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Revel 226Be

Review Revel Performa F226Be – inimitable neutral

The Swiss are known for their neutral stance in world (politics). And in a way that is also visible in their products. Everything works with extreme precision. When we think of America, we think of big and heavy. And somewhat ungainly. Also in sound when we talk about audio. At Revel, we now know that […]

Jcat USB XE - Optimo Nano

Jcat USB XE and Pico Nano – Beauty from within

We have written before about the Jcat NET XE pci-express card. A network card from the Polish company Jcat. We have been using pci-express cards from Jcat for some time now and time after time we are surprised by how well it works. The ‘Femto’ series brings more calmness and flow compared to standard usb […]

Review Dynaudio Emit 10 bookshelf speaker – Enthusiastic entry-level speaker

Bookshelfs. We love them at Alpha AUdio. Not surprisingly, we immediately say “Yes” when the Danes ask us to review and listen to The Dynaudio Emit 10. It’s the new entry-level speaker brand from Denmark. But don’t be fooled by the asking price of just under 750 euros per pair without stands and just over […]

Cambridge Edge NQ en Edge W

Cambridge Audio Edge NQ and Edge W – On the edge of your seat

On the occasion of their 50th anniversary, Cambridge Audio released the new Edge series in 2018 and although circumstances prevented us from testing it at the time, we are pleased to be able to do so today. Because if there’s one thing we’ve found over the past few weeks it’s that these devices still perform […]

Bowers & Wilkins 804D4 – Quad versus Van Medevoort

September 26, 2021 marked the first major live stream of the season! And we kicked off big time with two wonderful systems. One from the Netherlands and one from the United Kingdom. Yes: Van Medevoort versus Bowers & Wikins and Quad. Let the games begin

Review Final model 5 hybrid – transparency at its best

Electrostatic speakers have always captured the imagination. A transparent panel with crystal clear sound coming out of it; that’s just crazy when you hear and see it for the first time. Also, the presentation is completely different because it is a dipole speaker. In other words, it radiates forwards and backwards. In short: everything is […]

Driade Flow Link Reference

Review Driade Flow Link Reference 808 interlinks – Get Connected

Regular readers of Alpha Audio will know by now that we’ve included the Driade Flow speaker cable in our regular set-up for a while now. This is not without reason: it is a great neutral speaker cable which allows us to use it with virtually any configuration of components. The rest of the cabling in […]

Musical series – part 4 – Minimal Music

Minimal music stands to a symphony as dance stands to hard rock. It is a movement that has brought great innovation to Western music.

MOON phono pre-amps

Review – MOON phono pre-amps – Fly me to the Phono-moon!

Suppose you have a reasonable mid-range record player. Does it then matter what kind of phono preamp you connect to it? What would the differences be and, not unimportantly, is the difference in price audible/explainable/justifiable? We’re going to experience it with you, because we have almost the entire lineup of phono pre-amplifiers from MOON in […]

Review Driade Model 3S – The ‘S’ of Serious

We’ve experienced the Driade Mode 2 before. In our live test of floorstanders to be exact. And there the two-way speaker made a deep impression in terms of coherence and rhythm. Now that we’re looking for a new reference speaker, Driade suggested we take a listen to the Driade Model 3S…. Which should offer even […]