Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier
The Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier is a vastly underated amplifier first launched in the mid eighties after Audiolab had scored tremendous success with their first product, the 8000A Integrated Amplifier. Originally sold for £400, the original Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier was loved by many but also hated by a few others. The main criticism being that it could sound a little sterile, where as those people that loved the Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier pointed to it's excellent imaging and bass. Whatever the pros and cons the Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier sold very well until around 1998 when Philip Swift and Derek Scotland, the co-founders of the company sold it to TAG Maclaren and the Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier took on a new guise under a TAG Maclaren badge.
Fortunatley Audiolab was rescued by IAG Group in the autumn of 2005 when TAG Maclaren decided to move out of the audio business and IAG snapped up the Audiolab brand name and started re-launching the re-vamped old models as well as introducing some new ones, with more to follow such as the widely anticipated Audiolab DVD player.
The current Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier boasts a healthy 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms and essentially is very similar in build and looks to the original. One of the main differences now is that the Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier is available for the first time in silver as well as the accustomed black finish. Price has remained almost the same at £399. Audio reviews of the Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier are few and far between so the best bet is to get down to your nearest Audiolab dealer and audition one. Interestingly the original Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier and the Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifiers have become very popular in a lot of people's home cinema systems due to the powerful full bodied sound they reproduce. I too use an Audiolab 8000A to drive my centre speaker (bi amped on the left and right channel) and have to agree these amplifiers are very well suited to home cinema solutions.
The Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier is available now priced £399 from your nearest Audiolab dealer.
Audiolab 8000P Stereo Power Amplifier Specifications
Power Output: 100 watss per channel into 8 ohms
Input impedance : 47 kohms
Signal to noise: >95 dB
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (±0.3dB)
Total harmonic distortion: <0.05%
Dimensions (WxHxD): 44.5 x 7.4 x 33.7cm
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