Pioneer A-6

Audiophile claims expressed in the design of the A6 for 500 euro.

  1. Pioneer A-6
  2. Data sheet

So now emblazoned the air emblem on the headstrong two fronts with arched Bay Windows similar to left half, where each informed a – also discreetly heating – display on operating conditions. Otherwise: proud voluntary restraint instead of wild knob messy.

This classy little amp played admirable far forward. Not with muscle: be more modest performance, documented required in the AUDIO code 53, implementation and forbearance when the speaker Partnerwahl.An of electrically undemanding, but musically outstanding mission M 34i (550 euro, 70 points) celebrated a fundamental-rich, spatially well distributed, nuanced sound, the pioneer of the match left him with the Marantz PM 80 points Platzhirsch 7001. Continue reading “Pioneer A-6″

Linn Chakra 3200

The powerful 3-channel power amplifier chakra enriches each surround team.

  1. Linn chakra 3200
  2. Data sheet

From the chakra series the three-channel power amplifier meets 3200 to C (such as chakra), three times 200 Watt, 4200 euros. Both amplifiers together is that the banned on a chip, reinforcing integrated circuits (ICs) are accompanied by bipolar transistors. Linn makes no secret of the preference for one chip power amplifiers; short signal paths and little interference from the outside to keep the sound clean. The ICs work because even fully autonomous in quiet passages. More power is needed, the transistors to help out. The Linn developer this amazingly seamless labor settled just a patent to protect. Completely isolated switching power supply supplies the amplifier with the necessary energy. There are both amplifiers optionally equipped with balanced inputs or RCA connectors according to taste and requirements of domestic investment. Continue reading “Linn Chakra 3200″

Pioneer D 6

This player uses a specular highlight. Not superficial overexposure, but very subtly used spots.

  1. Pioneer D 6
  2. Data sheet

Lush Orchestra, small ensembles, rhythmic piano sounds, gentle songs: The AUDIO Super listening course CD 5 played the D 6 with the unobtrusive color joy, that makes enjoyment. And he charges Rachel Morrison with the appropriate thrust emotion. Continue reading “Pioneer D 6″

Onkyo TX-SR 804

Who sounds like dry, clear and tempo and in the bass contour and control than on body wealth is, gets this vote in its purest form by Onkyo.

  1. Onkyo TX-SR 804
  2. Data sheet

With automatic speaker measurement, video to-HDMI conversion and moderate multi-room capabilities, the 804 of his chief role under the attainable Onkyo’s meets and largely draws equal with the Marantz SR-6001. The latter has the better calibration system (Audyssey), for which attracts 804 THX, a better remote control and a phono inputs – which, however, promises due to high capacity with high-output MCs really balanced sound. Unfortunately missing the option to attract the surround back amplifiers idle in 5.1 as an alternative to the bi-Amping of the front channels the Onkyo – particularly in stereo mode this mode sound advantages can bring. Continue reading “Onkyo TX-SR 804″

DynaVox DJ-1100 Turntable

Because the DynaVox easily with mounted plate is portable and also has a built-in phono preamp, he could make a career as mobile, super cheap workhorse. Could…

  1. DynaVox DJ-1100 turntable
  2. Data sheet

The cheap DynaVox player (140 euro) is a visually impressive, he sounded but not as balanced as the dual. Probably the belt drive despite its lightweight plastic plate Gleichlauf-delivered and in the green area, it will rumble values but from the arm, more specifically: literally stopped its storage,: too little smooth-running, too much play – not a good combination. Continue reading “DynaVox DJ-1100 Turntable”

Heco METAS 500

All Heco, long ago times champions in the sound of dice, builds a box with almost old English voicing – who then also still fabulous sounds.

