Hi-Fi Reviews

Vincent KHV-200

Headphone Amplifier Test

Vincent KHV-200 Review

Head & Soul – A first-class list of equipment combined with a clever technological concept in so-called hybrid design, i.e. the combination of tubes…

| Michael Lang

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Crystal Cable CrystalConnect Diamond Refer.

Test: Cables

CrystalConnect Reference Diamond Review

Diamond Fever – Know-how and unusual materials characterize the standalone „Reference Diamond“ line from CrystalConnect. They appear thin only to the…

| Matthias Böde
Canton GLE 90

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Canton GLE 90 Review

True to their Heritage – A good deal of Vento technology propels the new Canton GLE forward again compared to its predecessor. Costs were mainly cut…

| Tom Frantzen
Aavik R-180

Phono Preamp Test

Aavik R-180 Review

Born to Invent – It seems as if Michael Borresen was born with a special passion for tinkering and inventing. With his smallest phono preamplifier…

| Michael Lang
Auralic Altair G2.1

DAC/Streamer Test

Auralic Altair G2.1 Review

Big Brother – With the Auralic Altair G2.1, a new streaming DAC enters our arena, where it not only impresses with its extensive features, but also…

| Michael Lang
Siltech 380 IC G9

Cable Test

Siltech Legend G9 380i Review

"The Ninth" from Siltech – The silver-gold interconnect cables from Dutch brand Siltech now arrived in their ninth generation. STEREO took a closer…

| Tom Frantzen
Dual CS 518

Turntable Test

Dual CS 518 Review

Well Rounded – Down-to-earth pricing and skillful workmanship: not the worst prerequisites for attracting attention in the hotly contested turntable…

| Michael Lang
Canor PH 2.10

Phono Preamp Test

Canor PH 2.10 Review

Prince Charming – Amplifying the tiny signals from phono cartridges using tubes and transformers is quite a bit trickier than using more modern…

| Michael Lang
Audes ST3000

Isolation Transformer Test

Audes ST3000 Review

Baltic Isolation – The loudspeaker specialist Audes once started out as a state-owned company and transformer manufacturer – and is now returning to…

| Tom Frantzen
Auralic Altair G1 Streamer/Server/DAC

DAC/Streamer Test

Auralic Altair G1 Review

Aromatherapy – The Auralic Altair G1 is a proper all-rounder that has everything it takes to create a lasting impression right from the start. How…

| Julian Kienzle
Canton Smart GLE 3

Active Loudspeaker Test

Canton Smart GLE 3 Review

The Energizer – The Smart GLE 3 from Canton is the largest and most expensive active speaker from those we tested with "Hi-Fi for the home office" in…

| Julian Kienzle
Skyanalog G-1

MC Cartridge Test

Skyanalog G-1 Review

On their Own – The Chinese company Skyanalog has been making MC pickups for other brands for some time. The new „G“ series now carries their own name.…

| Matthias Böde
Acoustic Signature Maximus Neo

Turntable Test

Acoustic Signature Maximus Neo Review

Little Rock – The Maximus Neo from Acoustic Signature comes along looking heavy, massive and solid – just like a hard little rock. To us at STEREO,…

| Matthias Böde
Octave V 70 Class A

Integrated Amp Test

Octave V 70 Class A Review

The new Class A – In the field of tube amplifiers, innovations are rather rare. This makes the creativity of new concepts coming from Octave all the…

| Michael Lang
Nagra Classic Phono

Phono Preamp Test

Nagra Classic Phono Review

The Authority – The name Nagra not only stands for tradition, but also has to be associated with a high level of precision, workmanship as well as…

| Matthias Böde
Canton Chrono 90 DC

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Canton Chrono 90 DC Review

The same DNA – The sound quality delivered by speakers that cost less than 2000 Euros per pair is becoming more and more impressive. A convincing…

| Michael Lang
Lyngdorf TDAI-1120

Integrated Amplifier Test

Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 Review

Small Amp for Big Tasks – The TDAI-1120 is Lyngdorf‘s smallest integrated amplifier with room correction and streaming. Did they save money at the…

| Julian Kienzle
Mal Valve Headamp 3 MK IV

Headphone Amp Test

Mal Valve Headamp 3 MK IV Review

Peak Performance – five and a half years after we crowned the Mal Valve Head Amp 3 our reference headphone amp, it dethrones itself with the MK IV…

| Michael Lang
Accustic Arts Preamp III

Preamplifier Test

Accustic Arts Preamp III Review

Higher Goals … but how to hit them? With the new Preamp III, Accustic Arts wants to surpass their previous top model. STEREO tested whether they were…

| Matthias Böde
Canton Reference 3K

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Canton Reference 3K Review

Float like a Butterfly – that is the first part of a famous quote by Muhammad Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay. The quite voluminous Canton…

| Michael Lang
Nagaoka JT-80LB / JT-80BK

Phono Cartridge Test

Nagaoka JT-80LB / JT-80BK Review

New Sounds – Nagaoka is one of the traditional analog brands. Now the Japanese have a special surprise for us with the first two pickups from their…

| Matthias Böde
Q Active 200 with Hub and Stand

Wireless Active Speaker Test

Q Acoustics Q Active 200 Review

Particularly Smart – Not too long ago, Q Acoustics introduced the new compact active system Q Active 200. With an unusual design, innovative…

| Julian Kienzle
Hegel V10

Phono-Preamp Test

Hegel V10 Review

Plain and Simple – A high-quality reproduction of music is appreciated throughout Scandinavia. Although the Norwegian manufacturer Hegel has been on…

| Michael Lang
ARCAM SA 30 Frontal View

Integrated Amplifier Test

Arcam SA 30 Review

He's Got It All! – You don't win an EISA award "just like that". You indeed have to offer much more than the competition does – as is the case with…

| Michael Lang
To Bi Or Not To Bi

Service

Everything You Need to Know About Bi-Amping

To Bi Or Not To Bi – Bi-amping is considered one of the "ultimate aspects" of sophisticated high fidelity. In this essay, you'll read what it is…

| Tom Frantzen
Rotel Michi X3

Integrated Amplifier Test

Rotel Michi X3 Review

Behold the Power – Rotel's new integrated amplifier "X3" is the entry into their high-end "Michi" series. Does it have the perks of the even bigger…

| Matthias Böde
KEF LS 50 Wireless II

Active Standmount Speaker Test

KEF LS 50 Wireless II Review

An Active Point – KEF's LS 50 was a big hit in the charts of High Fidelity. Now, the Wireless II is simply the best possible way to realize the…

| Tom Frantzen
Linn Majik LP12

Turntable Test

Linn Majik LP12 Review

The Gateway Drug – The risk of developing an audiophile addiction to Linn's LP12 was always rather considerable. Just now, the recipe of the variant…

| Matthias Böde
Cyrus XR

Integrated Amp & CD Player Test

Cyrus i9-XR and Cyrus CDi-XR Review

Xtreme Resolution – The British manufacturer Cyrus has a legendary status when it comes to incredible musicality, joy of playing and coherence coming…

| Tom Frantzen
Cambridge Evo 150

Integrated (Streaming-)Amp Test

Cambridge Evo 150 Review

Road To Perfection – Cambridge Audio recently dropped quite a bombshell. Not in the literal sense, of course, but the newly presented Evo 150 simply…

| Tom Frantzen
JBL L82

Standmount Speaker Test

JBL L82 Classic Review

The American Fighter — JBL already displayed convincing qualities with the L100 Classic. Now, they send out the smaller sibling L82 to try and…

| Tom Frantzen

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