Completely redesigned from scratch, our new integrated amplifier, the 8300A is miles ahead of what was already an industry-leader. Higher power, an additional phono stage and new Audiolab styling means the amplifier is more stylish and more versatile than ever. Most importantly it's new, ultra-efficient circuitry and streamlined components create a listening experience which brings new definition to your favourite music.
Control Where You Need It
The 8300CD adds full digital preamp functionality, with volume and source selection accessible via the player’s front panel and remote handset. This means the 8300CD can be connected directly to a stereo power amp, or a pair of monoblocks like the new Audiolab 8300MB, as well as to a traditional integrated amp like the equally new Audiolab 8300A.
8300 Series also allows control of music playing from a PC/Mac/media device via USB. When connected to a computer, the 8300CD not only identifies itself as an asynchronous DAC, but also as a HID-compatible device (Human Interface Device). This allows driverless control of the PC/Mac/media player (Play, Pause, Stop, Track Select etc).
New Updated Aesthetic
The newly updated external structure of the 8300 series follows the new design aesthetic of Audiolab products going forward, incorporating softened lines and textures yet still maintaining Audiolab’s instantly recognisable and contemporary style.
The 8300 series’ blasted aluminium finish, CNC routed aluminium dials and display certainly look cutting-edge, yet with every Audiolab product, form follows function. The new display and controls enable a fast and intuitive access through the vast routing options and filter settings in both the A and CD.
Slot-Loading CD Mechanism
Our extensive research and development found that previous tray-style mechanisms sometimes produced a rare weak spot. The 8300CD sports a new mechanism that includes slot loading – much quicker and neater than the old tray.
The new mechanism also reduces the occurrence of disc rejection, able to play CDs that other CD players may reject for being imperfect from dirt or damage. Its digital buffer circuit is a perfect mate to the asynchronous input of the DAC, improving even this area of performance. A final benefit is increased disc stability and reduced susceptibility to resonance, which additionally contributes to the overall improved sound quality.
Connectivity options have been further expanded on the 8300CD with the addition of an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output. These join a full complement of inputs/outputs retained from the 8200CD: 2x coaxial digital inputs; 2x optical digital inputs; 1x asynchronous USB input; 1x coaxial digital output; 1x optical digital output; single-ended RCA and balanced XLR analogue outputs.
On the 8300A Engineers have developed a new phono stage catering for the resurgence in vinyl records with MM and MC configurations accessible via the front panel controls.
12V remote trigger loop feature on all units so as one device is switched on, paired units are switched into or out of standby mode - working as one system for quick operation.
General description Integrated Amplifier Design philosophy and core technology Dual Mono Power Amp Design Display OLED 128x64 pixels 2.7" Controls Logarithmic Ladder Volume Design Finish Fine Textured Aluminium (Black / Silver) Standby Features Yes 12V Trigger Yes Phono Yes (MM/MC) Balanced XLR Input Yes Pre-amplifier Section Inputs CD, Video, Tuner, Aux 1, Aux 2, XLR (Balanced) & Phono Outputs 2 x RCA Input sensitivity (Phono RIAA) 50K // 100pF Input impedance (line inputs) 50K // 100pF Input impedance (phono inputs) 47K // 100pF (MM), 100R // 1.5nF (MC) Output voltage 2.3V max. (< 0.02% THD) Output impedance 120 ohm Frequency response (Line) +/- 0.1dB (10Hz - 20kHz)
+/- 3.0dB (1Hz - 100kHz)
Frequency response (Phono RIAA) +/- 1.0dB (20Hz - 20kHz) Channel Imbalance < 0.2dB (10Hz - 20kHz) Total harmonic distortion (THD) Line <0.001% Total harmonic distortion (THD) Phono <0.002% Signal-to-noise ratio (Line) > 107dB
Signal-to-noise ratio Phono (MM) > 73dB
Signal-to-noise ratio Phono (MC) > 68dB
Crosstalk < 80dB (L-> R & R->L @10KHz) Power amplifier Section Gain 29dB (20Hz-20KHz) Input Sensitivity 840mV (Power Out = 70W into 8ohm) Input impedance 15K // 100pF Rated max power output THD < 1% 2 x 75W RMS (8 ohm) , 2 x 115W (4 ohm)
(Vmains = 230V , THD < 1%)
Peak output current +/- 15A Frequency response +/- 0.1dB (10Hz – 20KHz)
+/- 3.0dB (1Hz – 100KHz)
Channel Imbalance < 0.2dB (10Hz – 20kHz) Total harmonic distortion (THD) <0.002% (Power Out= 50W @ 1KHz, BW = 20Hz – 20kHz) Signal-to-noise ratio > 107dB (BW = 20 – 20KHz )
>109dB(A-weighted BW = 20 – 20KHz)
Damping factor >100 (8ohm Load @ 1kHz) Inputs 1 x RCA Outputs Speaker Binding Post Terminals Dimensions 80 x 444 x 330.3mm Net weight 7.8kg