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
iFi gives Power to The People with the new PowerStation mains block.
iFi gives Power to The People with the new PowerStation mains block.

The PowerStation is the latest addition to iFi’s collection of performance enhancing audio essentials – a six/eight-way mains block that uses Active Noise Cancellation and ensures any audio or AV system is supplied with clean, consistent electricity to unleash its full potential.


HP 205D: Directly heated triode headphone amplifier from Icon Audio.
HP 205D: Directly heated triode headphone amplifier from Icon Audio.

The 205D is a directly heated triode designed by the Western Electric Co in the 1920s and is probably the oldest tube in current production!


Hifiman's Ananda headphones has a Bluetooth version too.
Hifiman's Ananda headphones has a Bluetooth version too.

The Ananda-BT is the wireless version of the well-known planar headphone Ananda, introduced in 2018. Hifiman uses HWA, LDAC and aptX HD codecs to offer high resolution through a wireless connection (up to 24/96).


PM7000N: Marantz introduced new high-performance integrated amplifier.
PM7000N: Marantz introduced new high-performance integrated amplifier.

Marantz recently announced the PM7000N, the company’s first fully discrete integrated Hi-Fi amplifier with high resolution music streaming capabilities.


Burson Conductor 3 Ref: The best Conductor DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp.
Burson Conductor 3 Ref: The best Conductor DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp.

Burson's last version of the Conductor features a high-end DAC-chip/USB interface solution, a class A 7.5W amplifier, multiple proprietary power supplies, and upgradable op-amps in a sleek chassis and offers 32/768 and DSD512 playback along with analog inputs and wireless streaming via Bluetooth.


Quad unveiled the new version of Vena II, named the “Play”.
Quad unveiled the new version of Vena II, named the “Play” and featuring DTS Play-Fi.

The Quad Vena II Play is the latest addition to the best-selling QUAD Vena series of integrated amplifiers, signaling the arrival of wireless audio streaming and multi-room technology to the Quad product portfolio.


Fidelice line brings the classic Rupert Neve's studio sound to your home.
Fidelice line brings the classic Rupert Neve's studio sound to your home.

Chances are, most of your favorite albums from the last fifty years were recorded, mixed or mastered with Rupert Neve's legendary studio gear. Now, with the new Fidelice line of playback equipment, the classic sound of Rupert Neve’s designs is available to bring true studio-quality audio to your home.


Bryston introduced the BDA-3.14 Multi-Function Streaming DAC.
Bryston introduced the BDA-3.14 DAC.

Bryston has introduced the new BDA-3.14 multi-function DAC, a device that adds an array of impressive features to the much heralded BDA-3 DAC platform. The BDA-3.14 includes a built-in music player, an on-board digital volume control and an updated user interface, creating a world class digital entertainment hub.


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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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