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Price: € 1000

Leak Stereo 130

Leak Stereo 130 – 900 Euro

The Leak brand undoubtedly arouses nostalgic feelings. So does the design. Now we could go write a complete history about the Leak Stereo 30, but we’re just not going to do that. That’s not what this article is for.

Our Leak has a fairly traditional casing. There are also models with wood finish; that definitely looks cool! The Leak Stereo 130 is a traditional class A/B amplifier that – on paper – should deliver 2 x 45 watts into 8 ohms and 2 x 65 watts into 4 ohms. The 45 watts into 8 ohms is pretty accurate: we measure that at 0.07% THD. The power into 4 ohms we see peaking around 52 watts (0.15% THD) before it skyrockets. The power supply can’t really handle it, we have the idea. We wouldn’t pair a hard to drive speaker with this Leak.

The reproduction is a tad thin on our Focals. Whether this is due to the power, or the tuning, we do not immediately dare to say. Fact is: there is too little bass to create a complete sound picture. In Hey Now by London Grammar, the bass should really roll… it doesn’t. In All that You can leave Behind by Conjure One we hear the same thing: there is rhythm, but it is a bit thin.

Still, the stereo image is nicely loose and we definitely hear space. The focus is not super sharp, but it is spacious. It’s a bit of a mixture of the Audiolab 6000A and the Rega in that respect. If you like retro and have an easy to drive, somewhat warmly tuned speaker, the Leak is definitely one to try. However, a somewhat hard to drive and fresh tuned speaker is not a match.

Measurements

The measurements of the Leak Stereo 130 feel double. On one hand, we see little distortion (THD+N), but on the other hand, we see that the amplifier does not come close to its stated power in 4 Ohms. We see 45 watts into 8 Ohms, but that power remains at 52 watts into 4 Ohms. This indicates that the power supply does not have much reserve. We also see that the noise spectrum pops up when we go from 1 to 10 watts. In short: we have our doubts about the stability of this amplifier. Do not attach too difficult a speaker! The response curve reminds us of the Arcam: it also slopes towards the bass. However, this Leak also rounds off a bit more in the high range.

Specifications

Brand and Type Leak Stereo 130
Inputs digital Coaxial, 2 x optical, USB, bluetooth
Inputs analog 2 x rca line, 1 x phono
Outputs pre-out and speaker out.
Power specs 45 watts into 8 ohms, 65 watts into 4 ohms
Measured power 44 watts at 0.07% THD+N (8 Ohms), 52 watts at 0.16% THD+N.
Dimensions / weight 30 x 12 x 27 – 7 Kg (silver version)
Price 900

Winkels met Arcam

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Jozef Verbovenlei 54
2100 Deurne, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Paalstraat 128
2900 Schoten, BE

Winkels met Atoll

Cort van der Lindelaan 11
9722 LP Groningen, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Spoorstraat 18
7491 CK Delden, Overijssel, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Audiolab

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL

Winkels met Cyrus

Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE

Winkels met Rega

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Theresiastraat 151 - 157
2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Roksan

Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL