Audiolab 8000Q + 2 x 8000M Monoblocks
The audiolab 8000Q preamp and 8000M monos combo is characterized by:
- Timeless cosmetic elegance. Workmanship is typical for the genre. The Brits usually leave material excess to others – and sloppiness as well. I have seen better speaker binding posts though.
- With six inputs, the preamp is comprehensively fitted, albeit not symmetrically. Two pre-outs invite biamping. A special feature is the gain trim to scale the master volume taper to the source output voltage and speaker sensitivity.
- Sonic virtues include tonal neutrality, great transparency and excellent staging. The depth perspective doesn’t show the typical semi circle with its dark corners but rolls out the far left and right behind the speakers to get peopled there by orchestral members. Add great image specificity.
- Contingent on the ’emotional weight’ of listener and chosen loudspeaker, the audiolabs can get a bit stolid and stern. Fancy a lot of air around instruments? Regardless of loudspeaker, look elsewhere – but recorded space grows regardless. More vocal charm perhaps? These electronics won’t turn a factual speaker into a playboy, rather get a full-figured one to start reasoning. To be sure, the audiolabs have no tendency for hardness even though a lean and ascetic monitor would be a poor choice. Mix right and prosper.
The combo price earns special status. Even at €2,400 in the more expensive black trim for the trio, there’s little else in the market like it. Natural competitors are upscale integrateds or pre/power combos. Putting the hex on assumptions that the mono concept is best reserved for higher price classes, the 8000Q plus 2 x 8000M is sonically persuasive.
The Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier is Audiolab’s flagship power amplifier, a single channel amplifier hence the ‘M’ in the title for mono which typical pumps out around 125 watts per channel. Retailing for just under £400, two are required for stereo although many people will buy more to make a fairly impressive home cinema system.
Originally launched in the eighties and then resurrected by IAG in 2004 when the Audiolab brand name was rescued from TAG Maclaren, the Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier has always had a reputation as being a solid and accomplished performer although some criticise it for not being musical enough and too ruthless. Whatever the slight niggles some people may have with this amplifier, the Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier is stilll an extremely impressive performer and for many years two of the orginal Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier formed part of What Hi-Fi’s reference system.
Like all other current Audiolab amplifiers, Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier is gain matched meaning you can chop and change or upgrade amplifiers or combine an Audiolab 8000P Power Amplifier with an Audiolab 8000M Monoblock Amplifier in a home cinema system without having to worry about differing output levels.
Power Output: 125 Watts per channel into 8 ohm
Input Impedance: 47 Kohm
Gain: 29 dB (at 1 kHz)
Signal To Noise: >96 dB
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 0.3dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%
Dimensions (WxHxD): 44.5 x 7.4 x 33.7 (cm)
Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.007%
Gain: 15dB (line)
Input sensitivity: 100mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 97dB (line)
Channel separation: 100dB (line)
Output: 100mV (line), 0.5V (Pre out), 7.7V (Pre out Max)
Dimensions: 445 x 74 x 335mm