Hi-Fi Reviews

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

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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
Waversa WDAC 3C

Streamer & D/A-Converter Test

Waversa WDAC 3C Review

The Perfect Wave? — Various products from the Korean manufacturer Waversa – which translates to "The Wave" – have been available in Germany for about…

| Michael Lang
Technics SC-C70MK2

All-In-One System Test

Technics Ottava SC-C70 MK2 Review

Ready for Everything and Looking Fancy – In the digital part of our hi-fi world, three years are quite a long time. No manufacturer can afford to take…

| Michael Lang
Piega MLS 3

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Piega MLS 3 Review

Swiss Delight – The Piega MasterLineSource 3 is the newest addition to the reference class of the Swiss loudspeaker specialist, which was started in…

| Michael Lang
AVM Ovation PH 8.3

Phono-Preamp Test

AVM Ovation PH 8.3 Review

You can always get what you want – With the brand new Ovation PH 8.3, AVM launches a phono preamplifier of the highest class, which can also be…

| Michael Lang
Preamp NAD C 658 and Power Amp NAD C 298

Power Amplifier Test

NAD C 298 Review

Sleeping Beauty has Awakened – For a few years, it seemed as if NAD had lost some of its momentum. Behind the scenes, however, the company evidently…

| Michael Lang
DALI Rubicon 6 Black Edition

Floorstanding Speaker Test

DALI Rubicon 6 Black Edition Review

Small Changes make for Big Improvements – Updating both the visuals and the technology of a tried and tested model is not a completely new strategy.…

| Michael Lang
Transrotor TRA 9/2.1

Tonearm Test

Transrotor TRA 9/2.1 Review

Eagerly Awaited – Transrotor has been building turntables for around 45 years. Now, the analog specialist presented its first tonearm. It was a long…

| Matthias Böde
Accuphase E-800

Integrated Amplifier Test

Accuphase E-800 Review

The Über-Amp – Accuphase crowns its line of integrated amplifiers with a super-sized amp. The E-800 shines with Class A operation and technical…

| Matthias Böde
Gauder Berlina RC7 Diamond Tweeter

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Gauder Berlina RC 7 MK II Black Edition Review

Correct Calculations – Speaker by speaker, Gauder Akustik from Renningen, Southern Germany, is in the process of conquering the known world elite of…

| Michael Lang
Sennheiser HD 560S

Headphone Test

Sennheiser HD 560S Review

Small but Ambitious – Sennheiser, specialist for studio, stage and conference technology, audiology, microphones and headphones, recently celebrated…

| Michael Lang

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