Denon DCD-2000 E

This CD player shines with computing power and exemplary architecture

  1. Denon DCD-2000 æ
  2. Data sheet

To elicit more content of CD, Denon opts for “Advanced AL24 Processing” and thus offers an upsampling of 176.4 kHz, 24-bit PCM data. Also, the Japanese are addicted to the benefits of the Super Audio CD. Denon packed both ideals in the DCD-2000 etc. Through this player, the brand keeps only the DCD-SA1 as flagship – for 7500 euro. The 2000 AE represents almost a bargain with its price of 1650 euros however. Continue reading “Denon DCD-2000 E”

Turntable SME Model 20/12

With this turntable, you need no audiophile plates – since each disc is a real pleasure.

  1. Turntable SME model 20/12
  2. Data sheet

In the total price of the slightly more expensive than the Linn in full equipment, the SME is about the classic model 20 20/12 no batches available – and not through upgrades of existing drives. He is a separate, new model, planned and implemented as a vehicle for the new twelve-inch arm 312 S. This most expensive under the long arms of SME (there is still the cheap M2-12 and a standard size 312) based on the camps and the cast magnesium tube of the legendary model V, which extend the precision model makers without further ADO to three inches. A new mould would have expected for today’s numbers probably in 80 years. The scheduled, cylindrical piece while not continues the exponential curvature of the original. That should but doesn’t change, that of 312 S of the finest, most stiff Zwölfzöller of Steyning is came – or somewhere else. Continue reading “Turntable SME Model 20/12″

Nubert NuWave 35

Her motto: “form follows function”. And its sound?

  1. Nubert NuWave 35
  2. Data sheet

Boxes tinkerer Günter Nubert undergoes his designs to a “continuous improvement process”. Without a decorative “mark 2″ designation, there are the NuWave 35 for some time with optimized crossover. With a pair of price of 530 euro, it fits right into this test field – may not quite keep up but in terms of optics. Offers only Matt film and is a similar painting on the rounded baffle. The motto “form follows function”: the rounding is used as asymmetric high sound editing of avoid audible reflections of edges in the direction of the receiver. Continue reading “Nubert NuWave 35″

Marantz SA 15 S1

Noble and strong: the Marantz SA 15 S1

  1. Marantz SA 15 S1
  2. Data sheet

The new SA 15 for 1500 euros so not with his massive, elegant blue illuminated front and middle centered, elegant of sliding drawer acts as a big brother of the SA 7001 KI. If there are similarities within the Marantz player lines because, they are 11 S1 (3000 euro) from the SA of 15 to the larger top models such as the SA. The most solid drive, capital power, the highly reputable D/A converter chip Crystal CS 4396, the output amplifier is built up from individual transistors – are all noble genes from the high pedigree, which can expect a well delineated sound result. Continue reading “Marantz SA 15 S1″

CD Player Naim CDX 2

The British Naim CDX2 belongs clearly to the Sonic world

  1. CD player Naim CDX 2
  2. Data sheet

The Naim CDX 2, 4600 euro costs more than three times as much as the 15-Marantz – and that for a player, who on the outside has much in common with just 1200 euro expensive CD 5i? And again 4300 euro for an additional power supply? Well, everything is relative. In the player the Englishman, the CDX 2 plays only the third violin, before the top loader rank CDS 3 (8500 EUR) as well as CD 555 (17000 euro). And the two self-sufficient also from the top charger CD 555 HP for measly 7,000 euros – the maximum good and up expensive power supply has a tradition in the House of Naim. Continue reading “CD Player Naim CDX 2″

Motorola Backflip in the Test

Motorola’s backflip, backflip to german, called his in this country second Android Smartphone, which is available in the United States since March.

  1. Motorola backflip in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The name refers to the special folding mechanism: instead to align display and full QWERTY keyboard, the display is folded away to the rear. Back is also the hinge, which takes place usually on the front. On top of that come the two housing parts hardly get in the way.

