The History Of Audiolab
The History Of Audiolab

The History Of Audiolab

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Formed in the early 1980s by Philip Swift and Derek Scotland, audiolab earned worldwide acclaim with the 8000A – an integrated stereo amplifier that became a classic ‘step-up’ from the budget models of the time.


Audiolab was founded in 1983 by audio enthusiasts Philip Swift and Derek Scotland.

The success of their very first product, 8000A Integrated Amplifier was followed by landmark products that built Audiolab’s enviable reputation for quality – the 8000S, a remote controlled amplifier which was both flexible and purist; the 8000T, which was one of the best FM Tuners ever made; the 8000PPA, a phono preamp for serious LP collectors, and the 8000M, which was one of the best monobloc power amps in the market during that time.

In 1997, Audiolab underwent major changes when the company was bought by TAG McLaren which re-introduced the product line as the TAG McLaren Audio F3 range, with new cosmetic design and internal improvements. The company also focused on producing high end AV processors, speakers and DVD players. Over its seven-year history, TMA expanded into surround sound products aimed at the high end home cinema market. A trio of advanced AV processors appeared along with a range of multi-channel power amplifiers.

In 2004, the Audiolab brand was transferred to IAG. A slimmed down product line maintained all of the improvements in engineering and gave a fresh look to the classic no-nonsense Audiolab style. At present, with products born from fervour for music intricately engineered by a team of hi-fi specialists, Audiolab continuously seeks to achieve excellence in the quality and performance of its products whilst keeping true to its founders’ philosophy of creating well-engineered components that offer high performance sound quality and offer exceptional value.

In 2009 the Audiolab 8200 series marked a new generation of products for this historical British brand. All aspects of design and engineering were given a fresh look to maintain the ethos of the brand while infusing a level of musicality and modernity into an exciting new product line. The 8200 series has won numerous awards including ‘Product of the Year Award’ in five individual product segments. Next in line is LAB series due to be launched in 2014, they will address the market for Digital Hi-Fi and are potential best sellers for the year.

2015 sees the launch of the  8300 Series, concentrating on the fundamental questions about how people enjoy the music they love and to make sure their hi-fi is as easy to use as it is easy on the ears.

While our engineers referenced the blueprint of the 8200, each component became under scrutiny to create a hi-fi system leaps ahead of what was already a leader in its field. With more efficient components, high-definition audio format technology, and redefined aesthetics.

2018 Saw the launch of the 6000A & CDT. Using many of the features from the 8300 series, this partnership took the market by storm, creating its own legendary status within Audiolab.




Formed in the early 1980s by Philip Swift and Derek Scotland, audiolab earned worldwide acclaim with the 8000A – an integrated stereo amplifier that became a classic ‘step-up’ from the budget models of the time.

During the ensuing years, the 8000A established itself as one of the most successful British amps ever produced, and was joined by a range of electronics including CD players, pre/power amps and an FM tuner. The brand switched hands in 1997, changing its name to TAG McLaren Audio; and it so was known until 2004 when audiolab became part of the International Audio Group and returned to its original name.

“If ever a product defined its market, the 8000A is the one. Reliability, ease of use, engineering excellence and a well-behaved sound are the pillars supporting the justified reputation of the 8000A. Over the years, audiolab’s no-nonsense, evolutionary approach to design has widely been recognised.”

– Audiohile with Hi-Fi Answers.

In 2010 audiolab began the introduction of its latest full-width 8200 Series components, combining the company’s original ethos of simple, well-constructed ergonomics and crisp, transparent sound with innovative, performance-led design concepts.

In 2011, the arrival of the M-DAC heralded a new, compact range called LAB Series, further expanded by the Q-DAC and M-PWR. Since the launch of the 8200 Series and LAB Series, audiolab has won more major awards in UK hi-fi magazines than any other brand of high-performance audio electronics.

2015 sees the launch of audiolab‘s brand new 8300 Series. With a long working relationship with audiolab, world renowned audio designer Jan Ertner has headed up the design of the 8300 series and more…

Jan Ertner,

Lead engineer audiolab electronics

“I have designed audio products for more than 25 years and still get excited about bringing new products to market. The joy of listening to music drives me and knowing that our customers will be able to enjoy it at its best is very satisfying. I believe in every product I design because I don’t stop working until I feel myself saying “I want one” , that is the moment when I know it’s right.”

2018 Saw the launch of the 6000 Series. The 6000A was the first in the series to be released recieving many significant awards from UK hi-fi magazines and online influencers, setting the presidence for the 6000CDT and 6000N Play.

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