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
Krell's new K-300i stereo integrated amplifier.
Krell's new K-300i stereo integrated amplifier.

In 1999, Krell released the original KAV-300i which was the world’s first high-end integrated amplifier that delivered audio performance similar to high-end separates but from a single compact chassis. Recently, the company introduced a radically advanced integrated product that offers the latest in analog and digital performance - the K-300i.


Technics' new Premium Class Ottava S SC-C50 wireless loudspeaker.
Technics' new Premium Class Ottava S SC-C50 wireless loudspeaker.

In spite of its compact size, the Ottava S SC-C50 offers acoustic technologies that deliver clear sound across a remarkably wide soundstage. A room calibration technology also allows free speaker placement, and highly diverse network reproduction is supported for an advanced wireless music experience.


Onkyo A-9110 and A-9130 integrated stereo amps aim for rich and comfortable sound.
Onkyo A-9110 and A-9130 integrated stereo amps aim for rich and comfortable sound.

Onkyo has unveiled new A-9110 and A-9130 integrated stereo amplifiers that further refine the company’s acclaimed A-9010, an entry-class amplifier that’s won an excellent reputation for musicality and dynamism in the global marketplace.


Sonos Beam: A highly versatile smart loudspeaker for both TV and Music.
Sonos Beam: A highly versatile smart loudspeaker for both TV and Music.

Sonos unveiled the Beam, a game changing smart speaker that delivers incredible sound for virtually any streaming content in the rooms people spend the most time in. With the goal of providing a simple, rich sound experience for all the sonic content that matters – from movies and TV shows to music and podcasts – Sonos Beam supports 80+ music services, multiple voice assistants and Apple AirPlay 2.


dCS launched new Bartok Upsampling Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier.
dCS launched new Bartok Upsampling Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier.

dCS recently unveiled their Bartok network DAC and headphone amplifier – a single-box, state-of-the-art digital-to-analogue converter with full network streaming functionality and class A headphone amplifier.


Sony introduces next-level Noise Cancellation with the WH-1000XM3 headphones.
Sony introduces next-level Noise Cancellation with the WH-1000XM3 headphones.

Sony recently announced the WH-1000XM3 noise canceling headphones, the newest addition to the highly acclaimed 1000X family. This headband-style, around ear model, offers all of the much loved features from the previous WH-1000XM2 while adding multiple key improvements, including upgraded noise canceling performance to enhance the listening and user experience.


New top-of-range 5010 pre/power amplifiers from Exposure.
New top-of-range 5010 pre/power amplifiers from Exposure.

British Hi-Fi brand Exposure’s new top-of-range 5010 series features a preamplifier and a pair of mono power amplifiers and builds on the brand’s previous flagship, the highly regarded MCX series to deliver an excellent balance of power and finesse.


Quad's Artera Play gets upgraded to Play+.
Quad's Artera Play gets upgraded to Play+.

Quad has replaced the original Artera Play source component with a new version called the Artera Play+. The new version of the CD player/DAC/preamp from Quad’s Artera Series adds features and improves performance, whilst also lowering the price.


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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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