Mitchell & Johnson launches new flagship 800 Series of hi-fi products

Mitchell & Johnson teased its upcoming flagship 800 Series of hi-fi products earlier this year at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show 2018

Now officially launching, the flagship series comprises the S800 pre-amplifier and S815 power amp, with a matching CD player also in the works for November.

Both the existing 800 Series and all future Mitchell & Johnson ranges are designed, engineered and hand-built in the UK – it’s a notable move for Mitchell & Johnson, who has made considerable effort to move its operation ‘back home’ from overseas production.

The S800 pre-amp 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 24-bit/192kHz.

Five unbalanced RCA inputs, a balanced XLR socket 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 6.35mm 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. RCA and XLR inputs feature, and we rather like the illuminated volume metres for each channel on the display.

The amplifiers cost £1299 each, and are available now in brushed silver or black finishes. 


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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.