Leak Stereo 230 Integrated Amplifier

Leak Stereo 230 Integrated Amplifier

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Key info

  • Original design based on classic integrated amplifiers from British hi-fi brand delivering 115 watts-per-channel.
  • Analog + digital outputs / inputs plus aptX Bluetooth HD + HDMI ARC connectivity.
  • A step up from the Stereo 130 w/ more output power, improved DAC + digital circuitry.
  • Dedicated MM (moving magnet) phono stage.
  • Premium ESS 9038Q2M DAC for high-quality digital-to-analog conversion.
  • Class AB amplification for detailed and powerful audio performance.
  • Binding post speaker terminals for outputting to passive speakers.
  • RCA stereo output pair for outputting to powered speakers.
  • Front-panel headphone output w/ dedicated amplifier circuit + current-feedback technology.
  • Coaxial + optical inputs + outputs.
  • Real walnut veneer case.
  • Detachable power cord.
  • Includes remote control.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 12.7kg (Walnut) / 11.1kg (Silver)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 147 x 328 x 414 (Walnut) / 115 x 300 x 414 (Silver)
Technical specifications
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.1dB)
S/N Ratio >110dB (Line, A-weighted); >75d (Phono MM, A-weighted)
Input sensitivity 550mV (Line, Volume =MAX) 4.8mV (Phone MM, Volume=MAX)
Input impedance 10K (Line) 47K // 100pF (Phono MM)
Output Impedance 100ohm
Gain +41dB (Phono MM)
Inputs 2 x Analogue, 1 x Phono (MM), 1 x SPDIF (Coax), 1 x SPDIF (Optical), 1 x HDMI ARC, 1 x PC USB (USB B), 1 x Bluetooth (aptX/aptX LL), 1 x 12V Trigger
Outputs 1 x PRE Amplifier, 1 x Stereo Speaker, 1 x Headphone, 1 x 12V Trigger

Firmly re-established as a Hi-Fi mainstay, the LEAK product portfolio is expanding with the new LEAK STEREO 230 – a high-performance, high fidelity integrated amplifier designed for the modern-day audio and movie enthusiast.

Building upon the class and style that made the STEREO 130 a rip-roaring success, the LEAK STEREO 230 adds more power, more functionality and more substance for the discerning audiophile.

Designed to be the perfect match for a wide variety of sources and provide higher levels of amplification, the LEAK STEREO 230 offers a 115w per channel output.

It also offers a newly developed HDMI ARC connectivity function to realise the highest quality audio in AV applications, for a fully equipped integrated amplifier to meet the demands of modern audiophiles and cinephiles.

The LEAK STEREO 230 can be connected to a host of analogue and digital sources, thanks to its diversity of inputs. A built-in Moving Magnet (MM) phono pre-amplifier allows for direct connection to turntable record players.

To fully accommodate the modern-day music enthusiast, much effort has been made to ensure the LEAK STEREO 230’s digital circuitry delivers the level of quality one might expect of a high-performance standalone D/A converter, let alone an integrated amplifier solution.

You can also stream music to the LEAK STEREO 230 from any Bluetooth device, such as portable music players, tablet PCs or smartphones, via the built-in aptX and AAC Bluetooth codec. One can therefore enjoy CD quality audio over the Bluetooth wireless connection.

Carefully designed in line with the LEAK ethos of performance, reliability and craftsmanship, the LEAK STEREO 230 matches contemporary performance with stand-out, classic LEAK styling.

Traditional audiophiles will recognise the assured quality in the high-quality, low-noise turntable input of the LEAK STEREO 230. Optimised for moving magnet cartridges, the JFET-based circuit offers precise RIAA equalisation in accordance with de facto industry standards for vinyl record playback.

The LEAK STEREO 230 uses a dedicated amplifier circuit with current-feedback technology for the headphone output. Equal in performance to standalone headphone amplifiers, beyond the price class of this complete system, the design offers high-speed output signal transition thanks to a high slew rate. The result is a dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all manner of headphone types.


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