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STEREO Sound Education Sessions in America

Favorite Subject: Sound Studies – What seemed to be a crazy idea at first turned out to be a didactic hi-fi-hit at an American high school. STEREO…

| Matthias Böde

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Perlisten Audio Signature S5M Monitor

Standmount Speaker Test

Perlisten Audio S5M Monitor Review

Not From This World – You always wait for it, throughout decades of testing. But in the end, it rarely ever happens: that a test subject impresses you…

| Tom Frantzen
Zavfino Copperhead-X

Turntable Test

Zavfino Copperhead-X Review

Full Metal Jacket – Aluminum forms the backbone of the Zavfino Copperhead-X. The sound, meanwhile, is supposed to be perfected by the 28 copper…

| Matthias Böde
Thiele TT01/TA01

Turntable Test

Thiele TT01/TA01 Review

Under His Own Name – For almost three decades, Helmut Thiele developed in the background and for others. Now, with the sophisticated TT01 record…

| Matthias Böde
Aavik I-180

Integrated Amplifier Test

Aavik I-180 Review

You call this Entry-Level? – With the integrated amplifier from the entry-level 180 series, Aavik took a radical turn: leaving behind heavy castles of…

| Michael Lang
Zavfino ZV8-X

Turntable Test

Zavfino ZV8-X Review

Form follows Function – With Zavfino, a new player entered the German analog market. The Canadian company has actually been around since 2005, and its…

| Matthias Böde
Canton Vento 100

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Canton Vento 100 Review

Canton Turbo – The new Vento costs just under 5,000 euros per pair, but delivers a performance with the confidence of twice the price. A whole new…

| Tom Frantzen
Acoustic Signature Hurricane Neo

Turntable Test

Acoustic Signature Hurricane Neo Review

In the eye of the hurricane, utmost peace and quiet are known to be found. With the Hurricane Neo from Acoustic Signature, we encountered a turntable…

| Matthias Böde
JL Audio Gotham V2

Subwoofer Test

JL Audio Gotham V2 Review

The God of Thunder – When they think of a top system, most people focus on the bass. People like bass. We all know the comforting, massaging gut…

| Tom Frantzen
SST Ambrosia/Ampzilla 2000

Pre-/Power Amplifier Test

SST Ambrosia/Ampzilla 2000 Review

Bongiorno‘s Legacy – James Bongiorno, the inventor behind such legends as Ampzilla, GAS Thaedra, SUMO The Power or SAE XXX1B, left behind more for the…

| Tom Frantzen
Canton Townus 90

Floorstanding Speaker Test

Canton Townus 90 Review

Countryside and City Clashing – Germany‘s market leader Canton is based in the Taunus mountains and has been refining and expanding its speaker ranges…

| Michael Lang
M&K S150 25th Anniversary Limited Edition

Standmount Speaker Test

M&K S150 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Review

A Cinematic Experience – True cinema and home theater fans of course know M&K. No one else though, probably. A real oversight in our opinion. "Miller…

| Tom Frantzen
Skyanalog P1

Phono Cartridge Test

Skyanalog P-1 Review

A Touch of High End – The supposed newcomer Skyanalog landed a surprise hit with its first MC pickup G-1. Yet, we are even more amazed about the new…

| Matthias Böde
Aavik D-180 D/A-Converter

D/A-Converter Test

Aavik D-180 Review

DAC with a "Human Touch" – The Danish company Aavik is rather young, but their new D/A converter from the entry-level series "180" still introduces a…

| Michael Lang
Velodyne MicroVee X

Subwoofer Test

Velodyne MicroVee X Review

Little Thunder – If you hear it without seeing it, you‘ll certainly be impressed. The other way round, you‘d hardly have taken it seriously. The…

| Tom Frantzen
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
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

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