  1. Heco METAS 500
  2. Data sheet

The Heco METAS is not just great. So are the No. name China Blender by the sender. Only, you have no 18-aluminum pressure cast baskets and no personalized cellulose mixtures for the two Basses (wool/paper for the upper, hardened paper for the bottom). Also not Super solid, screwed and rounded reflex tubes (equal to two per box), and certainly no richly stocked 21/2-way crossover with tweeter level adjustment. The two high-frequency options with “linear” are labeled and “+ 2dB”, where the latter in the listening room brought the more neutral, still a very warm sound result. This is interesting. All Heco, long ago times champions in the sound of dice, builds a box with almost old English voicing – who then also still fabulous sounds. Continue reading “Heco METAS 500″

Mission M 31i

This box creates an amazing, almost cinematographic dynamics from their small volume.

  1. Mission M 31i
  2. Data sheet

The smaller compact speaker of series looks like a miniaturized model of her sister M32 i. Her low-midrange driver with the characteristic rounded in one piece siphoned membrane from special cardboard, Viotex called, must come out with an effective diameter of about 11 centimeters. He will not be too small, to produce more bass. But a small drivers also has advantages: it bundles the sound at high frequencies of less, can be coupled to the tweeter therefore softer and later. Also the proximity of the two drivers and the slight sound lead to the tweeter contribute to a homogeneous pass, whose waves thanks to the strong rounded baffle almost without damaging edge reflections to the listener reach. Continue reading “Mission M 31i”

Speaker MAGNAT Quantum 709

Silky soft sounds and voluminous bass: MAGNAT quantum 709

  1. Speaker MAGNAT quantum 709
  2. Data sheet

The MAGNAT developers put what on a single reflex tube – but for one! With its more than ten centimeters NET diameter and curvature inhibiting noise it yourself would be a men speakers such as the JBL Everest to shame. It fits but also to the masculine appearance of MAGNAT that oddness with not less than two woofers of 22-centimeter class. Continue reading “Speaker MAGNAT Quantum 709″

Quad ESL 2905

The area converter fans praise the transparency and accuracy of their honey. Scores also the quad with these advantages?

  1. Quad ESL 2905
  2. Data sheet

As the fans of Martin Logan, Magnepan, and final, quad enthusiasts hold high the flag of faces converter. The membrane has almost no mass, there is not a closed case, and by the way it’s in the quads even wide strips. So far the lofty theory – the hard practice makes it for the developers truly complicated. The lightweight foil is difficult to drive, the open construction leads to the extinction of the bass frequencies the large membrane to undesirable strong effects of bundling. Continue reading “Quad ESL 2905″

Focal Chorus 726 V

The “new edge” box in France boasts bass Foundation and dynamics

  1. Focal chorus 726 V
  2. Data sheet

The construction principle of her best-selling book the French haven’t changed much – good. The V class is a pure-bred, 3-way box with two woofers, one midrange and an aluminium titanium inverted dome. The typical focal tweeters now got his own, separate metal housing and should play less distortion compared to its predecessor. That could confirm AUDIO-testfactory at least to some decibel measurement. Far more clearly the other bass-reflex tuning impacted but in measure: the pipe of the 726 V has its main work area to 40 Hertz, which clearly relieves the Woofer and metrologically significantly decreases in combination with the now enlarged diameter harmful compression and vortex effects. And the total slightly improved depth and a more moderate bass enhancement. Continue reading “Focal Chorus 726 V”

Focal Chorus 726 V

The “new edge” box in France boasts bass Foundation and dynamics

  1. Focal chorus 726 V
  2. Data sheet

The construction principle of her best-selling book the French haven’t changed much – good. The V class is a pure-bred, 3-way box with two woofers, one midrange and an aluminium titanium inverted dome. The typical focal tweeters now got his own, separate metal housing and should play less distortion compared to its predecessor. That could confirm AUDIO-testfactory at least to some decibel measurement. Far more clearly the other bass-reflex tuning impacted but in measure: the pipe of the 726 V has its main work area to 40 Hertz, which clearly relieves the Woofer and metrologically significantly decreases in combination with the now enlarged diameter harmful compression and vortex effects. And the total slightly improved depth and a more moderate bass enhancement. Continue reading “Focal Chorus 726 V”

