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
Audio Analogue adds to its PureAA line with the new AAdac.
Audio Analogue adds to its PureAA line with the new AAdac.

In 2018, Audio Analogue launched their PureAA line of products, drawing key ideas from their 20th Anniversary amps and adding a raft of further features. Third in the line, following the AAcento amplifier and AAphono, is the new AAdac.


Bang & Olufsen introduces Beosound Balance: A Powerful and Poetic Home Speaker.
Bang & Olufsen introduces Beosound Balance: A Powerful and Poetic Home Speaker.

Created with a passion for music, design and craftsmanship, Beosound Balance is inspired by interior objects to redefine home audio in a way that only Bang & Olufsen can: a soft, rounded silhouette, an innovative user interface and seven carefully placed drivers with beam-forming technology.


No longer just for pros: Kerr Acoustic loudspeakers now available to home listeners.
No longer just for pros: Kerr Acoustic loudspeakers now available to home listeners.

Kerr Acoustic is already a well-known name in professional audio circles. Now, founder Jes Kerr plans to bring his high resolution loudspeakers to the home audiophile market, apparently, starting from the UK.


A5: Magico's Largest A Series loudspeaker.
A5: Magico's Largest A Series loudspeaker.

The largest and most advanced of Magico’s A Series, the A5 incorporates the company’s first 5-inch pure midrange driver as well as enhanced midrange and bass driver cone technology. The three-way, five- driver floor standing speaker retains such Magico hallmarks as extensively cross-braced 6061 aircraft grade aluminum and Elliptical Symmetry crossover.


Nordost'sTonearm Cable+ available in the Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 tiers.
Nordost'sTonearm Cable+ available in the Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 tiers.

Nordost’s new Tonearm Cable+ redesign which optimizes every aspect of tonearm cable construction, is available in the Blue Heaven, Heimdall 2, Frey 2, and Tyr 2 tiers.


Electrocompaniet introduced the ECP 2 MKII Phono Preamplifier.
Electrocompaniet introduced the ECP 2 MKII Phono Preamplifier.

The Electrocompaniet ECP 2 MKII Phono Preamplifier is the latest product release from Electrocompaniet, continuing the upgrade of all their Classic Line products and featuring a brand new chassis and front plate design in line with all other MKII upgrades.


Sonos unveiled the Arc, a premium smart soundbar.
Sonos unveiled the Arc, a premium smart soundbar compatible with Dolby Atmos.

Arc represents Sonos’ most immersive home cinema experience. With smart, adaptable, cinema-quality sound, support for Dolby Atmos, and multiple voice assistants, Arc sets a new standard for premium home cinema sound.


Audio Research announced a Special Edition of their Reference Phono Stage.
Audio Research announced a Special Edition of their Reference Phono Stage.

The company recently announced some important updates to their top-of-the range phono stage, the Reference Phono 3 with the launch of an SE version, following the launch of the recent Reference 6SE Line-Stage Preamplifier.


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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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