Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier

Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier
Audiolab

Recently revitalised by the autumn launch of the 8000S Integrated Amp this integrated amplifier proved to be one of the best selling pieces of hi-fi in the eightues. Costing around £400 when new this amplifier was a serious genuine audiophile amplifier with a superb three dimensional sound stage and fantastic imaging at very competitive price.

We at Hi-Fi insight still use one to this day as part of a three amp home theatre sound system and it still sound fantasic with crystal clear dynamics and shed loads of power that will drive the most stubborn speakers with ease.

One of the main strengths and in some cases weaknesses of these amps were that they were extremely neutral and partnered with the wrong equipment could sound a little dry. However with the advancement and improvement in speaker designs this is no longer as much of an issue so in some systems the Audiolab 8000A can sound better than ever. The favourite combination of yester year was to partner this amplifier with the Epos ES11’s, however speakers such as the Quad 11L Bookshelf Speakers mounted on Patrington Dreadnoughts should really make the Audiolab 8000A sing like a bird.

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38 Responses to Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier

Quino araneta Says:
November 14th, 2006 at 9:46 PM

Thanks for this posting. I have difficulty finding the speakers you mentioned in this side of the world (Atlanta, USA). Any other floor standing speaker recommendations for the 8000A? I see Martin Logans, Polk Audio, maybe a few wharfedales, B&W's here. Source is an Acurus ACD11. I listen to Jazz fusion, new age (Jim Chappell), some Alternative, and classic rock too.

Hi-fi insight Says:
November 15th, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Quino,

Not sure what is available state side. If you know of a Wharfedale stockist, then you should be able to get hold of the Quads as they are all manufactured by IAG Group. The Quad 11L's are the baby bookshelf but there are a couple of floor standers that offer deeper bass and are reputed to be very good indeed although I have not auditioned them

Quino Says:
November 16th, 2006 at 9:54 AM

Thanks for the recommendation. In case I don't find the Quads, have you auditioned/would you recommend other floor stander models from any of the brands below?

B&W
KEF
Klipsch
Martin Logan
Polk Audio

Hi-fi insight Says:
November 16th, 2006 at 9:56 AM

We have not auditioned any of the speakers you mentioned, but we know the latest B&W's are highly rated.

Quino Says:
November 16th, 2006 at 2:38 PM

You must be referring to the B&W DM604 S3. I found those and will see if I can audition them

Andreas bastiansen Says:
December 16th, 2006 at 5:17 PM

How about a test with the B&W CM1´s?

They might fit the Audiolab perfectly!

Chris burton Says:
January 21st, 2008 at 9:16 PM

I bought one of these second hand in the late '90s to work with Rotel RCD-855 player,Technics ST-GT1000 FM/DAB Tuner into Monitor Audio MA5 mk2 speakers. Hardly state-of-the-art, I admit, but the sound is wonderful; smooth but warm and round and full in the bass. Musical preferences are acoustic jazz and classical. For a retired codger on tight budget this is pleasure indeed!

CB

Astro Says:
May 26th, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Audiolab 8000a sounds extremely musical with a Harbeth Compact 7ES3. The Harbeth's has a rather full, warm and transparent sound. The Audiolab needs a little bit of warmth in the mid-bass area and the Harbeth's just balances out that deficiency (in my opinion the mid-bass of the 8000a sounds a little bit lean). There is no harshness to the sound that is coming out of the Harbeth Compact 7ES3.

Strengths:
-The sound stage is very wide and deep.
-The bass is very fast, deep and punchy. Bass can literally shake the walls and felt. I find that an active subwoofer is rather slow in comparison to the fast paced bass out of the amp.
-The highs are crystal clear.
-A very neutral/revealing amp. (Great amp to use to audition cables/components for sound balance.)

Weaknesses:
-Need to partner the amp with sources/components that will complement the neutral sound.

Conclusion:
I also use a Cary Audio V12 power amp partnered with the SLP 05 pre amp. While the sound is very 3 dimensional with Jazz, Classical, Acoustics I find that with pop/rock the Cary Audio components sounds thick and muddled. The Audiolab has the edge in fast paced music with plenty of dynamics.

All in all, even till this day I rate the Audiolab 8000a highly! My model is the 8000a mkII and was purchased back in 1993. The amp has been extremely reliable and this is one amp I will never get rid of.

I agree that the EPOS ES11 is a good match with the Audiolab 8000a. ES11 bass is warm and should even out that lean mid-bass from the amp. The B&W 805s initally sounds impressive, however fatigue sets in after extended listening. 805s bass is lean.

Happy listening peeps.

David gledhill Says:
September 14th, 2008 at 5:54 AM

I bought a second hand Audiolab 8000a several years ago. Coupled it with some ProAc Tablettes and was always trying to find ways to improve the sound. It was lacking in bass and midrange and as three dimensional as a sheet of paper. I ended up replacing most of the electrolytic capacitors with exceptional results. The offending capacitors were 6 Elna RE2s (about $2 worth) located close to the heatsink. 4 4u7 63v and 2 47uF 10v caps made the all difference.
If you're unhappy with your Audiob 8000a, my suggestion is to have it serviced, paying particular attention to those capacitors before spending lots of money on different speakers.
Good luck.

