Venerable UK Hi-Fi brand is back with the Stereo 130 amplifier and CDT CD player
Leak, a revered hi-fi brand that was founded by Harold Joseph Leak in 1934 and had its heyday back in the 60s, has now been resurrected by IAG (owner of other UK brands such as Quad and Wharfedale) with two new headline products, the 130 integrated amplifier and CDT CD player, destined for a July launch.
This Class AB integrated amplifier, featuring a toroidal transformer, will be available in silver (7kg at £699) and walnut (8.5kg at £799). The chassis includes tone controls but there’s also a pass-through control to avoid them if required.
The new amplifier features a Sabre Reference DAC pushing out 32bit/768kHz PCM and DSD256 via USB plus a coax and two optical ports (at 24bit/192kHz). Bluetooth is also included.
A built-in phono amplifier is included for moving magnet cartridges alongside a built-in headphone amplifier.
Featuring a slot-loading, enclosed and shielded mechanism it, says the company, includes, “…a digital clock [that] is controlled by a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator that makes sure the digital output from both the coaxial and optical sockets has minimum digital distortion, thus the digital signal extraction is exceptionally precise.”
There’s a USB storage device path with full transport controls and folder/file navigation. The Leak CDT is compatible with FAT16 and FAT32 formatted devices.
It offers coax and optical, weighs 5.3kg for the silver model or 6.9kg with a walnut finish and spans 302 x 118 x 270mm (Metal) 326 x 146 x 276mm (Wood). Prices to follow.
To read more, click www.leak-hifi.co.uk
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