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
MSB Technology The Discrete DAC - D/A Converter
MSB Technology The Discrete DAC - D/A Converter.

The Discrete DAC is MSB's smallest D/A converter, but that doesn't mean many things on absolute terms. What we are dealing with here is a design based on their custom conversion approach, featuring a top-quality construction and, in our DUT configuration, is accompanied by a smart USB line isolation system. This is digital audio at its best!


S.M.S.L DO100 - HO100 - DAC/USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier
S.M.S.L DO100 - HO100 - DAC/USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier.

The pair of devices we review here are far more than just a sign of our times, which constantly require better systems for audio reproduction through headphones. It is a case study on how modern devices should be designed when aiming for the best possible value-for-money performance.


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!



News & Industry Update
PH-5: Analogue heart, digital interface, affordable High-End from Gold Note.
PH-5: Analogue heart, digital interface, affordable High-End from Gold Note.

The PH-5 is the latest born at Gold Note’s range of phono stages, designed to deliver the same high quality and excellent performance that made the PH-10 and PH-1000 famous, with an affordable price and all the cutting-edge features that stands out their products.


MDA200 : McIntosh unveiled a new D/A Converter.
MDA200 : McIntosh unveiled a new D/A Converter.

The new MDA200 DAC features McIntosh's DA2 Digital Audio Module used in the award-winning MA12000 integrated amplifier and C2700 and C53 preamplifiers, offering this successful solution as a standalone device


Mission unveiled their first amp for years.
Mission unveiled their first amp for years.

The Mission 778X is a revisit of a classic Mission amplifier concept that was the Mission 778 – an affordable integrated amplifier that offered simplicity in operation but over-performed in the driving of loudspeakers.


Shanling introduced the EC3 CD player.
Shanling introduced the EC3 CD player.

CD Players were the staple of Shanling’s production for the past 30 years, from affordable models to very high-end ones. Their new EC3 is the latest in a line of simpler budget offerings and it’s the ideal model to re-introduce the Shanling CD players to the international Hi-Fi market.


SVS unveiled new wireless loudspeakers and integrated amplifier.
SVS unveiled new wireless loudspeakers and integrated amplifier.

The well -known manufacturer recently announced two new products in its wireless range. Active Prime Wireless Pro and Soundbase integrated amplifier belong to SVS's second generation of wireless smart speakers and wireless amplifiers.


Colourful Audio System: A true analog HiFi system in a package, form Pro-Ject Audio.
Colourful Audio System: A true analog HiFi system in a package, form Pro-Ject Audio.

Pro-Ject introduced a system-package for the music lover on a budget who doesn’t want to sacrifice style or skimp on the listening experience.


Audio-Technica introduced their 60th Anniversary AT-LP2022 turntable.
Audio-Technica introduced their 60th Anniversary AT-LP2022 turntable.

Audio-Technica announced the introduction of their 60th Anniversary AT-LP2022 manual belt-drive turntable, a limited-edition record player that celebrates A-T’s 60 years of excellence in high-performance analog audio.


Audiolab unveiled flagship 9000 Series.
Audiolab unveiled flagship 9000 Series.

As the end of 2022 approaches – 40 years after the launch of the 8000A – it is the right time for Audiolab to reveal their next generation of amplifier. The 9000A is the first component in a new flagship range, the 9000 Series.


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Equipment Reviews...
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!


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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