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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IFA 2017 - Show Report
IFA 2017 - Show Report

With over 250,000 visitors and press coverage from seventy countries, IFA closed its doors on September 6, confirming the view that it is one of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the world. We have found the most interesting exhibits related to Audio/Video technologies and we present them to you.

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!


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RME unveiled the ADI-2 DAC, a 2-channel D/A Converter for Studio Professionals and HiFi Enthusiasts.
RME unveiled the ADI-2 DAC.

RME Audio, the German manufacturer of digital audio solutions for the professional and HiFi sector, recently unveiled the ADI-2 DAC, a two-channel, high-end digital/analog converter in a 9.5-inch/1U housing.


Gold Note's Valore 425 Plus turntable.
Gold Note's Valore 425 Plus turntable.

With a 30mm plinth shaped to reduce vibrations, Valore 425 Plus guarantees audiophile sound in a smart and elegant solution while, despite its compact size, it features a 9-inch B-5.1-derived Gold Note tonearm and a 4mm thick high mass hinged dust cover.


Amphion announced Helium and Argon bookshelf models with redesigned cabinets.
Amphion announced Helium and Argon bookshelf models with redesigned cabinets.

Finnish manufacturer Amphion Loudspeakers announced Helium410, Helium510, Argon0, and Argon1 bookshelf loudspeakers with redesigned cabinets, while the two Helium models, also utilize new, higher class components.


Pro-Ject Audio announced the Juke Box E. Just add the loudspeakers!
Pro-Ject Audio announced the Juke Box E. Just add the loudspeakers!

With Juke Box E “active turntable”, Pro-Ject attempts to show all vinyl enthusiasts and growing audiophiles, how easy and great a music experience from a modern record player can be. The device includes a built-in pre- and power-amplifier, which allows you to place the speakers far away from each other to minimize the possibility of acoustic feedback and to create a real analogue stereo experience.


Klipsch unveiled the Heritage Amplifier to drive the most demanding headphones.
Klipsch unveiled the Heritage Amplifier to drive the most demanding headphones.

Klipsch recently announced the debut of its Heritage Headphone Amplifier, a true audiophile solution with mid-century design characteristics that drives headphones to deliver music in the cleanest, most efficient manner, for higher energy and dynamics.


Magico introduced the A3 floorstanding loudspeaker.
Magico introduced the A3 loudspeaker.

Magico recently launched the A Series, starting with the A3, a loudspeaker obtainable by a wider audience bringing together a bevy of technologies unheard-of at its price point, including a fully braced and anodized aluminum enclosure, a beryllium tweeter, carbon Nanographene cones, neodymium based motor systems and Magico's renowned elliptical crossover.


Perreaux unveiled the new 255i Integrated Amplifier.
Perreaux unveiled the new 255i Integrated Amp.

What started a number of years ago as a project to upgrade to the optional DAC module for the Perreaux Eloquence series integrated amplifiers, has lead to the retirement of the Eloquence 250i and the release of the new 255i integrated amplifier.


Space One Wireless: Where the iconic design meets the exceptional acoustics.
Space One Wireless: Where the iconic design meets the exceptional acoustics.

Two world-renowned brands, Porsche Design, known for iconic design and KEF, acclaimed for exceptional British acoustics, have joined to deliver an uncompromisingly luxurious wireless headphone set. The Space One Wireless brings music on business trips, in boardrooms and at home.


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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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