Audiolab 6000A 2-Channel Integrated Amplifier

Model: 6000ABK UPC: 703341425166 Item: 172821

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An amplifier remains the beating heart of any high-performance audio system, but in 2018 a truly versatile integrated amp needs to cover many bases – digital and analogue sources, wireless connectivity for portable devices, a phono stage to cater for vinyl playback, amplification for headphones as well as speakers… That’s a lot to pack in, whilst keeping performance high and the price tag affordable – and yet, that’s exactly what the 6000A delivers.

The Sound of Science

Outwardly, the 6000A bears strong resemblance to the 8300A with its rotary controls and large, central OLED display. Unlike its costlier, analogue-only sibling, it incorporates high-quality D/A conversion, enabling digital sources to be connected directly without an external DAC. It supplies four digital inputs, three line-level analogue inputs, an input for a turntable, wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, and a dedicated headphone amp, in addition to its ability when driving loudspeakers.

Digital Circuitry

Much effort has been made to ensure the 6000A’s digital circuitry delivers the level of quality one might expect of a high-performance standalone DAC. As ever, Audiolab has turned to the ES9018 Sabre32 Reference chip family to perform D/A conversion, utilising ESS Technology’s 32-bit HyperStream architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator to deliver ultra-low noise and high dynamic range.

No company knows more about making the most of this technically excellent, but challenging, DAC technology than Audiolab. If the circuitry that surrounds the ES9018 is not of sufficient standard, the resulting sound can seem a little cold and hard; treat it right, however, and the level of musical expression that this chip digs from the digital signal is captivating. Audiolab’s original, universally acclaimed M-DAC was one of the first home audio components to incorporate an ES9018 chip back in 2011, and the company has been honing its implementation ever since.

Analogue Circuitry

The 6000A’s discrete Class AB power amp stage delivers 50W per channel into eight ohms, with a maximum current delivery of 9 Amps into difficult loads. The output stage of the discrete power amp circuits uses a CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology, ensuring superior linearity and excellent thermal stability, as the idle current is kept independent of the temperature of the output transistors.

A substantial 200VA toroidal transformer, followed by 4x15000uF reservoir capacity (60000uF in total), helps the amp to maintain firm control of the music whilst enabling excellent dynamic range.

The preamp section is kept as simple as possible to maintain signal purity, with line input signals passing to a precision analogue volume stage. The latter covers the range from -80dB to +8dB in steps of 2dB and 1dB (step resolution increases with volume position). Much effort has gone into the physical layout of the 6000A’s circuitry, protecting the sensitive preamp section from noise interference. This, plus the use of independent low-noise power supplies for critical stages, helps to deliver a performance that rivals significantly more expensive analogue amplifiers, even before taking the 6000A’s impressive digital circuitry into account.

Turntables and Headphones

In recognition of the recent vinyl revival, Audiolab has included a phono stage for moving magnet phono cartridges – a high-quality, low-noise, JFET-based circuit with precise RIAA equalization.

Similarly, an increasing number of people are using headphones for music listening, so Audiolab has incorporated a dedicated headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry. Its gain bandwidth and high slew rate ensure a dynamic, detailed, and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types – more boxes ticked for this most integrated of integrated amplifiers.

Specifications

Specifications

  • Gain
    • Line: 8dB
    • Phono MM: 55dB
  • Input sensitivity
    • Line, Volume: 720mV
    • Phono MM: 3.1mV
  • Input impedance
    • Line: 10K
    • Phono MM: 47K/100pF
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.0004% (Line, 1kHz @ 2V)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Output voltage: 2.3V maximum
  • Output impedance: 120 ohms
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N)
    • Line >110dB (Line, A-weighted)
    • Phono MM: >76dB
  • Output level: 2.05V
  • Maximum sampling frequency: 192kHz
  • Gain: 29dB
  • Rated maximum output
    • 2x 50W (8 ohms, THD<1%)
    • 2x 75W (4 ohms, THD<1%)
  • Standby power consumption: <0.5W
  • Power requirements
    • 240V ~ 50, 60Hz
    • 230V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    • 115V ~ 50 - 60Hz
    • 100V ~ 50 - 60Hz
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.51" x 2.57" x 11.81"
  • Weight: 17.19 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • 6000A 2-Channel Integrated Amplifier
  • Manual

Reviews

Customer Reviews for Audiolab 6000A 2-Channel Integrated Amplifier

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Rated 5 out of 5
Crystal clear natural sound
This amp is everything all the glowing reviews say it is and more. Upgraded from a very nice AV receiver and created a music only setup. I listen to vinyl primarily, with a Fluance RT84 and SVS Ultra bookshelves completing the setup. What an amazing combination. Great width and depth of field. Crystal clear instruments and vocals. This amp delivers the great natural sound I was hoping for. And the DAC improved my CD player also. 100% satisfied.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
January 18, 2020
Rated 4 out of 5
An Outstanding Value Integrated
Am very pleased with this purchase so far. The class AB amp section is very clean with a rich, balanced sound that far exceeds is price. the Sabre 9018k2M DAC sounds great and i appreciate having 2 coax and 2 optical inputs. I was especially pleased with the quality of the wireless bluetooth streaming. It was unusually full sounding and not flat or tinny. The amp is well built, heavy with metal rotary knobs....and it can be used as just a preamp, just a power amp, or an integrated just by turning a selector dial.

Are there things I don’t like? Some nitpicky stuff. I wish there was a way to customize the name of your inputs, or at least assign a name from a preselected list. The remote is a pretty standard affair and won’t win any beauty pageants, but the buttons feel grewt. positive and firm.

For under $1000, it does so much right and i’ll feel and sound like a much more expensive component, It pairs beautifully with the 6000 CDT transport.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
November 26, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Good sound gear with wifi. Perfect for my needs
August 8, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
Great sound
The 6000a delivers a wonderful clarity and depth of sound. It is so much better than my old Arcam amp, has my Linn speakers sounding better than ever. Extremely happy with my purchase.
This review was collected as part of a promotion
June 21, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago

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what kind of cables does this require?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The speaker outputs are 5 way binding posts which will accommodate bare wire, spade connectors, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. Use 16 gauge speaker wire. Note we are not recommending dual banana plugs because we are unable to confirm the spacing on the amp. They may work just fine but owners manual does not confirm dual banana plugs. The inputs connect via RCA cable pairs. The digital inputs are either coaxial or optical.
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