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Audiolab 8000A

“Simply The Best”

Written on: 14/12/2013 by nylonic48 (4 reviews written)

Probably the finest amplifier every made. It smacks of quality, just look at the thing. I know as well as the next man that looks shouldn't matter with audio equipment, but the fact is they do,, you part with your money you dont want to be looking at an ugly box sat on a shelf. The audiolab simply emanates good looks, its an 'head turner', it always was, and still is, you just know this piece of kit is special, even before you hear it. Its a clever design, well built, all that you could ask… Read Full Review

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Written on: 20/11/2011

I had one of these amp's for about 5 years and it did serve me well. The build quality is very good and has several line inputs and an 8000p can also be added. The amp gives a good clear sound with a nice stereo image. However, I feel this is a good starter amp, the treble can be a little bright witch becomes tiresome after about 30mins of listening. The real downfall though is the bass, very one dimentional with very little tone or control, almost a very low monotone noise. As i… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier ”

Written on: 12/02/2011

Audiolab 8000A Integrated Amplifier

I have two of these. One at home and one at a store where it has been used for 10 hours a day for the past 12 years. This is a great device. It is the most die hard thing I have ever seen (I have seen a few!) and delivers great sound with almost any speakers. I have tried old and new ones. From Marantz DS-900 to Wharfedale Evos. You can connect two pairs of speakers at the same time.it also supports both MM and MC cartridges in the phono stage.

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Audiolab 8000A

“I've now had my system, Audiolab800A, Denon CD and...”

Written on: 23/08/2010

I've now had my system, Audiolab800A, Denon CD and tape, and Revolver redwood since I bought them in 1987. Only the speakers got changed, originals were mission 770 freedoms. The then future wife said they'd be too big for the flat. Swapped them to a pair of bose AM3's which had just come out at the time. Never regretted anything so much. Clannad live on the missions was a lump in the throat listening every time. Jeez, them were the days. Anyway, audiolab to me will always sit in my hifi unit… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“8000A was given as a present (owner got himself a...”

Written on: 13/06/2010

8000A was given as a present (owner got himself a TagMac) and has been used by me daily over the past 1 year. It had been used previously for 4 years. Sound very good partnered with a Marantz Cd player. Pure DAB tuner, Pro-jet Classic turn table and Leak 2030 speakers which is the weakest link, but overall still good sound. Only problem I do not have a manual to confirm whether I require a phono box. Can any one help me with a copy - PLEASE… Read Full Review

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Written on: 30/06/2012

You can download the manual at www.hifiengine.com

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Audiolab 8000A

“Bought early '85 (I think). Given the confines of our...”

Written on: 12/04/2010

Bought early '85 (I think). Given the confines of our 'listening room' - the sitting room of our cottage - I had to accept something smaller than the huge speakers of my youth: the 8000A worked very well with a pair of Rogers LS3/5a's and an AudioPro B-240. The B-240 has now expired - the roll surrounds of the cones have completely disintegrated after 25 years. So I am in the process of replacing the speakers with a pair of Spendor SA1's and a BK XXLS400. But even in its presently impaired… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“My 8000a has had something of a varied life.I got this...”

Written on: 06/01/2010

My 8000a has had something of a varied life.I got this amp in the mid 80's and loved it, I arent even sure to this day why I sold it on. I actually sold it to a family member, and due to unfortunate circumstances I re-aquired the amp. I had been using a denon 3850 and basically out of curiousity I hooked up the 8000a. All I can say is I was really amazed, I expected the modern denon, at £1200.00 to see the 8000a off easily. The complete opposite is the truth of it, the 8000a makes the denon… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“bought my Audiolab 8000A new in about 1985 and still...”

Written on: 21/08/2009

bought my Audiolab 8000A new in about 1985 and still at the heart of my kit. any equipment upgrades are carefully chosen around its own sound and i have never been disappointed. it failed in its warranty period and was given a cambridge whilst in the workshop, adequate but not in the same league! otherwise absolutely faultless and childproof - my kids destroyed my turntable. not for sale, no desire to change, it's brilliant… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“I got the audiolab amplifier for 15 years now, and Im...”

Written on: 11/08/2009

I got the audiolab amplifier for 15 years now, and Im very happy about it. I got it recomanded from a friend, and I bought it when I was 18 years old, my first self payed amplifier and I will say it was a good investment… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“I picked up my 8000A over 15 years ago and it's been...”

