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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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!


Aoshida Dilvpoetry DAC DT-1 - DAC/Headphone Amplifier.
Aoshida Dilvpoetry DAC DT-1 - DAC/Headphone Amplifier.

Typically, buying a device with a limited budget entails some serious compromising in various fields. With the Dilvpoetry series, Aoshida -one of the largest international audio dealers- attempts to prove that this thinking is, simply, not correct. Is it possible to have a DAC/Headphone Amplifier, with both solid-state and tube output stages, both single-ended and balanced headphone outputs, and Bluetooth aptX HD streaming for a price of just over $200,-? DT-1 proves that indeed it is!


Naxatras III Magnetic Fidelity LP/Duplication Master.
Naxatras III Magnetic Fidelity LP/Duplication Master: Searching for the Lost (Analogue) Sound.

Comparatively listening to the Naxatras III audiophile vinyl cut and the tape directly transferred from the master, as edited by engineer Jesus Agnew and Magnetic Fidelity, leads to the appreciation of the analog sound values, when the process is, indeed, impeccable. But, at the same time, the prerequisites are far from simple, both in the recording/transfer and the playback chain. For us, this was a research project that, probably, took too long but it was worth every minute spent!


News & Industry Update
Klipsch Jubilee surpasses the Legendary Klipschorn as the Heritage Series flagship.
Klipsch Jubilee surpasses the Legendary Klipschorn as the Heritage Series flagship.

Klipsch unveiled the new flagship of its award-winning and legendary Heritage series of speakers—the Klipsch Jubilee. The Klipsch Jubilee is the only speaker in the company’s 75-year history to surpass the legendary Klipschorn in its spot at the top of the Klipsch Heritage series.


Linn unveiled new components for the Sondek LP12.
Linn unveiled new components for the Sondek LP12.

Linn announced the arrival of a raft of new turntable components, available to order as upgrades for the Sondek LP12. The company says that these upgrades expand the range of performance enhancements available to Sondek LP12 owners worldwide, regardless of where they are on their journey to vinyl playback perfection.


Pro-Ject Audio introduced the S3 version of their MayA integrated amplifier.
Pro-Ject Audio introduced the S3 version of their MayA integrated amplifier.

Continuing in the tradition of their successful MaiA amplifiers, the MaiA S3 is a bigger and better integrated amplifier packing a nice punch and offering high connectivity in a small package.


IKEA reveals record player in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia.
IKEA reveals record player in collaboration with Swedish House Mafia.

IKEA and electronic music artists Swedish House Mafia together explore music and creativity at home to make everyday life easier for those who produce, perform, play or just love music. The company revealed a desk for music production, an armchair, and a record player for the collection called Obegransad, launching in Fall 2022.


Denon unveiled new high performance devices.
Denon unveiled new high performance devices.

The new Denon 900 series components, including the first Denon HEOS Built-in integrated amplifier in a standard size chassis with a matching CD player and the new Denon PMA-1700NE premium integrated amplifier were unveiled during the High End Show in Munich.


Asahi Kasei (aka AKM) announced the new AK4499EX Flagship DAC.
Asahi Kasei (aka AKM) announced the new AK4499EX Flagship DAC.

Asahi Kasei Microdevices has developed a new flagship stereo D/A converter, the Velvet Sound/Verita AK4499EX, which is newly designed as a complete separation of digital and analog circuitry solution in conjunction with the AK4191 and is based upon the world-class predecessor AK4499 Current Output DAC.


CD Box S3/DS3: Pro-Ject Audio offers two new CD players.
CD Box S3/DS3: Pro-Ject Audio offers two new CD players.

Pro-Ject Audio recently announced two new CD player models, code-named the CD Box S3 and the CD Box DS3, both being the introductory devices for the corresponding series of the same name.


Researchers at MIT develop a paper-thin loudspeaker.
Researchers at MIT develop a paper-thin loudspeaker.

MIT researchers have developed an ultra thin loudspeaker that can turn any rigid surface into a high-quality, active audio source. The straightforward fabrication process they introduced can enable the thin-film devices to be produced at scale. The flexible, thin-film device has the potential to make any surface into a low-power, high-quality loudspeaker.


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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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