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29-10-2003, 10:05 AM
Can someone please tell me where I can find details on the below amp. I have a friend in work who wants to sell at a 'mates' rate and I wondered if a) this amp is good and b) what the spec was.
29-10-2003, 10:09 AM
I think ditton has one of these? He's good at providing usable descriptions, hopefully he'll be along soon to answer :thumbup:
29-10-2003, 10:11 AM
Cool - thanks Juboy, just eager for someone to say, leave this well alone or pick it up its good!
29-10-2003, 10:12 AM
ditton has good taste in kit, I doubt very much he'd still be using it if it wasn't any good. In fact, from memory I think he rates it highly.
29-10-2003, 12:59 PM
I think most of the old Audiolab 8000 series is rated highly. Dunno about the P specifically, though. :(
04-11-2003, 09:36 AM
images/smiley_icons/dito.gif I'm sure you're aware that Audiolab metamorphosised into TagMcLaren. The 8000 series were very well thought of in their time and I very nearly bought an 8000S, I believe the power amp section was similar to the 8000P IIRC. Although I seem to remember there is an 8000S owner on the forum who might be able to give more info, can't remember who though!
05-11-2003, 09:09 AM
apologies for delay in replying to this, I've been abroad - mixture of work, family and World Cup Rugby.
On the AudioLab 8000P, I'd say, go for it.
The AudioLab 8000P is a power amp intended for use with a pre-amp. Its is for sale s/h at £350 on
Although its about 10 years old, its rated highly, with prices offered to buy s/h 8000Ps vary from £150 to £250 depending on condition; and they sell for about £100 to £150 more.
I've bought both the AudioLab 8000A and the much superior AudioLab 8000S second hand, for £200 and £300 respectively. I was put onto the AudioLabs by GaryG, and never regretted that decision. As suggested above, the 8000 series formed the basis for the Tag 60 series, the latter the award Eisa winning Tag60iRv. They are both integtrated amps, though the 8000S can switch between pre and power amp duties. I use it as a power amp, linked to a dac/pre-aamp, or should I say the dac/pre-amp (the AudioSynthesis Dax Decade).
You will of course also need a pre-amp, unless you plan to use the P as a power onto your AVamp - as stereo front perhaps, using the AVamp pre-outs, with volume control from your AVamp.
Hope this helps.
10-11-2003, 06:06 PM
It does and a BIG thanks for the effort. REALLY apprecaited. :D~:-D~:grin:
11-11-2003, 11:55 AM
Just to add my two pence worth.
I have an 8000a (bought dec 87)never had any problems with it.
Still sounds nice (IMHO)and is tremendously powerfull in relation to its rather conservative rated output. In short a gem!
11-11-2003, 04:17 PM
What is the rated output by the way?
11-11-2003, 05:07 PM
It's 50w+50w into 8ohms
12-11-2003, 04:59 PM
12-11-2003, 11:42 PM
It's 50w+50w into 8ohms
I thought the 8000a and the 8000S were both 2 x 60w into 8, or that is what my 8000S manuak says, and that was what the 8000P was also, as poweramp. the PX is 100w.
how do you plan to use it: what source, what speakers? and have you gotten hold of it, bu purchas or loan? your mate should be willing yo give you a weekend loan.
the combo of a 8000a, as pre-amp, and the 8000p, as power, would be worthwhile i owuld think
14-11-2003, 08:10 AM
I used to have both the 8000A and 8000P. I seem to remember the 8000A was 60W per channel and the 8000P was 100W per channel.
They were both very neutral sounding as was typical of the Audiolab sound, but I found that neither could live with the awkward impedance characterictics of my Martin Logans. They would produce a sound but it always sounded like they were struggling, so I had to replace them in the end with a Counterpoint SA1000/SA100 pre/power combo that worked much better and sounded more relaxed. :)~:-)~:smile:
14-11-2003, 08:16 AM
Straight from the manual.
CONTINUOUS AVERAGE POWER OUTPUT
Both channels driven 20Hz to 20kHz
50w + 50w (17dBW)8ohms.
If the later ones are more powerful hoorah!
14-11-2003, 08:51 AM
"the later ones are more powerful hoorah!" seems to be correct, see http://www.artech-electronics.com/us/products/audiolab/8000a (http://www.artech-electronics.com/us/products/audiolab/8000amkiii.html) mkiii.html
I know the PX is 100Watts but I did think the earlier 8000P was 60W.
As Slartibartfast indicates, much depends on what speakers you need to drive. My trusty, aged Celestion Ditton 15s have 90+db sensitivity (and may be offended when folk suggest that these c1976 speakers must be retired) so 60W per channel does just fine. My understanding is that many of the top-end speakers, especially the recent (post 1976!) models do need more robust driving.
My next upgrade is a set of speakers so I may have to source more Watts.
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