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: 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!

High-End Munich 2016 - Show Report
High-End Munich 2016 - Show Report

One of the most important audio shows, the High End 2016, was held in Munich/MOC during the four days between 5-8 May, achieving an exhibitors number record and the largest exhibition floor area in 35 years of its history. Traditionally, some quite interesting products, solutions, and ideas were presented and we have more than 100 photos to prove it!

Review: Thoeress Phono Equalizer/Enhancer - Phono preamplifier.
Review: Thoeress Phono Equalizer/Enhancer.

To offer to a listener the privilege to adjust various system parameters, using only his ears and his subjective criterion for correctness, is something open to a feasibility discussion, but Reinhard Thoeress' phono preamplifier encourages this behavior anyway: It is a very versatile device, for the demanding vinyl listener who is willing to deal with each of his records individually and to improve the overall result one click at a time…

Review: Meze 99 Classics - Headphones.
Review: Meze 99 Classics - Headphones.

To say the least, with such an elegant appearance and a sufficiently reasonable price, the 99 Classics can hardly go unnoticed. Antonio Meze's company effort is more than impressive and worthy of any audiophile's attention. We had the opportunity to live for some time with Meze's top headphones model and this is our verdict.


News & Industry Update
Furutech introduced top-of-line NanoFlux NCF power cable and NanoFlux speaker cable.
Furutech introduced top-of-line NanoFlux NCF power cable and NanoFlux speaker cable.

Furutech’s recently-developed "Alpha Nano-Au-Ag" OCC conductor is among the best that the brand’s engineers have ever conceived for sound reproduction, the company says. Not surprising, then, that it underpins the brand’s new top-of-line power and speaker cables.


Oppo Digital announced Sonica Wi-Fi loudspeakers.
Oppo announced Sonica Wi-Fi speakers.

Oppo Digital announced that a new product series, the Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers, will join its product lineup soon. Sonica comes equipped with Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth capabilities and it is designed to deliver high sound quality in a compact package.


Salk Sound introduced the Song3 loudspeaker.
Salk Sound introduced the Song3 loudspeaker.

The company debuted the high value 3-way floor stander Song3, a vented 3–way member of the Song loudspeaker family. The Song3 employs RAAL Advanced Loudspeakers’ select model 64-10 tweeter, a bamboo fiber reinforced midrange and an “Egyptian papyrus” cone woofer.


Roksan Audio unveiled the blak Series.
Roksan Audio unveiled the blak Series.

Featuring a robust, industrial design that still manages to look modern and elegant, the blak series is being introduced as an entirely new design for Roksan – both in terms of sound performance and visual appeal.


New BP9000 bipolar loudspeaker series from Definitive Technology.
New BP9000 bipolar loudspeaker series from Definitive Technology.

Definitive Technology re-imagines legendary sound with next-generation bipolar loudspeaker series, BP9000, offering the latest in high-end audio reproduction with support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.


New Clearaudio TT5: the more affordable tangential tonearm.
New Clearaudio TT5: the more affordable tangential tonearm.

With the new TT5, German Clearaudio offer vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology. The TT5’s excellent value for money is down to eschewing one or two of the features of its "big brothers", TT2 and TT3.


Aumeo: The world's first tailored audio device.
Aumeo: The world's first tailored audio device.

Aumeo Audio introduced the world's first tailored audio device, Aumeo, at this year's CES. Aumeo takes audio personalization to a whole new level by customizing sound to a user's hearing sensitivity. With Aumeo, the company says, users can enjoy audio experiences like never before for music, film and even voice calls.


Bryston S2.28 firmware update offers Roon Ready capability for their digital music players.
Bryston S2.28 firmware update offers Roon Ready capability for their digital music players.

Bryston has announced a new firmware version S2.28 for their digital music players that delivers Roon Ready capability. Roon Labs has created a software solution that delivers the ultimate user experience by merging Bryston’s BDP playback hardware with an intuitive, graphically rich music library management and playback software.


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Equipment Reviews...
Review: Questyle QP1R - Media player.
Review: Questyle QP1R - Media player.

QP1R is Questyle's attempt to enter the personal media players market segment, the same way it did with the headphone amplifiers: With enough noise to get noticed… And, indeed, Fengshuo Wang's design, unveiled about a year ago, appears to be unique in many respects!

Review:Rois Acoustics Kalypso Passive.
Review: Rois Acoustics Kalypso Passive.

Kalypso is -probably- the most talked-about loudspeaker of this Greek company, at least during the last two years. Besides being Rois' top of the range model, it is, also, an interesting experiment, in its full form, combining an active architecture and digital equalization with a horn-loaded, full range driver. Given that this product is still under final development, we seize the opportunity to review a passive version of the loudspeaker, which will charm many of audiophiles out there.


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