HiFi Choice Magazine Reviews Audiolab 8300 Series

 Audiolab’s 8300CD and 8300A receive excellent reviews in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Choice, the audiophile buyer’s guide.

Both products are tested together in the issue’s four-page lead review, culminating in the the coveted Hi-Fi Choice Recommended award. They also look resplendent in the hero position on the magazine’s front cover..

Read more in the interview about the Audiolab 8300 series below or read more about the Audiolab 8300 series in the online review Here


DP: Is Audiolab seeking to reach new markets with the 83OO series?

JE: The previous 8200 components were very well received by reviewers and customers alike. Our intention with the new range was to introduce a new, updated aesthetic while producing the best CD player and integrated amplifier that Audiolab has ever made. The intended audience remains the same - music lovers seeking an exceptional sonic experience - but the performance is even better.

DP:Why doesn't the 8300A integrated have a USB input?

JE: Our intention was always to stay true to the legacy of the 8000A and make a high-quality stereo integrated amp with fully optimised analogue circuitry. The 8300CD has a great DAC section, of course, and it makes sense to provide access to this DAC for those who wish to optimise the performance of external digiial sources, rather than doubling up by adding digital circuitry to lhe 8300A.

DP: What's special about the phono stage design?

JE: The phono section is a two-stage amplifier design using high-quality audio op-amps. The input stage uses a bipolar amplifier and the main filter stage a FET/bi-polar hybrid amplifier. The op-amps are carefully chosen for the job in hand and to give excellent sonic performancefrom both Ml\y' and I\4C cartridges.

Why move to slot-loading mechanism on the 8300CD?

JE: One of the few criticisms levelled at the 8200CD was that the loading tray felt a little flimsy. Slot-loading is quicker and neater, but the mechanism itself adds further advantages. Users are less likely to encounter disc reiection-it will play CDs that the 8200CD might have rejected because of dirt or damage - while increased disc stability and reduced susceptibility to resonance contribute tothe 8300CD's improved sound.The new digita I buffer circuit is a perfect mate to the asynchronous input ofthe DAC, too.