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Help finding a Audiolab 8000a

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by martian1, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. martian1

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    I am thinking of getting a Audiolab 8000a Stereo Amp 2nd hand. I am struggling finding anywhere that sells this product, i cannot find a refrence to it in what hi fi and it doesnt look like i will be able to audition one. I have listened to various other amps but have not found one to my taste yet, i am hoping this is the solution.
    Anyone got any links to audiolab products so i can start a search?

    Cheers.
     
  2. alexs2

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    Audiolab were taken over by Tag some years ago.....the best places to look for this amp,if you want one would probably be....

    www.ebay.co.uk
    www.ex-dem.co.uk
    and the classified pages of the HiFi mags

    Basically nice looking amps,but a bit cold in sound terms and dynamically a bit flat....hope that helps!
     
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    It's no wonder you can't find any reference to this amp it was highly recomended in the what Hi-fi Awards of 1995.
    I found this info in my oldest what Hi-fi dating back to 1997.

    My younger brother owns this amp and still thinks its brilliant so don't be put off by it's age.
     
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    I've got 2 of these for a quad amp set up - If you look at the 2nd user ads in the back of hi fi world or hi fi news you'll find them for 200 - 230 quid....

    Better than my cyrus 1's and improved the fronts on my yamaha rx - v800 even though they're less powerful.(60 watts? against 105) (the cyrus 1's were better than the yammy too, at only 30 watts per channel:eek: )

    btw - get a black one as the greys were earlier - might as well get the latest model you can)


    Rob
     
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    I have just got mine out of its box for the first time in 4 years to use on a second sytem in the spare room. Excellent amp. I did not think it would be worth anything at all, that is why I have not tried to sell it. Just goes to show that quality is timeless.

    Darren
     
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    www.smcsoundandvision.co.uk

    click on " secondhand equipment " from front page.

    They have an Audiolab 8000S advertised @ £400.

    Obviously not " 8000A " but it may be of interest.
     
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    The 8000S is a significant step up from the 8000A, a very nice amplifer is you like the 'Audiolab' sound.
     
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    Try headphones on this baby, they really sing
     
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    Thanks for all the help...Still looking. I have found the Audiolab 8000a for £250 and the 8000s for the same price. The 8000a is from a store which i feel a bit safer buying from. Since i cannot listen to the amps first i dont know which is the better! I am basically hoping these older amps have a more neutral sound with a wide variety of music, as the modern budget acrams and rotel amps seem to cater for a particular style of music. Will the Audiolab wipe the floor with these budget models? As to weather the S is better than the the older A version...Help.
     
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    Just to report that on GaryG's advice I went after a s/h 8000a, two of which I saw advertsied for £210 - I went for the seller which had a receipt and paid £200 for it having had the chance to listen to it to assure myself that it was working and sounding good. It was/is 9 year's old and I am very happy with it - full story in the 'Musicality' thread.

    I understand, from what others say, that the 8000s is a later and better amp. If all other things are equal, it would seem to be the better buy at £250.

    hope this helps

    ditton
     
  12. nigel_williams

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    I've got an old 8000A but it's at my brother's place at the moment. It's in good condition but he said one of the phono sockets on the back is a little loose so it might need looking at.

    I'll check with him tomorrow if it's still working OK.

    PM me if you're interested.
     
  13. GaryG

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    You don't state which Arcam or Rotel you are thinking of, however, both the 8000A and the 8000S are very good amplifiers. The S version benefits from direct conection between the driver stages reducing the number of capacitors in the signal path. Both amps are considered to have a neutral sound, some people have described it as 'cold'. If you can get an 'S' for £250 there is not a 'new' amp on the planet that can match it at that price. From memory, it's retail price was around £750 when Audiolab was bought by TAG, and let's face it, TAG wouldn't have bought Audiolab if they didn't think they had good products.
     
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    Hi Martian1

    I have an Audiolab 8000A for sale right now.
    It's a very late model (black) with gold plated sockets.
    It is absolutely immaculate.
    I'm looking for £250
    If you are interested email me direct
    All the best
     

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