Leema Pulse IV everything, all the time


Leema Pulse IV everything, all the time
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Leema Acoustics has reworked its Pulse amplifier for 2017, adding new features, including a “high-quality” phono stage, aptX Bluetooth, plus a 32-bit/384kHz DSD-capable DAC. Recommended retail £2,295.

Leema Acoustics’ ex-BBC engineering team has added new features, improved performance and flexibility, and introduced all-new casework. Now in its fourth generation, the new Pulse IV will form part of the newly re-launched Spectrum range and will make its international debut in pre-production form at High End, Munich, in May 2017.

Pulse IV boasts a seven-input DAC that features a 32-bit/384kHz-DSD capable Sabre DAC with XMOS USB Type-B input, a further six digital inputs: three optical and three electrical S/PDIF, plus aptX Bluetooth complete the line up. 

It also harbours an MM/MC phono stage taken from Leema’s standalone Essentials phono stage (£595). It joins five additional line-level inputs, making the Pulse IV highly flexible and easy to integrate into existing systems with multiple components. A powerful 80-watt class A/B design, the Pulse IV has “sufficient capacity to drive all speaker types, including those with difficult loads”. It also features a front-panel-mounted headphone amplifier, preamp outputs and a dedicated fixed-level record output.

The new model forms part of the re-introduced Spectrum range and like all Leema Acoustics’ electronics, the Pulse IV is hand-crafted in the Welshpool factory.