Leema Acoustics’ Pulse IV 80-watt amplifier was designed as the ideal ‘hub’ for contemporary music-listening homes, with turntable connectivity, wireless Bluetooth playback, and seven digital inputs, including USB, enabling a huge range of devices to connect.
Leema’s engineers have reworked the company’s famous Pulse amplifier for the digital age, dramatically improving performance over its predecessor while adding contemporary features, including a super-high-quality phono stage for vinyl playback, aptX Bluetooth for wireless streaming, plus an advanced 32-bit/384kHz-DSD capable Sabre DAC with an XMOS USB Type-B input enabling the playback of today’s high-resolution audio.
In addition to its generous digital connectivity, the Pulse IV caters for the vinyl resurgence with the addition of a high-quality phono stage taken from Leema’s standalone Essentials phono stage which can be bought separately for £595. The Pulse IV offers both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil compatibility for vinyl, so all turntables can be connected, regardless of type.
A powerful 80-watt RMS design (8 Ohms), the Pulse IV has sufficient capacity to drive all speaker types, including those with difficult loads. In addition to its generous output power, the Pulse IV retains all of the original qualities, with the addition of contemporary touches including all-new metal casework, available in black and silver.
On the front panel, users will benefit from a high-quality headphone and, on the back, preamp outputs for power amp/subwoofer connection and a dedicated fixed-level record output to enable the recording/archiving of music. All analog connections are unbalanced RCA. A further six digital inputs, including three optical and three coaxial S/PDIF, plus aptX Bluetooth, enable an even wider range of digitally connected devices.
Now in its fourth generation, the UK designed and manufactured Pulse IV is shipping for a reference price of £2,295.
Founded in 1998, Leema Acoustics is an internationally respected manufacturer of high-performance audio products founded by two ex-BBC sound engineers, both of whom have a long history in pro and domestic audio. Founder Lee Taylor leads the design team with everything proudly hand-made in Wales using UK- and European-sourced components.