- Written by Bill Blackwell
- Published on 08 October 2009
Audiolab is a brand that may be unfamiliar to many consumers in the United States, but in the UK, it has a decades-long reputation for putting out great-sounding, high-value electronics. While the brand (and company) has gone through a few changes over the years, including a flirtation with the ultra high-end, Audiolab has recently brought its mainstream offerings to the US market, including CD players, amplifiers and analog two-channel preamplifiers. While those will all be interesting for the dedicated audiophile, for home theater, the most intriguing piece in the line-up is the audio-only preamplifier/processor, the 8000AP.
- Design: Solid-State Home Theater Preamplifier/Processor
- Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS ES Matrix; DTS ES Discrete, DTS 96/24, DTS NEO:6; PCM (Stereo 24bit/192kHz, Multi-Channel 24-bit/96kHz); HDCD; 5.1 Analog Bypass
- Inputs: 2 HDMI (v1.2); 4 optical digital audio, 3 coaxial digital audio; 5 stereo RCA analog (audio), 5.1 channel RCA analog (audio bypass); RS232 (system control/updating)
- Outputs: 1 HDMI (v1.2), 1 optical digital audio (TOSLink), 1 stereo RCA (tape monitor), 1 composite video (OSD), 7.1 channel RCA (main audio)
- MFR: 10 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 0.2 dB,
- THD + Noise: <0.002% (Digital), <0.003% (Analog)
- Maximum Analog Output: 3.5V RMS
- Dimensions: 2.9" H x 17.5" W x 13.3"
- Weight: 13 Pounds
- Colors: Silver and Black
- MSRP: $1,999 USA, £999 UK