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Audiolab 9000A Integrated Amplifier

Following on from the original 8000 series, the award-winning 8200, 8300 series and more recent 6000 series, Audiolab 9000A Integrated Amplifier returns to the more premium price and performance categories with the new audiolab 9000 Series.

Audiolab 9000A Amplifier + DAC

KEY FEATURES of the Audiolab 9000A Integrated Amplifier

Power to the people

The 9000A’s all-new Class AB power amplifier offers 100w per channel into 8 ohms! (160W into 4 ohms).

Flexible and capable

The 9000A offers versatility in operation as a fully-fledged integrated amplifier. It offers three operational models – Integrated, Pre-Power and Pre mode.

The primary mode is ‘Integrated’ – this combines the pre and power amp stages, for the connection of digital and analogue sources to the amp’s inputs and a pair of speakers to its binding posts.

‘Pre-Power Mode’ disconnects the pre and power amp stages. The allows the 9000A to be used solely as a power amp – for example, connected to an AV processor in a home cinema system. It also enables additional signal processing to be added, by connecting the 9000A’s ‘preamp out’ socket to an external processor, then returning the processor’s output to the amp’s ‘power amp in’ socket, making the most of its gargantuan 100W per channel performance and critical performance characteristic of the 9000A’s pre-section, regardless of what magic the users wants to implement in between!

Finally, ‘Pre Mode’ disables the power amp stage, turning the 9000A into a still glorious standalone preamp. This enables external power amplification to be added, thus providing a possible upgrade path.

Differentiating itself from rivals within its category, the audiolab 9000A blends digital capability with an analogue pedigree. Premium level D/A conversion, as one would always expect from audiolab, allows a range of digital sources (over four digital inputs) to be connected directly to this high-power integrated unit. Yet, based on over 40 years of amplifier design pedigree, not to mention a recent history of multi-award-winning audio solutions, the 9000A also caters for analogue device integrations (via three AUX, balanced XLR and a dedicated phono input).

The world of modern audio enjoyment is not limited to wired playback devices though, hence the 9000A also supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and digital audio via a PC USB connection.

Digital face with an Analogue heart

On the face of it, the 9000A is digitally enabled. However, the analogue circuity uses CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology, ensuring superior linearity and excellent thermal stability, as the idle current is kept independent of the temperature of the output transistors.

Flagship DAC

The 9000A DAC is built around the ESS 9038PRO flagship 32-bit DAC chip, using the critically acclaimed patented HyperStream® II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator for the highest level of DAC performance.

MQA all the way

The 9000A is a full MQA decoder This means that the complete ‘three unfold’ decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’, which makes the 9000A an excellent system choice for subscribers to Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier where Tidal Masters (MQA) content can be found.

aptX HD

Bluetooth connectivity means that your smartphone, tablet or laptop can benefit from the quality of the amp’s DAC section via the acclaimed aptX HD protocol.

High-performance Phono stage

A precise RIAA equalisation offers exceptional performance for turntable users.

Critical display

A 4.3” IPS LCD offers an interactive and graphic general user interface experience with VU meter options and instant access to menu settings.

Versatile Amplifier

Versatility is key to audiolab’s integrated amplifier appeal, and the 9000A offers to cater for audiophiles of all creeds. Loaded with digital and analogue source connection, wireless connectivity for portable devices, an all-new phono stage to cater for vinyl playback and the usual, class-leading amplification for loudspeakers and headphones.

As ever, the 9000A is the centre of the audiolab focus in being the beating heart of any high-performance audio system. It’s more powerful, capable and feature-packed than any of the preceding models – the most advanced audiolab integrated amplifier yet.

Full-Colour IPS LCD screen

Matching the modern hi-fi enthusiast’s requirements, the 9000A features a full-colour IPS LCD screen, offering clear and informative playback, source and file information. Not to mention a host of menu options for optimum performance and user-defined settings. Various display options are provided, which also include two VU meter options, allowing the 9000A to be visually informative or, in the case of ‘display off’ settings, a discreet centrepiece of any audio system.

