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Leema Acoustics updates Pulse amplifier for the digital age

Announced earlier this year at the Munich High End Show, the Pulse VI (the fourth-gen iteration) is now finally available.

While the Pulse III was dedicated to digital with a handful of inputs, the new Pulse takes that commitment further with a higher digital input count, and aptX Bluetooth for offline streaming from a smartphone or tablet.

Alongside 80W of power, it features a 32-bit/384kHz Sabre DSD-capable DAC feeding seven digital inputs, including USB Type-B and Type-A, as well as three optical and coaxial sockets apiece.

Legacy connections include five line-level RCAs and a MM/MC phono stage taken from Leema’s standalone Essentials model (£600) for connecting a turntable.

Outputs include two pairs of preamp outputs, and headphone and fixed-level record outputs.

The Pulse IV is available now in either black or silver, priced £2300.


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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time 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.