Audiolab 8000S Integrated Amplifier

Audiolab 8000S

Remember the Audiolab 8000A - That classic piece of 80’s hi-fi that set a new level of performance in the sub £500 integrated amplifier market with its suberb imaging and netrality ?

Well guess what - it’s back and better than ever and in a new guise as the Audiolab 8000S integrated amplifier. The 8000A is the inspiration for this new twenty first century model. Black has been replaced by silver and I for one approve.

Unlike its predessor the Audiolabl 8000S amplifier can operate in a number of different modes, such as pre-amp, power amp or pre and power amp combined for AV purposes.

Power was something the old Audiolab 8000A never amplifiers lacked and the Audiolab 8000S is no different boasting 60 Watts per channel output and a maximum peak output current of over 25 Amps, which means that this amp should have no problems driving the most awkward of high impedence speakers.

The Audiolab 8000S amplifier has 6-line level inputs and three tape loops which can all be controlled by the remote. Having listened to an 8000A for the last fifteen years, I am very eager to find out how good this new amplifier sounds.

Welcome back Audiolab
The Audiolab 8000S is available this autumn for around £500

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9 Responses to Audiolab 8000S Integrated Amplifier

G Says:
May 14th, 2006 at 3:06 PM

definitely you have short memory, or perhaps too young to know that the 8000S already existed before Audiolab was acquired by TAG, so hardly a new 21st century model... And silver stinks, it's just a fashion introduced by some marketing strategists a while ago.

Hi-fi insight Says:
May 15th, 2006 at 9:13 AM

As far as I am aware the new silver 8000S differs slightly internally from the original 8000S which I do remember as I was a keen Audiolab follower and still own a black 8000A which I bought 15 years ago and is still going strong although I had to replace the phono sockets at the back.

G Says:
May 15th, 2006 at 9:21 AM

Well, I think you are correct. And, since the original 8000S was inspired to the 8000A, your comment, given the transitive property of inspiration..., was in a way correct!

Perhaps I should have been more articulate in my comment about the silver colour. As I was sitting yesterday in front of my 17 year old (I think I recollect well) 8000A, I was admiring its unobtrusiveness.

The same cannot be said of the champaign/silver Sony 3000ES CD player on top of it! The bigger they are, think of TV sets, the uglier they look in these light colours! And as the lights in the room go down, it is nice to see the darker kit disappear. Unfortunately dark colours (the intermediate Audiolab, like mine or yours were probably the best with their antracite colour) are nowadays almost impossible to find.

Greg Says:
December 8th, 2006 at 4:15 PM

I've got one of the original 8000S amps... getting on for a decade old and still sounds better than most of the ones I have heard. It's never missed a beat and is driving a pretty difficult load in the Dyaudio Contour 1.3 mk 1 speakers which only have around 2 ohm impedence!

As you say - welcome back audiolab!

Walter dorin Says:
December 18th, 2006 at 9:55 PM

What's the phone number of the company that makes the audiolab amplifier? I have an old 8000A and I need some technical advice about it, but Directory enquiries do not seem to have their number. Can you help? If you can very many thanks. Walter Dorin

Hi-fi insight Says:
December 19th, 2006 at 9:47 AM


Audiolab is now owned by IAG Group.

IAG Service Center
Unit 4, St Margarets Way
Stukeley Meadows Industrial Estate
Huntingdon, Cambs
PE29 6EB
Phone: +44 (0) 1480 452561
Fax: +44 (0) 1480 413403

G Says:
June 2nd, 2007 at 9:20 PM

well, a little after the comment I made here I got an old 8000S. Almost a year later I went to collect it from a friend and boys what a sound! Much more solid than my old faithful 1989 8000A.
Also, I commented on the colour. Well, now audiolab come again in black!

Alex Says:
June 23rd, 2008 at 11:11 PM

I wil sell my 8000S i live in Lisbon Portugal. Will sell it cheap! Anyone interested can e-mail me with offer, i still have to find out how to send it (would prefer Portuguese buyer)

David Says:
January 13th, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I own the new 8000s and it was half price. At 250 pounds it is the best amp at that price.

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