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
Densen unveiled the 1NRG power supply.
Densen unveiled the 1NRG power supply.

Densen recently introduced their new external power supply, the 1NRG. Say it fast, and the name is clear: One Energy…


Mytek unveiled the Brooklyn AMP to complement Brooklyn DAC.
Mytek unveiled the Brooklyn AMP to complement Brooklyn DAC.

Brooklyn AMP is a reference power amplifier with signature Mytek sound, its dual mono design breaking the sound quality spell associated with Class D and proving a well executed Class D circuit can sound… well, as a reference! The name is aptly chosen because the amplifier fits in the same housing as the DAC, albeit with an inch of extra depth.


Onkyo announced two portable digital audio players.
DP-X1A/DP-S1: Onkyo announced two portable digital audio players.

Onkyo announced the availability of two new digital audio players: the audiophile-oriented DP-X1A, featuring a dual ESS DAC chip, and the DP-S1, Onkyo's first non-Android OS device of its kind.


Wilson Audio unveiled the Alexia Series 2 loudspeaker.
Wilson Audio unveiled the Alexia Series 2.

With a footprint not much larger than the Sasha W/P, the first Alexia, launched in the Fall of 2012, completely redefined what audiophiles thought was possible from a relatively compact design and rapidly evolved as one of Wilson Audio’s most successful products. Now, in the new Alexia Series 2, nearly everything has been reworked in an effort to offer an even better loudspeaker!


New AV Receiver and Sound bars from Sony.
New AV Receiver and Sound bars from Sony.

Audio products line-up for 2017 from Sony, features an advanced, Dolby Atmos/DTS:X compatible, audio/video receiver and two new sound bars, the flagship HT-ST5000 and compact HT-MT300 models.


Sennheiser introduced the HDV 820 headphone amplifier.
Sennheiser introduced the HDV 820 DAC/Headphone amplifier.

Sennheiser recently introduced their latest product in its audiophile range, the fully balanced headphone amplifier HDV 820.


Wilson Benesch unveiled the Resolution floorstanding loudspeaker.
Wilson Benesch unveiled the Resolution floorstanding loudspeaker.

Resolution is the latest loudspeaker from the Wilson Benesch loudspeaker Geometry Series and incorporates the company’s state-of-the-art drive technology in a unique high-tech enclosure, formed from a carbon fiber composite monocoque and precision-machined metal-alloy components.


Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator from Esoteric.
Grandioso G1 is Esoteric's Master Clock Generator flagship.

Esoteric recently announced a new Master Clock Generator in the Grandioso line, the G1. G1 is the flagship model of the Esoteric master clock generator line and adopts a high precision, rubidium oscillator.


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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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