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
The Tide system from Consonus Audio.
The Tide system from Consonus Audio.

Consonus' Tide audio system includes a pair of 4-way loudspeakers, two quad-channel power amplifiers an audio quality DSP engine and custom-made proprietary speaker cables.


The new heart of the CX Series: Cambridge Audio CXA81 Mk II integrated amp.
The new heart of the CX Series: Cambridge Audio CXA81 Mk II integrated amp.

Cambridge Audio recently announced the CXA81 Mk II integrated stereo amplifier, upgrading the multi-award-winning CXA81 with a re-tuned and refined design, introducing ten new premium components to the circuitry and improving the signal path.


TAD Lab's new Reference Series TAD-C700 Preamplifier.
TAD Lab's new Reference Series TAD-C700 Preamplifier.

The new TAD-C700 incorporates a slew of technical refinements and enhancements to achieve a new level of performance, replacing the TAD-C600, TAD’s critically acclaimed, top-of-the-line preamplifier released in 2011.


Pro-Ject Audio introduced the T2 Super Phono turntable.
Pro-Ject Audio introduced the T2 Super Phono turntable.

The T2 Super Phono is the bigger, beefier T-Line player, featuring a new tone arm and a new high quality phono stage.


Marantz introduced the Model M1 – a compact, versatile wireless streaming amplifier.
Marantz introduced the Model M1 – a compact, versatile wireless streaming amplifier.

Marantz unveiled their new wireless streaming amplifier – the Model M1, a new generation of wireless streaming amplifier that has been carefully engineered to offer great sound from a wide range of streamed music services, the company says.


Totem unveiled the Loon Monitor.
Totem unveiled the Loon Monitor.

The brand new Totem Loon Monitor is engineered and handcrafted in Canada and -according to the press release- and as its name implies, has a hypnotic and mystical ability to transmit sound in a perfectly fluid manner.


Goldmund announced a new integrated amplifier.
Goldmund announced a new integrated amplifier.

Designed to cater not only to the discerning audiophiles, but also to modern consumers, seeking seamless digital integration, the Telos 690 aspires to set a new standard in the realm of high-end audio experiences.


Austrian Audio announced EU and UK availability of the Full Score one headphone amplifier.
Austrian Audio announced EU and UK availability of the Full Score one headphone amplifier.

Austrian Audio announces the forthcoming availability of their latest model, the Full Score one, in the European Union and the United Kingdom. Crafted with the same precision and dedication as Austrian Audio's award-winning headphones and microphones, the Full Score one marks the brand's debut in the world of headphone amplifiers.


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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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