Premium Level DAC

Differentiating itself from rivals within its category, the audiolab 9000A blends digital capability with an analogue pedigree. Premium level D/A conversion, as one would always expect from audiolab, allows a range of digital sources (over four digital inputs) to be connected directly to this high-power integrated unit. Yet, based on over 40 years of amplifier design pedigree, not to mention a recent history of multi-award-winning audio solutions, the 9000A also caters for analogue device integrations (via three AUX, balanced XLR and a dedicated phono input).

The world of modern audio enjoyment is not limited to wired playback devices though, hence the 9000A also supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and digital audio via a PC USB connection.

The 9000A is the brainchild of lead designer, Jan Ertner. Famed for a plethora of class-leading and award-winning audio electronic models, Jan has pushed the 9000A to the highest levels of performance by evolving and redeveloping the principles that created the 8300A and uber-successful 6000A, to deliver the most exceptional performance ever seen in an audiolab integrated amplifier.

The 9000A features the latest ESS 9038PRO flagship 32-bit DAC chip. Using the critically acclaimed patented HyperStream® II architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the ES9038PRO delivers an unprecedented performance level that will satisfy the needs of the most demanding audio applications – fitting an amplifier of the 9000A’s calibre.

Years of experience and countless ESS-equipped models mean that audiolab is more than familiar with making the most of this technically excellent, but challenging, DAC technology. Great attention has been paid in developing a system that allows audiolab electronics and ESS DAC technology to offer the best in audiophile performance.

The amp’s four S/PDIF digital inputs – two coaxial and two optical – handle hi-res PCM data up to 24-bit/192kHz and benefit from a host of user-selectable digital filters that allow the user to optimise the response to suit the source file and bandwidth of the partnering equipment.

PCM audio is supported to 32-bit/768kHz, alongside DSD to 22.5MHz (DSD512). Every significant hi-res and lossless audio format is catered for, including FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV, as well as compressed legacy formats.

The 9000A also delivers full decoding of MQA, the hi-res streaming technology from a custom engineered MQA certified DAC solution. This means that the complete ‘three unfold’ decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to just the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’, which makes the 9000A an excellent system choice for subscribers to Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier where Tidal Masters (MQA) content can be found.

As expected for modern audio playback convenience, Bluetooth connectivity is featured as standard with the 9000A stepping up to the aptX HD protocol for sonically superior and easy wireless streaming from smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. Bluetooth-paired devices also benefit from the quality of the amp’s DAC section and filter options.

Discrete Class AB power amp

The 9000A’s discrete Class AB power amp stage delivers 100W per channel into 8 ohms (160W per channel into 4 ohms!). Unlike over specified competitor models, the genuine 100W per channel will put the 9000A up against the best in its class. Referring to the standards set with the audiolab 6000A (rated at 50W per channel), the 9000A’s 100W per channel will undoubtedly satisfy the most demanding of loudspeakers and their power hungry masters.

A key to the audiolab performance is the world-famous CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology, which ensures superior linearity and excellent thermal stability, as the idle current is kept independent of the temperature of the output transistors. An all-new and custom specified 320VA toroidal transformer, followed by 4 x 15,000uF reservoir capacity (60,000uF in total), helps the amp to maintain firm control of the music whilst enabling excellent dynamic range.

In an effort to maintain consistent signal purity, with line input signals passing to a precision analogue volume stage, the preamp section is kept as simple as possible. As with all of Jan Ertner’s designs, the circuity is a work of art in more than layout and architecture. The very design protects the sensitive preamp section from noise interference and colouration – a key cornerstone of the audiolab philosophy.

With every iteration of integrated amplifier design, audiolab works to improve on the bench-mark, built-in phono stage section. The 9000A is no different; pushing the boundaries of performance of an onboard phono pre-amp section. The all-new phono pre-amp for 9000A offers compatibility for moving magnet – a precise RIAA equalisation offers the best of both worlds for the turntable using audiolab fans.

