Audiolab 8000AP Preamplifier/Processor



The Audiolab 8000AP is an interesting unit. It combines great aesthetics and a small form factor into a rock solid package. It is not going to win a "battle of the silk-screened logos", but then I find many of those logos irrelevant for my own day-to-day use. That being said, the unit is definitely not perfect, and as such, its virtues and faults need to be put into the context of its target price. Here in the US, the 8000AP lines up squarely against relatively mature offerings from JBL, Marantz, NAD, Onkyo/Integra and Rotel in the $2,000 - $2,500 price range. At that point, I think that people will be most attracted to the 8000AP based upon the form factor and aesthetics. However, if straight audio performance is important to you, then you owe it to yourself to give the 8000AP a listen. Most of its quirks are avoidable, and what it doesn't do itself, its competitors don't necessarily do the best, themselves. After all, if "good enough" were really good enough, then there are a number of receivers that are much better values all-around than going the route of dedicated separates.