|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||What HiFi Award 4 Stars|
DAC: ESS Sabre32 9018 chip
Resolution: 32 bits
Sampling Opt, Coax, AES: 32kHz – 192kHz
Sampling USB: 32kHz – 384kHz(PCM)
Digital In: Coaxial/Toslink, AES/EBU, USB
Digital Out: Coaxial, Toslink Optical,AES
Out Voltage: (B)4V RMS,(UB)2V RMS
Out Impedance: (B) 20o, (Ub) 10o
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.002%
Freq Response: 20Hz – 20KHz (± 0.2dB)
S/N Ratio: RCA <-98dB, XLR<-100dB
Dynamic Range: RC>98dB, XLR>100dB
Crosstalk: RCA>120dB, XLR>130dB
Dimensions: 80 x 444 x 317mm
Net Weight: 5.5kg
The Audiolab 8300CD replaces the prior award winning 8200CD and 8200CDQ models and delivering clean and detailed performances. 8300CD is built for quality and versatility using decoding by a highly rated Sabre 32-bit DAC. Audiolab have added the ability to decode DSD audio via the USB input, a slot-load CD mechanism which replaces the current CD drawer, new softer' styling as well as capability to handle resolutions up to 32-bit/384kHz.
RCA and XLR Outputs
As you can use the 8300CD as a pre amplifier, analogue output is possible via standard RCA and in contrast to the 8300A (which you can also use as a pre), this model includes XLR outputs which benefits from the 8300's balanced circuit design, allowing you to connect it directly via XLR to the matching Audiolab 8300MB power amps.
Digital inputs mean the unit can also be used as a stand-alone DAC while multiple digital devices can be connected with two optical and two coaxial digital inputs, along with an AES input via balanced XLR and USB input.
We've found many customers with large CD collections may not want to invest in a stand alone CD player but want the benefits of streaming. This model offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to stream music from your Mac, PC and other digital sources as well as still enjoy playing your CD collection.
High Res Audio
The USB input for direct connection to your Mac or PC is a better option to the usually inferior sound cards found in most computers, so you can utilise the 8300CD's high-end DAC for greater sound. If you have a large computer-based music collection, the Audiolab will let you get the most from it and uncompressed file formats such as FLAC are guaranteed to sound stunning.
As is typical of all Audiolab products, the build quality meets high standards with a sturdy chassis and smart aluminium fascia. The package is completed with a stylish and well laid out remote control.
Whether used as a full CD player or stand-alone DAC, the Audiolab 8300CD will deliver a breathtaking performance every time.
- 'The new machine’s 2.7in OLED display is larger and clearer than before, making it easier to read from a distance. Overall build quality is good and solid, while finish is up with the class leaders. This is a smart unit.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2015)
- 'Some complained that the sliding drawer on the earlier model felt a little clunky, so the company has swapped it for a slot-loader. We’re pleased to report it’s quick to respond and not unduly noisy.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2015)
- 'The number-crunching is still done by the highly regarded ESS Sabre32 9018 DAC. This chip is more usually seen on more upmarket products and comes with a mighty reputation for fine sound quality.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2015)
- 'The player’s sonic signature remains consistent and appealing. Its presentation is certainly more refined than the old one, more tonally even and projected with a greater scale of sound. Sonic authority is improved too, particularly at low frequencies.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine September 2015)