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

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
Musical Fidelity unveiled the M2si integrated amplifier and the M2sCD player.
Musical Fidelity unveiled the M2si integrated amplifier and the M2sCD player.

Musical Fidelity unveiled the M2si and the M2sCD, their first new products since the brand changed ownership and received new investment earlier in 2018.


HW-40: VPI's 40th Anniversary Turntable.
HW-40: VPI's 40th Anniversary Turntable.

As a milestone in the foundation of VPI, it was a goal to develop and produce a direct drive turntable to pay tribute to the company design roots. VPI team created the HW-40 Direct Drive, an evolution of VPI’s 40-year design and engineering, which holds the DNA of their Class A+ Classic Direct design.


Magico unveiled the M2 floorstanding loudspeaker.
Magico unveiled the M2 floorstander.

Magico announced the M2 loudspeaker, a floorstanding model which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many ground-breaking engineering designs distilled from the M6 and M3.


Chord Electronics introduced the Ultima pre/power amp pair to their Reference Series.
Chord Electronics introduced the Ultima pre/power amp pair to their Reference Series.

Chord Electronics recently introduced the Ultima preamplifier and one-channel power amplifier, a top-of-the-range pair of devices.


Amadeus released the Philharmonia Mini loudspeaker.
Amadeus released the Philharmonia Mini.

Amadeus announced they are now shipping the new Philharmonia Mini passive loudspeakers, co-designed specifically for the Hi-Fi market by world-renowned architect Jean Nouvel. The Philharmonia Mini was unveiled at the High End Music trade show in Munich, Germany, last Spring.


Naim's Mu-so range will support AirPlay 2 technology.
Naim's Mu-so range will support AirPlay 2.

NaimAudio recently announced that Apple AirPlay 2 technology will be available soon for its award-winning Mu-so range, bringing with it highly advanced multi-room audio capabilities and natural voice controls via Apple’s Siri virtual assistant.


Pro-Ject released the Phono Box ultra 500.
Pro-Ject released the Phono Box ultra 500.

Pro-Ject Audio unveiled their new Anniversary-Edition Phono Box ultra 500. The "500" in the name as well as the general availability, worldwide limited to 500 pieces, celebrate the 500,000th Phono Box that Pro-Ject shipped in early 2018.


iFi announced the xCAN portable/wireless DAP amp.
xCAN: iFi's new portable/wireless DAP amp.

The xCAN is a portable, wireless DAP amp, capable of storing eight Bluetooth devices at once while delivering 1000mW of power per channel. And with built-in aptX and AAC Hi-Res streaming via Bluetooth it’s so clever, it replaces two previous iFi products in one go, the micro iCAN SE and the nano iCAN.


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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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