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, 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.


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.


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!


News & Industry Update
AudioControl introduced the Maestro M5 home theater processor and the Director Model M4840 multi-zone power amp.
AudioControl introduced the Maestro M5 processor and the Director M4840 power amp.

The M5 is a 7.1.4 channel 4K Ultra HD Preamp/Processor featuring Dolby Atmos, DTX:X and Dirac Live room correction, while the M4840 is a high-powered 8-channel matrix amplifier featuring DSP profiles for popular architectural speakers and a vast array of digital and analog inputs, all from a shallow depth, compact 2U chassis.


T+A unveiled the new Cala range.
T+A unveiled the new Cala range.

With two new models available – Cala SR and Cala CDR (with a CD transport) – the latest range of Cala receivers combine music streaming and the latest digital audio technology into systems that meet the highest demands on sound and aesthetics.


NAD introduced the T 758 V3 A/V Receiver.
NAD introduced the T 758 V3 A/V Receiver.

The T 758 V3 is a performance update to NAD's award-winning T 758 A/V Surround Sound Receiver and continues their “simple is better” design philosophy, offering lifelike surround sound performance and heart thumping power to reach-out-and-touch-it 4K video.


Compact Hi-Fi systems from Onkyo leverage new technologies to serve high quality sound around the home.
Compact Hi-Fi systems from Onkyo serve high quality sound around the home.

Onkyo introduced three new systems,each blend component-grade musicality with effortless operation for people of all ages, especially those less familiar with network audio.


Unison Research announced the Unico 90 integrated amplifier.
Unison Research announced the Unico 90 integrated amplifier.

In 2015, Italian valve specialists Unison Research renovated their Unico range of hybrid Hi-Fi electronics with the introduction their new flagship, the Unico 150 integrated amplifier. Now, the lessons learned in the development of the Unico 150 have resulted in the introduction of an alternative high-end offering.


Meters Music introduced the Meters Cubed wireless loudspeaker system.
Meters Music introduced the Meters Cubed wireless loudspeaker system.

Meters Music, the British music and audio innovator, introduced Meters Cubed, a sleek and stylish desktop wireless loudspeaker system that combines a highly compact design with a powerful sound performance that belies its small size.


New technology meets classic design in the new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series.
New technology meets classic design in the new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series.

The new 700 Series develops the ethos of the CM Series it replaces, adds technology from the 800 Series Diamond and new, bespoke acoustic innovations to produce the best-performing range of loudspeakers in its class.


Bryston launched the BP-17 Cubed preamplifier.
Bryston launched the BP-173 preamplifier.

Bryston has announced the introduction of the new BP-173 (Cubed Series) preamplifier, utilizing patented technology that debuted on the much heralded Cubed Series amplifiers and being the first to employ the Salomie input circuit and a new feature set with highly flexible input/output array.


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Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer
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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