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
Review: Ideon Audio Ayazi USB DAC.
Review: Ideon Audio Ayazi USB DAC.

The first product of this new manufacturer from Greece is an interesting and ambitious attempt to enter into one of the most active market segments in a quite sensitive price level. But if the value of a venture lies -at least to some extent- in the size of the challenge faced, this could be a giant first step, since Ideon Audio seems to have made the right decisions, skillfully balancing between some difficult choices and offering their Ayazi USB DAC the chance to emerge amid some competition which is much more than significant!

IFA 2016 - Show Report
IFA 2016 - Show Report.

The numbers rarely lie and in this case are in agreement with the overall feel: The organizers have every reason to be satisfied with this year's IFA, which appeared to be greater in volume terms and more complete in market coverage than ever, although its significance for the audiovisual systems sector, in particular, could raise some serious debate… In any case, take a look at the photos they are quite interesting!

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…

Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.
Review: Benchmark Media DAC2 HGC/AHB2 Preamp/Power Amplifier.

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!


News & Industry Update
Auris' Forte 150 power amp and Poison 3 loudspeakers.
Auris' Forte 150 power amp and Poison 3 floorstanding loudspeakers.

Founded in 2013, Auris Audio, has become quite recognizable on the market by its one of a kind product design, pleasing both listener's ears and visual senses with a wide range of products, that includes d/a converters, amplifiers (and a headphone amp) and loudspeakers. Recently, the company introduced their new Forte 150 monoblock amplifier and the Poison 3 floorstanding loudspeaker.


Ideon Audio introduced the 3R USB Renaissance during the Athens High End Show 2016.
Ideon Audio introduced the 3R USB Renaissance during the Athens High End Show 2016.

Ideon Audio's 3R Renaissance connects between the digital output (host) and the DAC. It achieves excellent sound performance by uncovering lost detail, enhancing dynamics, re-clocking the signal using ultra-low jitter oscillators, and minimizing transmission losses.


The New Marquis Memento Mori headphone amplifier from Metaxas: When Death reminds us to live.
The Marquis "Memento Mori" headphone amp from Metaxas: When Death reminds us to live.

Combining a historic art oeuvre "memento mori" ("remember that you must die") contemporary sculpture with cutting-edge technology, Kostas Metaxas' latest Marquis is a sublime, minimalist preamplifier and headphone amplifier designed for music loving audiophiles who require few functions but insist on the purest sound.


JBL's 4367 and 4429 loudspeakers bring studio grade performance to home audio.
JBL's 4367 and 4429 loudspeakers bring studio grade performance to home audio.

JBL's two pro-style loudspeaker monitors 4367 and 4429 combine the company’s iconic pro-audio design with a number of acoustic refinements.


Cary Audio unveiled the first product of the new Lifestyle Series, the AiOS.
Cary Audio unveiled the first product of the new Lifestyle Series, the AiOS.

AiOS is a new kind of music system for a new generation of music lovers and audiophiles alike which, these days, have many more choices when it comes to how they listen to music.


Audio Research rounds out Foundation Series with new VT 80 power amplifier.
Audio Research rounds out Foundation Series with new VT 80 power amplifier.

Audio Research recently unveiled the VT80 vacuum-tube power amplifier to its Foundation Series. Combining an enticing new aesthetic with worry-free operation and great performance, the new amp is a vacuum-tube design that will make Audio Research accessible to a larger group of music lovers and includes -for the first time- an auto-bias circuit.


Yamaha BD-S681 and Aventage BD-A1060 Blu-ray disc players combine 4K video upscaling with reference-quality music fidelity.
Yamaha's new BD players combine 4K upscaling with reference-quality music fidelity.

Yamaha says that the BD-S681 and high-performance BD-A1060 Blu-ray Disc players are capable of superb tonal and imaging excellence and are adept at reproducing sound, music and video with the quality for which the company is known, supporting Full HD Blu-ray Discs, 3D Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, SACDs and standard Audio CDs, as well.


Benchmark goes beyond the legendary DAC1/DAC2, introduces the DAC3.
Benchmark goes beyond the legendary DAC1/DAC2, introduces the DAC3.

The DAC3 is Benchmark's newest 2-channel D/A converter featuring the new ESS ES9028PRO converter chip, has lower THD and THD+N figures than the DAC2, employs an advanced high-headroom digital filter design, and a high-sample-rate asynchronous USB Audio interface.


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Equipment Reviews...
Review: Thoeress Phono Equalizer/Enhancer - Phono preamplifier.
Review: Thoeress Phono Equalizer/Enhancer.

To offer to a listener the privilege to adjust various system parameters, using only his ears and his subjective criterion for correctness, is something open to a feasibility discussion, but Reinhard Thoeress' phono preamplifier encourages this behavior anyway: It is a very versatile device, for the demanding vinyl listener who is willing to deal with each of his records individually and to improve the overall result one click at a time…

Review: Meze 99 Classics - Headphones.
Review: Meze 99 Classics - Headphones.

To say the least, with such an elegant appearance and a sufficiently reasonable price, the 99 Classics can hardly go unnoticed. Antonio Meze's company effort is more than impressive and worthy of any audiophile's attention. We had the opportunity to live for some time with Meze's top headphones model and this is our verdict.


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