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.


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
Sonetto Collection: Sonus faber offers an affordable loudspeaker series.
Sonetto Collection: Sonus faber offers an affordable loudspeaker series.

The new Sonus faber Sonetto line draws upon many iconic elements from models further up the Sonus faber range, while the company developed new technologies for enclosure tuning, new transducers, integrated new materials and refined the production chain.


Parasound unveiled new DAC/Preamplifier.
Parasound unveiled new DAC/Preamplifier.

Parasound introduced their new Halo P 6, 2.1-channel DAC/Preamplifier to replace the five-year-old P 5, improving upon its predecessor with a premium ESS DAC, ladder-style volume control, many internal audio refinements, and subtle new gold highlights.


Pro-Ject upgrades their iconic Primary turntable.
Pro-Ject upgrades their iconic Primary turntable.

Since its original launch in October 2016, the Primary turntable from Pro-Ject Audio Systems, the Vienna-based analogue Hi-Fi specialists, has been an overwhelming international success. Now, in 2018, they have updated Primary to make it more affordable than ever before, without losing the quality fans of the brand have come to expect.


Devialet unveiled their latest feat of extreme engineering, the Phantom Reactor.
Devialet unveiled their latest feat of extreme engineering, the Phantom Reactor.

As Devialet's third product and latest addition to the Phantom family, the Phantom Reactor line is the most affordable, and offered in two forms: Phantom Reactor 600 and Phantom Reactor 900.


6000A : Audiolab's new integrated amplifier.
6000A : Audiolab's new integrated amplifier.

When Audiolab launched the iconic 8000A in 1983, it swiftly became Britain’s favorite step-up from the budget amps of the time. Its crisp ergonomics, high-quality engineering, useful range of facilities and excellent all-round sound won it a legion of fans. Now, Audiolab harnesses its latest tech to deliver an affordable integrated amplifier, fully equipped to meet the demands of modern music lovers.


Wharfedale unveiled the new D300 Series.
Wharfedale unveiled the new D300 Series.

In the early 1980s, Wharfedale created the blueprint for modern budget Hi-Fi speakers when it made the first-ever Diamond – the classic entry point to high-fidelity sound. Almost four decades on, Wharfedale again redefines the low-cost, high-performance speaker concept with an all-new range, the D300 Series.


Akiko unveiled the Minelli audio power conditioner.
Akiko unveiled the Minelli affordable audio power conditioner.

Based on their best product, the Corelli power conditioner, Akiko designed a new, affordable model with much of the technique and quality of the original. Minelli is a compact power conditioner with excellent value for money, offering effects which will pleasantly surprise the listener, the company says.


Gershman Acoustics' Posh Loudspeaker.
Gershman Acoustics' Posh Loudspeaker.

As they unveiled it, about one year ago, Gersman stated that the Posh has been designed to provide the best sound and quality, featuring a massive enclosure, ceramic midrange driver and twin 8-inch aluminum woofers, along with Mundord and Furutech components.


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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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