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Review Metrum Acoustics DAC3 upgrade

We have been playing with the Metrum Acoustics Pavane d/a converter for many years. A NOS dac with ladder dacs that Cees Ruijtenberg developed in-house. Over the years a substantial upgrade has come in the form of the Transient DAC2 modules. These simply fit into the sockets, making an upgrade a piece of cake. The […]

Review Elac Solano BS 283 bookshelf speaker

When Elac Electroacustic announces a new speaker, an email to importer Servi-Q is quickly sent. After all, Elac makes excellent speakers in every price range and never disappoints. Elac is an institution and has nothing more to prove. Yet they do not relax in Germany. They are collaborating more than ever with the world’s best […]

Multitest – Four exceptional, top, d-a-converters

Denafrips, Bryston, Rockna or Sonnet? Four wonderful d/a converters. What a choice to make… that’s a tough one! To make it a little easier, we put these four beauties side by side in a live test on May 30, 2021. As a test we included a real live track that we recorded in the live […]

Benchmark AHB2

Review Benchmark Audio Systems AHB2 in Mono

Benchmark Media Systems Inc of Syracuse, New-York is a thoroughly American company and has been one of the top pro-audio manufacturers for thirty years. In recent years they have also ventured into the consumer market and with considerable success. Their first commercial product, the Dac1, was very well received worldwide. It was a no-nonsense device […]

Multitest – Endgame Audio – The ultimate streamer

On Mother’s Day (at least in the Netherlands) – May 9, 2021 – we at Alpha Audio held a live stream event featuring three insanely beautiful streamers. Top of the bill: the MSB Discrete DAC with Renderer module, the Grimm Audio MU-1 with Mola Mola Tambaqui dac and the Naim ND555 with PS555 power supply. […]

Lejonklou Baozu

Review Lejonklou Baozu integrated amplifier

Over the past few months, a lot of fine integrated amplifiers have visited you editor. Think of the Rega Aethos, Moonriver Audio 404, Naim Nait XS3, Hegel H120, Denon PMA A-110, Marantz Model 30 and Yamaha A-S2200 to name a few. (Re)read our reviews for sure because they are all great amplifiers in the 3000 […]

Technics SU-R1000

Review Technics SU-R1000 integrated amplifier

We know Technics primarily for the SL1200 record player. But connoisseurs know that Technics makes much more than that. Think speakers and of course: amplifiers. Every year – except in the recent Covid years – we step into the Panasonic / Technics room at High End Munich. Purely to see what technical ingenuity has come […]

Audioquest

Review Audioquest Water, Diamond, Monsoon and Powerquest 3

What do cables actually do to a system? That is the question we are trying to answer for you today. We’ve done comparative tests before but this time we’re going to explore what adding a whole bunch of cables in a set does to the reproduction quality. To organize all this we got the help […]

Review Cambridge Audio CXA61 integrated amplifier

In the price range around 1000 euros for an integrated amplifier with d / a converter, the competition is killing. A manufacturer must really go all out to compete. The product must be versatile, sound just right and be competing in terms of pricing. Tricky. How does the Cambridge Audio CXA61 perform in this class?

Review NAD C298 Eigentakt power amplifier

When we spoke with Peter Lyngdorf about Purifi Audio at the High End Munich 2019, we were immediately very curious. Both the amplifiers and the speaker units sound like a revolution in the audio industry. But unfortunately, not all products that are so forward-thinking see the light of day. That is fortunately different with the […]

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