Audiolab 6000A Integrated Amplifier

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Audiolab's 6000A is a cracking budget integrated with just the right amount of facilities, a snappy and engaging sound, sufficient power and fine build. A great buy for the modern music fan who wants plenty flexibility.

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- David Price ~ Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Stars
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As amplifier go you'll be hard pressed to beat this Audiolab for its versatility - but most importantly its sound quality. It has delicacy but will also pump out hard rocking beats when needed. Digital connectivity and a price of just £599 make it a great bargain.

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- Hi-Fi World - 5 Stars
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The new 6000A really is a great value modern integrated. It offers a decently, 'grown up' sound with the facilities that today's budget, amplifier buyers actually want. Its built-in DAC and phono stage are really rather good, and the build and finish are first-rate. Indeed, this is just what attracted those '80s and '90s buyers Audiolab's original 8000A, all those years ago. And so the legend lives on...

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- Hi-Fi News - Nick Tate - 5 Stars
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An extremely well-featured amplifier - it even has Bluetooth - that impresses with superb clarity, refinement, and a big, airy soundstage.

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- What Hi-Fi? - 5 Stars
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    An amplifier remains the beating heart of any high-performance audio system, but in 2018 a truly versatile integrated amp needs to cover many bases – digital and analogue sources, wireless connectivity for portable devices, a phono stage to cater for vinyl playback, amplification for headphones as well as speakers… That’s a lot to pack in, whilst keeping performance high and the price tag affordable – and yet, that’s exactly what the 6000A delivers.

    Digital Circuitry
    Much effort has been made to ensure the 6000A’s digital circuitry delivers the level of quality one might expect of a high-performance standalone DAC. As ever, Audiolab has turned to the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip family to perform D/A conversion, utilising ESS Technology’s 32-bit HyperStream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator to deliver ultra-low noise and high dynamic range.

    No company knows more about making the most of this technically excellent, but challenging, DAC technology than Audiolab. If the circuitry that surrounds the ES9018 is not of sufficient standard, the resulting sound can seem a little cold and hard; treat it right, however, and the level of musical expression that this chip digs from the digital signal is captivating. Audiolab’s original, universally acclaimed M-DAC was one of the first home audio components to incorporate an ES9018 chip back in 2011, and the company has been honing its implementation ever since.

    Analogue Circuitry
    The 6000A’s discrete Class AB power amp stage delivers 50W per channel into eight ohms, with a maximum current delivery of 9 Amps into difficult loads. The output stage of the discrete power amp circuits uses a CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology, ensuring superior linearity and excellent thermal stability, as the idle current is kept independent of the temperature of the output transistors. A substantial 200VA toroidal transformer, followed by 4x15000uF reservoir capacity (60000uF in total), helps the amp to maintain firm control of the music whilst enabling excellent dynamic range.

    The preamp section is kept as simple as possible to maintain signal purity, with line input signals passing to a precision analogue volume stage. The latter covers the range from -80dB to +8dB in steps of 2dB and 1dB (step resolution increases with volume position). Much effort has gone into the physical layout of the 6000A’s circuitry, protecting the sensitive preamp section from noise interference. This, plus the use of independent low-noise power supplies for critical stages, helps to deliver a performance that rivals significantly more expensive analogue amplifiers, even before taking the 6000A’s impressive digital circuitry into account.

    Turntables and headphones
    In recognition of the recent vinyl revival, Audiolab has included a phono stage for moving magnet phono cartridges – a high-quality, low-noise, JFET-based circuit with precise RIAA equalisation.

    Similarly, an increasing number of people are using headphones for music listening, so Audiolab has incorporated a dedicated headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry. Its gain bandwidth and high slew rate ensure a dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types – more boxes ticked for this most integrated of integrated amplifiers.

    General Specifications

    Gain (max.) +8dB (Line)
    +55dB (Phono MM)
    Input Sensitivity 720mV (Line, Volume = 0dB)
    3.1mV (Phono MM, Volume=0dB)
    Input Impedance 10K (Line)
    47K//100pF (Phono MM)
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.0004% (Line, 1KHz @ 2V, Volume = 0dB)
    Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
    Output Voltage 2.3V max. (Volume = 0dB)
    Output Impedance 120 ohm
    Signal-to-Noise Ration (S/N) > 110dB (Line, A-weighted)
    >76dB (Phono MM, A-weighted)
    Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
    Power Requirements 240V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    230V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    115V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    100V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 445mm x 65.5mm x 300mm
    Weight 7.8kg

    DAC Specifications

    D to A Converter ES9018K2M
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.0006% (1KHz @ 0dBFS)
    Output level (0dBFS, 1KHz) 2.05V
    Max. Sampling Frequency 192KHz
    Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) > 112dB (A-weighted)
    Digital Filters Fast Roll-off , Slow Roll-off , Minimum Phase

    Power Amp Section Specifications

    Gain +29dB
    Rated Max. Power Output 2 X 50W (8 ohm, THD<1%)
    2 X 75W (4 ohm, THD<1%)
    Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.3dB)
    Input Sensitivity 720mV
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.003% (1kHz @ 40W/8ohm)
    Signal-to-Noise ratio (S/N) > 110dB (A-weighted)
    Max. Output Current 9A

    Headphone Amp Specifications

    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.01% (1kHz, 50mW)
    Output Impedance 2.35 ohm
    Load impedance 20-600 ohm

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