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The SoundStage! Network's Preamplifier-Measurement History with BHK Labs

Following the introduction of our highly successful loudspeaker-testing program with Canada's National Research Council (NRC) and subsequent amplifier-testing program in 2002, the SoundStage! Network began its preamplifier-testing program in late 2004.

To conduct these test we commissioned BHK Labs, the same laboratory who does the Network's amplifier tests, headed by Bascom King, well-known design engineer, consultant, and technical writer for such magazines as the former Audio.  

Each preamplifier is tested using the Audio Precision System Two, and each preamplifier goes through the same type of testing program to ensure consistency, quality, and comparability in the test results.

Preamplifier models measured
(arranged alphabetically by brand name)

Audio Research Reference 3
Aurum Acoustics Integris CDP
Bryston BP 6 C-Series
Conrad-Johnson ACT2
Convergent Audio Technology SL1 Ultimate Mk II
Einstein The Tube
NuForce P-9
Rogue Audio Metis
Song Audio SA-1

With the cooperation of Canada's National Research Council (NRC), in the year 2000 the SoundStage! Network began measuring and publishing objective measurements of loudspeaker products -- a first for online publications.

The NRC's legacy of producing accurate loudspeaker measurements goes back decades. Literally thousands of speakers have been measured in their facilities since the '70s, and they are one of the few facilities in the world with the resources and expertise to conduct such tests.

The NRC facilities have, of course, been continually upgraded and today it's a state-of-the-art laboratory that includes an anechoic chamber, reference-grade test equipment, experienced staff, and a standardized process that is used consistently for all products. The end result are measurements that we feel are a benchmark for the industry, and useful for anyone wishing to obtain accurate, objective data about loudspeaker products.

Speaker models measured
(arranged alphabetically by brand name)

AAD Silver Reference 7
ACI Sapphire XL

American Acoustic Development 2001
Amphion Argon2
Amphion Argon3
Amphion Argon3L
Amphion Argon 7L
Amphion Ion+
Aperion Verus Grand Bookshelf
Aperion Audio Intimus 632-LR
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170
Ascend Acoustics Sierra-1
Ascendo System Z-f3
Atelier First Horn
Athena Technologies AS-B1
Athena Technologies S2/P2
Athena Technologies WS-100
Atlantic Technology AT-2
Audio Physic Virgo 25
AudioSolutions Rhapsody 80
Aurelia XO Cerica
Aurum Integris Active 300B
AV123 Strata Mini
Axiom Audio M100 v4
Axiom Audio Millennia M22Ti SE

Axiom Audio Millennia M2i
Axiom Audio Millennia M3Ti
Axiom Audio Millennia M40Ti
Axiom Audio Millennia M80Ti SE
Axiom Audio M80 v2
B&W CM1
B&W DM303
Blue Circle Audio BM2
Bowers & Wilkins 684 S2
Bowers & Wilkins 685 S2
Bryston Mini A

Bryston Mini T

Bryston Model T
Cambridge Audio Aero 2
Canton Chrono SLS 780 DC

Carnegie Acoustics Contemporary CST-1
Cerwin-Vega CLS-215
Cliffhanger Audio Bulldog
Coincident Speaker Technology Total Eclipse
Compact WZ-5 SE Collector’s Edition
Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo
Dahlquist Audio QX6

Definitive Technology BP-8080ST SuperTower
Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower
Definitive Technology Mythos STS SuperTower

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 55
Devialet Gold Phantom
Dynaudio Audience 40

Dynaudio Audience 80
Dynaudio Confdence C1
Dynaudio Confidence C4
Dynaudio Emit M10
Dynaudio Excite X12

Dynaudio Focus 110
Energy Connoisseur C-3
Energy Connoisseur C-9
Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-10
Energy Reference Connoisseur RC-70
Energy Veritas V2.4i
Ethera Vitae
Exodus Audio Kepler
Fluance XL7F
Focal Aria 906
Focal Chorus 807 W Prestige

Focal Chorus 836 W Prestige
Focal Electra 1008 Be 2
Focal Sopra No2
Focus Audio Prestige FP50

