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Audiolab 8300CDQ CD Player DAC and Pre Amplifier - Silver


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Ex VAT: £825.00

RRP: £1,199.00


8300CDQ shares the technology, detail, transparency and dynamic range of 8300CD on which it is based alongside new MQA support. Black version also available.

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Warranty length 3 Years
Colour Silver
Brand Audiolab

Tech Specs

- Output Voltage: 4.2Vrms ±0.1 (Balanced), 2.1Vrms ±0.1 (Unbalanced)
- Output Impedance: 10Ω
- THD: <0.002% (1kHz, 0dB, 20Hz ~ 20kHz, A wtd)
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (± 0.2dB)
- SNR: <-100dB A Weighted (Balanced), <-98dB A Weighted (Unbalanced)
- Dyanmic Range (A Wtd): >100dB (Balanced), >98dB (Unbalanced)
- Crosstalk (@1kHz): <-130dB (Balanced), <-120dB (Unbalanced)
- Standby Power Consumption: <0.5W
- Power Requirements: 240/230/115/100V ~ 50-60Hz
- Dimensions (WHD): 444 X 80 X 317mm
- Weight: 6.0kg

Product Description

Audiolab 8300CDQ CD player and DAC, available in this contemporary silver finish, allows you to rediscover your entire CD collection. It now features award-winning British MQA technology supporting the playback of fully authenticated MQA audio files and streams with all the sound of the original master recording.

External digital sources benefit from a huge sonic boost just as the 8300CD provided, it extends resolution to 32-bit/384-kHz and DSD compatibility via USB.

New Updated Aesthetic

The exterior structure of the 8300 range follows the design aesthetic of Audiolab's new products with softened lines and textures while maintaining the signature contemporary style. The 8300 series’ blasted aluminium finish, CNC routed aluminium dials and display certainly look cutting-edge, yet with every Audiolab product, form follows function. The fresh screen and controls allow quick and simple access through the broad routing methods and filter settings in the 8300A and 8300CD.


8300CDQ uses 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC, typically only found is more expensive designs. The distortion measures are extraordinarily low. The process of conversion results in the 512 DAC components (256 per channel) functioning at 84.672MHz with digital audio sources upsampled or oversampled to this frequency regardless of sample rate. Consequently, switching is 3840 times higher than the standard 22kHz audio upper bandwidth. Hyperstream modulator achieves peak transient response removing dynamic response defects and noise floor tone artefacts usual of conventional Delta-Sigma DACs.

Slot-Load CD Mechanism

8300CDQ's new slot-loading mechanism is much faster and neater than the old CD tray. It also prevents disc refusal incidents as it can play CDs that other players can not due to dirt or damage. The digital buffer circuit is an ideal companion to the DAC’s asynchronous input enhancing even this aspect of performance. 

Digital Filter Optimisation

Audiolab 8300CDQ features user-selectable digital filters for optimal listening. These filter settings allow the user to tune the 8300CDQ’s performance to suit his or her preference, depending on system configuration and musical taste. 8300CDQ also adds four DSD filters that progressively attenuate the out of audio bandwidth noise floor. With secure, wide-bandwidth amplifiers and loudspeakers handling high power output, you can choose the broadest 70K bandwidth setting. 

Amplification Redefined

The amplifier functionality is built around the new display ensuring simple yet in-depth control. 8300CDQ can behave as an integrated, power, pre and a split pre-amplifier - seamlessly coupled with numerous hi-fi systems. Vital elements processing audio and power supply are fully isolated as far as possible. ACD (Active Current Delivery) ensures totally clean sound up to the point of clipping, then enhanced microprocessor restricts the output even at its louder output of 75W RMS.

Higher Resolution

8300CDQ supports data up to 32-bit/384kHz; exceeding current hi-res music formats, so 8300CDQ is ready for future advances in UHD digital sound. The USB input now supports DSD on top of PCM, a vital inclusion as DSD helps develop high-res digital download scene. The filter section has four additional filters for DSD to optimise source file and the bandwidth. The Sabre DAC and processing of data increases independent resolution of audio detail and dynamics delivering more energetic and transparent performances at a new benchmark for CD players at this price.


Connectivity is expanded on the 8300CDQ via the inclusion of an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output rounding up a full array of inputs/outputs derived from the 8200CD: Twin digital coaxial and optical, asynchronous USB, single-ended RCA and analogue balanced XLR. A remote 12V trigger incorporated on all units allows paired units to be switched in or out of standby mode in unison for quick operation.

Control Where You Need It

The 8300CDQ adds complete digital preamp operation with volume and source choice accessible via the front of the player and remote handset so 8300CDQ can be linked directly to a stereo power amp or a set of monoblocks such as 8300MB, as well as conventional integrated amps like 8300A.8300 Series controls music playback from a PC/Mac/media device via USB. When connected to a PC, the 8300CDQ functions as an asynchronous DAC and HID (Human Interface Device) for driverless control.

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