So, the complete surface of the keyboard part for great controls available is for the Motorola Backflip. Actually huge fail that at around 8 x 8 mm, are labeled in big and bright and evenly lit. A continuous cover prevents that dirt in the housing can get, gentle curves help the fingers at the orientation. Continue reading “Motorola Backflip in the Test”

Accuphase DP-500

Usually reaches its name, to snap to tongues. How good is the new classy player from the House of Accuphase?

  1. Accuphase DP-500
  2. Data sheet

The technical limitations of the CD format should be actually exhausted after more than 20 years: 44.1 kilohertz sampling rate provide approximately 20 kilohertz frequency bandwidth, the 16-bit data words about 65500 different amplitudes or 96 decibels maximum dynamics. Devices such as the Accuphase combination show how much behind the cold figures are still potential, DC-800/DP-801. Continue reading “Accuphase DP-500″

Creek Evolution IA

Creek “Evolution Integrated Amplifier” comes from the same gene pool as the excellent big brother “Destiny”. There are large Sonic differences?

  1. Creek evolution IA
  2. Data sheet

The sound processed flask weighs heavily, which is mainly because of the toroidal and the large heatsink. The look under the hood reveals some differences to the expensive destiny. Instead of ten electrolytic capacitors smooth and seven in the Evo “only” four per channel the power supply for the two instead of four power transistors per amplifier. The pairs are also simpler wired as the quartets in the big brother. Instead of “quasi complementary”, the Evo in the conventional, slightly higher to distortion “push-pull” mode is to the point. Continue reading “Creek Evolution IA”

MB Quart Alexxa B-one

The German manufacturer MB quart is known a traditional brand for home-HiFi – and today more for Car HiFi speakers and headphones.

  1. MB quart Alexxa B-one
  2. Data sheet

The new series of the Alexxa is a well-thought-out, developed from impression. Without optically to polarize, the compact box shows B-one design independence with the increasingly narrower rear housing, wood veneers and the waisted baffle. The latter is, however, not a fashion accessory, but should make emissions more evenly and edge reflections keep away from the listener – already at 2100 Hz the tweeter must use namely, so in an area where he is still very wide broadcasting. So deep metal dome play the easiest way – the Alexxa tweeter has a clear membrane response above the hearing range, for it shows low distortion factors. Continue reading “MB Quart Alexxa B-one”

Canton GLE 407

Canton has the new GLE deliberately more simply designed with perforated steel grille, which makes the GLE 407 as only in the test really katzen – and child-resistant.

  1. Canton GLE 407
  2. Data sheet

Behind aluminum, and that fires not optical, but sound reasons: Canton installed in the GLE series simplified versions of light-alloy driver known from the more expensive series. The 407 has two in the 16-centimeter format, running concurrently to 300 Hertz. In the lower bass out of the couples from himself, upper passing only at 3200 Hertz on a fabric dome tweeter. Continue reading “Canton GLE 407″

Heco Victa 300

Sounds at low power output: the Heco Victas can sound even with smaller amps.

  1. Heco Victa 300
  2. Data sheet

Believe it or not – the pair price of the Heco Victa actually 195 euro. Victa 300 is the larger model in the series, which technically and sonically has nothing common with the old Vitas. Large woofer (6.5-inch) fabric Dome, rounded body shape, bi-wiring Terminal and a good quality of grab – a bit of high end flair is also available in this price range. The clay Heco relies on proven: the woofer has a sturdy cardboard diaphragm, the tweeter a fabric dome tweeter. The entry price products comes from the same sales MAGNAT monitor 220 for only 160 euro, which optically clear rounded behind the Victa with her remains reflex tube and its dark wood look. Continue reading “Heco Victa 300″

Turntable, Denon DP-300 F

The new Denon PD-300 F arouses suspicion as a fully automatic machine for purists initially, convinced but at second sight with a really serious tone arm.

