Toshiba TG01

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the big coup was Toshiba in February. As with the TG01, the manufacturer known for its wide range of notebook presented a Smartphone, which again provided for conversation. But the hero of a show many device is been selected, which later never reached the maturity necessary for the sale.

  1. Toshiba TG01
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Not so the Toshiba, now in Europe about the Telecommunications giant Telefonica and so in Germany via O2 for 500 euros without a contract is offered. The price is in line with the usual expensive smartphones. Continue reading  

CD Player NAD C 545 BEE

The NAD C 545 BEE (550 euro) can be changed via a button in the sound, impressed but also with full expression way of playing.

The NAD C 545 BEE (550 euro), however, with a 12-volt trigger Connector waits, to corresponding amplifier with one and turn off. The C 545 BEE reads not only MP3 files, but decrypted also WMA files – an audio codec developed by Microsoft for lossy data compression. Because of the copy protection built into WMA (DRM digital rights management =) many music services deliver better in WMA in MP3 box. Continue reading  

Harman/Kardon HK 990 Integrated Amplifier

Hard to believe how much packing material Harman/Kardon in a 1500 euro amplifier. We hope may accordingly bounce sound at the HK 990?

  1. Harman/Kardon HK 990 integrated amplifier
  2. Data sheet

The HK 990 Harman enables also the digitally tuned and cross-eyed on AV applications clientele all astonishment -. Extra for them the stereo amp brings a packed Board with A/D-, D/A converters, as well as a full-blown processor. It takes two koxiale and two optical Digital-Ins of not only the appropriate sources. If necessary, it has this (and after conversion also the analogue) to the data center that allows a bass management crossover frequencies between 40 and 200 Hertz after the one or two subwoofers ad one. After measuring out mine via enclosed microphone, the HK 990 like automatically handles this, he installs even in level, frequency and duration space corrections. Depending on the needs he builds only the deep bass or in addition the middle or even the entire listening area is above. Continue reading  

Benz Micro LP-S Pickup

If you want best sounds from your records, you should drive a classy pickup as the Benz LP-S. It speeds up your heart rate rapidly – without fuel consumption.

  1. Benz micro LP-S pickup
  2. Data sheet

There one could assume AUDIO Yes smooth evil will. All people came “only” as a short test to honor the two front runners in the pickup’s best: the Clearaudio Stradivarius for 2400 euro in issue 12/2006 and the same expensive Benz Ebony in 9/2004 evil will was certainly not in the game, but when Benz Director Albert Lukaschek now sent the new S version its top sound box “LP”, more room for the test report was a pleasant duty. Continue reading  

Speakers Canton Chrono SL 580 DC

Most manufacturers require hefty surcharges for gloss housing. With the Chrono SL series, Canton wants to show that it is also cheaper. For us in the test: The Chrono SL 580 DC (1600 euros the pair).

  1. Speakers Canton Chrono SL 580 DC
  2. Test & technology – expertise: bass depth versus efficiency
  3. Interview with Frank Göbl (head of development Canton)
  4. Data sheet

Who has the choice, the agony, the vernacular says. So fare also customers of the Hessian boxes manufacturer Canton, over 80 models available which don’t count special types for wall mounting or car speakers. Continue reading  

Turntable Euro Audio Team Forte

Huge platter, magnetic bearing with magnetic feet, the EAT Forte launches an offensive on the turntable top class (13900 EUR).

  1. Turntable euro audio team Forte
  2. stereoplay – technology in detail: deep resonance
  3. Data sheet

The idea to build a turntable, was quite influenced by the optics, Jozefina Krahulcova admits, head of euro audio team (EAT). High end drives with much acrylic and steel are not to the liking of the woman who took care of fine tubes and damping rings for this so far. A model floated before her with lots of wood that should work also elegant. The result is the turntable Forte for proud 13_900 euro. Continue reading  

Onky0 TX-SR 507

The Onkyo offers surprisingly many functions for the narrow budget. Even an iPod it can control – but only by using an optional Dockings, what with proud 90 euros.

  1. Onky0 TX-SR 507
  2. Data sheet

The Onkyo inconspicuous from the outside affords few equipment shortfalls and is also completely without remote control. The heaviest with 9.6 kilos unit test can no doubt also when you look under the hood: discrete amplifiers and large transformer with two capacitors of the 8600 micro Farad, the Interior of the TX-SR_507 is built clean. Continue reading  

Yamaha RX V 465

Blu-ray and HD sound are on everyone’s lips. Meanwhile, even AV receiver of the 400-euro class must master these tools. Like the Yamaha, which boasts even with no less than four digital HDMI interfaces.

  1. Yamaha RX V 465
  2. Data sheet

You maybe would have let, it says in the manual under “Troubleshooting”: “If no picture or no sound be output via HDMI, too many HDMI components can be connected”. It can be used under circumstances at the same time so not all four jacks.

Although all subjects can control an iPod, there are differences in the practical implementation. Yamaha uses a special jacks, and asks the customer with 60 euros for an iPod dock to the cashier. Continue reading  

Pioneer VSX-819 H

Blu-ray and HD sound are on everyone’s lips. Meanwhile, even AV receiver of the 400-euro class must master these tools. The pioneer does that.

