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STEREO Magazine   Issue 23


STEREO Magazine Issue 23


  For more than 45 years, STEREO has been the most respected magazine on the European audio scene. With our critical eye, we offer an indispensable guide for readers and dealers who want more than mere brochure information. Our magazine features everything from competent, detailed evaluations of hi-fi and high-end components and accessories, to reports on topics all around the wonderful world of music.

During the process of reviewing, all products have to prove themselves not only in our listening rooms but also in our modern and fully equipped in-house measurement laboratory. Our listening-tests are always conducted by multiple experienced editors in a never changing environment to ensure comparability.

STEREO Magazine is the international brother of the famous German print magazine STEREO. It is entirely for free with new high quality reviews and reports being uploaded every week. Additionally we have an extensive archive of magazines, which can be read online or downloaded for free. To make sure you never miss anything, you can subscribe to our Newsletter or follow us on Facebook. Stay tuned!



2 Editor's Lead In
Editorial By Volker Pigors


12 Active Speakers
In the age of wireless connections and streaming the active speaker flourishes. We have tested five very different specimens of all price ranges.


14 Vento Goes Smart With Bookshelf / Monitor Speakers
Canton activated the Vento series. The Smart Vento 9 is now followed by the compact 3rd generation.


16 Phonar's P4 Match Air Floorstanding Speakers
Based – elaborately activated – on the passive model P4 Next.


18 Piega Premium Wireless 501 Floorstanders
Piega's favorite material aluminum has both acoustical and optical advantages.


20 Quadral Aurum Alpha Floorstanding Speaker
Quadral fits 71 kilograms of "Titan"- technology and 700-watts of power into a living room-friendly cabinet.


22 Triangle Sensa SN 03A Two-Way Monitor / Desktop Speaker
From Triangle in France comes a sympathetically affordable and very thought-through approach.


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24 AVM R 5.3 Turntable
The larger of the two first turntables ever built by German manufacturer AVM is a feast for the eyes – and ears? We have tested it for you!


28 Dali Oberon 1 Bookshelf / Monitor Speakers
For just 400 euros per pair, the Oberon 1 is an amazing bargain. Especially as it sounds unbelievably good at this price point.


T+A SDV3100HV Streaming DAC And PDT3100HV Disc Drive Review

30 T+A SDV3100HV Streaming DAC & PDT3100HV Disc Drive
T+A took a giant step forward with its HV series.
Review By Matthias Böde Of STEREO Magazine


42 Classics: Open Reel-To-Reel
While the turntable revival is still in full swing, there is yet another unexpected nostalgic trend: Open Reel is back! We had a look at two masters of old: the Phillips N4522 and the Revox A 700.


46 Gauder DARC 60 Floorstanding Speaker
The "little" brother of the DARC 100 is the perfect entry into the world of outstanding Gauder sound and technology


37 NAD M10 Amplifier
The NAD M10 is rather small and inconspicuous looking, but actually filled to the brim with clever technology, useful features and great sound.


50 Focal Stellia Headphones
The Stellia is one of the noblest closed back headphones on the market and features exquisite workmanship. Can its beryllium drivers push it to top-performance?




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