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
hARt Lab Tune Two - Preamp/Headphone Amplifier/Streamer/DAC
hARt Lab Tune Two -Preamp/Headphone Amplifier/Streamer/DAC

hArt LAb supports their rather intriguing power amplifiers with an appropriate preamplifier, a similar design that's somewhat unconventional and -also- includes… everything. Everything you say? Yes, everything!


Shanling UP4 Ver.22 - Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Shanling UP4 Ver.22 - Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Shanling seems to understand perfectly well the needs of the discerning audiophile who is often on the move, so they are offering a small but very interesting suitable device, the UP4.


MSB Technology The Discrete DAC - D/A Converter
MSB Technology The Discrete DAC - D/A Converter.

The Discrete DAC is MSB's smallest D/A converter, but that doesn't mean many things on absolute terms. What we are dealing with here is a design based on their custom conversion approach, featuring a top-quality construction and, in our DUT configuration, is accompanied by a smart USB line isolation system. This is digital audio at its best!



News & Industry Update
DAC204/205 – Plain, but high quality DACs from Weiss.
DAC204/205 – Plain, but high quality DACs from Weiss.

The DAC204 and the DAC205 are Weiss' newly introduced converters. Although sometimes referred to as their “plain vanilla” units, they are still of very high quality with hands-on control, support for both PCM and DSD, plus an output sampling frequency of up to 192 kHz.


UD-507: The completely redesigned 500 Series DAC/preamp/headphone amplifier from Teac.
UD-507: The completely redesigned 500 Series DAC/preamp/headphone amplifier from Teac.

Teac recently announced the release of the model UD 507, a completely redesigned 500 Series DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier with high end 700 Series design concept in a compact A4 size package.


Another retro-inspired speaker join Mission’s ranks – the 750.
Another retro-inspired speaker join Mission’s ranks – the 750.

Unlike the 770 and 700, this loudspeaker is not an update of a prior model, plucked from Mission’s past, but a new design, sporting classic influences that celebrate Mission’s illustrious heritage.


Fiio unveiled the SP3 BT a Hi-Fi active desktop speaker.
Fiio unveiled the SP3 BT a Hi-Fi active desktop speaker.

Fiio, better known for their audiophile personal/portable devices, recently announced an active, wireless desktop loudspeaker for anyone in need for a good 2-channel system to support their computer or other audio source, named SP3 BT.


Moonriver unveiled the new S/PDIF DAC Module for their 404 Series amplifiers.
Moonriver unveiled the new S/PDIF DAC Module for their 404 Series amplifiers.

Moonriver Audio is proud to announce the availability of the new SPDIF DAC Module for 404 Series amplifiers. The add-on d/a converter module is based on the 9000 series ESS Sabre dac chip.


Vertere Acoustics introduced the new Calon high-end phono preamplifier.
Vertere Acoustics introduced the new Calon high-end phono preamplifier.

Touraj Moghaddam, founder and chief executive of Vertere, announced the Calon, the first Vertere high-end dual-mono phono preamplifier. Calon has been designed to ensure that all the performance gains enabled by recent improvements in Vertere Record players are not lost the company says.


Wharfedale adds the Super Denton to their Heritage Series.
Wharfedale adds the Super Denton to their Heritage Series.

Britain’s most famous loudspeaker brand delves deep into its rich history of innovation to deliver another exciting arrival to its hugely popular Heritage Series: the compact three-way Super Denton.


Pro-Ject Audio introduced the Tube Box DS3 B phono preamplifier.
Pro-Ject Audio introduced the Tube Box DS3 B phono preamplifier.

The Tube Boxes have been an integral part of Pro-Jext's product portfolio for many years. Now, the new Tube Box DS3 B adds balanced in- and outputs to the beloved tube amplification.


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S.M.S.L DO100 - HO100 - DAC/USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier
S.M.S.L DO100 - HO100 - DAC/USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier.

The pair of devices we review here are far more than just a sign of our times, which constantly require better systems for audio reproduction through headphones. It is a case study on how modern devices should be designed when aiming for the best possible value-for-money performance.


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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