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
Boulder announced shipment of their brand-new 866 Integrated Amplifier.
Boulder announced shipment of their brand-new 866 Integrated Amplifier.

Boulder amplifiers recently announced the immediate release and shipment of their 866 Integrated amplifier. The 866 is a part of the 800 Series and the successor to the venerable 865 Integrated.


Series 3: A Linn's approach to the wireless loudspeaker.
Series 3: A Linn's approach to the wireless, high quality loudspeaker.

According to the Glasgow-based manufacturer, blending timeless elegance with precision engineering, Series 3 is an all-in-one, wireless loudspeaker that brings music to life in incredible detail, getting closer to the original performance than ever before.


Tube-based, hybrid integrated amplifier from Vincent.
Compact, tube-based, hybrid integrated amplifier from Vincent, includes DAC.

The Tube-Line in a compact design, but not "compact" in sound quality - that's how Vincent introduces their new SV-200 hybrid amplifier. In fact, SV-200 is a little brother of the SV-237MK and SV-700, using a circuit which includes both transistors and tubes and offering both analog and digital inputs.


PA 1100 E: T+A's DAC-equiped integrated amplifier.
PA 1100 E: T+A's DAC-equiped integrated amplifier includes Bluetooth aptX.

Based on the PA 1000 E model, the PA1100 E differs only in its input configuration, offering a digital board with a complete set of inputs, ranging from the standard S/PDIF, USB and HDMI ports up to Bluetooth wireless streaming.


Chora: Focal's new standard in affordable loudspeaker design and performance.
Chora: Focal's new standard in affordable loudspeaker design and performance.

Chora is a new generation of high-quality yet affordable loudspeakers, featuring unique technology and design. Replacing the renowned Chorus range, Chora embodies French manufacturing quality and is an interesting new entry into the Hi-Fi world.


Audeze announced the LCD-1 Compact Reference headphones.
Audeze announced the LCD-1 Compact Reference headphones.

Audeze, recently announced a new reference audio headphone, the Audeze LCD-1. Available now, this new device combines Audeze’s renowned planar magnetic technology with a new lightweight foldable design.


Mamalos cables introduced The epitome, a liquid nanotubes technology interconnect system.
Mamalos cables introduced The epitome, a liquid nanotubes technology interconnect.

The epitome comprises mamalo's effort to employ their newly developed allotropes of carbon nanotubes technologies and redesign the original project into an otherwise classic configuration cable, which offers reference sonic performance at a moderate price.


Magico's new bookshelf loudspeaker.
Magico's new bookshelf loudspeaker.

Building on the success of the A3, Magico expanded the A-Series with the introduction of the new A1 bookshelf loudspeaker, which features a fully braced aluminum enclosure, a beryllium dome tweeter, a carbon Nanographene cone, and their elliptical crossover.


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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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