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Audiolab 8300 series shows plenty of muscle: A review from WhatHiFi
 
Posted on 23 November 2015
 

 The Audiolab brand was established on the extraordinary success of its first product, the 8000A integrated amplifier. Back in the early 1980s, this slim unit struck just the right chord with hi-fi buyers – its combination of quality build, sensible features and highly neutral sound proved a massive success.

 

The DNA of that original design has been retained through the company’s subsequent designs, including the 8300A on test here. However, this isn’t just some mild evolution.

The 8300A is a completely new design that stays true to the original’s engineering principles and aesthetics, but takes in the advantages of current thinking in electronic design and technology.

Features:

The core of the 8300A’s new electrical design is its 75W-per-channel dual mono power amplifier section. It is designed to be a highly linear, low distortion performer into a wide range of speaker loads.

The numbers seem to confirm this, as that output rises to a claimed 115W into 4ohms and maximum current delivery is a notable 15A.

This wouldn’t be possible without a properly specified power supply. This amp has a 300 VA toroidal transformer with a generous 60,000 uF of reservoir capacitance.

Build:

Build quality is as good as we’ve come to expect from Audiolab. The casework feels solid and beautifully finished, in either the black of our review sample or silver. We particularly like the crisp edges on the aluminium panels and the precise feel of the rotary controls. We like the remote too, it’s a classy system controller that feels good to use.

Around the back you’ll find line level inputs, including a balanced XLR option. There’s also an adjustable moving magnet/moving coil phonostage for those who use records. There are also two sets of speaker outputs to make biwiring a little easier.

This is the first time one of the brand’s amplifiers has featured a display, which is useful for setting up the amplifier and making adjustments like phono stage gain or the length of standby mode. It’s large and easy to read, even from a distance.

As usual with Audiolab’s integrated amplifiers, it’s a simple matter to separate the pre and power sections – useful if you want to use a superior external preamp or add more muscle through an outboard power amp.

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