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
Chord Electronics adds new streamer/player to their Hugo range.
Chord Electronics adds new streamer/player to their Hugo range.

The 2go streamer/server transforms the abilities of the Hugo 2, adding both Ethernet and wireless streaming, plus 4 TB of microSD card storage to the award-winning DAC/pre/headphone amp.


Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems started delivery of the Progression Integrated Amplifier.
Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems started delivery of the Progression Integrated Amplifier.

Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems has begun shipping the Progression Integrated Amplifier, the latest addition to the award-winning Progression Series. The Progression Integrated combines the elegance and detail retrieval of the Progression Preamplifier with the power and dynamic capability of the Progression Stereo Amplifier topology.


Klipsch introduced McLaren Racing-inspired true wireless sport earphones.
Klipsch introduced McLaren Racing-inspired true wireless sport earphones.

Klipsch recently introduced three new true wireless earphones that are designed to deliver best-in-class sound, comfort, technology and materials. Each new model features an innovative and functional case.


Marantz introduced new 8K-Ready AV Receiver and AV Amplifiers.
Marantz introduced new 8K-Ready AV Receiver and AV Amplifiers.

Marantz announced the latest edition of their SR-Series, comprising the SR5015 AV Receiver and the AV Amplifiers SR6015, SR7015 and SR8015. The 8K-ready AV receiver line offers the most musical sound from any source, including home theater, vinyl and streaming media, the company says.


ATC launches Limited Edition SCM150ASLT Active loudspeaker System.
ATC launches Limited Edition SCM150ASLT Active loudspeaker System.

ATC recently announced the availability of the SCM150ASLT, a luxurious marriage of world-class transducer and electronic design engineering, conceived to deliver extraordinary levels of clarity, neutrality, transient response and effortless power delivery. The limited edition system brings exceptional focus to a 45-year heritage of innovation and precision engineering.


iFi introduced the iSilencer+ and iDefender+ USB noise suppressors.
iFi introduced the iSilencer+ and iDefender+ USB noise suppressors.

When used for audio, USB interfaces are inherently noisy. iFi’s iSilencer+ and iDefender+ remove electrical noise that distorts the audio signal to unleash the connected equipment’s sonic potential.


Bowers & Wilkins granted the 705 and 702 the Signature status.
Bowers & Wilkins granted the 705 and 702 the Signature status.

Signature product launches are rare and special events in Bowers & Wilkins’ 54-year history, but when the company attaches the name Signature to its loudspeakers, you can be sure the results are very special. This is what recently happened to their 705 and 702 models.


Neat Acoustics' Ministra Loudspeaker.
Neat Acoustics' Ministra Loudspeaker.

Following hard on the heels of the Ekstra loudspeaker, Neat Acoustics announced a bookshelf version, the Ministra, a two-way, compact design based on their favorite isobaric architecture.


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Equipment Reviews...
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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