Audiolab reveals 6000A amplifier, 6000CDT transport and M-DAC Nano at High End 2018

In addition to unveiling its first pair of headphones, Audiolab has also taken the wraps off a portable budget DAC and prototypes of a new range of hi-fi components at the Munich High End Show.

The all-new 6000 Series sits below the existing 8300 Series that was introduced in 2015.

The 6000A (£600, pictured top) is the most affordable integrated amplifier Audiolab has produced in many years, and sits below the 8300A. It uses class A/B amplification and delivers 50 watts per channel, while the 32-bit DAC is fed by two coaxial and two optical inputs.

Connectivity also includes three line-level inputs, an MM phono stage, and aptX Bluetooth for wireless playback. The 6000A can be used in pre-power and preamp-only modes.

Prototypes of the 6000A and 6000CDT... with an unfinished finish!

Prototypes of the 6000A and 6000CDT... with an unfinished finish!

To complement the integrated amp, Audiolab has also included a CD transport in the range. The 6000CDT (£380) uses the slot loading mechanism first introduced in the 8300CD. The transport uses a digital buffering technique to reduce disc-reading failures, and the digital clock is controlled by a crystal oscillator to ensure the optical and coaxial outputs have minimal jitter.

Both models are available in black or silver finishes and will be available in the Autumn.

The British brand is also using the Minich Show to introduce the latest (and most affordable) addition to its successful M-DAC family.

The M-DAC Nano is the smallest of the company’s DACs by a fair margin (it's no longer than a Wotsit crisp, as we saw on the show floor). Its aim is to rival budget, portable and mobile-friendly DACs from the likes of Audioquest and iFi.

We’ll have more information at a later date, but we do know that the Nano has a 3.5mm headphone socket, aptX Bluetooth and is likely to cost around £200.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.