NEWS: Boulder rolls out its first integrated stereo amplifier

Colorado-based high-end audio company Boulder, until now best-know for its preamplifiers and power amps, has launched its first integrated amp. It's part of an all-new 800 Series from the company, and a matching CD player is said to be on the way.

Built on the grand scale – it stands almost 19cm tall and weighs the better part of 24kg – the £7750 Boulder 865 delivers 150W into 8ohms, with a peak output of 300W into 4ohms.

Inputs are on four sets of balanced connections, and as well as hefty speaker terminals, the amp has auxiliary outputs which can be switched between fixed level, for example to feed a recorder, and variable for use with external power amps.

Each input can be programmed for sensitivity and labeling, and the amp also has a 'home theatre' mode for use in multichannel systems with an external decoder and extra power amps.

A curvaceous remote control (left) is provided, and the 865 also has both BoulderLink remote control connections and 12V trigger input and output.

The Boulder 865 is distributed in the UK by Metropolis Music, and the rest of the 800 Series range comprises the £5550 810 preamp, £5850 860 stereo power amp and the 850 monobloc power amps, which sell for £7500 a pair and deliver 200W apiece.

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.