The Audiolab X7 is a genuine one-box, seven channel power amplifier, capable of handling even difficult loudspeaker loads – it will cleanly deliver 7 x. The Audiolab X7 gives you home cinema sound so powerful you will think you at the movies, matched with the Audiolab AV Pre-Amplifier you can. If ever a brand typified the most conservative values of reliable, performance- driven British hi-fi, then Audiolab alongside its IAG stablemate, Quad, would be.
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Still up for sale. The welcome surprise, though, is that this combo does music with real panache.
Audiolab X7 review | What Hi-Fi?
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There’s ample punch and drive, and though the top of the frequency range shines sweetly, there’s never any danger of hard edges creeping in. There is no on-board high-resolution audio capability True-HDas Audiolab figured that discerning HT fans would have an upmarket Blu-ray player with on-board decoding. Some 18 months later, Audiolab 80007 tried to address some of our concerns, but that long a timespan is an eternity in modern home cinema terms — just ask HD DVD manufacturers.
Subscribe Now 13 issues delivered to your door. My Pat Metheny Live Blu-ray disc really came alive as the clean resolving power of the Audiolabs made for excellent viewing and listening.
But the latter is twice the price and doesn’t include seven channels! Digital Editions Mini sample downloads. A suitably intuitive, text-based menu is provided for this purpose. I have one of these amps for sale. The DAC performance is impressive too, with notably fine high treble and very clear decay of notes into silence.
I use it to drive my Atmos Speakers. Mods can lock thanks. The partnering X7 power amplifier is engineered solidly enough where it counts, but the plain alloy faceplate and pressed steel chassis and bonnet are a trifle utilitarian. The Audiolab X7 is a genuine one-box, seven channel power amplifier, capable of handling even difficult loudspeaker loads – it will cleanly deliver 7 x W 8 ohms, RMS of power. By bridging two channels it is possible to create a more powerful single channel – especially useful if your front left and front right speakers are more performance critical than the other speakers in your 5.
Originally published in the June issue. Which is why the launch of its first AV product demands some serious attention. Light travels faster auddiolab sound. Learn how your comment data is processed. It seems that a multichannel system like this can indeed give musical satisfaction.
Against that, one listener pointed out that the clarity with which the individual voices in the opera chorus could be discerned was some way short of perfect and the depth of the stereo image fell short of that projected by the other amps. Excellent HT amp with power on tap,bridging and decent stereo performance too Some www pics. With an elegant simplicity, the X7 is a powerful audiophile performer.
The multichannel features are impressive and the proliferation of digital inputs could be useful. Oddly, the AP has no trigger output and the RS terminal facilitates software upgrades rather than third-party controllers. Between the transformer and the output stages are seven channels of driver stages, implemented with a mixture of through-hole and surface-mount parts, mostly discrete transistors and decent-quality passive parts.
I paused it for a while looking for a replacement, but now it’s ready for collection. Against Short of the audio and video facilities you might expect at this price. Starting on the rock’n’roll, the bass was felt to be big, bold and clear, though just a little loose compared with some of the others.
Eight of these four channels’-worth are on the left side, mounted so that they actually touch each other. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Slight nudge to the top. Leave a Comment Cancel Your email address will not be published. Simple design The X7 is a much less high-tech affair. Audiolab AP rear view It makes sense in that respect, but the AP will decode a hi-res soundtrack as multi-channel PCM so those without players but with decoders built in will still be in for a bit of a treat sound wise. It also features extensive protection which silently ensures that, should your demands exceed what’s safe, the amp will shut itself off before automatically trying again after a short delay.
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And in action, it sounds dynamic and tautly muscular when movie soundtracks get busy, offering casual authority over the most demanding loudspeakers. It makes sense in that respect, but the AP 800×7 decode a hi-res soundtrack as multi-channel PCM so those without players but with decoders built in will still be in for a bit of a treat sound wise. Such limitations as this duo has are to audiolaab with resolution and analysis and in these areas it is not a match for the Bryston.
For Energetic and bold performance Fair price.
So are the changes timely, or too little, too late? Both products performed beautifully during my listening tests, PCM audio from Blu-ray disc proving to be a treat with discs such as Rambo reallyI Am Legend and Bladerunner. For access to partner forums, contributor archives and other consumer electronics resources, please click on the links below