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.

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.


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!


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.


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.


News & Industry Update
Mytek announced the new Brooklyn Bridge Streamer/DAC/Preamplifier.
Mytek announced the new Brooklyn Bridge Streamer/DAC/Preamplifier.

Mytek, manufacturer of renowned Brooklyn and Manhattan DACs, has just announced the new "Brooklyn Bridge" Streamer/DAC/Preamplifier, a versatile and easy to use solution for hi-res digital music streaming and playback.


Grado unveiled new iGe3 in-ear headphones, the affordable Iggy 3
Grado unveiled new iGe3 in-ear headphones, the affordable Iggy 3

Grado headphones are renowned among audiophiles for their rich sound and hand-built quality, but that doesn't mean they are only for high end music lovers. Their iGe3 earbuds are priced at only $99, a price point that allows anyone to experience the iconic Grado sound for themselves.


Music Hall's brand-new turntable: the MMF 3.3.
Music Hall's brand-new turntable: the MMF 3.3.

Music Hall recently released a brand new MMF turntable which features their dual-plinth construction, whose distinctive design isolates the critical sound reproducing components. The turntable's first public appearance was during the Copenhagen High End Show, October 2018.


Cabasse unveiled the Pearl wireless loudspeaker.
Cabasse unveiled the Pearl wireless loudspeaker.

The Pearl is an active, high-definition, connected loudspeaker that concentrates all the expertise and technology of the mythical Sphere in a compact active device in a round, life-style friendly format.


KEF introduced the LSX – a fully stereo and fully wireless music system.
KEF introduced the LSX – a fully stereo and fully wireless music system.

KEF announced LSX, a compact two-speaker fully wireless, both from source and between the loudspeakers, music system with all the convenience and features of the connected world, but the emotion and detail of true high-resolution stereo.


van den Hul’s new top phono cartridge: the Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius.
van den Hul’s new top phono cartridge: the Colibri XGW Signature Stradivarius.

van den Hul’s Colibri cartridge first appeared in the mid-1990s and has continually evolved in the form of a range of versions and editions since. With the new XGW Signature Stradivarius edition, it now reaches what van den Hul stated as the best possible cartridge, based on his more than 40 years’ experience.


Prime Wireless Speaker System and SoundBase Wireless Bridge from SVS.
Prime Wireless Speaker System and SoundBase Wireless Bridge from SVS.

SVS' new wireless network devices are designed to transform the sound quality of music streaming available from the everyday smart speaker experience.


iFi's Pro iDSD DAC/Streamer.
iFi's Pro iDSD DAC/Streamer.

Having sparked a revolution with its low-cost DACs that offered portable DSD256 playback for less than £500 a few years ago, iFi has maintained its position at the vanguard of the audio world with the launch of the ground-breaking Pro iDSD DAC/Streamer.


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Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer

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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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