  1. Turntable, Denon DP-300 F
  2. Data sheet

For later upgrades, the first player in the alphabetically ordered test provides a solid base equal: the new Denon PD-300 F awakens as a fully automatic machine for purists initially convinced suspicion, but on second glance with a really serious tone arm. This may carry slightly superior needles due to backlash-free bearings, torsion resistant all-metal construction and clean designed geometry as that of the simple packaging system. Has to check its alignment (the data can be found in the manual) and tightened the headshell screws loose from the factory to the Denon sounds somewhat dark, but very clean and balanced. A direct Upgrade bedarf is not so, especially since the player via its built-in phono preamp wins even more freshness. Continue reading “Turntable, Denon DP-300 F”

Turntable Thorens TD 170

A reliable fully automatic made in Germany, which can be fun.

  1. Turntable Thorens TD 170
  2. Data sheet

The Thorens TD 170 plays an Ortofon OMB 10, so close to the limit, even with its standard system that a swap is no longer makes sense. This is because on the one hand, that the pickup is much better and fits well to the arm. On the other hand, the Black Forest drive earlier reaches limits.

Fully-automatic machine is similar to that of the dual 415, dominated but also the rare 78 rpm and meets the Groove plate sizes and speed dial thanks to separate even in Maxi-singles correctly. It would relieve the Thorens plates with badly deburred or simply too narrow medium holes because his plate rotates around a fixed central mandrel, braking too tight fitting plates. Continue reading “Turntable Thorens TD 170″

Focal Electra 1037 BE

Top marks the focal pocketing for their processing: the red-stained cherry wood beams, the varnish has a noble, a glass plate adorns the top of the box. She sounds so noble as she looks?

  1. Focal Electra 1037 BE
  2. Data sheet

The fans of the French company focal can be proud on “their” brand. Grande utopia is your dream – a boxing monument of 70000 euro. Little more than a tenth of that cost the Electra 1037 be, but the relationship is clear: the beryllium tweeter has his own metal dwelling. That is bent to give no chance to edge reflections – because emits the inverted Dome to the page at the bottom between 2 and 6 kilohertz. Continue reading “Focal Electra 1037 BE”

Compact Speaker MAGNAT Quantum 703

Visually conveys the new quantum 703 of Tycoon value and underlined their claim to the coveted “High End” attribute.

  1. Compact speaker MAGNAT quantum 703
  2. Data sheet

The case surprised by its trapezoid shape, the high-gloss paint holds easily from the technical standpoint with significantly more expensive speakers. An aluminum woofer, whose Membran was provided by anodizing on both sides with a thin layer of ceramic produced deep and medium tones. This makes the metal more rigid and very successful in preventing membrane resonances. Continue reading “Compact Speaker MAGNAT Quantum 703″

Cambridge 840 C.

Dert Cambridge offers a technology broadside, which easily earns the title of “State of the art player in the test” the 840 C.

  1. Cambridge 840 C.
  2. Data sheet

The top model of Cambridge priced far below the initial devices of the previous noble brands is 1500 euros. Thanks to greater quantities and cheaper manufacturing in China (all more expensive players are actually built in the home country of the manufacturer) it’s enough yet for broadside technique, which easily earns the title of “State of the art player in the test” the 840 C. Continue reading “Cambridge 840 C.”

Yamaha AX-497

With its powerful core gait managed the 330-euro amplifier in the upper class.

  1. Yamaha AX-497
  2. Data sheet

Supplied with full-featured CD costumes by the in-house player, is added also the integrated amplifier AX-497 in the image. He also is more likely attributable to the analytical factual as the red-blooded color-rich cast. A bit of fundamental power he grew, as Accuphase DP-67 played to him. Amazingly, the rather average strong Yamaha could make even the JBL array 1000 legs. He surrendered only considerably later whose power thirst as the Denon PMA-500 AE (230 euros). Continue reading “Yamaha AX-497″

Cabasse Tobago

The Tobago you can rock with serious – and permanently, without having to annoy every second plate over thin sound.

