Mitchell & Johnson debuts Hi-Fi range hand-built in Britain
Can Mitchell & Johnson better the likes of Cambridge Audio and Marantz?
Hi-Fi NewsMitchell & Johnson has launched the 800 Series, a new flagship range of Hi-Fi components, its first to be entirely designed, engineered and built in the UK. The first products to be announced in the new 800 Series are the S800 ‘digital’ preamp and a matching S815 power amp.
The new S800 digital preamp is the company's flagship and has been designed for both vinyl and digital music. The S800 phono stage is compatible with both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil cartridges. The preamp also houses a built-in ESS Sabre 9018 DAC with an XMOS asynchronous USB input plus three optical and three coaxial digital inputs.
The preamp’s analogue inputs include six connections: five unbalanced RCAs plus one balanced XLR. Outputs include two unbalanced RCA plus one balanced XLR. Left and right dedicated subwoofer outputs. A nice touch for people using or wanting a 2.1 audio set-up. Further connections include a pair of fixed-level record outputs.
S800 also features a dedicated internal headphone amplifier with a front 6.35mm/quarter-inch headphone jack. Good for late night listening.
The S815 Poweramp has Class A/B architecture and offers 150 watts RMS (into 8 ohms) and 300 watts RMS into a 4-ohm load. The Amp has six Toshiba output transistors per channel which the company claims give superior sound quality.
S815 offers both RCA and XLR inputs, and has RCA stereo line outputs for easy bi-amping, should additional power be required for each channel/speaker. S815 also has a 12-volt power link that offers simultaneous startup when used in conjunction with the S800 preamp.
Both the S800 and the S815 have clearly been designed to complement each visually. Both come in a silver or black finish and both have the same machined aluminium front panels. This gives them a hefty, strong and solid look.
Both the S800 and the S815 are priced at £1,299 each. A matching CD player is expected in November.
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