Wide Bandwidth Current-feedback Headphone Output Stage

Similarly, for the headphone output stage employing current-feedback circuitry with wide bandwidth and high slew rate; the 9000A ensures a dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types, with that extra added audiolab sparkle from the consistent signal integrity from all inputs.

The audiolab 9000A continues with the theme of flexibility in audio system integration. As is a staple to the audiolab integrated amplifier design, the 9000A offers three variations of operating mode, making it a versatile and essential component in any system.

The primary mode is ‘Integrated’ – this combines the pre and power amp stages, for the connection of digital and analogue sources to the amp’s inputs and a pair of speakers to its binding posts.

‘Pre-Power Mode’ disconnects the pre and power amp stages. The allows the 9000A to be used solely as a power amp – for example, connected to an AV processor in a home cinema system. It also enables additional signal processing to be added, by connecting the 9000A’s ‘preamp out’ socket to an external processor, then returning the processor’s output to the amp’s ‘power amp in’ socket, making the most of its gargantuan 100W per channel performance and critical performance characteristic of the 9000A’s pre-section, regardless of what magic the users wants to implement in between!

Finally, ‘Pre Mode’ disables the power amp stage, turning the 9000A into a still glorious standalone preamp. This enables external power amplification to be added, thus providing a possible upgrade path.

Never before has audiolab visited this price and performance category; new standards are set.

High-performance Phono stage

With every iteration of integrated amplifier design, audiolab works to improve on the bench-mark, built-in phono stage section. The 9000A is no different; pushing the boundaries of performance of an onboard phono pre-amp section. The all-new phono pre-amp for 9000A offers compatibility for moving magnet – a JFET-based circuit with precise RIAA equalisation offers the best of both worlds for the turntable using audiolab fans.

Similarly, for the headphone output stage employing current-feedback circuitry with wide bandwidth and high slew rate; the 9000A ensures a dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types, with that extra added audiolab sparkle from the consistent signal integrity from all inputs.

The audiolab 9000A continues with the theme of flexibility in audio system integration. As is a staple to the audiolab integrated amplifier design, the 9000A offers three variations of operating mode, making it a versatile and essential component in any system.

Audiolab 9000A Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS of the Audiolab 9000A Integrated Amplifier

Model 9000A
General Description Integrated Amplifier
Design Philosophy and Core Technology 2 x 100W (8 ohms) / 2 x 160W (4 ohms) Class AB
ES9038Pro 32-bit DAC
4.3″ (800 x 480mm) Large Size Full View IPS LCD
Built-in Certified MQA Full Decoder (PC USB, Coax/Optical)
Bluetooth 5.1 (aptX/aptX HD/AAC/LDAC) Support
Dedicated High-performance, Low-noise MM Phono Stage
Dedicated Current-Feedback Headphone AMP
Integrated / PRE-POWER / PRE Only Modes
USB Upgrade Support
Inputs 3 x Analogue, 1 x XLR, 1 x Phono (MM), 1 x Power Amplifier,
2 x SPDIF (Coax), 2 x SPDIF (Optical), 1 x PC USB (USB B),
1 x Bluetooth (aptX/aptX HD/LDAC), 1 x 12V Trigger
Outputs 1 x PRE Amplifier,1 x Stereo Speaker, 1 x Headphone, 1 x 12V Trigger
Sampling Frequency Optical / Coaxial: 44.1kHz-192kHz;
PC USB: 44.1kHz-768kHz (PCM) / DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512
Preamplifier Section
Gain (max.) +6dB (Line), +53dB (Phono MM)
Input Sensitivity 1Vrms (Line, Volume = 0dB);
2Vrms (XLR, Volume = 0dB), 4.4mV (Phono MM, Volume=0dB)
Input Impedance 10K (Line); 47K // 100pF (Phono MM)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.0004% (1kHz @ 2V, Volume = 0dB)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
Output Voltage 2.3V max. (Volume = 0dB)
Output Impedance 120 ohms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 110dB (Line & XLR, A-weighted); > 80dB (Phono MM, A-weighted)
DAC
D to A Converter ES9038Pro
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.001% (1kHz @ 0dBFS)
Output Level (0dBFS, 1kHz) 2.1Vrms
Max. Sampling Frequency Optical, Coaxial: 192kHz;
PC USB: PCM768kHz, DSD512
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N) > 117dB (A-weighted)
Power Amplifier Section
Gain +29dB
Rated Power Output 2 x 100W (8 ohms, THD<1%);
2 x 160W (4 ohms, THD<1%)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.3dB)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.002% (1kHz @ 50W / 8 ohms)
Input Sensitivity 1Vrms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N) > 110dB (A-weighted)
Max. Output Current 15A
Headphone Amplifier
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.01% (1kHz, 50mW )
Output Impedance 2.35 ohms
Load Impedance 20-600 ohms
General
Standby Power Consumption <0.5W
Net Weight 9.4kg
Gross Weight 11.2kg
Dimensions (mm) (W x H x D) 444 x 342 x 89
Carton Size (mm) (W x H x D) 514 x 470 x 161
Finish Silver
Power Requirements 220-240V ~ 50/60Hz;
Standard Accessories Power Cord, Remote Control, User Manual, Antennas, etc.

