Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier
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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