Opera Audio M 100 Plus

Audio M comes from the far East the Opera 100 plus – even if it doesn’t show him

  1. Opera audio M 100 plus
  2. Data sheet

Audio Opera is a Chinese company. Who is M 100 plus from the consonance series but before the amplifier, never would and never smell a Chinese product. What is so “dangerous” audio Opera: this company not copied European or American tube amps to the known schema, but developed itself from the circuit to the design. If necessary the “WBT-like” speaker terminals on the back show that audio has still role models Opera let by an elegant ‘new interpretation’ bought into Chinese. Continue reading “Opera Audio M 100 Plus”

Cyrus CDXt & DAC XP

This combination of drive and transformer preamplifier is fast and dynamic

  1. Cyrus CDXt & DAC XP
  2. Data sheet

For the test, we have added an exciting hybrid converter and preamp to Cyrus drive CDXt. Its abbreviation: DAC XP. The engineers from the British Huntingdon guard still an X version in the catalog, with seven different digital inputs, a cinch – and even two XLR outputs. Brother ‘XP’ holds two pairs of RCA jacks for analog sources to this wealth, plus two pre outputs via RCA. The X is to have the XP for 3300 euro 1700 euro. The twice four RCA jacks so 1600 euros. Continue reading “Cyrus CDXt & DAC XP”

Dali IKON 2

Is the Dali visually satisfied IKON 2 sound as good as you?

  1. Dali IKON 2
  2. Data sheet

The developers of the Danish manufacturer of Dali chose a Solomonic compromise: the Ikon 2 has a 35 mm lens for the field of brilliance and a tie for the highest heights. Technically makes sense: The great canopy would bundle up too much. The bracelet shines as wider, comes this not so deep down. The measurement shows a clean transition without significant cancellations. Including working a low-midrange driver with Brown membrane made of wood fibres, supported by a rear reflex tube. With regard to the optics, convinced the Ikon: the surface is hardly of a real wood veneers to distinguish, the remote baffle has a clean finish, the terminals are elegant. Continue reading “Dali IKON 2″

Cyrus 6 Power / Pre VS 2

Our beginners Tip: the precursor pre VS 2 in conjunction with the smallest amplifier 6 power.

  1. Cyrus 6 power / pre VS 2
  2. Data sheet

900 euro ally themselves with 600 euro. Quasi an integrated amplifier in two packages – who lined up along the way are the guard measure 43 cm. Cyrus is the idea of upgrading so valuable that owners of a 6 power can order a small miracle: call the dealer, stand 522 euros, the old 6 power passed the postman and ten days to muster patience. In the meantime, Cyrus changes the complete base plate, at the company’s headquarters only survive power supply and housing – and the device schippert back than 8 power across the English channel. This service will count only once only emotionally for Cyrus. But if the loyal clients first external power supply (700 euros) or even a second 8 ordered power as Biamping companions (1000 Euro), the experience of the past pays. Continue reading “Cyrus 6 Power / Pre VS 2″

Creek EVO CDP

The Creek sounds just pleasantly, ear-friendly and at the same time exciting. For around 760 euros.

  1. Creek EVO CDP
  2. Data sheet

Those who know older units of the company, founded in 1982 Creek, whose radical non-design missing today maybe. The frightening compact, angular body with the black, black printed sheet metal fronts were at the same time still a clear statement against the rising gold button Popper and acrylic polishers. Today, politicians have become from punks. And also Creek is an “Evo” externally as technically- Lution stage further. Continue reading “Creek EVO CDP”

Audio Aero Prima CD

Probably no French city as much high-tech such as in Toulouse focuses on the edge of the Pyrenees. The home of audio Aero prima CD.

  1. Audio Aero prima CD
  2. Data sheet

Only 34000 people work no wonder here in the aviation industry -, that the audio Aero company founded ten years ago, already contains the aviation on behalf of. Suitable to the tube hybrid integrated amplifier prima, the French offer also a CD of same name. Continue reading “Audio Aero Prima CD”

Best B-410

Danish sophisticate with lifetime warranty

  1. Best B-410
  2. Data sheet

Who acquires an best component and to enter at the company as an official, the proud owners can be, will enjoy of a lifetime warranty. Is to be hoped that the company itself is a long life.