  1. Cabasse Tobago
  2. Data sheet

The polystyrene membranes known by more expensive models of Cabasse, but specimens from mineral-filled plastic work in the bass. The 13-cm bass run until to the crossover to the tweeter in parallel, what causes at the upper end of their work area, between 1.5 and 3 kilohertz, increasing vertical concentration. To neutralize them, the Tobago can be slightly tilted depending on the height of the listener backwards which is also easily possible with their noble, massive spikes. Continue reading “Cabasse Tobago”

Cambridge 640 R

No receiver with a comparable wide and stable dynamic development under 2000 euro finds itself far and wide.

  1. Cambridge 640 R
  2. Data sheet

You could let pass it lightly as audiophile purism that Cambridge takes no sound signals 640 R via its three HDMI inputs – including where yet the classic coax digital cable with CD – and DVD sound sounds better. If you think so, made the Bill without Blu-ray and HD-DVD. These fascinating discs can contain uncompressed multichannel audio at its very best, must rely on the digital transfer but is required on HDMI. If necessary, you could connect such a HD player similar to the 7.1-channel input of the Cambridge, makes himself dependent upon the quality of the corresponding output on the player. Continue reading “Cambridge 640 R”

Linn Majik 2100

AUDIO has opted for the combination of stereo and multi-channel amplifier: because on the one hand, the municipality of stereo has also some of it – and on the other hand many a purse rather can cope with a slow growth of 2 to multi channel as a radical investment when buying an expensive surround solution

  1. Linn Majik 2100
  2. Data sheet

The Majik 2100 to 2200 euro is a pure stereo amp, and their performance reveals her numbers shortcut: two times 100 Watts into 4 Ohms impedance.

Admitted: bass abyss, so deeply like Loch Ness, which did not up; it bothered really only die-hard fans of earthquakes rumbling and pounding herds of dinosaurs. Compliments to the endurance of the amplifier, particularly the smaller Majik: machine-gun volleys nor in the exhausting explosions in the film “We were soldiers” the power amplifiers with high levels were backed down. Continue reading “Linn Majik 2100″

Marantz SR 8001

Authenticity and conviction into this multi-channel receiver.

  1. Marantz SR 8001
  2. Data sheet

A microphone-based, automatic measurement, as it brings the Marantz SR 8001 is precisely nothing for lazy and people who want to read in principle no manuals. You would have really no fun at the highly intelligent “Audyssey” program of the Marantz receiver. Many room acoustics problems can themselves thus but excellent get a grip – digital computing acrobatics, which directly serves the sound. Continue reading “Marantz SR 8001″

Klipsch RB-81

Even apart from the very small focal, the RB-81 Klipsch is an imposing appearance.

  1. Klipsch RB-81
  2. Data sheet

As the only manufacturer in the field, the Americans put on an official eight Zoller, a large dimensioned, Cabinet reflex tube to provide compression-free low bass. Revamped the Horn called the ‘Tractrix’ is already at 1800 Hz and promises high sound pressure and directivity. Housing and the harsh “Cerametallic”-Woofer convey strength and stability. The surfaces could be, however, quality: the smooth slide nor the plastic baffle can when it comes to grab quality ahead of our competitors really are. Continue reading “Klipsch RB-81″

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3 G

BlackBerrys are a synonym for business devices – communication professionals for busy employees who must also go always to read their E-mail and answer or want to. It is also today still so – except that RIM maintains not only the typical design so important to many tipsters full keyboard.

  1. RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3 G
  2. Data sheet

So this comes brand new RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3 G with the numeric keypad of classic mobile phones, small dimensions and meager 96 grams weight much leaner and more manageable so as about the breakers BlackBerry bold. Thus it is intended – Blackberry Pearl 3 G a potential device for the masses, and less for the professional group and without alternative input to connect-definition also not a Smartphone. Continue reading “RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3 G”