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Leak Stereo 130 Amplifier-high performance integrated amp

The Legend That Leak
In the mid-20th century, Leak audio was one of the leading British high-fidelity companies. From its legendary amplifiers valve, Sandwich and tuners speakers, to the mold-breaking Stereo 30 transistor amplifier, Leak was a first division player.

Back to form
Closed in 1979, Leak is back with a range of high-fidelity products celebrating the best of the brand but with a modern twist. Stereo 130 features the compact size and classic art-deco style of the original Stereo 30, but with modern electronics that increases both sound quality and features.Leak Stereo 130

Benefits of the 21st century
Like the original, the Leak Stereo 130 has analog inputs, including a phono input for its turntable. When it comes to digital music, however, half a century of continuous development puts Stereo 130 in a different league. The built-in DAC facilitates not only digital connectivity, but also wireless Bluetooth playback.

Suitable for high-resolution music files
Unlike the original, the Stereo 130 has a high-resolution DAC (digital-analog converter) in its heart. With a reference ESS Sabre32 DAC and USB digital input, stereo 130 decodes up to 32 bits/ 384 kHz of studio quality and DSD256. With optical and coaxial inputs, the high-resolution musical capacity is still impressive at 24 bits/192 kHz, the standard for most high-resolution music files.

Full digital connectivity
Stereo 130 helps you get the most out of your digital, high-resolution components and delivers a leading range of state-of-the-art digital shots. Choose from USB, coaxial and two optics for your inputs, ideal for your computer, TV, Blu-ray/DVD/CD player, network streamer and many other devices with a digital output. There are also optical and coaxial digital outputs, which makes this amplifier perfect for digital recorders or multi-room power.

Wireless audio via Bluetooth aptX
For wireless transmission, stereo 130 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth. Compatible with aptX and AAC, this leak amplifier offers high-quality Bluetooth transmission potential. Simply pair with your smartphone, tablet or other device and stream your favorite stored music and music services, such as Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music.Leak Stereo 130

Analog inputs
Leak Stereo 130 has not forgotten analog sources. Twin RCA inputs are perfect for connecting sources such as a tuner, cassette player, or any other source with an analog output. With its pre-amplifier outputs, you can also connect a more powerful and large power amplifier if desired.

Transform your vinyl
Like the original loss amplifiers, the stereo 130 is equipped with a phono input; allows you to connect turntables equipped with a mobile Magnet cartridge. This is not even an old phono entrance. The precise low noise JFET RIAA EQ based circuit gets the best out of the turntable sound. Low distortion and wide frequency response help you feel the finer details with crystal clear clarity.

Premium headphone output
Like the phono pre-amplifier, the headphone output develops with attention and skill to itself, rather than being a later idea. Stereo 130 features a dedicated headphone amplifier with power feedback circuits and wide bandwidth. This gives you a much more powerful and three-dimensional sound than you will normally get with most standard headphone outputs. It also powers a wide range of headphones with ease, even if they are power-hungry designs.

Timeless design
With its compact case, silver finish and art-deco design details, the Stereo 130 has a strong historical charm. Modern production techniques make finishing better than ever, giving you the best of both worlds.photo:Leakaudio

Listen to how much hi-fi has arrived, with the rejuvenated Leak Stereo 130.

D/A Converter: ESS Sabre32 Reference ES9018K2M
Input Sampling Rates: Optical, Coaxial: 44.1kHz~192kHz; USB: 44.1kHz~384kHz (PCM)/DSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Rated Output Power: 2 x 45W (8ohm) / 2x65W (4ohm)
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.005% (30W, 8ohm)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz (+/-0.5dB)
Input Sensitivity: 480mV (RCA AUX IN); 4.1mV (phono MM)
Input Impedance: 10Kohm (AUX) ; 47Kohm //100pF (phono MM)
Signal to Noise Ratio: ≥108dB (A-weighted, ref.45W)
Pre Output Level: 4
Pre Output Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.003%
Pre Output Signal to Noise Ratio: >110dB (A-weighted)
Bluetooth: A2DP, aptX (priority), SBC
USB Input: 1 x USB (B-type)
Digital Audio Inputs: 2 x Optical TOSlink ,1 x RCA COAX
Digital Audio Outputs: 1 x Optical TOSlink ,1 x RCA COAX
Analog Inputs: 2 x RCA (AUX1, AUX2) ,1 x RCA (phono MM)
Analog Output: 1 x RCA (PRE OUT)
Power Requirement: 100-120V ~ 50/60Hz
Dimensions
(W x H x D):
12.83″ x 5.74″ x 10.86″
Weight: 18.29lbs