The Integrated Amplifier - The Heart Of A System
Audiolab, a British HiFi company that started in the early 1980s, recently launched a new integrated amplifier, the 6000A.
The integrated amplifier is the heart of any high-performance HiFi system, in this day and age the amplifier needs to keep up with modern devices and sources, and the way people listen want to list to music at home.
That’s exactly what the Audiolab 6000A does. You can plug your analogue devices into any of the three line-level inputs, such as a CD Player or Tuner, you can also plug your turntable into the dedicated Phono MM turntable input.
There’s also a built in DAC, which uses the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip to perform the digital-to-analogue conversion (incredibly well). You’ve got four digital inputs here, two optical and two coaxial, meaning you can plug in a Music Streamer, your TV, a CD Transport or anything else you need to hook up digitally.
You can also stream music from your smart phone or tablet using Bluetooth, this opens up the ability to playback from streaming services such as Spotify or Tidal.
Audiolab have stuck to their roots with the analogue circuity in this amplifier, a discrete Class AB poweramp stage delivers 50W of power per channel into 8 ohms. The preamp section is kept as simple as possible to maintain signal purity. Audiolab have put a lot of effort into the physical layout of the circuitry inside the 6000A, protecting the preamp section from noise interference.
The main purpose of the 6000A is to drive your HiFi loudspeakers, but it also has a dedicated headphone amp section built-in, allowing you to enjoy your music with a pair of headphones in stunning detail.
This really is a true all-rounder, stylish, dynamic sound, great range of inputs and very reasonably priced.