 

Power Amplifier Section

Rated Power Output 2 x 100W (8ohms) 2 x 160W (4ohms)

Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.3dB)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio 115dB (Line & XLR, A-weighted)

Total Harmonic Distortion <0.003% (1kHz @ 0dBFS)

Preamplifier Section

Gain +8dB (line & XLR), +55dB (Phono MM)

Input Sensitivity 1Vrms (Line, Volume = 0dB); 2Vrms (XLR, Volume = 0dB), 4.4mV (Phono MM, Volume=0dB)

Input Impedance 10K (Line & XLR); 47K // 100pF (Phono MM)

Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.3dB)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 112dB (Line & XLR, A-weighted)

Total Harmonic Distortion <0.004% (1kHz @ 2V, Volume = 0dB)

Input/Output

Analogue Inputs 3 x Aux, 1 x XLR, 1 x Phono (MM), 1 x Power Amplifier

Digital Inputs 2 x SPDIF (Coax), 2 x (Optical), 1 x PC USB (USB B)

Audio Outputs 1 x PRE Amplifier, 1 x Stereo Speaker, 1 x Headphone, 1 x 12V Trigger

DAC

D to A Converter ES9038Pro

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) <0.001% (1kHz @ 0dBFS)

Max. Sampling Frequency Optical/Coax: 192kHz; PC USB PCM768kHz, DSD51

Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 117dB (A-Weighted)

General

Included Accessories Remote Control

Dimensions

( H x W x D ) 89 x 444 x 342mm

Weight 8.4kg

Colour Choice

Silver

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Buy brand new & genuine Audiolab products from India's official online dealer with GST Invoice and manufacturer's warranty. Since its inception in the early '80s, Audiolab has earned global acclaim for its award-winning line of HiFi separates. The company's commitment to quality is evident in every product it makes. During the ensuing years, the 8000A established itself as one of the most successful British amps ever produced, and was joined by a range of electronics including CD players, pre/power amps and an FM tuner. The brand switched hands in 1997, changing its name to TAG McLaren Audio; and it so was known until 2004 when audiolab became part of the International Audio Group and returned to its original name. “If ever a product defined its market, the 8000A is the one. Reliability, ease of use, engineering excellence and a well-behaved sound are the pillars supporting the justified reputation of the 8000A. Over the years, audiolab’s no-nonsense, evolutionary approach to design has widely been recognised.” – Audiohile with Hi-Fi Answers. AudioLab offers a broad range of audio components and accessories designed to bring you closer to your music. This award-winning brand has been making a name for itself in the hi-fi industry since its inception. The company’s primary aim is to provide quality products at affordable prices and we believe that this attitude has brought Audiolab much success over the years. audiolab is a unique brand that offers high-end audio equipment with a difference. Their products are designed in the UK and manufactured using the highest quality components; all built to last for many years.

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