  1. Pioneer VSX-819 H
  2. Data sheet

And much more: an iPod pioneer via USB interface, controls the connection cable is even included, which is a huge advantage for users when compared to the competition. Pro pioneer: If the supplied USB cable should be not even tangible, you can use the original iPod. Another advantage of the USB connection: music data are routed in digital to the amplifier, which excludes the loss of the D/A conversion in the iPod. In addition to a USB connector, the supplied breakout cable has also RCA connectors for image playback. Because the pioneer can not convert the video signal and scale, it is provided but not the HDMI out, but only to the CVBS monitor Jack. Continue reading  

Subwoofer Devil M 9500 SW THX Ultra 2

The devil M 9500 SW THX Ultra 2 (1600 euro) impressed not only by its size and 65 kilograms in weight, but also by his level of strength.

  1. Subwoofer Devil M 9500 SW THX Ultra 2
  2. Data sheet

Much much help, the larger of the two hell-woofer seems built. He is the only THX licensed in the hardcore version Ultra 2. Nearly one meter height, towering two 12-incher, fueled by a big amplifier, which is really hot. The devil delivers what it promises. He brings the highest level at the lowest tones, the most fun anyway. Continue reading  

Speakers Genelec 8040 A

The Genelec 8040 A gave the legendary album “Live in concert” by Sara K, which rotated multiple times during the test in the player, (1820 euro the couple) a breathtaking authenticity.

  1. Speakers Genelec 8040 A
  2. Data sheet

The Finnish Studio supplier Genelec provides a huge range of active monitors for different listening distances. A size useful for private applications reached the model 8040 with at least 180 Watt total amplifier power and a wide range of local filters. More about this in the post “stereoplay – technology in detail: flexible by location filter”. Continue reading  

Speakers Genelec 6010 A

Stereoplay alternative: for very short distances of hearing there is a cheap alternative in the Genelec program to the 8040 A: the Genelec 6010 is available for 600 euros the pair.

  1. Speakers Genelec 6010 A
  2. Data sheet

Suffice for listening distances up to maximum of 2 metres, for example, at a desk, often smaller boxes than the next door tested. For such applications, Genelec 6010 A, which structurally resembles 8040 A, but to a much smaller and more easily fails and less expensive two-thirds builds the smallest monitor. Continue reading  

CD Player Meridian G 06.2

The new CD player G 06.2 (2350 EUR) of Prime Meridian is based on audiophile high tech of its predecessor. Can he beat him sound?

  1. CD player Meridian G 06.2
  2. Data sheet

Bob Stuart, thinker and one of the two founders of Meridian, is considered expert in digital technology. He devised MLP (Meridian Lossless packing), a lossless compression technique for the high bit of the DVD-audio format. With recognised experts room correction and speaker articles (on his homepage our site) he demonstrated that he is well versed in the laws of the digital Sound processings. When Meridian replaces the successful G 06 (2200 euros) through the also Racemes CD player G 06.2 (2350 euros) after three years, are consumers then abundant technical innovations in the House? Continue reading  

From the Measurement Lab: What Mean Measurements for Subwoofers

Are more important than frequency responses with woofers the level and distortion; Finally they become as invisible and want to create level still tidy up in deepest sound equipment.

The metrological evaluation of subwoofers seems easy, where you need to play only the lowest range of the audible spectrum. But far from it: At the rate it begins to be complicated. Each active woofer – only those eligible for Hi-Fi and surround in question – must submit the existing speaker set in the truest sense of the word. Continue reading  

Subwoofer B & W ASW 610

Phonetically, there was little rampage, for lots of precision at the B & W ASW 610 (600 euros). Audiophiles are here at home.

  1. Subwoofer B & W ASW 610
  2. Data sheet

Concentration is the motto in the ASW 610. In the completely closed housing operates an ultra long stroke 10-incher (paper and Kevlar cone) on the short leash of a sound-sensitive Switching amplifier. A selectable Equalizer allows subtle adjustments to taste. Sonically, there’s little rampage, for lots of precision. Audiophiles are here at home.

B & W ASW 610

Manufacturer B & W
Price €600.00
Rating 54.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions 31.0 x 31.0 x 37.5 cm
Weight 12.5 kg
Principle of construction of housing closed
Phase variable Yes
Switchable phase
Space adaptation (text) Bass extension switchable
Measurement microphone
Remote control volume?
Remote Controls phase
Remote control crossover frequency
Entrance LS-terminals / XLR / RCA
Output LS-terminals / XLR / RCA
High-pass filter
Short conclusion Enclosure operates an ultra long-throw 10-incher (Cone from paper and Kevlar). An equalizer allows subtle adjustments to taste. Sound machtr eswenig rampage, for lots of precision
Sound points
Max 75 points)
Bass speech
maximum 24 points)
Bass depth
maximum 24 points)
Bass level
maximum 24 points)
Measured values
maximum 10 points)
Max 15 points)
maximum 10 points)
Overall rating
maximum 120 points)
72 good – very good
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 8 / 09


Stereoplay Technology in Detail: Features for Advanced Users

In the luxury class is the trend for special products with exceptional properties, whether optics, sound, equipment, or simply maximum level.

