When Audiolab appeared in 1983 for the first time with their now legendary 8000A amplifier, it started a culture of producing no nonsense high quality equipment which produced amazing sound while still maintaining flexibility at a price that doesn’t warrant a phone call to your divorce lawyers. Continuing the stride achieved 32 years ago Audiolab has returned with the 8300CD, which is an upgraded iteration of the previous 8200CD.
On the outside the chassis of the new Audiolab has the same shape and design but with slight tweaks to update it such as softened edges, a blasted aluminum finish fascia and curved displays. This gives the player a fresh look while maintaining its heritage through a design that has long been its trademark.
Another significant change to the new 8300CD is the use of a slot loaded CD mechanism as opposed to the traditional tray style system. The logic behind Audiolab’s decision to switch the mechanism was due to extensive research that revealed weaknesses with tray loading systems which are slow and tend to lead to a higher disc rejection. The slot system however is sleeker, quieter and faster. Audiolab also claims that this type of loading mechanism reduces susceptibility to resonance which in turn improves sound quality.
Even the rear panel of the 8300CD sees some changes with the inclusion of an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output. These add to the already extensive list of connections available to the unit which consists of 2 Coaxial, 2 Toslink Optical and a USB input for PC USB. On the output side we have a Coaxial and a Toslink optical along with the new XLR output.
All these connections make the Audiolab a great standalone DAC allowing you to utilize the amazing performance of the ESS chip to decode other sources giving the same consistent high quality sound. The USB connection allows for the unit to be connected directly to a PC or laptop where your music can be sent through the unit for a little ESS loving before being outputted. The 8300CD is Human Interface Device (HID) compatible, which allows control of the software on the pc using the remote or controls found on the player itself. Extra convenient for us couch potatoes.
Regardless of the source be it CD, USB or external equipment, the Audiolab delivers a performance that is satisfying and worth every ringgit spent. The 8300CD is not particular about its partnering equipment but some thought will definitely lead to more enjoyment. This player will also be most comfortable even in a system of much higher range than its own, making it serious value for money. This player is one that must be auditioned. To know more and experience the 8300CD in action, do visit the good folks at CMY for more information or better yet to setup a demo. The 8300CD retails for RM 5400.
For further details contact:
CMY Audio Visual Sdn Bhd.
Tel: 03 21439406/0321434357
Article by Venoth Nair