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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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.


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!


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.


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.


News & Industry Update
Chord Electronics announced the Hugo M Scaler.
Chord Electronics announced the Hugo M Scaler.

Using technology first seen in the flagship BLU MKII digital/CD transport, the Hugo M Scaler is a standalone upscaling device containing the world’s most advanced digital filter. It uses Rob Watts’ unique filter technology to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz and offers up to 768kHz sample rates (from 96kHz input data) for Chord's dual-BNC-input DACs DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2.


Cary Audio introduced a new version of the CAD-805 monoblock power amplifier.
Cary Audio introduced a new version of the CAD-805 monoblock power amplifier.

The latest generation of the CAD-805, the CAD-805 Reference Series (RS), continues the single-ended mono block amplifier line that has been in production since 1993. The new amp includes a bias meter, RCA/XLR inputs and several changes to the circuit that significantly increase performance.


Furutech adds to best-selling NCF Booster range with new NCF Booster-Signal.
Furutech adds to best-selling NCF Booster range with new NCF Booster-Signal.

Following the considerable success of Furutech’s remarkable accessory, the NCF Booster, the company has introduced a second companion edition, the new NCF Booster-Signal. Prepare to be surprised at the clear and positive difference that this innovative duo can make to your system’s performance, the company says.


A Vinyl Table from Norway...
A Vinyl Table from Norway...

HRDL is a small company established in 2015 by commercial photographer Stian Herdal in a small, one car, garage in Kristiansand, Norway. One of Herdal's project is The Vinyl Table, a record player/turntable cabinet which includes storage space for both an amplifier and about 200 records.


Hifiman announced the Ananda planar headphones, optimized for portable devices.
Hifiman announced the Ananda planar headphones, optimized for portable devices.

Hifiman recently announced the availability of Ananda, the company’s new open-back planar headphone designed to maximize performance of any personal audio source, especially smartphones and tablets.


Tidal Audio launched a new high-end audio brand: the Vimberg.
Tidal Audio launched a new high-end audio brand: the Vimberg.

Tidal Audio, designer and manufacturer of premium high-end audio components announced the creation of a new brand: Vimberg. The first two models in the range of launched products are 3-way loudspeakers Mino and Tonda.


DTS Play-Fi launches headphones App to bring personal connectivity to home systems.
DTS Play-Fi launches headphones App to bring personal connectivity to home systems.

DTS announced the new DTS Play-Fi Headphones app, now available on iOS and shortly coming to Android, as a companion app to select DTS Play-Fi audio products. The free app enables users to stream content over Wi-Fi that is playing on any DTS Play-Fi-supported product to any pair of headphones connected to a phone or tablet.


Falcon Acoustics introduced the R.A.M loudspeaker range.
Falcon Acoustics introduced the R.A.M loudspeaker range.

Falcon Acoustics introduced their Reference Audio Monitor (R.A.M.) loudspeaker range, alongside with an interesting mix of some of the most revered and modern designs, including a hand-building version of the world-famous LS3/5a monitor exclusively to the original BBC spec.


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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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