Jean-michel caille Says:
September 28th, 2008 at 8:51 PM

My 8000A caught the storm, the fuse burnt but without the service manual which I could not find, no one is able to repair it.

Could someone help me.
Thank you

PS: It worked perfectly with Kef 105 speakers.

Hi-fi insight Says:
October 10th, 2008 at 12:31 PM

IAG should be able to service the Audiolab for you in the UK.

The address details are:

IAG Service department
Unit 4, St Margaret's Way
Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE29 6EB.

Tel : +44 (0)1480 452561
Fax: +44 (0)1480 413403

Robert foo Says:
October 12th, 2008 at 11:27 AM

I have a schematic if you are interested. Haven't figured out how to attach to this site, I can send to you via email though. I have a stuffed circuit board, the previous owner had tried to fix it with a blow torch. The problem is the left is not an exact mirror of the right as to the component layout. if someone can take a picture of the solder side of the board that would be appreciated.

Napis0 Says:
January 19th, 2009 at 7:20 AM

where can I buy that amplifier?

Adrian sloan Says:
February 4th, 2009 at 10:29 PM

I have recently replaced my Rotel RD-965 LE Discrete CD player with an Arcam CD37 and Kef Coda 2 speakers with PMC FB1is floorstanders biwired, but have retained my 8000a from 1992. The sound is outstandingly clear and focused & easy to listen to. It is surprising that £2k speakers work so well with my 8000a. Also, in auditioning the amp saw off the Arcam A28 amp.

Dexter Says:
May 6th, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Real Noob questions this: just bought one of these second hand and it didn't come with a power cable. I have bought a replacement but I don't know what fuse should be in the plug?
I think it should be 2 amps - anyone?

Fraser Says:
May 13th, 2009 at 7:09 PM

With anything that's channelling the sort of power of this amplifier you have to use a 13 amp fuse everytime.

Steve Says:
May 27th, 2009 at 1:33 PM

hi there.
i have it with castle durhams and sony scd-900qs uk sound tuned and it sounds awsome. so strong and clear its unreal best amp ever..

Pintu Says:
June 24th, 2009 at 8:54 PM

pl. send 8000 a user manul. in my mail id

pintu

Dan Says:
July 3rd, 2009 at 2:07 PM

just found one of these in the back alley, hope i can get it working :)

Marvin yanga Says:
February 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 AM

i have an audiolab 8000A which i purchased 12 years ago. i have a problem with the balance knob, sometimes one of the channels is not working.

do you know if there is any service center for Audiolab here in riyadh, saudi arabia?

thanks

Lynden Says:
June 22nd, 2010 at 11:33 AM

i got an audiolab 8000a amp with epos es11 speakers from a charity shop very cheap but theirs a problem with the amp wen i turn the volume up it cuts off for 3 seconds and wont go past half way can anybody tel me why this is happening and any way i can remedy this problem

Kareef arzadon Says:
July 8th, 2010 at 10:38 AM

I can't believe this amplifier is still around delighting audiophiles everywhere.

I still own two of these and I believe I haven't squeezed the bejesus out of it in sonic terms (e.g., I don't have decent speakers to partner it with).

But seeing these comments I had a resurgence of passion once again for these quaint amps.

Chris botten Says:
August 22nd, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I love this amp. I have it with a Cyrus 8SE CD player, venerable KEF 104.2 monitor speakers, a mains cleaner and Van Den Hul Cables. Sheer joy!

Carl foo Says:
September 16th, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I also have the 8000A, which I bought 16 years ago. It still sounds great. However is there much difference in quality to the latest audio lab amplifiers? Also I would appreciate a copy of the 8000A manual. Cheers

Bradley Says:
September 28th, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I have one of these. I'm in the US and mine is a 220v version. I used to run it with a huge transformer.

I do have the skimpy manual in my posession :)

Davie thomson Says:
October 21st, 2010 at 12:28 PM

hi;recently bought an 8000a on ebay,tried to partner it with 2 arcam 8 power amps,disaster,loud thump and constant humming from my mission 702e speakers,what have I done can anyone help,needless to say amps boxed and in wardrobe till I find out what damage I've done

Rob Says:
November 17th, 2010 at 7:42 PM

hi have recently had to part with my beloved lavardin it
a din version of the 8000a was used as a retro
gade replacement driving shahinian arcs ( 1991 vintage)
a denon dvd 2900 is the source.
i wish i had this combination years ago, i could have saved a lot of money, i love it to bits!
drives the arcs with ease, a lovely amp

Del Says:
November 28th, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Hi, used to have an 8000A and was very impressed with it coupled to Monitor Audio PMC702's. Upgraded to 8000C & 2 8000P pre and powers - huge improvement in soundstage and clarity. Before selling the 8000A I coupled it with 1 8000P using the integrated to drive the tweeters and the power amp to drive the mid bass units - was very impressed with the sound quality, comes very close to my current setup (marginally preferred the audio lab preamplifier with 2 power amp combination). Have had to carry out some repairs to 1 of the power amps due to dc passing through it (DAC fault) which blew one of the 2SA1216 transistors and a common emitter resistor. Also had to replace the protection relays but well worth the effort! May change the TL071 op amps in the power amps for a higher quality IC in the future. If you buy an Audiolab amp/pre power setup go for the earlier uk audiolab units - older units are rumoured to use better quality components and sound superior.

