Considered even up close, he would go through smooth new 8200 CDQ of the British manufacturer of audio Lab (1200 euros) as an ordinary CD player. While only a power amplifier section is missing flat flounder to completely profile as the audio counterpart to the Swiss General purpose knife.
- Converter CD preamplifier Audio Lab 8200 CDQ
- Data sheet
The hip flask available in silver or black not only has a CD drive with a flat drawer. Its integrated volume control and the back balanced XLR outputs predestine the Audio Lab 8200 CDQ as a full fledged preamp as his three high level inputs.
The 8200 CDQ makes very good especially as digital to-analog converters. He adopts with digital signals not only via its two optical and coaxial digital inputs in S/PDIF Format up to 24 bit/192 kHz. Its USB input on the rear panel allows external D/A convertr for both PC and Mac computer to use as the audio lab. For the audio lab in the double sense takes over control of the computer.
On the one hand operates the D/A converter in asynchronous mode. Say, he tells the computer whether he should deliver data more or less. So the conversion can be precisely in the clock of the Master Clock, without that overflow the buffer memory of the input or suffer from lack of data. While this direct control over the computer ensures an optimum sound quality without any interruptions, which can Audio Lab 8200 CDQ even using his remote control the Media Player control of the computer. The format of the input data may not exceed 24 bit / 96 kHz via USB.
Great part of digital
The State-of-the-art-D/A converter ESS 9018 (alias ‘Sabre 32’) works internally with a 32-bitword width. He trusts for the reversion of the digital signals to an array of multi bit from four individual D/A converters. In its integrated Digital Filter can be both the signals from CD as USB from 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz girth.
Not quite intuitively comprehensible menu and a Spartan front panel display, the user to top it all off can select also different digital filter characteristics. Options are available including the Filter curves, what the course of frequency in the frequency range or but the transient response of the Audio Lab 8200 CDQ optimize.
In the hearing test, especially the pulse optimized setting of the Digital filter, which is found in the menu under optimal transient XD convinced. When selecting between analog and digital volume control (this option also offers the menu of the audio lab 8200 CDQ) testers preferred the analog variant, high quality PGA site chips is implemented in the device by two shortly before the powerful, low-impedance output stage.
After a few bars from the Audio Lab 8200 CDQ it was clear that a new star in the HiFi sky would go up. His lively and open play with contoured, crunchy bass stunned a little bit. Is everything there for 1200 euros? The proposed performance would have been enough already a pure CD player or digital-analog converter of this highest honor price range. But the little Englishman calls out also the precursors establishment – for a fraction of the price.
Rarely sounded as natural voices and natural instruments. The 8200 CDQ absolutely nothing added the music and took away nothing. Very nice this pleasant trait settled with recordings like Elvis Costellos “my flame burns blue” (DG) enjoy. The richness of timbre coincided with an exemplary transparency and a simply brilliant timing.
Bass began to unfold explosively, dry bread and guts out of the speakers. The very sovereign control and dynamics, the the Audio Lab 8200 CDQ laid on the day, gave the feeling that he seemed to have a direct, short wire to the membranes of the loudspeakers. It was still a power amplifier in between.
The high resolution contributed a not insignificant part to the success of the gripping performance. Any type of music can be downright celebrate with this device. Pop packs a directly to the diaphragm, classical music such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Haitink, LSO Live) went under the skin. Thus, the outsider is already proved absolute insider tip for all CD lovers, who can thus save both space and money.
Because the Audio Lab 8200 CDQ these virtues even with AAC files from iTunes as a USB-DAC retained should pay homage to the discovery of the year a very different group of buyers. He is not only one for all, but also one for all – and that for straight time 1200 euros. Respect.
Audio Lab 8200 CDQ
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions (W x H T) HöheTiefe||44.5 x 7.5 x 33.5 cm|
|Digital volume control|
|Analog volume control|
|Display sampling rate|
|Word width display|
|Digital effects loop|
|Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES||192|
|Maximum sampling rate optical||96|
|Maximum USB sample rate||96|
|USB asynchronous mode USB|
|Adjustable digital filter characteristics|
|Number filter options||6|
|Have||Full analog preamplifier with 3 inputs, built-in CD drive|
|Inputs CD player|
|Digital AES / EBU||0|
|Output D/A converter|
|Outputs XLR stereo||1|
|Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm / 3, 5 mm||0 / 0|
|Digital output to RCA|
|Optical digital output|
|Digital output other:|||
|Conclusion +.||Very stable figure, highest neutrality and crisp, deep bass.|
|Conclusion-||No iPod digital connection|
|Sound judgment||outstanding 115|
|Price / performance||outstanding|
|tested in issue:||5 /.|