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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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!

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

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McIntosh announced new top-of-the-range integrated amplifier.
McIntosh announced new top-of-the-range integrated amplifier.

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Astell&Kern's KANN media player.
Astell&Kern's KANN media player.

Astell&Kern has introduced a new product design that incorporates a high-performance amplifier into a player for a perfect merger of two independent devices. Τhe KANN not only drives high-impedance headphones without an additional amplifier, but also reliably reproduces high-quality sound with low-impedance loudspeakers.


Mobile Fidelity’s new turntables and electronics are available now.
Mobile Fidelity’s new turntables and electronics are available now.

Mobile Fidelity is now offering complete and moderately affordable analog solutions for all LP owners, especially those who cherish their MFSL vinyl remasters.


M11: Four-channel integrated amplifier from Daniel Hertz.
M11: 4-channel amp from Daniel Hertz.

Daniel Hertz's M11 four-channel integrated amplifier M11 is the first totally integrated solution for driving bi-amplified loudspeakers with no-compromise performance.


Timestep's EVO GR turntable: an enhanced version of Technics’ new and more affordable deck.
Timestep's EVO GR turntable: an enhanced version of Technics’ new deck.

Devon-based Timestep has earned quite a reputation for its modifications of various iconic Technics turntables. Now, designer Dave Cawley turns his attention to a more affordable deck - the new Technics SL-1210 GR - to create the enhanced Timestep EVO GR.


Rotel introduced new stereo components as part of the 15 Series.
Rotel introduced new stereo components as part of the 15 Series.

For over half a century, Rotel has been manufacturing award-winning Hi-Fi components that set new levels of audio performance within and often above their class. The tradition seems to continue with the latest introduction of three new stereo components as part of the 15 Series.


HEOS Bar: A complete music-streaming solution.
HEOS Bar: A complete music-streaming solution.

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New Wyred 4 Sound d/a converter lineup features the latest ESS Sabre Pro DAC chips.
New Wyred 4 Sound d/a converter lineup features the latest ESS Sabre Pro DAC chips.

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Review: ATC SCM 19 Loudspeaker.

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Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.
Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.

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