Focus Audio Prestige FP90 BE
Focus Audio Signature FS-688

Focus Audio Signature FS68SE
Focus Audio Signature FS-788
Focus Audio Signature FS-888
Focus Audio Signature FS8
Gemme Audio VFlex Katana
Gingko Audio ClaraVu 7 MkII
GoldenEar Technology Aon 3 
GoldenEar Technology Triton One
GoldenEar Technology Triton Three+
GoldenEar Technology Triton Five

GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven
Grand Cru Audio Essentiel
Guru Pro Audio QM10
Harbeth Model 30 Domestic
Infinity Primus P162
JansZen Model One
JBL L890
JMlab Chorus 706
JMlab Mini Utopia
Joseph Audio Pulsar
KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50

KEF R100
KEF R500

KEF Reference 1
KEF Reference 3
KEF Reference 201/2

Krell LAT-2
Lafleuraudio X1
Magico S1 Mk.II
Magico S5

Magico V2
Mark & Daniel Audio Labs Maximus Monitor
Markaudio-Sota Viotti One
MartinLogan Motion 35XT

MartinLogan Motion 40

MasterSource Audio 20M
MB Quart Vera VS 1F
Mirage MRM-1
Mirage OMNI 60
Mirage Omnisat v2 FS
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab OML-2
Monitor Audio Bronze 6
Monitor Audio Gold GX50

Monitor Audio Gold GX100

Monitor Audio GR10
Monitor Audio Platinum PL100
Monitor Audio Silver 6
Morel Octwin 5.2
Muraudio Domain Omni PX1
Music Culture Elegance RL21

NHT Classic Three
NHT Xd
nOrh SM 6.9
Oskar Heil Aulos
Paradigm Atom
Paradigm Atom Monitor v.7
Paradigm Monitor 5
Paradigm Reference 30th Anniversary Inspiration
Paradigm Reference Prestige 95F
Paradigm Reference Signature S1 v.2

Paradigm Reference Signature S2
Paradigm Reference Signature S8
Paradigm Reference Studio 10 v.5
Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.3
Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.3
Paradigm Reference Studio 60 v.5
Paradigm Special Edition SE 1
PMC GB1
PMC twenty.24
Polk Audio LSi9
Polk Audio LSiM703
Polk Audio RTi A1 Loudspeakers
Polymer Audio Research MKS
PSB Alpha B1
PSB CS1000
PSB Image 2B
PSB Image T45
PSB Imagine Mini
PSB Imagine T2
PSB Imagine T3
PSB Imagine X2T
PSB Platinum T6
PSB Platinum M2
PSB Synchrony Two B
PSB Synchrony One
Reference 3A MM de Capo
Reference 3A MM de Capo BE
Revel Concerta M12

Revel Concerta F12
Revel Performa M20
Revel Performa3 F206
Revel Performa3 M106
Revel Ultima Salon2

Revel Ultima Studio
Role Audio Windjammer
Ruark Acoustics CL10
Selah Audio Verita
Silverline Audio Bolero
Silverline Audio Panatella Mk II
Silverline Audio Sonatina III
Soliloquy 6.5
Song Audio Type II Silk DM
Sonus Faber Olympica III
Sonus Faber Chameleon T
StudioLAB Reference One

SVS Prime Tower
Talon Audio Khorus
Tannoy Definition DC10A
Thiel Audio CS1.6
Thiel Audio CS2.4
Thiel Audio SCS4
Thiel Audio SCS4T
Triangle Esprit 30th Anniversary Edition Antal
Usher Audio Technology Be-718
Usher Audio Technology V-602
Verity Audio Fidelio
Verity Audio Parsifal Ovation
Vienna Acoustics Mozart Grand SE
Vivid Audio Oval B1
Vivid Audio Oval B1 Decade
Vivid Audio Giya G2

Volent Paragon VL-2 Signature Edition
Von Schweikert Audio VR-1
Von Schweikert Audio UniField 1
Walkallen Taos
Waveform Mach MC
Wharedale Diamond 220
Wilson Audio Specialties Duette

Wilson Audio Specialties Sophia
Wilson Audio Specialities Sophia 2
Wilson Audio Specialties WATT/Puppy 6
Wilson Audio Specialties WATT/Puppy 7
Wilson Audio Specialties WATT/Puppy 8
YG Acoustics Anat Reference Main Module
Zu Cable Druid

The SoundStage! Network's Amplifier-Measurement History with BHK Labs

Following the introduction of our highly successful loudspeaker-testing program with Canada's National Research Council (NRC), in 2001 the SoundStage! Network began its amplifier-testing program.

