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
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!


hARt Lab Tune Three - Power Amplifier
hARt Lab Tune Three - Power Amplifier.

In our first contact with a new manufacturer from Greece, we've had the opportunity to review a power amplifier that stands out, not only with its build quality but with its architecture and ideas behind it. In the field of high-performance audio, there is nothing more attractive than some out-of-the-box ideas!



News & Industry Update
Ferrum Erco DAC evolves to Gen 2.
Ferrum Erco DAC evolves to Gen 2.

With the full reprogramming of Erco’s software in combination with crucial changes in the analog circuitry, Ferrum are introducing a newer, better Erco. The company says that the new device will bring their entry-level DAC one step closer to the performance levels of Wandla, their flagship converter.


Uniti Nova PE is the new all-in-one player from Naim Audio.
Uniti Nova PE is the new all-in-one player from Naim Audio.

Uniti Nova PE (Power Edition) is the new all-in-one player from Naim. Featuring 150W of power, this high-resolution audio player and stereo amplifier is the ideal all-round solution to combine with a pair of powerful Hi-Fi loudspeakers, the company says.


Pro-Ject's Automat A2: The A1s bigger, heavier automatic brother.
Pro-Ject's Automat A2: The A1s bigger, heavier automatic brother.

The A2 is a bigger, heavier automatic turntable, a design taken to the next level, featuring a tonearm with new bearing and arm-tube and a new, heavier, plinth.


Xavian Madre Perla Esclusiva: Similar, yet so different…
Xavian Madre Perla Esclusiva: Similar, yet so different…

While Xavian's original Madre Perla was "just" a column-mounted version of the Perla Esclusiva, the new generation of the Madre Perla Esclusiva is a fully-fledged, more mature model.


Esoteric’s top-of-the-line network DAC, the N-01XD, is now available in the “SE” version.
Esoteric’s top-of-the-line network DAC, the N-01XD, is now available in the “SE” version.

Esoteric recently announced a new top-of-the-line Network DAC, the N-01XD SE, with a new discrete clock module and upgraded analog section in the DAC circuit. First shipments will start in January 2024.


B&W's new version of the Px7 S2.
B&W's new version of the Px7 S2.

Bowers & Wilkins introduced the new Px7 S2e, an evolution of its award-winning wireless headphone with even better performance. The new Px7 S2e, which replaces the Px7 S2, builds on the status of its multi-award-winning predecessor.


Wilson's Sasha V loudspeaker.
Wilson's Sasha V loudspeaker.

With its own distinctive identity, Sasha V combines the essence of its predecessors while combining the most effective elements developed for its larger siblings.


AlphaTheta's PLX-CRSS12 professional digital-analog hybrid turntable.
AlphaTheta's PLX-CRSS12 professional digital-analog hybrid turntable.

AlphaTheta's PLX-CRSS12 professional digital-analog hybrid turntable is the world’s first to offer DVS control of digital music via DJ software as well as analog playback of vinyl records, helping you take your performances to the next level.


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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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