The spectacular to the abyss by Martin Logan is less its equipment with filters and convenience features than rather the intention, closed woofer similar to level set to make as competitors with bass reflex tunnel or passive membranes.

As a rule of thumb can apply that refraining from reflex openings makes a woofer with comparable lower cut-off frequency and membrane surface in the maximum dynamic up to 10 decibels quieter. Offset this shortcoming can be only by More long-strung chassis and more power amplifiers. Continue reading  

Stereoplay Technology in Detail: Low-Cost Specialists

Who wants to be sure to find the woofer best for its own purposes, should be before purchasing deal with the possibilities of the devices, consult say the Web sites of the manufacturers, where partly seen the full manuals.

The times, where the facilities of the woofer limited to the regulation of volume, frequency and phase, go slowly but surely to the end. Already the smallest models are partially controllable, often there are advanced filter functions. Continue reading  

Subwoofer Nubert AW 441 Black & Black

Bargain-savvy buyers are best served by Nubert 441 black & Black (369 euros) with the Nubert AW, sonically as well as technically offering Paroli many expensive devices.

  1. Subwoofer Nubert AW 441 black & Black
  2. Data sheet

So small, so inexpensive and already a classic. Nubert has further developed its entry level model only gingerly by the AW 440 to the AW 441 and offers these now for a mere 10 Euro surcharge with a black, high-gloss front. The equipment shows all important inputs and filters including remote control. Measured values and sound are a hit for money. Continue reading  

Vivid Audio Giya speaker

A South African boxing forge causes a sensation with refined enclosures and an ambitious technology. Exclusive test of the vivid Giya (32000 euro).

  1. Vivid audio Giya speaker
  2. stereoplay interview with Laurence Dickie
  3. Data sheet

In the early 1990s the was only moderately successful speaker manufacturer B & W made a decisive step. The British developed a real super speaker – free of all financial pressures -. The result was the extravagant (fully active) worm box, which later became the basis of all B & W Nautilus models. in 1997, B & W Nautilus speakers then launched an unprecedented success story and worldwide is the largest provider of high end speakers today undisputed. Were the key protagonists behind the ur-Nautilus project: B & W CEO Robert Trunz and developer Laurence Dickie. Continue reading  

Stereoplay – Myth Subwoofer: Poetry and Truth

Hardly a module about which so many myths and legends, such as the Group of the subwoofer. Here the most common prejudices and what’s really behind it.

(1) my plant produces enough bass, so I need no subwoofer.

Enough upper bass certainly, but rarely the necessary depth. Passive HiFi speakers rarely climb under 40, often hardly under 60 Hertz. However, 16 to 20 hertz are audible. Continue reading  

Compact Speakers Magico Mini II

On the “small” Magico mini II (37000 EUR the pair) fascinated by the outstanding uniformity and maturity at maximum openness. The mini can breathe detail yet so tiny and hauntingly beautiful sounds.

  1. Compact speakers Magico mini II
  2. Data sheet

Magico – even the name sounds like magic, and the specialist press is full of praise: on the measurement of this world anyway, company residing near San Francisco collected an award after the other. Continue reading  

Compact Speaker Isophon Odessa

The Isophon Odessa (8000 euros the pair) like with a Bell-clear and neutral playing style fits well with dröhnen explosive areas. Just the speaker stand thought to her is sonically not optimal, because too little stable.

  1. Compact speaker Isophon Odessa
  2. Data sheet

A real treat for the fans of very compact high end speaker comes from Isophon: with a body width of just 19 cm one Odessa of the particularly delicate representatives of its genus. Optically and technically their first appearance in stereoplay resembles the stand box designed, much larger in all dimensions Vescova, 8/2008 is the testers in remembered and that since then sells bread as cut. Continue reading  

Compact Speaker of GamuT El Superior 3

Speed and hardly More credible wit are the major strengths of the GamuT El Superiores 3 (15200 euros the pair), the spatial as well. Homogeneity and neutrality know to please, but not outstanding.

  1. Compact speaker of GamuT El superior 3
  2. Data sheet

The chances of finding a far above average transducer at the Danish brand GamuT are truly excellent, because company founder Lars Goller was head of development at the chassis manufacturer scan speak, which is one of its kind in speaker circles the most prestigious, with customers in all parts of the world for many years. Continue reading  

T-Home Speedport W 920V

To anticipate it: the Speedport W 920V is a goose. He brings the PCs in the House via DSL on the Internet as a DSL-modem-router, also wireless on request. In addition he as ISDN and VoIP PBX desk phones, cordless phones and fax machines – both connected to the analog and the digital versions.

  1. T-Home Speedport W 920V
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The T-Home customer can rent the Speedport W 920V for 3.95 euros per month. Advantage of rental solution: with time, the rent drops staggered (after two years to 3.55 euros, after five years to 75 cents), also can you upgrade without large investments at given time on a newer model. Who wants to buy the device better, gets it for 200 euros. Continue reading