To conduct these test we commissioned BHK Labs, headed by Bascom King, well-known design engineer, consultant, and technical writer for such magazines as the former Audio.

Each amplifier is tested using the Audio Precision System Two, and each amplifier goes through the same type of testing program to ensure consistency, quality, and comparability in the test results.

Power and integrated amplifier models measured
(arranged alphabetically by brand name)

Accustic Arts Amp II-AC High Performance
Anthem PVA 2
Anthem Statement M1
Anthem Statement P2
Audio Electronic Supply Six Pac
Audio Research 150.2
Audio Research Foundation VT80
Audio Research VS115

Audio Research VS-55
Audio Research Reference 110
Audiopax Stereo Eight Eight
Atma-Sphere MA-1 Mk II
Ayre Acoustics VX-5
Ayre Acoustics VX-R

Bel Canto Design e.One REF1000 
Bel Canto Design e.One REF600M
Belles 350A Reference

Belles Statement SA-30
Benchmark Media Systems AHB2
Blue Circle Audio BC202

Blue Circle Audio BC28
Blue Circle Audio DAR (i)
Bryston 2B SST
Bryston 4B SST
Bryston 4B3
Bryston B100 SST
(i)
Calyx Audio Femti
Classé Audio Delta CA-2200

Coda Technologies 12.0
Conrad-Johnson Premier 140
Conrad-Johnson Premier 350
Convergent Audio Technology JL2 Signature Mk 2
CR Developments Romulus
Cyrus Audio Stereo 200
darTZeel NHB-108 Model One

deHavilland Aries 845
deHavilland Aries GM70
Devialet D-Premier (i)
Devialet Expert 130 Pro (i)
Einstein Absolute Tune
(i)
Exogal Ion
Esoteric A-100
(i)
Eximus S1
Flying Mole CA-S10 (i)
Flying Mole DAD-M100proHT
Grommes 360
Hegel Music Systems H20
Hegel Music Systems H30
Hegel Music Systems H360 (i)
Hegel Music Systems H80
 (i)
Hyperion Sound Design HT-88

JAS Audio Bravo 2.3 (i)
JE Audio VS70 (i)
JE Audio VS70.1 (i)
Jones Audio PA-M300 Series 2
Krell FPB-300c
Lamm Industries ML1.1
Lamm Industries M1.2 Reference
Liberty Audio B2B-100
Linn Klimax Twin
Luxman B-1000F
Luxman L-509U (i)
Luxman M-900u
Manley Laboratories Snapper

Manley Laboratories Mahi
Monarchy Audio SE-160
Mola Mola Kaluga
NAD C372 (i)
NAD Masters Series M32 DirectDigital (i)
Cyrus Audio Stereo 200
Nightingale ATS-90

Opera Consonance Reference 9.9A
Opera Audio M800
Opera Audio Consonance Cyber-10 Signature
Oracle Audio SI 1000 (i)
Orpheus Laboratories Three S
Odyssey Audio Khartago 
Parasound Halo A 23 
Parasound Halo A 31
Pathos Acoustics Lògos MKII Integrated Amplifier

PS Audio HCA-2

Raysonic SP-100 (i)
Redgum Audio RGM175
Rogue Audio Atlas
Rogue Audio Medusa
Rogue Audio Tempest II (i)
Simaudio Moon 400M
Simaudio Moon Evolution 870A
Simaudio Moon Neo 330A
Simaudio Moon W-6

Song Audio SA-300 MB
Stello M200
Tenor Audio 75 Wi
Thor Audio TPA-30
Threshold Audio S/5000e
Vincent SP-T100
Wadia a315
Wyetech Labs Topaz 572B

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