Kinder Says:
March 4th, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Hi,

I have had my Audiolab 8000A and 8000p for about 6 years now, i am using Celestion 66 studio monitors and i'm amazed with the outcome.

Kevin Says:
May 9th, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I pair my 8000A with a Conrad Johnson Sonographe 250 amp driving Gershman Acoustics X-1/SW-1 speakers. I get a lot of compliments.

Bill macfarlane Says:
May 19th, 2011 at 11:40 AM

My Audiolab must be getting on for 20 years old now and it's still going strong. I partnered it initially with a pair of Rogers speakers but after moving house 7 years ago bought a pair of Quad 11L's which really works. Last week I manged to get hold of a pair of Arcaydis DM1's. What a difference ! The amp doesn't disgrace itself with these superb speakers. It actually shows what a fine amp it is. I bought the speakers for another part of my set up but am now very reluctant to part with them.

Jez Says:
May 25th, 2011 at 1:05 AM

I've still got an 8000A which must be about 19 years old. It's had to have it's phono sockets replaced but apart from that still going strong. I've not got much else to compare it with but it eats my surround amp for breakfast with music. It's driving a smallish pair of B&W CDM2's on a basic sand filled stand with some audoquest F14 cable. Marantz CD63SE used as a transport with a mission DAC5. Still amazing to sit and listen to. Looking back it has to be about the best £430 I spent on HiFi ever. (closely followed by the £400 on the B&Ws)

Manny Says:
May 29th, 2011 at 6:04 PM

i got an audiolab 8000a amp with bang and olufsen speakers but theirs a problem with the amp when i turn the volume up it cuts off for 3 seconds and wont go past half way can anybody help me why this is happening and if i can fix it

Nick danger Says:
July 7th, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Hello all,
Great to hear so many people are enjoying Audiolab 8000A's! I had a 4-box Exposure system when I moved to the States in '92. About 4 years ago the power amp blew and damaged my old, home built Rogers transmission line speakers. The recession hit and I had no money to replace both amp and speakers. I took the plunge and, luckily, managed to buy a working 8000A plus a pair of PSB Silveri's. I had to have a good phono stage (read the Exposure phono sucked anyway) which the 8000A obviously has. My cartridge is a VDHul rebuilt Koetsu rosewood signature (mid-eighties!) on an original VPI Aries and now the sound is better than my old system. It is more detailed, fast, dynamic and when I managed to finally afford some decent speaker cables (Anticables- bargain!) reasonably extended bass. I am sure my cartridge needs another rebuild (Soundsmith?) but my system now sounds better than ever- no real reference as I have changed too much! I have some wobbly inputs on the back but I hear this is common- is there anyone in the US that will fix these at a reasonable cost? (I can solder but it is not pretty). I have read of a UK company that will service and do significant upgrades on 8000A's but we are talking probably $500 (but for this amp it might be worth it- it does sound fabulous!). I wonder if the last post ("Manny says") is suffering from the automatic overload protection cutting in? Try with another set of speakers known to be working and not offering a difficult load? (although these amps are "current pumpers" apparently). I also get some hum on the mc input once the volume pot. is past "12 o'clock" (not playing) but I never need to go past "10" as the volume is ample: slight cartridge overload?

Must go and sell yet another kidney as there are 4 more audiophile Dead albums being released!!!!

Mike o'sullivan Says:
August 2nd, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Somebody recently was asking for a copy of the 8000 manual. I've got it an would be happy to scan it to a pdf for anyone who wants it.

email me:

mikeos3@gmail.com

Mallcolm Says:
September 10th, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I have an 8000A and Anthony Gallo referance 3.1 speakers. Mostly it's used for TV and a simple Pro-ject turntable. I'd like to add surround sound but keep the 8000A for the main speakers as it has phono input and is probably better than any AV receiver I'm likely to get.
So I'm looking for a simple AV receiver with pre-outs to feed into the Audiolab. Anyone tried this? Is it a problem to have two pre-amps in line?

Peter cunningham Says:
April 14th, 2013 at 1:24 PM

any know how to connect a audiolab 8000 power amp to a audiolab 8000A intergrated amp?. many thanks

Abatista Says:
November 29th, 2013 at 5:03 PM

i got an audiolab 8000a amp with epos es11 speakers from a charity shop very cheap but theirs a problem with the amp wen i turn the volume up it cuts off for 3 seconds and wont go past half way can anybody tel me why this is happening and any way i can remedy this problem

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