Loudness War.

Music Streaming service Tidal has adopted the loudness recommendation of Eelco Grimm, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and Grimm Audio. In Tidal’s recent update of their iOS and Android apps, loudness normalization is now turned ON by default.


Audeze introduced the LCD-MX4 headphones, targeting engineers and critical listening users.
Audeze introduced the LCD-MX4 headphones, targeting engineers and critical listening users.

Audeze recently announced the newest addition to their award-winning LCD collection, the LCD-MX4. Designed for all the producers and mastering engineers, the LCD-MX4 is 30% lighter than other LCD models and supports Audeze's Reveal plug-ins which apply filter presets specific to each headphone model.


Ortofon introduced the Quintet Moving Coil Cartridges.
Ortofon introduced the Quintet MC Series.

Since 1948, Ortofon has introduced about 100 different moving coil models and nothing demonstrates the company's long-standing resilience more than its commitment to the refinement of analogue sound quality and its continued development of new cartridge models. The new MC Quintet is their most recent product series.


Akiko Audio introduced the Phono Booster noise reduction device.
Akiko Audio introduced the Phono Booster.

Akiko announced the availability of the Phono Booster, a device which can be used to reduce high frequency noise, leaving the listeners to enjoy their record collection at its finest.


iFi unveiled the nano iDSD Black Label portable DAC/Headphone amplifier.
iFi unveiled the nano iDSD Black Label portable DAC/Headphone amplifier.

iFi introduced their original nano iDSD on the market in 2014 and it was an immediate success, offering full high resolution audio playback by supporting DXD and DSD formats, a high powered headphone amplifier and a very competitive price. Now, the company attempts to introduce yet another best-seller, with the “Black Label” version of the device.


Pro-Ject's VC-S MK II Record Cleaning Machine.
Pro-Ject's VC-S MK II Record Cleaning Machine.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems launched their first Record Cleaning Machine (RCM) in 2016. Now, the Austrian company are expanding on the knowledge acquired from their first RCM to release a MK II version with improved performance and features.


McIntosh unveiled the MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier.
The MHA50 Portable DAC/Amp from McIntosh.

Nearly everyone walks around with most if not all of their music library in their pocket or bag where it’s readily accessible via a pair of headphones. While convenient, it likely doesn’t sound as good as it could. The handheld MHA50 Portable Decoding Amplifier can make your music sound its best, McIntosh says.


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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…


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