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
MusiCHI announced new version 6.1 with DSF (DSD) format support, two new GUI modes and more…
MusiCHI announced new version 6.1 with DSF support, two new GUI modes and more…

MusiCHI Suite, the 4-in-1 application (Library Manager, Tagger, Ripper and Player) dedicated to classical, jazz and other data-intensive genres of music, has launched a new release. The Version 6.1 adds DSF (DSD) format support, a Simple Player and a Tablet mode, along with a couple of other interesting upgrades.


Sonos to offer smart loudspeaker with support for multiple voice services.
Sonos to offer smart loudspeaker with support for multiple voice services.

Sonos introduced the Sonos One, an all-new, voice-controlled smart loudspeaker, capable of supporting multiple voice and music streaming services. The Sonos One launches with Amazon Alexa on Oct. 24 while Google Assistant is to follow in 2018.


Burson unveiled details about their new Play headphone amp.
Burson unveiled details about their new Play preamplifier/headphone amp.

Burson unveiled details about the Play amp, a design capable to drive all types of headphones and an easy one to use, if you like to try some op-amp rolling. The new device features an ESS Sabre-based top class DAC with 32bit/384kHz, DXD and DSD256 playback capacity, paired with an XMOS USB receiver and pure Class A circuitry.


Denon added three new models to their Design Series.
Denon added new models to their Design Series.

Denon recently expanded its acclaimed Design Series with the addition of three new models. The PMA-60 amplifier builds on the success of the PMA-50, which it replaces, while the PMA-30 offers an even more affordable entry-point for the range, and the DCD-100 CD player is designed to match the DRA-100 network audio receiver.


Dynaudio announced Music – its first wireless multiroom music system.
Dynaudio announced Music – its first wireless multiroom music system.

Dynaudio has announced Music – a family of four intelligent wireless loudspeakers with one-touch simplicity and the ability to seamlessly (and automatically) adapt to any room or position, and to surrounding noise levels – so music always sounds its best.


McIntosh adds disc replay to its luxury compact audio system.
McIntosh adds disc replay to its luxury compact audio system with the MCT80.

The new MCT80 introduces SACD/CD playback to McIntosh’s bijou MXA80 system and joins streaming, vinyl and headphone amp add-ons, to deliver the full McIntosh experience from a compact system.


Pioneer introduced the PD-70AE flagship SA-CD Player/DAC.
Pioneer introduced the PD-70AE flagship SA-CD Player/DAC, based on ESS converters.

Pioneer/Onkyo announced the release of Pioneer brand flagship SA-CD player and D/A Converter PD-70AE, a compilation of Pioneer’s know-how, expertise on disc playback, represented by the original technologies on pickup control and quiet drive, and the latest digital audio design technologies.


QC35 II: Bose adds Google Assistant and Noise Control Settings to iconic QC35.
QC35 II: Bose adds Google Assistant and Noise Control Settings to iconic QC35.

The QC35 II noise canceling headphones have all the performance and features of the original QC35, delivering the same industry-defining noise cancellation, audio performance, and up to 20 hours of battery life but are the first headphones to offer seamless voice access to Google Assistant, and comes with settings to control the way the noise is canceled.


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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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