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It's almost four years to the day since the British hi-fi brand made its UK debut.

Mitchell & Johnson (made up of the same team that brought Sansui back to British shores in 2011) made its UK debut at the Bristol Show in 2014, following its international introduction at CES the month before.

It came armed with plenty of affordable kit, from amplifiers to music streamers, CD players to headphones. Mitchell & Johnson's inventory is no less varied and well-stocked now, and at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show 2018 this weekend it's adding its two-strong, 800 Series flagship amplifier range.

The S800 pre-amplifier and S815 power amp cost £1299 each, and are available in brushed silver or black finishes.

The former is a well specified, digital-friendly machine, featuring three optical and coaxial inputs apiece, and an asynchronous USB input that supports PCM files up to 24bit/192kHz.

Four legacy RCA inputs and a phono stage (equipped with a switchable low-frequency filter and including both MM and MC options) cater for analogue sources.

There's also a recording loop, subwoofer and headphone outputs, and completing the connectivity list are XLR balanced outputs – which Mitchell & Johnson would no doubt suggest you to connect to the S815 power amp’s XLR inputs.

Speaking of which, the S815 delivers 150 watts (into 8 ohms) through its Class A/B output stage, and features line outputs for bi-amping and two sets of speaker terminals for bi-wiring.


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