Who gets the new CD Player B-410 to face, at first suspected a design object – and tends to be a miscalculation. For several months, the importer of in-akustik has taken over distribution – best acts on the German market so as a sparring partner of Telarc or focal. The price also seduced not to underestimate the beautiful player: it costs 1500 euro – exclusive of beautiful “Gizmo”-full metal – system remote control, which makes pay Densen 210 euros extra. Continue reading “Best B-410″

Canton Karat 790 DC

Naturalness and precision: the Canton karat 790 DC

  1. Canton karat 790 DC
  2. Data sheet

The k-series is not only a bestseller in the Canton program, she was also a trend with their appearance: very slim, elegant shiny standing speakers gain their bass control over lateral woofer. The new karat 790 DC fits one as well in the picture, it looks like its predecessor 709 like an egg. What remains is also the side paper bass in a 25-centimeter format, which wants to make “untenrum” with the rear pipe of the reflex for the correct steam. So that the membrane uncontrollably emits no sound to the page, the tones are referenced already exceeding 180 Hertz on the midrange – at this frequency, even the great bass exudes roughly around. Continue reading “Canton Karat 790 DC”

Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1

Excellently compatible with black discs: Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1

  1. Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1
  2. Data sheet

Not that the Denon PMA SA1 with 120 watts per channel into 4 Ohms would be weak. The reserves could be however scarce for live dynamics with below average efficient boxes. On the other hand the SA1 in the laboratory played the entire range of services with a consistently perfect distortion spectrum: only numbered, falling to higher orders harmoniously harmonics, by the first milliwatt up to the onset. Denon creates this feat with a circuit, whose refined lies precisely in the simplification and directness. The balanced power amplifier increases each half shaft with a pair of “ultra high current”-MOSFETs, which an unusually high for this construction principle electric power was brought up on. Developers have deliberately on a performance-enhancing parallel connection of multiple transistors – the performance is therefore not extremely high, but at least very load stable. Continue reading “Denon PMA-SA1/AU-S1″

Yamaha CDX-497

The Yamaha CDX-497 take an AUDIO recommendation as party, charts – and history suitable for long-time music supplier.

  1. Yamaha CDX-497
  2. Data sheet

The player can play even data-reduced digital diet in the form of Windows Media Audio-(WMA)- or MP3-CDs. Good idea. Because for one, saving produced favourite sampler without any problems on the home system can be listen on the own computer space. On the other hand the offer grows filled MP3-CDs – with historic mono recordings limited anyway in dynamic and frequency range (www.line-music.de) pre-produced, with up to eight hours of music. So, the first round of the hearing should be the intriguing “Files from our own production”. Continue reading “Yamaha CDX-497″

Marantz SC-7 S2

This precursor is terrific, compared to its predecessor, it seems to have bathed in the fountain of youth.

  1. Marantz SC-7 S2
  2. Data sheet

The Marantz men ground persistently to sound relevant details without changing the basic circuit. SC-7 S2 and MA-9 S2 are constructed as their predecessors fully symmetric, include two complete amplifier trains per stereo channel so. One is responsible – image and mirror image for the normal, the other for the phase-inverted signal quasi. Theoretically, this brings benefits. If the signals come back together, at least all equal-measure errors cancel out, as they can cause to such interference. In practice means that not only duplicate parts Assembly, but also meticulous comparison thereof. Therefore, many manufacturers give their amplifiers while symmetrical XLR inputs and outputs, drive internally but cost-saving asymmetrical, i.e. as a single track. Continue reading “Marantz SC-7 S2″

Nubert NuBox 311

Small but mighty: the small Nubert offers great HiFi virtues.

  1. Nubert NuBox 311
  2. Data sheet

The NuBox 311 may not quite deny their genes: compared to the old model 310, but crucial details have changed. Firstly the optics: A shiny acrylic front is a so edgy series like striking design, the foil surface looks quality. The proven combination of size 13 and fabric dome has remained, the membranes are but different coating than in the predecessor. Continue reading “Nubert NuBox 311″