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

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.

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.


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.


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!


News & Industry Update
AURALiC modernizes their original lineup with Aries G1 and Vega G1.
AURALiC modernizes their original lineup with Aries G1 and Vega G1.

The original Aries Wireless Streaming Bridge and Vega DAC helped make Auralic’s name in the high-end audio industry, and this year the company revisits its classic products with a “G” style makeover. With pricing more similar to the originals than Auralic’s premium line, it may well be the most economical way to get your hands on some of the company’s latest engineering.


AKM Develops New D/A Converter with Headphone Amplifier, Enabling DSD Playback on smartphones, portable players.
AKM Develops New DAC with Headphone Amp, Enabling DSD Playback on portable devices.

As the DSD format continues to gain broader acceptance, AKM has developed the AK4377, a 32-bit stereo digital to analog converter (DAC) with a built-in headphone amplifier that can play DSD sound sources on smart phones and portable music players.


Cayin unveiled N8 flagship DAP with Solid State and Triode Vacuum Tube Output.
Cayin unveiled N8 flagship DAP with Solid State and Triode Vacuum Tube Output.

N8, Cayin's new flagship portable Master Quality Digital Audio Player made its worldwide debut at High End 2018, offering -for the first time- a dual Direct Heated Triode vacuum tube and a full balanced solid state analog output in one portable package, along with top-class high resolution digital audio capabilities.


Heinz Lichtenegger's Audio Tuning acquired Musical Fidelity.
Heinz Lichtenegger's Audio Tuning acquired Musical Fidelity.

Heinz Lichtenegger a HiFi industry veteran who created the Austrian distribution company Audio Tuning and the international global brand Pro-Ject Audio Systems, announced that Audio Tuning acquired the iconic British audio company Musical Fidelity as MF's founder, Antony Michaelson has retired.


Emotiva's modular XPA-DR power amplifier series.
Emotiva's modular XPA-DR power amp series.

The new, modular, XPA-DR Series platform delivers Emotiva’s signature blend of audiophile design and performance at ultra-lean prices and includes the XPA-DR1 mono, XPA-DR2 two-channel and XPA-DR3 three-channel models which utilize up to three pairs of Differential Reference Amplifier Modules, fed by a massively over-designed, fully regulated, 3 kW switch mode power supply within a heavy-duty chassis.


McIntosh announced the MT2 Precision Turntable.
McIntosh announced the MT2 Turntable.

McIntosh announced the MT2 Precision Turntable, an analog source the plays both 33-1/3 and 45 rpm records and is virtually ready to use out of the box as tracking force, anti-skate force, cartridge overhang and arm height are all preset from the factory for maximum performance.


Audionet announced full streaming features through free upgrade for all DNx products!
Audionet announced full streaming features through free upgrade for all DNx products!

The German manufacturer recently announced that the leading streaming services on the planet, including tens of thousands of radio stations and podcasts, will be delivered in state-of-the-art sound quality via all their DNx machines.


Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver gives aspiring AV enthusiasts best value.
Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver gives aspiring AV enthusiasts best value.

Yamaha introduced the RX-V385 AV receiver, bringing the best in audio and video technology to those exploring the possibilities of their home theater setup on a budget, by offering the latest in audio and video technologies at an affordable price point.


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Review: Lab 12 Gordian Power Line Filter/Quality Analyzer
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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