Test mass drive Acoustic Signature Verona NEO: Force & elegance


The Acoustic Signature Verona NEO is a top-quality turntable in the guise of a normal record player. In the test, it impressed with its well thought-out practical features, high flexibility and powerful, generous sound. The Verona NEO is a little out of line with the Acoustic Signature drives. The Swabian …

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Test Marantz Cinema 30: elegant AV receiver with audiophile sound

Marantz Cinema 30 (Foto: R. Vogt)

At the end of 2022, Marantz presented an entire series of new AV receivers, “Cinema”, which were completely redeveloped and for the first time also adopted the current housing design of the stereo devices. After the previously tested Marantz Cinema 70s, we ordered the top model Marantz Cinema 30, which …

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XXL test: Axxess Forté streaming integrated amplifier

Until now, Audio Group Denmark (AGD), with its brands Børresen (loudspeakers), Aavik (electronics), and Ansuz (cables/accessories), has focused entirely on exploring hi-fidelity frontiers, resulting in products that, in terms of price, only appealed to a particularly solvent target audience or extreme hobbyists. But now the Danes have added the AXXESS …

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Clearaudio Concept Signature: Simply the best from Bavaria?

Clearaudio Concept Signature

Clearaudio is not modest. The Franconians (The Franconian lands lie principally in Bavaria) even call the new Clearaudio Concept Signature the “most exciting complete turntable package of all time”. Big words that you can choke on. But we can understand the proudly swelling chest in our test. With the Concept …

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Test Progressive Audio Power Station 1 KW: pure power

We know Progressiv Audio as a manufacturer of outstanding sounding loudspeakers and amplifiers; PA boss Ralf Koenen simply knows what he is doing. But now he has looked outside the signal chain and, with the Progressive Audio Power Station 1KW, a power conditioner that is as clever as it is …

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Test turntable Thiele TT01/TA01: Moby Disk


Many have failed in the hunt for the arch-enemy of analog reproduction. Now Helmut Thiele is also targeting the tracking error angle – and wants to defeat it with a tricky tonearm. The test of his unique Thiele TT01/TA01 turntable/tonearm combination. “Ah, I know that one!” As soon as Helmut …

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Test Thorens TD 1600 with TP 160: Let the Good Times Roll

Thorens TD 1600 mit TP 160 with supply

The TD 1600 is perhaps the most irresistible of all the new Thorens players – both aesthetically and technically: the proportions are perfect, the sub-chassis works superbly. But together with the new tonearm, i.e. the Thorens TD 1600 with TP 160, the combination comes within reach of a quality that …

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Test Spatial Europe MCS No. 2: Effortless dynamics

Spatial Europe MCS No. 2

We have already tested several Mach One models from Spatial Europe and were thoroughly impressed by the open baffles. But in the fall, Mach-One boss Robert Andorf contacted us with complete euphoria. After months of research, he achieved an epoch-making breakthrough. So we were even more excited and immediately ordered …

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