Written on: 27/06/2009 by korruptor (1 review written)

I picked up my 8000A over 15 years ago and it's been in daily use since then. I DJ, so often have it pushing the limits and and it's never let me down. I'm running mine with a Beresford DAC and PMC DB1i speakers when at home and the quality is crystal clear. I'll never be parted from mine :)… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“The Audiolab 8000A is the best amp in this class. I...”

Written on: 01/04/2009

The Audiolab 8000A is the best amp in this class. I have one whith 12 years of daily working whithout any complaints. What electronic device could do the same? Smoth sound, graeat bass controle.
A piece of History in the HI FI industry… Read Full Review

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Written on: 21/08/2013

these amps don't put out any bass to control.Well made but failures can be fatal,with lots of fried silicon.Overly rated amplifier.As someone else said about one-note (or similar) bass,absolutely spot on.Thin antiseptic sound.The reviewers of the dat must have been getting fat brown back-pocket money for rating this amp.

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Audiolab 8000A

“I purchased my 8000A second hand, payed 200 bucks....”

Written on: 27/01/2009

I purchased my 8000A second hand, payed 200 bucks. When I connected it to my dahlquist dq18 I couldn't believe how good it sounded. Great soundtsage, superb clarity and incredible bass control. You can't get more for that price. I compared it with a electrocompaniet ec1/2, a much more expensive amp: it was a fair competition, but the audiolab basses sounded better shaped, smooth and deep.superb transparency and clarity; powerful, despite his 60+60 w; can drive without any problem any kind of… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“Audiolab 8000A give extraordinary sound value and...”

Written on: 24/07/2008 by Olegsky (1 review written)

Audiolab 8000A give extraordinary sound value and clarity. Used it in parties and played it loudly for hours. Love it... Rear plugs got loose and am waiting for it from some fixing repair. For twenty years and four sets of speakers from Heybrook, BIG Technics loud.. speakers to small lean Dali speakers I will not move it for a new remote, sorry. Got myself a remote on my IPod instead… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“Audiolab 8000A review - I like the way my simple...”

Written on: 18/06/2008

Audiolab 8000A review - I like the way my simple tannoy M2's are being driven with ease because of its weighty output (60W/CH). It does every right to the Rega Planet 2000. No matter the volume level, the best is brought out of the recordings, without nasty high-mid/high tonal levels.
Before I had an Arcam Blackbox 5 connected to it. The sound was screamy, thus uncomfortable, in my relatively small room. Pairing it with a well balanced CD player seems a must, but that's nothing new, right?… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“A great sound integrate amplifier, runs very well Epos...”

Written on: 02/06/2008

A great sound integrate amplifier, runs very well Epos ES11. With 60 watt per channel I never listened at maximum, my neighbour's for many times asked to low down volume, so… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“I have an early version which predates the CD input,...”

Written on: 23/01/2008 by stunix (1 review written)

I have an early version which predates the CD input, however due to the extra tape input, over the years I have never been short, even through the R77/dat/dcc/tape years.

The mm and mc preamp stages also shone with a linn lp12 + atoc5, though all my vinyl has now been digitised so now I just have a laptop with 1Tb hdd and the TV plugged in..... I know, I know, but I'm also head of a family of demolition experts, so I keep it all in the attic for retirement happy in the knowledge that the amp… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“I picked this Audiolab 8000A amp up 2nd hand on ebay...”

Written on: 19/04/2006 by arb70sok (1 review written)

I picked this Audiolab 8000A amp up 2nd hand on ebay for a snip. Previously I was using a Kenwood A45 amp, which was part of a 'system'. I have it hooked up to an ancient pair of Bang and Olufsen Bo1702 speakers which most certainly don't do the amp justice. None the less the clarity and precision of the AudioLab over the Kenwood was like night and day from the outset. That was using my original Kenwood sources T85 tuner, P96 turntable, can't remember the model of the tape deck.
I have… Read Full Review

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Audiolab 8000A

“The Audiolab 8000A amplifier has been a mainstay for...”

Written on: 02/03/2006 by rabski (2 reviews written)

The Audiolab 8000A amplifier has been a mainstay for years, taking a back seat to much more esoteric amps, but now back in daily use as a smaller room couldn't do justice to a bi-amped Krell setup. The Audiolab has consistently punched above its weight, but experiment with cables, as the results can be surprising. A good source will reveal detail and clarity that would be a surprise from much more expensive amps… Read Full Review

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