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Review – Living with the Focal Sopra No1 for four years

It’s been about four years since we appointed the Focal Sopra No1 as our reference speaker. Initially with a set of AVM M30 mono’s and a Pass Labs XP10 pre-amp. Later that became a Pass Labs XP12 with the Bryston 4B SST3. Fed by a Metrum Acoustics Pavane with Ambre streamer. Why is that Focal […]

FinkTeam

FinkTeam releases ‘budget’ speaker Kim

FinkTeam has released a new speaker, the Kim. This one has a more pleasant price tag than his colleagues from the same stable.

Paradigm Persona B

Live Stream Replay – Focal VS Paradigm VS Kudos Audio

We performed a trio test on Friday 24 April: the Focal Sopra No1 versus the Paradigm Persona B versus the Kudos Titan 505. Three masterful bookshelve speakers – monitor speakers – each with their own strong points. We have used our live stream set-up to show what they are capable of. We also shared our […]

Kudos Loudspeaker

Live Stream multitest – Paradigm Persona B, Kudos Audio 805, Focal Sopra No1

Next Friday – April 24th 2020, 10:00 CET – we are going to do another live test. A trio test. The Focal Sopra No1 versus the Paradigm Persona B versus the Kudos 505. Three Titans. For powering them, we use our trusty reference system.

Live Stream Replay – Multi-Test Headphones

On Friday April 10th 2020 we held a live stream of almost four hours during which we discussed twelve headphones. We showed measurements and demonstrated to you – via a modified version of Harriëtte – how they perform. And for those of you who want an overview: here you are! Let’s have a look at […]

Final D8000 pro

Review – Update Final D8000 Pro Edition

During the test of the Burson Conductor V3 we got the Final D8000 Pro Edition. We already heard and reviewed the D8000 at the multitest (February 2019). The final D8000 impressed with its refined reproduction. Rich in detail, holographic, neutral and also dynamic. In the multitest we could hardly choose between this reference model of […]

Fidelizer Etherstream

Review Fidelizer Etherstream switch

We can’t make it better than it is. The Fidelizer Etherstream – which is a modified SG110D – does bring a little more insight and focus: the difference is small. And the 350 euro premium isn’t worth it. A standard Cisco SG110D-08 with a Sbooster sounds better and is simply cheaper.

Testpanel Switch Test

Seven switches for streaming audio tested – Blind!

What a wonderful day we have had with this team of readers of Alpha Audio. Thanks again for the commitment!

We have streamed this live all day to let you watch. And it has been gratefully used. We love that! This day tastes like more! Today’s conclusion: yes… a switch does make an audible difference.

Multitest bookshelfs

Multitest budget monitor loudspeakers – 360 – 650 euros

Bookshelfs – or monitors – do not have a real low end.  And cheap speakers don’t sound good by definition. Isn’t that right? Well, uh… …in the old days, maybe. But is that still true? We would like to know what the state of affairs is in the entry segment. Say up to about 600 […]

Final Audio B1 en B3

Review Final Audio B1 and B3 in-ear headphones

The B-series of finals is for connoisseurs and for those who want a nice looking set of in-ears. Both the B1 and B3 are unmistakably high end; they unravel details in the music and let us enjoy the music. And they look beautiful, because the eye wants something too. This B-series can compete with in-ears that have a much higher price tag and often look a lot more like ordinary ‘ears’. The choice for the B1 or B3 (we haven’t tested the B2) is up to you. They are nuances but important nuances that make the difference. Are you looking for something special, do you want to be surprised by what ear monitors can do, go to the dealer and try this jewelry for the ear!

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