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
Nelson Pass unveiled the First Watt SIT-3 Stereo Power Amplifier.
Nelson Pass unveiled the First Watt SIT-3 Stereo Power Amplifier.

Nelson Pass recently gave some details about the SIT-3 power amplifier, the successor to the SIT-1 and SIT-2 amplifiers, which is now in production. Like the former models, the new amp uses a Static Induction Transistor (aka VFET) in the power stage of a simple no feedback amplifier.


Suzanne Ciani released LIVE Quadraphonic album via limited pressing vinyl.
Suzanne Ciani released LIVE Quadraphonic album via limited pressing vinyl.

Suzanne Ciani released LIVE Quadraphonic digitally, with a numbered Quadraphonic vinyl package available for direct pre-order. The performance, recorded live at Gray Area in San Francisco on March 5, 2016, was her first solo Buchla synthesizer performance in 40 years.


M2Tech announced availability of the long waited Nash MC/MM phono preamplifier.
M2Tech announced availability of the long waited Nash MC/MM phono preamplifier.

With a slight delay over plans, M2Tech recently announced the availability of the Nash MC/MM phono preamplifier, a device with both phono and line inputs and a wide range of adjustable parameters for each cartridge, including gain, input load for both MMs and MCs and capacitance.


Yamaha debuts Aventage RX-A 80 Series AV Receivers combining Artificial Intelligence Technology and MusicCast Surround.
Yamaha debuts Aventage RX-A 80 Series with Artificial Intelligence and MusicCast Surround.

Yamaha unveiled their new Aventage RX-A 80 Series with three of its receivers equipped with Surround:AI. All six receivers also come with MusicCast Surround technology, which allows for a 5.1-channel setup with wireless surround loudspeakers.


exaSound unveiled the PlayPoint DM dual-mono DAC and Network Audio Server.
exaSound unveiled the PlayPoint DM dual-mono DAC and Network Audio Server.

The Canadian company announced the PlayPoint DM next-generation flagship music server and DAC, a combination of a reference-grade 32-bit digital-to-analog converter, a balanced headphone amplifier and a Roon-enabled music server in one elegant component, which unites simplicity with sonic perfection.


Triangle unveiled the Sensa loudspeaker series.
Triangle unveiled the Sensa loudspeaker series.

Triangle recently unveiled their new generation of connected loudspeakers, the Sensa. The new series includes two models and is founded on the research conducted for the active Elara loudspeaker system and is an effort to introduce the technology in products at a more affordable price-range.


H590: Hegel's new top integrated amplifier.
H590: Hegel's new top integrated amplifier.

With a power output of more than 300W per channel, a new built-in d/a converter and a full set of digital and analogue inputs, the H590 is Hegel's new top-of-the-line amplifier, over the H360. It was unveiled during this year's Munich show and is expected in the last quarter of 2018.


Aequo Audio introduced two new loudspeakers.
Aequo Audio introduced two new loudspeakers.

Aequo Audio recently announced two more loudspeaker models, extending the current product family at both ends of the price range, with the Gladium, a more affordable fully passive 3-way and the Diluvium, as the newly redesigned outcome for Aequo's production of the ultimate flagship loudspeaker.


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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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