The First 9000 Series Products From AudioLab.
Audiolab released its first two flagship 9000 Series products: the 9000A integrated amplifier and the 9000CDT CD transport.
The Cambridge-based firm states that the 9000A integrated amplifier is the best it’s ever built. We’ve reviewed a good number of integrated amplifiers on our end, like the Advance Paris A10 Classic, so we have a good understanding of what truly makes a top-tier integrated amplifier. So what should you expect from this release? Here’s everything we know about the 9000 Series.
The 9000A Integrated Amplifier
The 9000A builds upon the industry favorite 6000A, which launched in 2018. The 6000A remains one of Britain’s top integrated amplifiers.
It features a moving magnet phono stage and can double up as a pure preamp or power amplifier, boasting 2×100 watts at 8 ohms (2×160 watts at 4 ohms). According to Audiolab, the 9000A is the next generation of Audiolab amplification.
Both the 9000A & the 9000CDT sport a more modern look than their predecessors. Three rotary dials alongside a crisp 4.3-inch IPS LCD display control the amplifier. You can look forward to a 32-bit ESS 9038PRO DAC chip giving it PCM to 32-bit/768kHz, DSD 64/128/256/512, and full MQA decoding support in addition to it being Roon Tested.
Furthermore, the 9000A offers Bluetooth connectivity with support for aptX HD and LDAC, as well as aptX Low Latency, regular aptX, AAC, and SBC.
Audiolab shared that there is no built-in network streaming from the amp. However, we can expect a dedicated 9000 Series audio streamer early next year.
The 9000CDT CD Transport
According to Audiolab, the 9000CDT is the 9000A’s perfect CD-playing companion. Similarly, the 9000CDT also builds on the 6000CDT. It comes with a CD transport mechanism boasting a high-precision optical system and low-friction loading tray and a read-ahead digital buffer to reduce disc-reading failures.
Audiolab also shares that the 9000CDT’s robust aluminum base and chassis combat the effect of externally generated vibrations and the mechanism’s high-spin-velocity motor. Furthermore, the transport sits in its own electromagnetically shielded enclosure.
Lastly, a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator controls the 9000CDT’s master clock which enables low jitter via the digital output from its coaxial and optical sockets. Furthermore, the 9000CDT features a USB Type-A input, enabling playback from USB storage devices.
Price Of The 9000A Integrated Amp & 9000CDT
Here are the retail prices for the products within the 9000 Series:
- The 9000A Integrated Amplifier: £1999
- The 9000CDT Transport: £999
Both products will be available in black or silver in mid-November 2022.