Audiolab releases 6000A Play amp

Audiolab has announced the launch of the 6000A Play stereo integrated amplifier, which the company says takes the circuitry from the 6000A stereo amplifier (HFC 446) and marries it with the streaming architecture of the 6000N Play network player (HFC 453).

The 6000A Play’s Class AB power amp delivers 50W per channel into 8ohm loads. The output stage uses a CFB (Complementary Feedback) topology and a 200VA toroidal transformer, followed by 4x 15000uF reservoir capacity (60,000uF in total).

The 6000A Play’s wi-fi networking is powered by DTS Play-Fi, enabling high-quality, multi-room wireless audio, capable of streaming hi-res music up to 24-bit/192kHz. The free Play-Fi app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, Windows PCs and Apple and Android smartwatches) connects to music services including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz, HDtracks, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and SiriusXM. It can also serve up a streaming library stored on any DLNA-compatible NAS drive or media server on the same home network.

Play-Fi supports MP3, MP4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF and can be streamed at up to 16-bit/48kHz in standard mode to multiple rooms. By engaging Play-Fi’s Critical Listening Mode, hi-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz can be streamed to the 6000A Play over wi-fi or Ethernet cable, without transcoding or down-sampling.

The 6000A Play also caters for compact disc and vinyl via four stereo RCA inputs – three line-level and one MM phono input. There are four digital inputs – a pair of optical and two coaxials – as well as an Ethernet port for wired network connection.

The 6000A Play can operate as a power amplifier connected to a separate preamp or processor, or as a streaming DAC/preamp to feed an external power amp. There is also a built-in headphone stage with dedicated current-feedback circuitry. It comes in a choice of silver or black finishes.

The 6000A Play is available to buy from the end of July for £800 and you can find out more about it here.

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